Surin Beach Phuket might be one of Thailand's smaller beaches yet it still manages to provide visitors with million dollar views. Situated approximately 15 kilometres north of Patong Beach on the west coast of Phuket, this one kilometre stretch of beach has a similar relaxed feel as it's neighbouring Kamala Beach, but is a little smaller and has less tourists.
This shady little beach which is lined with palms and casuarina pine trees also has a quaint wooden boardwalk at one end which allows beach access for small boats and local fisherman. However, like much of Phuket, development has made its mark in this area. Hence, the beach is surrounded by a variety of restaurants, beach clubs and hotels. These include the high end Chedi, Twin Palms (see below), and the Hilton not to mention the million dollar houses located along Surin which is now aptly known as 'millionaire's row'. This is a far cry from the quiet Surin Muslim village which has been the backbone of Phuket's Muslim community.
Despite this development, Surin Beach Phuket is still one of the nicest beaches in southern Thailand. With turquoise colour water and soft white sand to feel under your feet it is a great place to enjoy the sun while reading a book and looking out over those expensive ocean views.
While jet-ski's can be heard at different times it is clear that this beach has a different atmosphere to say Patong Beach. Here you will see more swimming, snorkeling, Kayaking, and body surfing during the high season when the waters of the Andaman Sea can be as placid as a lake.
While I am not into traditional surfing myself I have noticed that Surin appears to attract its fair share of surfers after the month of May when the monsoon waves roll into Surin.
FOOD AND AMENITIES
When you get hungry there is a small picnic area located conveniently next to the beach which has cement chairs and tables. Here vendors will cook you some quick yet tasty meals such as pad Thai, fried rice, curry noodles and serve them to your table. You can just sit back and watch the surf and listen to the waves while you enjoy your meal and feel the sea breeze on your face.
Apart from a variety of pubs, bars and sports clubs other activities on offer include massage and spa treatments, traditional Thai cooking classes, elephant trekking, restaurants including five star dining , and of course shopping.
The nightlife here is very limited compared to say Patong Beach but there are some establishments with live music along Soi Haad Surin 8 Road. Additionally, there are a couple of clubs including the Catch Beach Club and Liquid Lounge.
Surin Beach is located on Phuket in southern Thailand. The best way to travel to Phuket is by plane or bus. Flights from Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport to Phuket's International Airport occur daily with a number of local airlines servicing the island including Nok Air, Air Asia and Thai Airways.
Being an international airport direct flights are available to Phuket from a number of countries including Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan to name a few. There are an abundance of taxi's and mini-vans located outside the Phuket airport to transport you to your hotel.
Buses to Phuket depart Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal daily with the journey taking approximately 13 hours.
Traveling from Phuket International Airport a 20 minute taxi journey to Surin Beach costs between 300-450 Thai baht.