Tha Phet Wildlife and Nature Education Center.
The Center is located approximately 6 kilometers from the Surat
City. Covering an area of 2,906 rai or 4.65 square kilometers,
the Center is home to numerous wild animals. Its headquarters
is situated on a hilltop, which rises approximately 200 meters
above sea level. At the peak of the hill is Phra That Si Surat,
locally known as Khao Ta Phet. Built in 1957, this candle-like
stupa contains Lord Buddha’s relics donated by the Indian government.
The hilltop is an ideal place to get a bird eye’s view of the
City and Tapi River, as well as Ban Don Bay.
informative 800-meter, nature study trail is introduced by
the Center with captions providing detailed information on
each plant enabling visitors to learn on their own in an enjoyable
manner. For those interested in staying overnight, it is recommended
that they bring their own tents. Advanced reservations in
writing are required and should be sent to Khao Tha Phet Wildlife
and Nature Education Center, P.O. Box 29 Mueang District,
Surat Thani, 84000.
To get there from the provincial capital, drive along Highway
No. 4009 (the Surat Thani-Na San route) for approximately
6 kilometers, then turn left at the sign of the Center and
proceed approximately 1.5 kilometers along an access road
to the Center.