Sarasin Bridge in Phuket

Connecting Phuket Island to Mainland Thailand

Sarasin Bridge was the first bridge built that linked Phuket Island to Phang Nga Province on Mainland Thailand. Named after a Thai-Chinese politician (the Sarasin family has been a wealthy clan involved in Thailand business and politics since the 19th century), this 700-metre bridge was built in 1967 to replace the ferry which was then the only connection to the mainland.

Tourism development and the increase of road traffic forced authorities to build a new and larger bridge right next to Sarasin Bridge. Thepkasattri Bridge (named after the long road down the middle of Phuket, which the bridge is a continuation of) was completed in 2011. Sarasin Bridge was then transformed into a tourist attraction – a pedestrian bridge where you can enjoy the sunset and sea breeze.

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What to see at Sarasin Bridge

The idea of keeping the old bridge as a tourist attraction may sound strange, but it's quite a popular destination in the evening for many local people. Saphan Sarasin (as it's known in Thai) has been transformed into an interesting strolling destination. Two towers, linked by a platform, have been built in its central part to create a viewpoint over the Andaman Sea to the west and fishing villages and Phang Nga Bay to the east. The floor is covered with tiles and many ornate and the attractive lamps line the walkway, making it especially beautiful at dusk.

After 6pm, anglers set up their equipment (mostly a stool, a fishing rod and a powerful lamp) to catch fish and squid from the busy waters under the bridge. On the Phuket side, many vendors set up their stands to sell various Thai snacks and drinks, including barbecued squid, chicken satay, fruit, soft drinks and cans of beer cans. At the feet of the bridge on the Phang Nga side, there’s an excellent seafood restaurant named Thanoon Seafood. This open-air restaurant is right on the beach, about 50 metres from Sarasin Bridge on the left-hand side. On the right, you'll find a row of very popular shops which sell dried fish, crabs, souvenirs, T-shirts, beach toys, and drinks.

Sarasin Bridge

  • Location: Thepkrasatree Rd, Mai Khao, Thalang, Phuket 83110, Thailand
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