The south of Thailand has always been envisioned to be a place of adventure and wonderment, one where you can escape from your hectic lives and slip into the chilled nature of South East Asia. Surat Thani is no different; with its white sandy beaches and mountainous jungle landscape, thousands of tourists and expatriates flock there each year for a taste of their own Asian adventure. Very quickly you can become engrossed in the culture and ways of Thailand. Although catering for Western cuisine, Surat Thani is home to a world of amazing food, with the night market serving traditional local food, from exotic fruits to typical Thai dishes. The religion in Thailand is also something to be marveled at, and the city pillar shrine is a must see for expats living in Surat Thani to appreciate the dedication to religion within this culture. InterNations can help you to meet and socialize with fellow expats in Surat Thani, however, it is unlikely that you will have difficulties in making friends, with travelers wanting to meet people, fellow expats wanting to network and Surat Thani being nicknamed “The city of good people”.
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Moving to Surat Thani can mean quite a different life compared to elsewhere, with Thais having different values, mannerisms and customs to those of back home. The InterNations Expat Magazine features articles on cross-cultural communication, culture shock, living abroad and expatriate experiences that can help you adapt more quickly to the new culture you’ll find yourself in. Expats living in Surat Thani will find themselves in unfamiliar territory, stumbling across oyster farms, where locals collect and harvest pearls, or monkey schools, where monkeys are trained to help with collecting coconuts. Moving to Surat Thani or any new and foreign place can be a challenge, but with an attitude of trying everything and being up for anything, you will find yourself settling quickly into your new life in Thailand and trying out things you may never have thought you would, from amazing food to life changing experiences such as traveling down the Tapi river and exploring the beautiful national parks of dense jungle and waterfalls.
The main type of jobs in Surat Thani seem to be those that are catering to tourists. The Surat Thani Province is home to the islands of Ko Samui and Ko Pha-ngan, offering fantastic diving opportunities that draws in many tourists and expatriates year after year. Since both islands are situated relatively close to the city of Surat Thani as well, this means that the tourism industry is a big employer in the region. There are plenty of opportunities to work in guest houses and bars both ran by Thais and expatriates. These jobs are easy to come by and easy to slip in and out of if you wish to go elsewhere. With the growing popularity of Thailand as a gap year destination there are also more and more opportunities to buy properties to develop into guest houses and bars. Those interested in doing this can find further information before actually going to Thailand by beginning correspondence with expats already working in Surat Thani or in other parts of Thailand via InterNations. After all, who is better equipped to share tips, advice and the best ways to go about starting a business in Surat Thani than those who have successfully done it before?