Surin Beach, Phuket

Surin Beach – What to Do on Surin Beach?

What to Do on Surin Beach?

Surin Beach is one of Phuket most beautiful and natural spots on the island. Long gone are the many famous beach clubs and the long line of restaurants that made this place so famous, but the beach looks a lot more natural now. It still is blessed with a large beach of beautiful sand and a fantastic blue sea.

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The quality of the water and sand always makes it one of the best beaches in Phuket. Swimming is excellent during high season as the water can be incredibly clear as you can see on the photos below (December to April), but the sea can be rough in low season.

Surin Beach in Phuket

What to do on Surin?

The Beach

As usual, the beach is the main reason people drive to spend the day here or book one of the hotels located a little away from the sea. It’s a striking 800-meter stripe of soft sand and indeed a little paradise. You can rent umbrellas and sometimes loungers, depending on what the law authorises at the time of your visit. Food vendors are selling some good cheap Thai food in the parking just behind the line of trees.

Surin Beach in Phuket

Laem Singh Beach

Laem Singh Beach Phuket

Laem Singh Beach was also a much-loved place, a little tropical bay with coconut trees leaning over the sand and bamboo restaurants in their shade. The access to Laem Singh has been closed to the public, and it became a deserted paradise. However, there are still two little-known ways to access it!

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Pansea Beach

Pansea Beach

Pansea is another stunning beach on Phuket, but only the guests of The Surin and The Amanpuri resort can access it. Private beaches are not allowed in Thailand, but similar to what happened to the neighbouring Laem Singh, if you own the land around, no one can cross it to reach the sea. The only way to enjoy it is to stay at one of the two hotels. We did it, and it was fantastic to have such a beach, almost for yourself.

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Where to Eat on Surin Beach

All the fantastic restaurants that used to sit on the side beach are long gone, but you can buy from local vendors, and one restaurant still stands at the very south of the beach. Thai people are way too resourceful not to find a way to bring the trade back where it is most needed! During high season, Surin beach now has a long line of local food vendors, fresh fruit juice stalls, massage, beach toys vendors, and the list goes on. It’s good to see life back.

Patcharin Seafood

Patcharin is the only restaurant still operating in Surin. It may have to do with the fact that the restaurant is built on the rocks and not directly the sand. As you can imagine, the Patcharin restaurant got a lot more popular after removing all other venues. The food is good and well priced, and the view beautiful.

Palm Seaside

Palm Seaside Restaurant on Bangtao Beach

Palm Seaside is a trendy venue from the nearby TwinPalm hotel, which is also known for the famous Catch Beach Club on the same beach. The design creates a superb atmosphere to enjoy a sunset cocktail by the sea, followed by a seafood dinner. The price is on the high side.

Location: Bangtao Beach
Address: 110/2 Moo 3, Cherng Talay, Thalang, South Bangtao Beach, Phuket
Open: Lunch: 12 noon – 4 pm, Dinner: 6 pm – 11 pm (last order)
Phone: 094 480 0883
Price: High

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Arva Italian Restaurant

Arva Italian Restaurant at Amanpuri Phuket

Arva is an exclusive Italian restaurant at the famous Amanpuri Phuket, serving authentic cuisine by Chef Luca from Puglia, south Italy. Read more

Address: 118, Srisoonthorn Road Cherngtalay, Thalang District, Phuket 83110
Open: Lunch 12 noon – 3 pm, Dinner 7 pm – 10.30 pm
Phone: 076 324 333
Price: High

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Where to stay near Surin Beach

The most attractive resorts are Twinpalms Resort, The Surin, Ayara Resort and of course the legendary Amanpuri. Just next to Surin Beach is the beautiful ‘Pansea beach‘, but hotels owning the land around the beach will not allow access to non-guests. Surin Beach Resort is the only budget hotel nearby with beach access.

Twinpalms Resort

Twinpalms Phuket Resort

Twinpalms Phuket Resort doesn’t have beachfront access or sea views but is only 350 metres from one of the most beautiful beaches of Phuket. Minimalist designs with elegant lines, large spacious rooms, a vast central pool lined by tall sugar palm trees, and Twinpalms have a lot to offer to travellers with high expectations, including beach clubs and exclusive spas and excellent cuisine.

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The Surin

The Surin Phuket

The Surin Phuket is a beautifully designed hotel with a long history and a fantastic location on Pansea beach. It’s also one of the first luxury hotels on the island and one of the best places in Phuket to escape your busy life! The Surin has three restaurants, including a superb beachfront open terrace to enjoy a sunset dinner, as well as a magnificent spa.

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Amanpuri Phuket

Amanpuri Resort Phuket

Shopping on Surin Beach

You won’t find much around, but a few shops worth mentioning. ‘Lemongrass’ sells spa and massage products with an extensive range of oils and essences. The ‘Plaza’ is a three floors modern building full of house decorations and some lovely paintings and clothing. Try ‘Ginger’, a fashion shop that originated from Chiang Mai displaying an original collection of clothing and accessories at very affordable prices.

What changed on Surin Beach?

The answer is simple: EVERYTHING. Surin used to be a great place to party, walk from beach clubs to bar and to restaurants all along the beach. You could rest on the comfortable sofas of the many beach clubs until sunset when it was time to start party around trendy bars and talented DJ’s.

Most of it is gone, all of what was on the beach and across the small street: the famous Catch Beach Club that pioneered the beach club trend in Phuket, the excellent Salt restaurant, all gone. Today the beach is undeniably beautiful and natural with lots of palm trees, and parking is not a problem anymore.

Surin Beach

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Surin Beach

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How to get to Surin Beach?

You can easily go to Surin Beach by local bus or smart bus, tuk-tuk, taxi or self-driving:

From Patong Beach to Surin Beach: 13 km
From Phuket Airport to Surin: 23 km
From Phuket Town to Surin: 24 km

To get the directions to the beach, open this Google map and click on ‘directions’ or click on save to use it once in Phuket ▷

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Willy Thuan
Born in France a long long time ago, I started to travel the world early and never stopped until I settled in Thailand in 1994. Then for the past 27 years, my passion for photography and my natural curiosity has taken me to every corner of Thailand, jumping frequently between Bangkok and Phuket and basically everywhere I could go. I run and manage large international online travel guides.