Heading 2km further north up the western coast from Kamala and approx 22km from Phuket Town lies the quiet coastal village of Surin. This picturesque and beautiful long white sand beach has calm, gently lapping waters and is fringed with Casuarina trees. Despite being a popular destination for tourists, locals and the mega-rich international jet set crowd, it manages to maintain a laid back ambience and with many beach vendors offering food and beverages, you may never need to leave the comfort of your sunlounger. The northern end of the beach is known as Pansea Beach and is a private stretch of sand reserved only for the millionaires and celebrities that grace these shores, staying in the high-end luxury resorts and hilltop villas overlooking the ocean.
Watersports can be found here, but this beach is better suited to those looking for peace and quiet away from the drone of speedboat and jetski engines. These activities are more readily available from the busier beaches along the coast so rarely infiltrate the serene and tranquil ambience of Surin. Sea Kayaks, bodyboarding and surfing are popular when conditions are right and as with many of the beaches along the western coast of Phuket, there is good snorkelling to be found offshore when the sea is calm. During the rainy season however (from June to October) exercise extreme caution when swimming as conditions are dangerous due to the strong rip current and powerful waves.
Surin caters for the jet-set crowd so why not relax and indulge in one of the luxurious massage and spas instead or hone your cookery skills in a thai cooking class. Elephant Trekking is also a popular activity in the area.
Surin nighlife is the anti-thesis to the hedonistic pursuits on offer in busier resorts such as Patong. For a chilled out relaxed evening head to one of the many establishments along Soi Haad Surin 8. Popular haunts with a party vibe include the Liquid lounge and the Stereo Lab Beach Club and Lounge. Both are modern, trendy venues which get busy late on and party into the small hours. The beachfront offers some of the best and most varied eateries on the island where simple beachfront dining rubs shoulders with more modern, hip and trendy looking establishments to cater for all manner of traveller and budget.
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