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'''Surin Beach''' (อ่าวสุรินทร์ ''Ao Surin'', also หาดสุรินทร์ ''Hat Surin'') is on the west coast of [[Phuket]], about 15 km north of [[Patong Beach|Patong]].
  
'''Surin Beach''' (อ่าวสุรินทร์ ''Ao Surin'', also หาดสุรินทร์ ''Hat Surin'') is on the west coast of [[Phuket]], about 15 km north of [[Patong]].
 
[[Image:Surin Beach.JPG|thumb|350px|Surin Beach]]
 
 
== Understand ==
 
== 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.  
 
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.  
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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.
 
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.
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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 ==
 
== Get in ==
Surin Beach is about 20 minutes away from Phuket Airport.  An airport co-op taxi costs 600 bath, while a metered taxi may do the trip for as little as 500.  For the way back, the local taxi mafia wants 700 baht.
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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).
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Blue-and-white songthaews 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.
 
 
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 ==
 
== Get around ==
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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.
 
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.
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'''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
  
[[Image:Visitor.jpg|thumb|350px|Surfing at Surin Beach]]
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[[Image:Visitor.jpg]]
  
 
'''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.
 
'''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.
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== Buy ==
 
== Buy ==
 
There is a 7-Eleven in the village center, as well as a few overpriced minimarts on the beach and the hotel strip.
 
There is a 7-Eleven in the village center, as well as a few overpriced minimarts on the beach and the hotel strip.
 
* <buy name="Plaza Surin" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Various boutiques in Surin Beach.</buy>
 
  
 
== Eat ==
 
== Eat ==
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===Splurge===
 
===Splurge===
* <eat name="Silk" alt="" address="15 Moo 6, Kamala Beach, Kathu" directions="Andara Resort & Villas" phone="+66 76 338777 ext 680" url="http://www.silkphuket.com/" hours="" price="1000 baht" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Well-presented gourmet Thai food in slick, modern surroundings, priced to match.</eat>
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* <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 ==
 
== Drink ==
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===Budget===
 
===Budget===
 
* <sleep name="Bangtao Kanita House" address="149/14-15  Moo 4, Srisoonthon Rd, Talang, 83110" phone="076-527822-3" url="http://www.kanita-bangtao.com/" price="Rates start at THB 900.00"> Air-conditioned guestrooms, internet access, phone, mini-bar, coffee/tea maker. Facilities are parking, swimming pool, and shuttle bus.</sleep>
 
  
 
* <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="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>
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===Mid-range===
 
===Mid-range===
  
* <sleep name="Courtyard by Marriott Phuket at Surin Beach" alt="" address="106/27 Moo 3, Cherngtalay, Talang" directions="" phone="+66-76-303300" url="http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/hktsb-courtyard-phuket-at-surin-beach" checkin="" checkout="" price="2500 baht and up" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">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.</sleep>
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* <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, good breakfast buffet.</sleep>
 
 
*<sleep name="Surin Gate" alt="" address="" directions="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." phone="+66 0 76 32 31 28" url="http://www.resavaholidays.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]">Modern one bedrooms apartments overlooking swimming pool and tropical garden. All apartments have balconies, cable TV and WiFi access.</sleep>
 
 
 
*<sleep name="Surin Park" alt="" address="" directions="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." phone="+66 0 76 32 31 28" url="http://www.resavaholidays.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]">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.</sleep>
 
  
 
===Splurge===
 
===Splurge===
 
* <sleep name="Villa Baan Suk Sabai" alt="" address="Villa D5, Baan Thai Surin Hill 92/5 Srisoonthorn Rd., Cherngtalay, Thalang" directions="" phone="+852 92 171 322" url="http://www.villabaansuksabai.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Rates vary by season, starting at USD 900" lat="" long="">Boasting exquisite sea-views over Surin beach and Bang Tao Bay, Villa Baan Suk Sabai is the ideal luxury holiday villa in Surin Hill, Phuket. This private villa rental has 5 ensuite bedrooms, indoor and outdoor dining areas, generous living space and entertainment room with pool table, large terrace with swimming pool, full time butlers, chef and security.</sleep>
 
 
* <sleep name="Bang Tao Tropical Residence" alt="" address="110/111 Moo 3 Srisoontorn Rd, Surin Soi 8, Cherngtalay, Thalang" directions="" phone="+66 (0) 76 318 400" url="http://www.lagunaresortphuket.com/phukethotel/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Rates on official website start at THB 5,500.00" lat="" long="">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.</sleep>
 
 
* <sleep name="Baan Nicolina" alt="" address="Surin, Phuket" directions="" phone="0 887 475 838" url="http://phuketdeluxe.com/portfolio/baan-nicolina/" checkin="" checkout="" price="from USD 850" lat="" long=""> 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.</sleep>
 
 
* <sleep name="Baan Santisuk" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://phuketdeluxe.com/portfolio/baan-santisuk/" checkin="" checkout="" price="from USD 1150" lat="" long=""> 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. </sleep>
 
 
* <sleep name="Laemsingh Villa 3" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://phuketdeluxe.com/portfolio/laemsingh-villa-3/" checkin="" checkout="" price="from USD 850" lat="" long="">  Laemsingh Villa 3, niched in Laem Sign Estate, offers numerous luxurious touch worthy of a 5-star hotel </sleep>
 
 
* <sleep name="Villa Ayara Surin" alt="" address="50/26 Chaofa-Nok Road,Tambol Vichit, Amphue Muang,
 
Phuket " directions="" phone="0 887 475 838" url="http://phuketdeluxe.com/portfolio/villa-ayara-surin/" checkin="" checkout="" price="from USD 1250" lat="" long="">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. </sleep>
 
 
* <sleep name="Villa Chan Grajang" alt="" address="Villa 15, 124/126 Moo 3, Cherng Talay, Thalang" directions="" phone="" url="http://phuketdeluxe.com/portfolio/villa-chan-grajang/" checkin="" checkout="" price="from USD 1450" lat="" long="">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.</sleep>
 
 
* <sleep name="Villa Rak Tawan" alt="" address="52/26 Chaofa-Nok Road,Tambol Vichit, Amphue Muang" directions="" phone="" url="http://phuketdeluxe.com/portfolio/villa-rak-tawan/" checkin="" checkout="" price="USD 5,500 a night (Available Peak Season – Christmas and New Year only)" lat="" long="">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.</sleep>
 
 
* <sleep name="Villa Talay Singh" alt="" phone="" url="http://phuketdeluxe.com/portfolio/villa-talay-singh/" checkin="" checkout="" price="from USD 995" lat="" long="">This exclusive oceanfront villa is perched on headland between the lovely Surin and Laemsingh beaches.</sleep>
 
 
* <sleep name="Villa Yang Som" alt="" phone="" url="http://phuketdeluxe.com/portfolio/villa-yang-som/" checkin="" checkout="" price="from USD 1200" lat="" long="">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.</sleep>
 
 
* <sleep name="The Quarter Phuket" address="92/5, Moo 3 Cherng Talay sub-district, Talang District" phone="+66 (0) 76 326 035" url="http://www.thequarterphuket.com" price="Rates start at THB 4,700.00">Each suite includes air-conditioned bedrooms with en suite bathrooms and an indoor/outdoor dining and living area with a pantry or full kitchen.</sleep>
 
  
 
==Stay safe==
 
==Stay safe==

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