Thailand has known for several years a boom of tourism throughout its territory. From Chiang Mai in the north to Phuket in the south, through the vibrant Bangkok, from the never ending endless days of Koh Phangan to the seabed of Koh Tao to the boisterous Koh Samui, travelers have set their sights on a country with a thousand faces and to the many natural and cultural riches.
On the other hand, the country is not famous for being a surf destination. Travelers seeking sensations largely prefer her neighbor, Indonesia. Yet, contrary to popular belief, there are waves in Thailand. So actually, the surfable portion is not gigantic, but it exists. It stretches from the south of Phuket to the border with Malaysia.
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The biggest waves break from April to November. The swell arrives from the southwest and is often conditioned by the monsoon, the wind that blows non-stop for 3-4 days or the typhoon passage offshore. Also when the wind falls, the sea becomes calm again and the height of the waves does not exceed 1 or 2 meters. The most famous spots in Thailand are Bang Tao, a beach break with several peaks, Nai Yang, a beautiful straight offshore Phuket reef, Kata Yai very popular for competitions, Kamala for expert levels with its 3 meters high, Kalim Reef deemed to be the best wave of the country and Karon Beach. The advantage of Thailand is that the spots are not crowded. Surfing is not a very popular sport, they are all deserted when the waves are getting bigger. You will even have the opportunity to surf alone very beautiful waves. Apart from the frequency of good sessions, some spots have nothing to envy in Bali. If you are a beginner, surf schools offer courses in Phuket on Kata Beach and Kata Noi spots. You can also rent your board, so you do not have to travel with yours and potentially have to pay additional fees with your airline.
If you come to surf in Thailand, then you will fall during the monsoon season, the cheapest period. You can find plane tickets around 500 euros round trip with companies like Emirates or Etihad. On site, the prices of accommodation are also down. Hotel infrastructures are not full, so you can easily negotiate rates in hotels and guesthouses. You should not spend more than 20 euros for a room for two. As for food, meals are not expensive in Thailand. Do not hesitate to stroll in the local markets: you can enjoy a Pad Thai (local dish with rice and stir-fried vegetables) sometimes for only one euro. For your trips, no need to think too much, opt for the scooter! It will be the best way to go from spot to spot and discover the landscapes of southern Thailand. Ask the rental company to install a rack to transport your board easily. In the monsoon season, find out when you're off the road because heavy showers can be dangerous. Basically, if you're doing well, you should not spend more than 25 euros a day.
Thailand is so vast that one has the impression of visiting several countries. To the north, you will experience the mountain, gigantic Buddhist temples, the jungle but also a cultural and spiritual atmosphere marked by promiscuity with Burma. Adepts of history, culture and wilderness will find silence, recollection and vestiges of the time of the Silk Road. In Bangkok, the excitement of the city does not leave indifferent. Embark on a discovery of the Chao Phraya River and its floating markets, walk the streets, eat in the local markets, visit the temples and the royal palace. At night, set sail on the very touristy Khao San Road to enjoy the festive atmosphere and meet travelers from all walks of life. 80 kilometers to the north, visit the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Siam, Ayutthaya, which is today a beautiful archaeological site. To the south, there are the islands that give Thailand its reputation of paradise: Koh Phi Phi and its turquoise waters, Koh Lanta and its raw nature, Koh Tao and its exceptional dive sites, Koh Phangan and its bohemian atmosphere, Koh Samui and parties until the end of the night ... not to mention the seaside resorts of Phuket and Krabi!