Surin (Southern Thailand)

Surin Beach (อ่าวสุรินทร์) Ao Surin, also หาดสุรินทร์) Hat Surin) is on the west coast of Phuket, about 15 km north of Patong.

Understand

Surin Beach

Surin Beach still has a small village atmosphere, but this is gradually changing as more and more major housing developments and hotel projects get underway. Accommodation is not cheap and the best prices are around 500 baht in the low season.

The beach itself has clear water and beautiful white sand, and is lined with tall casuarina trees and small Thai-style restaurants. While one of the quieter beaches in Phuket, hawkers can still be a minor nuisance, although most are just content to walk about without actively getting in your face.

Just north of Surin is Pansea Bay (หาดพันทรี) Hat Phan-si, a scenic enclave dominated by two deluxe resorts: Amanpuri and the Chedi. Surin is sometimes called "millionaire's row" because of the high-end villas on hills overlooking the bay, and film stars or VIPs like to stay there, as they can get away from the crowds. There are just a few restaurants and shops nearby.

Get in

Surin Beach is about 20 min from Phuket Airport. An airport co-op taxi costs 450 baht, while a metered taxi may do the trip for as little as 300 baht. For return, the local taxi Mafia wants 600 baht.

Blue-and-white songthaews trundle past along the main road to Phuket Town and Kamala Beach, but there are no direct connections to Patong. Tuk-tuks lie in wait at the intersection in front of the beach and demand a non-negotiable 350 baht for the trip.

Get around

Surin can be easily covered on foot, and you can even walk to neighbouring Bang Tao Beach if feeling energetic. You can also rent motorbikes from stalls near the beach, with prices starting from 200 baht/day.

See

Wat Surin

The only sight in Surin is the temple (wat) down by the beach.

Do

Surfing at Surin Beach

The thing to do in Surin is to chill out at the beach, which is nicely separated from the hotels and the main road by a disused golf course turned into a park. The beach is lined from end to end with restaurants and cafes, which will happily rent you a sun lounger and umbrella for around 100 baht/day.

Surfing: Surfing here can be good, but all of Phuket is not consistent for surfing waves. Something to do in-between relaxing. There are surfboards and body boards to rent on the beach or from the Saltwater Dreaming Surf Shop back on the main road.

Snorkelling: You can snorkel here in the dry season from Oct-Apr, around the headland at the northern end and out to the headland at Pansea Beach.

Buy

There is a 7-Eleven in the village centre, as well as a few overpriced mini-marts on the beach and the hotel strip.

Eat

Along the beach road there is a large array of simple restaurants offering denatured, totally spiceless Thai food and simple international dishes for tourists, but the specialty is seafood. In the last few years there has been a new wave of redevelopment on the beach road resulting in some international standard restaurants. There are currently a few more restaurants under construction. Most restaurants have bathrooms and showers that guests can use after having been on the beach.

Budget

Cheap eating options in Surin are quite limited, but there's a decent noodle stall in front of the 7-11 (evenings only) and a few stalls at the parking lot next to the beach.

Mid-range

Drink

Sleep

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

Stay safe

Surin beach can become quite dangerous in the monsoon season due to its steeply sloping beach, and many unwary swimmers have lost their lives here. This has not deterred the local surfers and when the waves are right you'll see many Thais on surfboards. The safer parts of the beach have been marked off with floats.

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