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Surin Beach lies a few kilometres north of Kamala, and has one of the most beautiful beaches on Phuket. A public park developed from a long-closed golf course has kept the hotels well away from the sand, and it's a shame that other beaches on Phuket haven't developed in a similar manner.
Known as Phuket’s five-star beach, 800-metre Surin has long attracted the rich, royal and famous. The old golf course was once a favoured playing ground for Thai elites dressed in crisp white, and locals still talk about HM the King of Thailand’s visit to the beach in the 1950s. An elaborate pavilion has since been built in his honour near the beach entrance.
After the luxury Amanpuri resort opened in the late 1980s, upscale restaurants popped up beachside and pricey private villas spread over the hills near the beach. Even so, those of us without celebrity-sized bank accounts will still find plenty to enjoy here.
During peak season from November to April the crystal clear water is calm and suitable for swimming and snorkelling. The bay here is deeper than other west-coast beaches though, making it less ideal for swimming families than nearby Kamala or Patong beaches. The rocks at the far ends of the beach are good for spotting colourful aquatic creatures like the abundant parrot fish, although the coral reefs aren’t as plentiful as they once were.
During the southwest monsoon (May-October) the waves can be a metre or more high. They're perfect for a little bit of surfing, but can make swimming conditions treacherous. Surin Beach gets reasonable waves at both its northern and southern end, but watch out for the rocky section at the centre -- it's nasty. There are sudden drop-offs in the water's depth as well as rip tides, and Surin Beach claims a few lives each year. If there are red flags flying on the beach do not go in the water. Though there’s now a lifeguard stand year round, children should be watched very closely.
Browse our independent reviews of places to stay in and around Surin Beach or check hotel reviews on Agoda and Booking . Hungry? Read up on where to eat on Surin Beach. If you're still figuring out how to get there, you need to read up on how to get to Surin Beach, or book your transport online with 12Go Asia.
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