Thailand Surf Destination
8 spots, flip the map over, and hunt for the waves all over Thailand
The last few years have been golden for surfing in Siam. Countless people took themselves on a journey in search of something new who gradually savor the wonders of nature through a surfboard from a sport that has never even been out of sight to the overwhelming popularity.
We can say that….
'Thailand' has become another surf city that everyone wants.
We will believe that this year we will see many new 'Surfer' faces shining in the rhythm of the waves, waiting for the opportunity to try to conquer the waves once in their life. But where to start, where to play, and when to go?
Today we have a portable map for you.
Ready for you to pin the location in order to go surfing all over Thailand such as…
- Phang Nga (Memories Beach)
- Ranong (Koh Phayam)
- Rayong (bottom of the bay, Mae Ramphueng Beach)
- Hua Hin (Khao Takiab Beach)
- Koh Samui (Chaweng Beach)
- Songkhla (Samila Beach and Na Tub Beach)
- Chanthaburi (Chaolao Beach)
- Nakhon Si Thammarat (Hat Hin Ngam and Had Sichon)
You can read a quick overview of each location, we have got it under each picture
Phang Nga (Memories Beach)
Phang Nga is the most popular beach with the best surf destination in Thailand currently known. Phang Nga has a long sandy beach with a reflection of the sunset which most say is very beautiful and spectacular. At Memories Beach, there is an atmosphere full of friendship and makes people fall in love they’d like to go back as often as possible. Plus, the waves are also easy to play on. Here, there are waves always all year round with stable waves, the only beach in Thailand that has it all.
Even in its off-season, the waves are still good enough to surf in as they are waves that are not very large. Khao Lak's main season is from May - October (the Thai rainy season) and the month with unpredictable waves or Flat Wave is approximately in the months of January - March.
Ranong (Koh Phayam)
Ranong is for anyone who loves peace and wants to relax and take a deep breath of fresh air. It has an atmosphere surrounded by nature that is still raw and plentiful. It's been one of the most popular islands among surfers since a long time ago, which not many have known about. The beautiful waves and good atmosphere makes it overall an excellent beach.
Koh Phayam has a peak during October - December although the other period is during the months of April - May. The main season of Thailand (monsoon season) is the period when the island is closed as the wind is quite strong for several days and not suitable for tourists.
Picture Heading: Khao Takiab Beach in Phuket Province
Hua Hin (Khao Takiab Beach)
Another location near Bangkok that many people choose as a priority for a short, relaxing, and convenient trip, or who need to take a rest from the city lights, is Hua Hin. Khao Takiab Beach is an excellent surfing spot as well.
It is one of the beaches known as “If you want to surf in winter, you must be here” because somedays in the mornings, the weather is quite cold. Especially in the mornings, the waves at Khao Takiab Beach are mostly clean waves which are excellent for new surfers! If you’re looking to take a trip to Khao Takiab, the best time is between the months of November - February (Thai winter).
Picture heading: “ Kata Beach, Naithon Beach, and Patong in Phuket Province “
We all know well that Phuket is the best of the unseen city of smiles, another destination in Thailand for everyone as it has the tourist attractions all in one place. If you’re talking about surfing, Phuket is also the place to be. “A lot of beaches in one season” is a saying mentioning the several surfing spots around the island for you to settle down and wait for the perfect waves. In other words, almost every beach facing the west can maneuver all the waves. For example, Kata Beach, Patong, Kamala, Surin, or Naithon Beach (the nature of the waves on each beach will be different from one another).
But if you’re looking for the most popular beach with many surfing schools and surfboard rentals available, Kata beach is the one for you. The beach season here comes earlier than the beaches in the upper Gulf of Thailand and goes approximately 2-3 weeks later which this time of year is during the months of May to October (the rainy season in Thailand).
Rayong (Bottom of the bay, Mae Ramphueng Beach)
Another location closest to Bangkok, with a travel time of no more than 3 hours to the beach front that has long waves and is suitable for beginners, is Rayong. It is considered to be one of the beaches that have almost two seasons per year. The 'monsoon season' during June - September is the main ideal season for surfing and beach trips and 'winter' being the second season.
For those who are interested in trying surfing for the first time, try heading to Laem Ya Rayong Surf Club Beginner Surfer Training School. Please feel free to contact us for further information.
Koh Samui (Chaweng Beach)
It is well known as a popular tourist destination for foreigners. But who would’ve known that besides chilling on the beach, there are also waves to catch and play for fellow surfers. This is a beach that receives currents from the southeast (SE).
Chaweng Beach is reputed to be the most powerful beach in the Gulf of Thailand and is one of the few beaches where you can surf well because of its large beautiful waves.
This beach is suitable for surfers of all skill levels. The season of Chaweng Beach is November - February (Thai winter).
Songkhla (Samila Beach and Na Tub Beach)
Songkhla is a beach that receives currents from the southeast (SE) and east (E) sides of Thailand with one season of stable waves. The nature of the waves in Songkhla are waves that don’t break as fast, are easy to play on, and are suitable for beginners as well. The season of Samila Beach is typically November - February (Thai winter).
Chanthaburi (Chao Lao Beach)
Chantaburi is another beach that can receive waves up to 2 seasons like Rayong during the main monsoon season and winter seasons. During the winter season, the waves in Chanthaburi are beautiful and suitable waves for those too nostalgic not to surf. The waves’ characteristics in the monsoon season are typically winding waves. It is said that if Rayong has enough waves for one to surf, Chanthaburi will have it well. Chanthaburi's season is from June to September, during the Thai rainy season, and during the Thai winter time.
Nakhon Si Thammarat - (Hin Ngam Beach and Sichon Beach)
It is a beach that receives current from the southeast (SE) and is another beach with big, powerful waves, suitable for those wanting to surf on shortboards. Nakhon Si Thammarat waves are considered to be fun to play and is classified as a beach with stable waves in its season. The season of Haad Hin Ngam is typically from November to February (Thai winter).