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What to do on Surin Beach?


Surin Beach is one of the island’s most beautiful and natural spots. 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. You can now sit down at small tables under the coconut trees and enjoy local Thai food at one of the many small food stalls or one Thai restaurant at the south end of the beach.

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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 the high season as the water can be incredibly clear, as seen in the photos below (December to April), but the sea can be rough in the 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 a little away from the sea. It’s a striking 800-meter soft sand stripe and a little paradise. Depending on what the law authorises during your visit, you can rent umbrellas and sometimes loungers. 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. Access to Laem Singh has been closed to the public, and it has become 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 in Phuket, but only The Surin and The Amanpuri Resort‘s guests 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 so on. It’s good to see life back.

Beachside hawkers and street food

Surin Beach beachfront restaurants

All along the beach, small local restaurants set up inviting tables and chairs, the perfect spots for an inexpensive lunch or even just a snack and a drink. The beachfront was home to many fancy restaurants and beach clubs that were illegally built and destroyed, but the demand was still there, and locals were resourceful. First, hawkers came back to the vast parking area, and year after year, chairs and umbrellas popped up everywhere.

The Smokaccia

The Smokaccia Laboratory by Chef Luca

The Smokaccia by Chef Luca is an amazing little restaurant located by the roadside in Surin Beach. The concept entirely based on sourdough is as surprising as it is delicious. At first, we were a bit curious about how sourdough could be the main ingredient of every dish on the menu. Your dish is cold smoked at your table and served with different oils and dips if you want to experience different taste variations. The bread is light and crisp outside, and that unique smokey taste adds to the fresh ingredients.

Address: 116/4 Moo 3 Surin, Choeng Thale, Phuket 83110
Hours: 10.30 am – 6 pm, closed on Tuesday and Wednesday
Phone: 093 179 4489
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheSmokacciaLaboratory/
Reservations: recommended for dinner

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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 on the sand. As you can imagine, the Patcharin restaurant became much more popular after removing all other venues. The food is good and well-priced, and the view is 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, exclusive spas, and excellent cuisine.

Range: 5-star
Swimming pools: 1
Restaurants and bars: 3
Distance to the beach: 350 m
Distance from airport: 23 km
Distance to Patong Beach: 13 km
Distance to Phuket Town: 24 km

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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 and a magnificent spa.

Range: 5-star
Swimming pools: 1
Restaurants and bars: 3
Distance to the closest beach: on the beach!
from airport: 24 km
to Patong Beach: 13 km
to Phuket Town: 25 km

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Amanpuri Phuket

Amanpuri Resort Phuket

Range: 5-star
Swimming pools: 1 (+ all villas have pools)
Restaurants and bars: 5
Distance to the closest beach: on the beach!
from airport: 24 km
to Patong Beach: 13 km
to Phuket Town: 25 km


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-floor modern building full of house decorations, lovely paintings, and clothing. Try ‘Ginger’, a fashion shop 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 and walk from beach clubs to bars and 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 partying around trendy bars and talented DJs.

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 ▷ https://goo.gl/maps/kG5mf4jHAa7mMRU7A.


Surin Beach Map

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What’s Around?

Twinpalms Phuket Resort

Laem Singh Beach

Willy Thuan
https://www.phuket101.net/
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 Phuket101.net and manage large international online travel guides.