Surat Thani to Satun: The road to Krabi
The road from Surat Thani to Satun via Krabi is almost 500 km. Those people who come in Surat Thani usually come from the nearby islands Koh Samui, Koh Phangan or even Koh Tao. Typically you will have to spend a night in town before continuing further.
It all starts in Surat Thani on arrival from Koh Samui. If you need the train you might consider in the Phunpin area where the railways station is located, 15 km from the jetty.
Surat Thani looks like any other Thai medium sized town. There's little to hold you here unless you still haven't seen enough local markets and temples. Don't get me wrong, it's a pleasant city but for travelers it's just an overnight stop to either Bangkok, Krabi, Phuket or Malaysia.
Accommodation in Surat Thani
It's hardly necessary to book in advance here in town except during the high season.
The road to Krabi
In fact it's a very simple bike ride from Surat Thani with a few possible stop on this 197 km long journey (I know, the board in Surat Thani says 211 km). It's a mostly flat journey through the paddy fields over a not too busy road.
The first stop you may like to have at Khao Sok, one of the many National Parks in this region. You can stay in one of the bungalows at the lake site. You can kayaking on the lake and relax at the lake side.
You can cycle the whole journey in a day, as I did in 2006. However, a stop in Khao Sok is nice enough.
Phang Nga and Phuket
Should you want to go to Phuket, at the junction, go right, Ao Luk is nearby. This village is located in an area all surrounded by karst mountains. Unfortunately when I visited in February 2012, I didn't see any hotel or guesthouse.
The road (#4) continues north to Thap Put and Phang Nga where you will find accommodation.
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