What to Do + Eat in Surat Thani | เที่ยว กิน ล่องแม่น้ำตาปี สุราษฏร์ธานี

 


(ภาษาไทยด้านล่างนะค้า) You all have heard about Ko Samui, Ko Pha Ngan, Angthong National Park, and even the Rajjaprapha Dam of Surat Thani. But what about the town of Surat Thani itself that is the very municipal seat of the province? The administrative core, the place of the locals, the one with the least to do with flocks of tourism?

The town of Surat Thani is the last stop on our way back to Bangkok. This province has over 100 islands within its administrative territory, and also their foods are all excellent and popular the country over. This time, we stayed for two days to explore the deliciousness and the cruise along the Tapi Tributaries.

หลังจากขับรถผ่านแว่บๆ ก็หลายครั้ง ไปเที่ยวเกาะต่างๆ ของจังหวัดนี้ก็บ่อย ในที่สุดก็ได้แวะเที่ยวตัวเมืองสุราษฎร์ธานีจริงจังกันซะทีค่ะ คราวนี้ได้อยู่ในเมืองเลย ได้กินเกี๊ยวปลาเจ้าดัง ขนมหวานไทยที่อร่อยมาก อร่อยมากกว่า โล่งโต้ง (คือดิฉันชอบมากกว่า) ที่ร้านยกเข่ง เดินเล่นวัดไทร ที่มีศาลากลางเปรียญเก่าแก่ กินมะพร้าวอ่อนที่อร่อยมาก (คิดว่าสุราษฎร์ฯ คงเป็นจังหวัดที่มีมะพร้าวดีมาก เพราะขนมไทยก็อร่อยมากกก) ล่องเรือดูวิวเล่นที่แม่น้ำตาปี สนุกดีค่ะ และเนื่องจากเมืองนี้ไม่ใช่เมืองหลักของการท่องเที่ยว เลยคิดว่าน่าจะเหมาะมากสำหรับเที่ยวหลังโควิด ที่เราจะต้องห่วงเรื่อง social / physical distancing กันต่อไปค่ะ

‘Country Bum in the City’ Vlog on Travelling and Eating in Thailand
Vlog EP 1 – WHAT TO DO AND EAT IN HAT YAI
Vlog EP 2 – WHAT TO DO AND EAT IN SONGKHLA old Town, KO YOR
Vlog EP 3 – 5 Best Places to Eat in Hat Yai – Local Eats
Vlog EP 4 – WHAT TO DO IN NAKHON SI THAMMARAT IN 1 DAY
Vlog EP 5 – WHAT TO DO IN Pak Phanang, Laem Talumphuk, Nakhon Si Thammarat
Vlog EP 6 – WHAT TO DO + EAT IN SURAT THANI

1.  Keo Pla เกี๊ยวปลา(click the link for map) – This place is the real deal and it is the whole reason we stopped and spent nights at Surat Thani. I have a thing for fishball noodles and fish wonton and all things Chinese noodles with clear broth. This place is open from 8 am onward until just about noon when things run out. Order a bowl (special with extra broth if you like the soup) and one side of extra fish rolls here for a hearty breakfast.

 

2. Keo Pla Je Yong (Thanon Don Nok) เกี๊ยวปลาเจ๊ย้ง ถนนดอนนก (click the link for map) – I put this place in as an option in case you can’t make it to the first one which is open and closed early (from 8 a.m. until noon or an hour after). This noodle and fish wonton place is open from late afternoon onwards. For me, this place is not bad, but everything was just too salty for me. The soup was passable, but I love their rolled fish (seen below) the most.

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🐟 wonton noodle มาตาม @tastytravelers

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3. Khai Dao ไข่ดาว(click the link for map) – This is how Surat Thani does Western-style greasy breakfasts. With local twists like garlic pork, garlic sausages, and so on. There are also steaming bowl of congee and fried goodies such as Chinese doughs, fried rice, and sweet toasts.

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Surat Thani style greasy breakfast. 🥪

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4. Yok Kheng ยกเข่ง (click the link for map) – Yok Kheng is an epitome of Surat Thani hearty lunch and Thai desserts. Their specialities are ‘Long Tong’ โล่งโต้ง which is essentially noodles with spare ribs (see the video below) with assortments of tofu, eggs, and crispy stuff. The base taste is mild and sweet, and still, local people need extra sugar, hence the sugary presence on the table to taste. I am ok with this, but my favourite items at this place are their superlative Thai desserts – mango sticky rice, Thai desserts ladled with thick and salty coconut cream. Heaven.

5. Lucky Restaurant (click the link for map) – Tried and true Southern food place where locals go. We were there for an early dinner and found the place full on a weekday evening. A great sign. Turned out that their foods are quite nice, no-frills, big portions, and yes, reasonably priced. A great combination. Huge menu, too. Suitable for family with picky eaters. 😀


More Guides to Southern Thailand

A Long Weekend Guide to Hat Yai (November 18, 2018)
Staying at Centara Hotel Hat Yai 
Pa Yang Restaurant, Hat Yai
Phuket Old-School Tea-Time Snacks (Phang-Pia) (Video)
Top Eats in Phuket City (Local and Peranakan Foods)
Phuket – A UNESCO City of Gastronomy
Phang-Nga Local Biscuit – Dok Phing Nga (Video)
Eating Guide to Trang town 
Eating Guide to Huay Yod District of Trang


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