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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Thailand

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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
Capital: Bangkok
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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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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Cape Pakarang
By wywern
Nov 1, 2008
Best surf ever - This is my 1st time surfing here. After I've found Pakarang Surf shop from this website, I went there. Matt& his family were so friendly& advisory. He offered me longboard(I'd never try before& it was my first time) But I a
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Kata Beach
By wywern
Oct 25, 2008
Another try@Kata Beach - After last surf at this beach, that was so impressive. But not today, the sea was flat. There were more than 20surfers around lying on their boards waitin for a good enough wave. Even if there was a wave but someone closer to the break would b
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Kata Beach
By wywern
Oct 19, 2008
sunset surf - My first time here and I realised like a thai proverb FROG IN COCONUT SHELL I always surfed at Patong beach just 15min away while Kata beach was much better more surf shops, more sufers& for sure more waves  Here I can chose
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Patong Beach
By wywern
Oct 19, 2008
2nd time to graduate! - Continuition of the course I took last 2 wks. This time the sea is calm& crystal clear. We had to sit&wait 5-10mins for 1 good wave.  After 1 hour sunbathing there, we decided to move to Kata beach even our instructors s
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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 :)

peace

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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