What to Do on Surin Beach?
- What to Do on Surin Beach?
- Video of Surin Beach!
- What to do on Surin?
- The Beach
- Laem Singh Beach
- Pansea Beach
- Where to Eat on Surin Beach
- Patcharin Seafood
- Palm Seaside
- Arva Italian Restaurant
- Where to stay near Surin Beach
- Twinpalms Resort
- The Surin
- Amanpuri Phuket
- Shopping on Surin Beach
- What changed on Surin Beach?
- More Photos of Surin
- How to get to Surin Beach?
- Surin Beach Map
- What’s Around?
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. 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.
Video of Surin Beach!
What to do on Surin?
The beach is, as usual, the main reason why 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 on the parking just behind the line of trees.
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!
Pansea is another incredibly beautiful beaches 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.
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 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 on directly the sand. As you can imagine, Patcharin restaurant got a lot more popular after the removal of all other venues. The food is good and well priced, and the view beautiful.
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. 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
Arva is an exclusive Italian restaurant at the famous Amanpuri Phuket, serving an 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
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 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, Twinpalms has a lot to offer to travellers with high expectations, including beach clubs, exclusive spas and excellent cuisine.
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.
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.
More Photos of Surin
How to get to Surin Beach?
From Patong Beach to Surin Beach: 13 km
From Phuket Airport to Surin: 23 km
From Phuket Town to Surin: 24 km