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Surat is a typical small Thai city, with few sites worth mentioning, though the day and night markets are worth a look if you have time to kill. Those with some extra time may want to head to Khao Sok and the beautiful Ratchaprapha Dam, or visit the small town of Chaiya and its Suan Mokkh monastery, a renowned Buddhist retreat with meditation study programs in English. If you are in town at the end of Buddhist Lent (around mid-Oct), it's worth seeing the Chak Phra festival, where Buddhist images are towed up the river and boat races take place.

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