(Haad Surin, Ao Surin) is on the west coast of Phuket,
about 15 km north of Patong.
Beach still has a small village atmosphere,
but this is gradually changing as more and more major
housing developments and hotel projects get underway.
Accommodation is not cheap and the best prices are around
500 baht in the low season.
beach itself has clear water and beautiful white sand,
and is lined with tall casuarina trees and small Thai
style restaurants. While one of the quieter beaches
in Phuket, hawkers can still be a minor nuisance, although
most are just content to walk about without actively
getting in your face.
north of Surin is Pansea Bay (Haad Phan Si), a mouth-wateringly
scenic enclave dominated by two deluxe resorts: Amanpuri
and the Chedi. Surin is sometimes called "millionaire's
row" because of the high end villas on hills overlooking
the bay, and film stars or VIPs like to stay there,
as they can get away from the crowds. There are just
a few restaurants and shops nearby.