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Surin Beach

Escape the throngs of party-goers at Patong beach and enjoy the serenity of Surin, one of Phuket’s most beautiful beaches. You won’t find any motorboats, jet skis, or extreme watersports here. Instead, there’s the simplicity of swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and enjoying the sun.

The gently curving beach is set below the foothills north of Kamalais and is known for its beautiful sunsets and relaxing vibe a little off the beaten path.

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Price

Free

Time Spent

30-120minutes

Fitness level: Easy

Hours

24 hours7 days

Look Around

Swaying palm treesSwaying palm trees
Large rocksLarge rocks
Playing in waves breaking on rocksPlaying in waves breaking on rocks
Epic sunsetsEpic sunsets
Beautiful Surin Beach
Lifeguard stationLifeguard station
Friendly stray dogsFriendly stray dogs
Shady treesShady trees
Sandy shoreSandy shore
Washed up drift woodWashed up drift wood
Around the beach

Who Will Like Surin Beach

Relaxation Guru

Surrender completely to the soothing sounds of breaking waves and palm trees swaying in the breeze as you lay in the shade with your favorite book.

Nature Lover

Stroll along the water’s edge to soak in every bit of this picture-perfect beach. Catch a glimpse of colorful fish swimming near the rocks at the north and south ends of the beach.

Photography Whiz

Spend hours at this beautiful, postcard-worthy stretch of sand photographing everything from sunsets to crashing waves, to local children playing on the rocks.

Insider Tips For Surin Beach

  • Swimming and snorkeling are best during dry season (November-April) and not recommended during rainy season (May-October).
  • Come on weekdays to avoid weekend and public holiday crowds.
  • Beach chairs and umbrellas are available for rent from local beach vendors.

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Where Is It

Choeng Thale, Thalang District, Phuket 83110, Thailand

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How To Get There

Car

Free • Shaded parking with plenty of spots for cars and motorbikes located near the lifeguard station.

Driving directions... Walking directions from car...

Taxi

Several taxis are can be found near the beach entrance. Alternatively, use a rideshare app like Grab.

Bus (Airport Rawai BusSurin Beach)

5-minute walk from bus stop. Buses run about once per hour.

Walking directions from bus...

Parking lot at north end

What To Bring

Do:
  • Swimsuit.
  • Beach towel or beach blanket.
  • Sunscreen and hat for sun protection.
  • Snorkels or goggles.
Don't:
  • Valuable belongings like large amounts of cash and precious jewelry. 

Tech & Photography

Photography

Photography allowed: Yes

Tripod allowed: Yes

Selfie sticks allowed: Yes

Best time to shoot: Golden Hour

Drones

Drones allowed: Yes (subject to national/regional rules)

Bags

Backpacks allowed: Yes

Secured bag lockers available: No

Food & Drink

  • Patcharin Seafood - Local seafood restaurant located at the southern end of the beach with ocean views.

Several food stalls are located toward the south end of the beach selling cold drinks like beer and fresh coconut, snacks, and freshly made hot meals like phad Thai and green curry.

Backstory

The Surin Beach park was initially developed as a golf course for Thai elites by King Rama VII in the 1950s. It then became a public park that restricted direct beach access for hotel and resort developments, making Surin one of the few beaches on Phuket that isn’t lined with hotels.

Surin was struck by the 2004 tsunami, which wiped out nearby shops and restaurants and replaced the soft white beach sands with a darker, brown version.

In 2014, Surin became the first beach on Phuket to remove all commercial activity. That rule has since relaxed with some food and rental vendors returning to the beach, but maintaining a balance between preserving beauty and peacefulness with practical development.

Etiquette

Do:
  • Obey signage about swimming conditions and beach usage.
  • Use bins for all rubbish.
  • Be careful swimming near or climbing on the rocks. 
Don't:
  • Disturb other beach-goers with loud music or noise.
Swim between the flags

Scorecard

Best Parts:
  • Breathtaking beach  with limited development.
  • Beautiful sunsets.
Could Be Better:
  • No vailability of restrooms and public facilities.
  • Likely crowds during peak season.
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