Education & Language
of Surat Thani was recorded as 876,407 in December 1998. Its
population rank out of the whole country is 23rd out of 76
and it covers an area of 12,892 square kilometers. The majority
of Surat Thani citizenry is comprised of ethnic Thais with
a large minority of Chinese in the provincial capital, and
Muslim Thais. Most of the population is scattered around the
rural areas including along the eastern coast and others,
especially the Chinese, live in the towns. The average population
density in Surat Thani is 54 persons per square kilometer.
The current growth rate of the population averages 0.91% with
the highest immigration rate in Samui and Phangan districts.
Most of the
people in Surat Thani, just like other southern Thais, speak
"pak tai" a southern dialect that confuses visitors from both
other Thai regions and the world outside. Diction is short
and fast, giving the aural impression of a tape played at
the wrong speed.