|Find the best surf spots||
Biggest waves happen in April to November. Normally the swell is the result of the S.W., monsoon blowing like hell for 3 - 4 days. When the wind drops, the sea glasses off and you get 1 - 2 mtr (max) waves for a couple of days.You can get a ground swell as the fetch around the Andaman sea is just too small. If there's a typhoon situated up in the Bay of Bengal and it's far enough away so it doesn't affect Phuket's weather then there can be some nice clean waves, but that's a fairly rear occurrence. The best breaks are Kalim Reef (righthander) and Karon Beach which is best surfed close to high tide. I remember reading an article in a magazine a few years ago which mentioned the biggest waves along Thailands west coast can be found at an Island called Koh Kradan. It's situated down near Trang and it sits out in deep water.
You can have an absolutely brilliant time. I've spent literally hundreds of hours on my local reef surfing alone or with just a few mates, enjoying the warm water and stunning scenery - true soul surfing even in the tourist jungle that is Phuket.
Location: Southeastern Asia, bordering the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, southeast of Burma
Geographic coordinates: 15° 0' N, 100° 0' E
Coastline km: 3,219 km km
Climate: tropical; rainy, warm, cloudy southwest monsoon (mid-May to September); dry, cool northeast monsoon (November to mid-March); southern isthmus always hot and humid
Terrain: central plain; Khorat Plateau in the east; mountains elsewhere
Elevation: lowest point: Gulf of Thailand 0 m highest point: Doi Inthanon 2,576 m
Natural hazards: land subsidence in Bangkok area resulting from the depletion of the water table; droughts
Currency: baht (THB)
Population: 65,444,371 (July 2005 est.)
Languages: Thai, English (secondary language of the elite), ethnic and regional dialects
Divisions: 76 provinces (changwat, singular and plural); Amnat Charoen, Ang Thong, Buriram, Chachoengsao, Chai Nat, Chaiyaphum, Chanthaburi, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Chon Buri, Chumphon, Kalasin, Kamphaeng Phet, Kanchanaburi, Khon Kaen, Krabi, Krung Thep Mahanakhon (Bangkok), Lampang, Lamphun, Loei, Lop Buri, Mae Hong Son, Maha Sarakham, Mukdahan, Nakhon Nayok, Nakhon Pathom, Nakhon Phanom, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Sawan, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Nan, Narathiwat, Nong Bua Lamphu, Nong Khai, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Pattani, Phangnga, Phatthalung, Phayao, Phetchabun, Phetchaburi, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Phrae, Phuket, Prachin Buri, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Ranong, Ratchaburi, Rayong, Roi Et, Sa Kaeo, Sakon Nakhon, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Samut Songkhram, Sara Buri, Satun, Sing Buri, Sisaket, Songkhla, Sukhothai, Suphan Buri, Surat Thani, Surin, Tak, Trang, Trat, Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani, Uthai Thani, Uttaradit, Yala, Yasothon
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|Surf Spots (28)||Quality||Direction||Type||Frequ||Experience|
|Bang Niang Rivermouth||2 / -||Right and left||Rivermouth||All surfers|
|Bang Saphan||4 / -||Right and left||Beach-break||All surfers|
|Bang Tao||- / -||Right and left||Beach-break||Experienced surfers|
|Cape Pakarang||5 / -||Right and left||Reef-coral||Experienced surfers|
|Chaweng Malibu||4 / -||Right and left||Beach-break||All surfers|
|Fulerayem Point||2 / -||Right||Sand-bar||Beginners wave|
|Hinsuay Namsay||1 / -||Right and left||Beach-break||All surfers|
|Kalim Beach||14 / -||Right||Reef-rocky||Experienced surfers|
|Kamala||9 / -||Right and left||Beach-break||All surfers|
|Karon Beach||9 / -||Right||Beach-break||All surfers|
|Kata Beach||18 / -||Right and left||Beach-break||All surfers|
|Kata Noi||9 / -||Right||Beach-break||Beginners wave|
|Khao lak||2 / -||All surfers|
|Ko Chang - Sai kaow||- / -||Right and left||Beach-break||All surfers|
|Ko Samet||5 / -||Right and left||Beach-break||Beginners wave|
|Koh Lanta - Klong Dao||10 / 2||Right and left||Beach-break||All surfers|
|Koh phangan||4 / -||Right and left||Beach-break||Beginners wave|
|Koh Phayam||10 / -||Right and left||Beach-break||All surfers|
|Koh Yai Mak||- / -||Right and left||Reef-rocky||Experienced surfers|
|Le Meridien||2 / -||Right||Reef-coral||Experienced surfers|
|leam sing||- / -||Left||Sand-bar||All surfers|
|Nai Yang Reef break||1 / -||Right and left||Reef-coral||All surfers|
|Nang Thong Beach||3 / -||Right and left||Beach-break||All surfers|
|Pansea Beach||3 / -||Left||Point-break||Experienced surfers|
|Patong Beach||- / -||Right and left||Beach-break||Beginners wave|
|RAYONG - Mae RAMPHUNG BEACH||16 / -||Right and left||Beach-break||All surfers|
|Surin Beach||1 / -||Right and left||Beach-break||All surfers|
|Thai Muang Beach||3 / -||Right and left||Beach-break||All surfers|
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By Anonymous , 04-06-2011
- My wife and I just got back from Khao Lak...the swell hit perfectly on Tuesday morning. If you go to Thailand, stop by the Pakarang Surf Shop (it's next to the Apsaras Hotel in Khao Lak) and see Ching and Shannon. They will hook you up.
By kjellr2k , 26-11-2010
thailand - Hey! im going to travel around thailand, laos,kambodja,vietnam and some more maybe.. but im wondering if there's places to hook up some surf on the trip? never been down that road and have no ideas of what or where im going :)
By Anonymous , 10-10-2010
shane - I AM AUSSIE LIFE LONG SIRFER THINKING OF TAKING FAMILY TO PHUKET FOR WEEK END OF OCTOBER. WILL THERE BE ANY SWELL OR IS IT OUT OF SEASON.
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