For most, Surat Thani is just a stopping-off point for trips to the islands. If you have a layover, the best choice in town is the Wang Tai Hotel (1 Talad Mai Rd.; www.wangtaisurat.com; tel. 07728-3020). It is close to the TAT office with doubles from 800B and a swimming pool too.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.