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 100 Islands Resort & Spa (19/6 Moo 3, Bypass Rd.; tel. 07720-1150;, a fancy boutique hotel just south of the town center, with attractive doubles beginning at 770B. Nearby, with similar rates and a swimming pool too, is the Wang Tai Hotel (1 Talad Mai Rd.; tel. 07728-3020). More convenient to the market and town transport is the Tapee Hotel (100 Chonkasem Rd.; tel. 07727-2575;, with basic but clean rooms from 440B.

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.