Saphan Sarasin is the first bridge built that linked Phuket Island to the mainland of Phang Nga Province. 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 700m 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 (over 10,000 new cars were bought in Phuket in 2012!) forced authorities to build a new and larger bridge right next to Sarasin Bridge. Thepkasattri Bridge (named after the airport road) was completed in 2011. Sarasin Bridge was then transformed into a touristic attraction; a pedestrian bridge where to enjoy sunset and sea breeze.
The idea of keeping an old bridge as a touristic attraction may sound strange but it is quite a popular destination in the evening for many local people. The bridge has been transformed into an interesting strolling destination; two towers linked by a platform have been built in its centre part to create a viewpoint onto 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 lining the walkway make it beautiful at dusk.
After 18:00, anglers install their equipment (mostly a stool, a fishing rod and a powerful torch light) to catch fish and squid from the busy waters under the bridge. On the Phuket side, many vendors setup their stands to sell various Thai snacks and drinks; barbecued squid, chicken satay, fruit, soft drinks and beer cans are available and at the 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 50m from Sarasin Bridge on the left-hand side.
Sarasin Bridge is not the most exciting attraction in Phuket but it certainly gives a real taste of local life. On Phang Nga side, right after the bridge you find a row of very popular shops which sell dried fish, crabs, souvenirs, T-shirts, beach toys, and drinks.
If you go there by car, the best way is to cross Thepkasattri Bridge, take a U-turn and park at the row of shops. Note that the best time to enjoy Sarasin Bridge is between 17:00 – 19:00.
- Opening Hours: All year round
- Location: Northern end of Phuket Island