[[Image:Surin Beach.JPG|thumb|300px|Surin Beach]] '''Surin Beach''' ( อ่าวสุรินทร์ ''Ao Surin'', also หาดสุรินทร์ ''Hat Surin'') is on the west coast of [[Phuket]], about 15 km north of [[Patong Beach|Patong]].
== Understand ==
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.
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 ==
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.
trundle past along the main road to [[Phuket Town ]] and [[Kamala Beach]], but there are no direct connections to Patong. Tuk-tuks lying in wait at the intersection in front of the beach demand a non-negotiable 350 baht for the trip.
== Get around ==
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, 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
'''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 ==
There is a 7-Eleven in the village center, as well as a few overpriced minimarts on the beach and the hotel strip.
== Eat ==
* <eat name="Silk" alt="" address="
5/50 Moo 3, Cherng Talay" directions=" The Plaza Surin" phone="+66 -76 -271702" email="" fax="" url="http://www.silkphuket.com/" hours="" price="1000 baht">Well-presented gourmet Thai food in slick, modern surroundings, priced to match.</eat>
== Drink ==
* <sleep name="Surin Bay Inn" alt="สุรินทร์ เบย์ อินน์" address="106/11 Moo 3, Cherngtalay" directions="next to Courtyard" phone="+66-76-271601" email="" fax="" url="http://www.surinbayinn.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="800-3000 baht">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.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Courtyard
Surin Beach" alt="" address="106/27 Moo 3, Cherngtalay, Talang" directions="" phone="+66-76-303300
" email="" fax="
" url="http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/hktsb-courtyard-phuket-at-surin-beach" checkin="" checkout="" price="2500 baht and up
">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,