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Wat Phothawas

Wat Phothawas, a stunning ancient architecture located in Surat Thani, is one of the oldest temples in the region. It was built around AD 1787 under the reign of King Rama I.

Get a glimpse of the locals’ beliefs by making a stop at Wat Phothawas. This ancient landmark still bears details from the past – the two pagodas standing behind the Buddhist sanctuary are original parts of the first building. There aren’t a lot of foreign tourists here but you will surely meet friendly locals who visit the place to give offerings to the monks. Stay a little longer for the long boat race – which is an extra treat for visitors here. While here, you can interact with monks and locals, or just simply savour the place’s relaxing ambiance.



Wat Phothawas is located in 45 หน้าเมือง Tambon Talat, Amphoe Mueang Surat Thani, Chang Wat Surat Thani.


Opening Days and Hours

Wat Phothawas is open daily from 8:00 to 18:00.


Entry Fee and Bookings

Entrance to this attraction is completely free.


How to Get There

  • Fly to Surat Thani via AirAsia.
  • Board a taxi or a shuttle service to the city centre.
  • Board a taxi to Wat Phothawas.


Suggested For

  • Solo travellers/backpackers
  • Couples
  • Family
  • Groups


Time to Spend

Suggested duration in this attraction is 1 hour.


Popularity and Best Time to Go

The best time to visit the attraction is at 9:00. Large crowds and the tropical heat aren’t present during this time.



Day and Night Restaurant, Khao Horm, Coral Restaurant and Bar, Vanilla Cafe and Bistro, Risto Luca, Kampan Restaurant are some of the restaurants to try near Wat Phothawas.



Nearby Attractions

  • Kho Lamphu
  • Khun Thale
  • Khao Tha Phet
  • Surat Thani Night Market



For accommodations, you can choose from Erawan Ville, Samui Buri Beach Resort, Villa Cha Cha Ko Phangan, Bo Phut Resort and Spa, Rin Beach Resort, and Bundhari Hotel are just some of the options around Surat Thani.

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