Surin Beach is one of Phuket most beautiful bays. Long gone are the beach clubs and the restaurants, but it looks a lot more lively now. Surin Beach used to be very popular for its wide choice of dining venues and trendy beach clubs. It still is blessed with a large beach of beautiful sand and a fantastic blue sea. The quality of the water and sand always makes it one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. Swimming is excellent during high season (December to April), but the sea can be rough in low season.
What changed on Surin Beach?
The answer is simple: EVERYTHING.
Surin beach used to be a great place to party, walk from beach clubs to bar and to restaurants all along the beach. You could rest on the comfortable sofas of the many beach clubs until sunset when it was time to start party around trendy bars and talented DJ’s.
Most of it is gone, all of what was on the beach and across the small street: the famous Catch Beach Club that pioneered the beach club trend in Phuket, the excellent Salt restaurant, all gone. Today the beach is undeniably beautiful and natural with lots of palm trees, and parking is not a problem anymore. But it’s not all gone! Thai people are way too resourceful not to find a way to bring the trade back where it is most needed! During high season, Surin beach now has a long line of local food vendors, fresh fruit juice stalls, massage, beach toys vendors and the list goes on. It’s good to see life back.
Where to Stay near Surin Beach
The most attractive resorts are Twinpalms Resort, The Surin, Ayara Resort and of course the legendary Amanpuri. Just next to Surin beach is the beautiful ‘Pansea beach‘, but hotels owning the land around the beach will not allow access to non-guests. Surin Beach Resort is the only budget hotel nearby with beach access.
Shopping on Surin Beach
You won’t find much around Surin Beach but a few shops worth mentioning. ‘Lemongrass’ sells spa and massage products with a large range of oils and essences. The ‘Plaza’ is a three floors trendy building full of house decorations and some nice paintings and clothing. Try ‘Ginger’, a fashion shop that originated from Chiang Mai displaying an original collection of clothing and accessories at very affordable prices.