On the western coast of Phuket lies a beach of crystal clear turquoise water and white powdery sand known as Surin Beach. This pristine shore also known as ‘Millionaire’s Row’ due to its cluster of luxury properties and where one will often find celebrities both Thai and international stars spotted on the beach. The beach is a half an hour drive away from Phuket airport and it takes a similar period of time to arrive at the beach from Patong. The atmosphere on the beach is mostly calm and pleasant but during off season tides can be strong.
To the north of Surin beach is Pansea beach which is famous for its beauty and exotic landscapes. Pansea is about 400-meter long and it offers comfortable shade from coconut and palm trees that beachgoers can escape from the scorching sunlight during the daytime. However, the beach is occupied 80% by the beachfront property, leaving the only entrance to Pansea Beach is through Amanpuri Phuket.
The nearest beach to Surin beach is Bangtao which is just 2 km away. Bangtao beach is famous for its luxurious resorts, beautiful villas and of course, the 6 km long pristine beach. The beach is also close to the Cherng Talay town where one can still see the locals fishing, farming and rubber tapping in this area. Asia’s biggest resort like Laguna Phuket is located in Bangtao area.
Surin Beach is known as a Millionaire’s Row due to its luxury accommodation cluster in the area. Therefore, there are so many options for the hotels and resorts when compared to the busy Patong. However, there around 30 hotels and resorts for travelers to choose to range from the three-star boutique hotels to the five-star property. If one is looking for the luxury and good service the famous Twinpalm Phuket or the Ayara Hilltops – both receive quite good reviews on the service.
Vacation Rentals & Luxury Villas
Surin is an area for high roller, so there are many private properties scattered around this location. Over 40 luxury estates are found within this premise, however; if one is looking for the best holiday home, one should never miss Villa Yang Som located on Baan Thai Surin Hill.
Day Attractions & Activities
To ensure no one gets bored on the beach, there are many fun kinds of stuff that can be done in Surin.
For those who enjoy surfing on the beach, this area is popular for its strong and big waves. Surfing begins at 10.00 hr. in the morning and closes at 20.00 hr. every night.
The beach also hosts a few five stars spa centers that are located in local resorts. Thai herbal sauna treatment on Surin Beach is definitely worth a try. Spa treatment services on the beach are moderately expensive and are available from morning to evening every day.
Thai Cooking Class
Attending Thai cooking classes is also another interesting to do. These classes are generally conducted on request and it lasts around 3-4 hrs in which the chefs help the students prepare a couple of signature Thai dishes. People can have the freedom to go shopping for ingredients in the local market to prepare their own dish.
Dining & Shopping
Many travelers come to Surin beach not only for its beauty but for shopping. One can find many types of shops in the market. There is also a local market where one can find products at a cheaper rate.
Bocconcino is famous for its Italian cuisine and sweets. Stunning handicrafts can be found in Bodhi. There are plenty of local restaurants on Surin beach many of which are right on the seashore. Most of them are for family, but there are certain trendy bars and clubs if you are alone or looking to spend good time with your friends. For those who wish to try Mediterranean cuisine Cudos restaurant is the best place. The restaurant is moderately expensive but offers perfect food and ambiance. And those who love seafood Nok seafood is popular for its Thai cuisine and seafood and also offers indoor and outdoor seating.
Nightlife on Surin beach changes according to the season. From November to May there are parties every night whereas during the off-peak season you could find it only on weekends. Catch beach club and Surin Bay Inn are a very famous attraction for tourist to spend a late night time with friends and loved ones. Many international artists often perform live in these clubs.