Surfs Up: 5 Places You Can actually go Surfing in Thailand
Typically, when it comes to surfing, people’s minds don’t usually go to Thailand. Most surfers will consider surfing Australia, Ireland, or Hawaii, but Thailand is rarely up on that list. Thing is, surfing Thailand is one of the best-kept secrets out there and luckily for you kiddies, I’m here to share it with you.
Its routine now, I’m sitting here, and ‘ping’ an email comes up from some eager traveller with the first and only actual question being, ‘but can you surf in Thailand?’, and routinely I let out a giant sigh, slouch down, and start with the usual ‘yes, you can’ reply. So to save you and myself a lot of time, here’s a breakdown for you.
Here’s a Breakdown
There are a couple of good spots to go over. Phuket, home to surfing schools and gear shops, is prime surfing real estate, from Bang Tao through to Kata, finishing at Surin, this province is the one if you’re looking for quality and quantity in one place. Rangong also has its own cheeky hidden treasures over on Koh Phayam, with Aow Yai well worth the time to catch a wave and catch a short break too. Surat Thani also needs a mention, with Koh Samui being worthy of a visit even if their waves aren’t 20ft barrels. Surfing Thailand will never have been easier.
Seasons – Phuket should be surfed from April till October, during the hot season. Rainy season (November through March) has some crazy waves but mixed with wind and tropical rain, ideal for the surfer with a death wish.
Bang Tao Beach
On the western side of Phuket island, Bang Tao is ideal if you’re looking for some big waves. While they’re not always reliable, when the waves do come you can expect some 10ft bad boys to cruise on. Being one of the longest beaches in Phuket, Bang Tao often has a healthy buzz to it with the beach being filled with life most of the time. Windsurfing and paddle boards are a popular choice for this beach.
Another one of the western beaches of Phuket, Kata is a nice spot for friendly surfing, don’t be expecting any competition here. With moderate but friendly crowding and warm beach break waves, this beach is ideal for learning the skill, or simply for pros looking to relax a bit. Funboards or longboards are a favorite of this beach, so leave that 5’10 in the room for now.
Also on the western side of Phuket, Surin beach is where the action is at. Known for having some of the best waves on Phuket, Surin beach is a must go for anyone looking for powerful waves. Used by all levels but with some waves only suitable for the more experienced surfer, Surin beach can get hard and heavy fast, with incidences of inexperienced surfers taking on more than they can handle. You won’t be asking if you can surf in Thailand again once you’ve seen Surin.
Koh Phayam, Rangong
Went to Go: Koh Phayam should be surfed from September to November, then again from February to March.
Koh Phayam, Aow Yai beach – Off the western coast of Thailand lives Koh Phayam, with the southwestern side of the island being home to Aow Yai beach. With little to no crowds at all, you’ll find yourself the king of the beach, riding a beach break, left & right facing waves over beautiful bone saving sand. There are a couple surfing schools on the island so renting gear and finding a friendly face to talk surfing with won’t be hard to find. Once you’ve surfed on Phayam you undeniability can say surfing Thailand is an actual thing.
Koh Samui, Surat Thani
When to go: Similar to Phuket, Samui is best surfed April through October, with leeway either side for the November through March rain season.
Koh Samuis is a small island off the eastern coast of Thailand, Koh Samui is home to Chaweng beach, which is found on the northeastern corner of the island. Not known for its huge barrels, this calmer area has a corral line break with most of the waves being further out and away from the crowds.
Can I go surfing in Thailand? Well, yeah, of course. Can I learn to surf in Thailand? Well, you can do that too, either on the sea or if you want to be fancy, you can try learning at Surfhouse Phuket.
Surfhouse Phuket is home to an endless manmade “Flowrider” wave with two locations in Phuket. Patong Beach and Kata Beach.
Thailand has slowly been rising in the ranks of surfing prestige over the past 20 years, coming from a place where no one even knew what a surfboard looked like, to an international heaven for surfers looking for something to surf off the beaten track. Everyone’s already surfing USA, Hawaii, Ireland and South Africa. Time to get away from the crowds and write a new chapter, time to get surfing in Thailand. But promise us one thing, please keep it a secret.