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Sarasin Bridge in Phuket

What to do at the Sarasin Bridge?

The Sarasin Bridge connects Phuket island to Phang Nga province on the mainland of Thailand. The original 600 meters bridge was built in 1967 and was known to be the scene of some sad love story, the way bridges often do.

At the time, the bridge wasn’t very high, and for many years it was a problem for large boats that had to go all around the island to reach the Andaman Sea. In 2010, a new higher double-lane bridge was built parallel to the old one, allowing more road traffic above and bigger ships to pass below.

the sarasin bridge seen from the sky
the Sarasin Bridge is seen from the sky

Contrary to what we thought, the old bridge wasn’t demolished. Instead, they transformed into a smart pedestrian bridge with an elevated central section, allowing beautiful photos of the bay and special events to be held.

The old Sarasin Bridge runs parallel to the new bridge

Where to Eat at Sarasin Bridge?

There are two excellent Thai restaurants at Sarasin, one at each end of the bridge. Thanoon and Rimpan serve great local seafood and Thai food in a relaxing beach setting.

Rimpan Seafood

Rimpan Seafood Restaurant Phuket

Rimpan Seafood is a lot more fun and very local. It is hidden on a tiny beach next to the bridge, on the Phuket side. Here you can sit in those old-fashioned bamboo huts by the sea and admire the channel separating Phuket from the mainland. The restaurant is on the beach in the shade of trees and serves some great seafood at an excellent price.

Address: Rimpan Seafood (ริมพาน ซีฟู้ด) Below Sarasin Bridge
Open: 9 am – 10 pm
Tel: 083 647 1147
Price: Affordable
Specialities: Seafood and local Thai food

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Ta Tuay Restaurant

Ta Tuay Michelin Thai Restaurant in Phuket

Ta Tuay is a little-known local restaurant, hidden not far from the Sarasin Bridge in the very north of Phuket. Ta Tuay serves excellent local food and dishes from Phuket and some unusual specialities from Mai Khao Beach, such as sandworms and sea cicadas.

Address: 57/10 Mu 5, Soi Ruam Chai 1, Phuket, 83110, Thailand
Open: 11.30 am – 9 pm
Phone: 086 470 4807
Price: Affordable
Reservation: strongly recommended, especially on the weekend

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Thanoon Seafood

Thanoon Seafood restaurant Phuket

Thanoon seafood is extensive and recent, with concrete roofs and a large kitchen. The restaurant is quiet during the day, but past 5 pm, several speedboats arrive and offload a crowd of tourists. Fortunately, this loud crowd stays in the far building, so your dinner is not spoiled.

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What to do near the Bridge?

Past the bridge, on the mainland, is a line of local roadside stalls, the way they like to do in Thailand. Each stall sells the same things, mostly those famous Phuket Pineapples and those huge scary-looking coconut crabs. It’s fun to stop by for a photo.

Shops at the Sarasin bridge

Natai Beach and Pilai Beach

Baba Beach Club on Natai Beach

Just past the bridge are Natai beach and Pilai beach, two fantastic beaches with no one but you.

Phuket Gateway

Before the bridge, on the Phuket side, you could stop at the ‘Phuket Gateway’, a small shopping village erected at the wrong place, hoping that people would stop in or out of the island. But, just as you can expect, no one stops there: if you arrive in Phuket, you want to reach your destination. If you are leaving the island, you are on your way somewhere, and it would take something more impressive to stop you.

Phra Kaew Beach

Haad Pak Phra Beach

Exploring the small beaches next to the bridge is also fun. The first small one is home to Rimpan Seafood, as mentioned earlier. The second, Pak Phra Beach, is where people wash and bathe in jellyfish!

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Sai Kaew Beach

Sai Kaew Beach Phuket

A little further is the fantastic and deserted Sai Kaew beach. It’s a bit of a walk, but it’s worth it.

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Map of Sarasin Bridge

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Sai Kaew Beach (Haad Sai Kaew)

Thanoon Seafood Restaurant Phuket

Rimpan Seafood Restaurant Phuket

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