Surin is a very chic neighbourhood visited by the jetset and is home to several five star spa resorts. Many also have a holiday home here or reside in awe-inspiring villas, with one end of the beach being known as 'Millionaire's Row' due to the number of expansive properties set up on the hillside with stunning views. The area has an understated elegance and retains much of its original tropical beauty and offers a perfect choice for a holiday in one of our luxury Surin villas.
Surin is 15km north of lively Patong. Surin beach itself is calm and relaxed, with a laid back vibe, an elegant haven to relax and rejuvenate.
The main activity here is centred around enjoying the beach. You will find a spot to have a massage on the beach, swim or kayak. The beach is also popular with surfers. You can go for a walk and cover Surin on foot and it's quite easy to walk to neighbouring Bang Tao.
There is plenty of space for visitors and tourists to enjoy the acquamarine sea and pad barefoot along the sand. It's uncrowded and easy to find your own area to relax.
There are many restaurants and bars lining the beach and you can choose from all types of traditional and international food. The local authorities have recently cleaned up the beach, so that a few of the restaurants have been removed and pushed back to across the road and sun loungers removed. There is a lunchtime market featuring vendors selling tropical fruit shakes, spicy Thai salads and all sorts of delectable street food.
There are a number of high end resorts in Surin including the Amanpuri, Twinpalms and The Surin. Many of these have spas, restaurants, bars and beach clubs open to non-residents.
The beach is quiet and has a beautiful stretch of sand for you to pick a spot to relax. This beach is popular for surfing - especially at high tide and during August, September and October. The bay here can be dangerous for swimmers due to the nature of the tides, but is pleasant from December, January and February. It is not often shallow enough for small children to paddle.
This is a beautiful beach mostly used by the residents of the Amanpuri or The Surin, but as no beaches in Thailand are private, you can access it via the sea or the hotel.
There are lots of things to do in Surin, but most activities tend to be laid back. You can chill out on the beach, kayak, snorkel or swim. Dine out or visit one of the high-end beach clubs. In the monsoon season, Surin beach is popular with surfers. There are also several small boutiques to satisfy shoppers.
In the months of December to March this is a good spot to snorkel as the water is calm and clear.
Yachting and Sailing
You can charter a sailing boat from one of the main resorts like Twinpalms.
August to October are good months for surfing here and this has been picked as number 47 in CNN's top 50 surf spots in the world. Waves are not huge and this is suitable for beginner to experienced surfers. Try the Surin Beach Surf School or the local lifeguard hut for board hire.
Wat Surin Temple
The local temple is on the beach and you can visit if you respect local customs.
The Surin plaza has a mix of clothing, interior design and art boutiques. There is a Tesco Lotus park located between the village of Cherng Talay and Surin beach.
Spa and Wellbeing.
There are many opportunities to have a massage on the beach and they are cheap enough that you could make it a daily treat. For pure indulgence, why not try the spa at one of the high end resorts:
The Spa at The Surin
Choose from a range of treatments to preen, polish and rejuvenate including the Coconut glowing scrub made with locally grown coconuts or the locally named Surin wave massage.
Located above Pansea beach, the spa offers a range of treatments in a tranquil setting to soothe the soul and clear the mind.
The Sun spa Esthederm treatments from Paris focus on adapting your skin to the tropical weather elements using patented cellular water. Try the Travellers Revivial facial and body massage.
There is an eclectic mix of restaurants in Surin, with options to suit all tastes and beach bars dotted along the coastline and street vendors selling tasty treats. Here are a few of our favourites:
Taste Surin Beach
Taste serves fresh seafood, salads and steaks. Try the blackened tuna with wasabi alioli or grilled fish tacos with advocado and lime. The walls are adorned with fine art.
A great spot to sip on a cocktail and watch the sun go down over Surin beach. International, Thai and seafood on the menu - try pan fried shrimp with green peppercorn, caper and chilli dressing.
Salt on Surin
A beach club serving western and Thai food, signature dish is Khao Sai Gai (Chicken Chiang Mai noodles). Live sport is often shown here and there is a cocktail happy hour.
Oriental Spoon grill
A hip and contemporary restaurant that is part of the Twinpalms resort. A seperate grill and Thai menu and an extensive wine and champagne list.
Bimi beach club
A lively beach club open all day from 10am to 11pm with signature cocktails and a range of beachside eats including salads, burgers, noodles and seafood. Live DJs are spinning the decks daily.
The nightlife in Surin is quieter than Patong, partying is centred around the glamorous beach clubs. Many restaurants and bars are open until late for late night eating or a last drink or two.
Zazada Beach Club
Located directly on Surin beach and even has its own plunge pool. Saturday evenings they have a live saxophone player. They describe their cuisine as fun Asian contemporary fusion. They have a children's menu.
Catch Beach Club
Guests not residing at Twinpalms can purchase a day pass to the Catch Beach Club which is open until 2am. Lounge on the beach club sofas or take a giant pillow to the beach. A range of delicious food and drinks are served and music is played by international DJs. The club has a list of events on its website. www.catchbeachclub.com
Diamond Beach Club
A stylish beach club serving food, but also open late for listening to live DJs and sipping one of the mixologists signature cocktails like the Surin Spice with Lemongrass, Cucumber, Chilli, Kaffir lime and Vodka. Dining here can be alfresco or in an air conditioned interior and chef Bruno Nicollini has a Michelin star in his Belgium restaurant.