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Surin (Southern Thailand)

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Surin Beach

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

Understand[edit]

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 mouth-wateringly 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[edit]

Surin Beach is about 20 minutes away from Phuket Airport. An airport co-op taxi costs 450 bath, while a metered taxi may do the trip for as little as 300. For the way back, the local taxi mafia wants 600 baht.

Blue-and-white songthaews can be taken from Bus Terminal 1 in Phuket Town. Cost is B50,and they continue on to the next beach some 3km distant. On return, they appear to stop at about 4pm, so you will need to take a taxi if you can find one at all! Will cost B600 (the "official" price).

Tuk-tuks lying in wait at the intersection in front of the beach demand a non-negotiable 300 baht for the trip to the next beach along.

Get around[edit]

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

See[edit][add listing]

Wat Surin

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

Do[edit][add listing]

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 in season, but all of Phuket is not consistent for surfing waves. Something to do in between relaxing. There are surfboards and bodyboards to rent on the beach or from the Saltwater Dreaming Surf Shop back on the main road.

Surfing at Surin Beach

Snorkeling: You can snorkel here in the dry season from October to April. around the headland at the northern end and out to the headland at Pansea Beach.

Buy[edit][add listing]

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

  • Plaza Surin. Various boutiques in Surin Beach.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

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[edit]

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.

  • Patcharin Seafood, (extreme south end of beach). Don't be scared off by the decrepit appearance, this is the oldest eatery on the beach and still does a roaring business serving up tasty and cheap food. The Thai food is authentic and delicious, and the Western food is, well, generously portioned. Basic noodles start from 60 baht and a huge pot of tom yum kung goes for 150.  edit

Mid-range[edit]

  • Nok Seafood, (middle of beach). Thai and Western food on a raised platform above the beach, with little luxuries like a tablecloth. Thai dishes here are a cut above the competition. 300 baht.  edit
  • Positano, (next to Manathai). Kitschy Italian eatery run by a voluble Italian guy. The wood-fired pizza is good (from 220 baht), but the haphazard and overpriced pasta dishes are best avoided. Wine menu is limited to one red and white each. 500 baht.  edit

Splurge[edit]

  • Silk, 15 Moo 6, Kamala Beach, Kathu (Andara Resort & Villas), +66 76 338777 ext 680, [1]. Well-presented gourmet Thai food in slick, modern surroundings, priced to match. 1000 baht.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Catch Beach Club, (north end of beach), [2]. Surin's only nightspot worthy of the name, with slick, billowing white sails, lit-up palm trees, roaring fires, several fully-stocked bars and a menu of expensive, pretentious fusion food. Also open during the day, but lounger rental goes for a ridiculous 1500 baht if you're not a guest at the Twinpalms Resort. Cocktails around 300 baht.  edit
  • Surin Bay Inn (สุรินทร์เบย์ิอิินน์) Sport Bar on Surin Beach Phuket Tel: 0 7632 5815, (Sport Bar) Surin Beach Hotel Resort

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Budget[edit]

  • Bangtao Kanita House, 149/14-15 Moo 4, Srisoonthon Rd, Talang, 83110, 076-527822-3, [3]. Air-conditioned guestrooms, internet access, phone, mini-bar, coffee/tea maker. Facilities are parking, swimming pool, and shuttle bus. Rates start at THB 900.00.  edit
  • Surin Bay Inn (สุรินทร์ เบย์ อินน์), 106/11 Moo 3, Cherngtalay (next to Courtyard), +66-76-271601, [4]. 12-room basic hotel next to Courtyard that has seen better days, but might be worth considering if you just want a place to crash near the beach. 800-3000 baht.  edit

Mid-range[edit]

  • Courtyard by Marriott Phuket at Surin Beach, 106/27 Moo 3, Cherngtalay, Talang, +66-76-303300, [5]. Formerly the Surin Beach Resort, thoroughly reworked by Marriott in 2008 and now a very slick-looking modern resort. Three pools, one of them enormous (but shallow), with two water slides and hence plenty of kids. Two-story gym, pool bar, restaurant, breakfast buffet. 2500 baht and up.  edit
  • Surin Gate, (Surin beach is located on the west coast of Phuket Island, only 20 minutes from Phuket international airport. Within 10 minutes driving you have Kamala Beach and Bang Tao Beach.), +66 0 76 32 31 28 (), [6]. Modern one bedrooms apartments overlooking swimming pool and tropical garden. All apartments have balconies, cable TV and WiFi access.  edit
  • Surin Park, (Surin Park is 900 metres from Surin Plaza and a 15-minute drive from Patong Beach. It is 20 minutes’ drive from Phuket Town and 20 minutes' drive from Phuket International Airport.), +66 0 76 32 31 28 (), [7]. A variety of large 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments and penthouses a 400m walk from Surin Beach and Bang Tao Beach. All of them have their own fully-equipped kitchen and the open living area extends out onto the terrace. The penthouse units include a rooftop terrace with BBQ and private Jacuzzi.  edit

Splurge[edit]

  • Bang Tao Tropical Residence, 110/111 Moo 3 Srisoontorn Rd, Surin Soi 8, Cherngtalay, Thalang, +66 (0) 76 318 400, [8]. The hotel offers accommodation rooms, all of which have large plasma TVs, fully furnished kitchen, and a large en-suite bathroom. Some of its amenities include a gym, spa, restaurant, and a swimming pool. Rates on official website start at THB 5,500.00.  edit
  • Baan Nicolina, Surin, Phuket, 0 887 475 838, [9]. Baan Nicolina, located in famous Laem Sign Estate, is absolutely a dream villa. Four spacious bedrooms, all modern facilities with concierve services make this villa the perfect place for unique holidays. from USD 850.  edit
  • Baan Santisuk, [10]. Baan Santisuk is a perfect villa for a luxury getaway, niched on a lush green headland surrounded by Andaman Sea and 2 white-sand beaches. from USD 1150.  edit
  • Laemsingh Villa 3, [11]. Laemsingh Villa 3, niched in Laem Sign Estate, offers numerous luxurious touch worthy of a 5-star hotel from USD 850.  edit
  • Villa Ayara Surin, 50/26 Chaofa-Nok Road,Tambol Vichit, Amphue Muang, Phuket, 0 887 475 838, [12]. Villa Ayara Surin offers amazing views from all levels of the property and the pool area is best for spending the days delighting in the sunshine. from USD 1250.  edit
  • Villa Chan Grajang, Villa 15, 124/126 Moo 3, Cherng Talay, Thalang, [13]. Villa Chan Grajang is located in the ultra-desirable Surin Beach area on the west shore of Phuket and makes up two different villas, each with its own pool, with a total indoor/outdoor residing spaceof 2272 square meters. from USD 1450.  edit
  • Villa Rak Tawan, 52/26 Chaofa-Nok Road,Tambol Vichit, Amphue Muang, [14]. Villa Rak Tawan, one of Phuket’s most glamorous, ultra-private estates snuggled on the top of the island’s stylish Surin Beach hill. The elegant six-bedroom pool villa Rak Tawan is ideally niched for an extraordinary luxury retreat. USD 5,500 a night (Available Peak Season – Christmas and New Year only).  edit
  • Villa Talay Singh, [15]. This exclusive oceanfront villa is perched on headland between the lovely Surin and Laemsingh beaches. from USD 995.  edit
  • Villa Yang Som, [16]. Villa Yang Som, an exotic living on a really spectacular scale, is located on the remarkable west coat of Phuket, high up on a hill. from USD 1200.  edit
  • The Quarter Phuket, 92/5, Moo 3 Cherng Talay sub-district, Talang District, +66 (0) 76 326 035, [17]. Each suite includes air-conditioned bedrooms with en suite bathrooms and an indoor/outdoor dining and living area with a pantry or full kitchen. Rates start at THB 4,700.00.  edit

Stay safe[edit]

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; however this has not deterred the local surf enthusiasts 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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