For all you anglers out there looking for a new spot to cast your line, consider booking your next vacation in Thailand. The country boasts some excellent opportunities for anglers, with several of the world’s largest freshwater fish calling Thailand’s lakes and rivers home: the giant Mekong catfish, giant Siamese carp, Jullien’s Golden Prize carp, freshwater sting ray, and the arapaima. There’s plenty of game to be found off the shores of Thailand for saltwater anglers, too. Let’s take a closer look at some of the best destinations for freshwater and saltwater fishing in Thailand:
Thailand’s premiere freshwater fishing destination—Bungsamran Lake—is located just forty minutes from the city center of Bangkok. There, you’ll find over fifty species of freshwater fish, including the prized giant Mekong catfish and giant Siamese carp. The fish in Bungsamran Lake are so large and powerful that they are known to break rods, burn out reels, and set world records—the fishing park currently holds 10 IGFA world records, in fact. If you’re serious about freshwater fishing, you won’t be disappointed with a trip to Bungsamran Lake.
Boon Mar Ponds
Located in the Chachoengsao province of Thailand, Boon Mar Ponds are a beloved destination for fly fishers. These thirty manmade ponds vary in difficulty and size, from half and acre to three acres, so that anglers can benefit from a variety of experiences in one trip. The Boon Mar Ponds are stocked with barramundi fish, which weigh as little as 9lbs and as much as 22lbs, depending on their location.
Khao Sok National Park
Khao Sok National Park is situated in the heart of the world’s oldest evergreen rainforest, making it one of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world. There, anglers can spend the day fly fishing for the elusive Thai Mahseer in the park’s natural jungle rivers, or casting a line on the manmade Cheow Lan Lake in search of the ferocious giant snakehead, which can grow up to 3ft and weigh more than 40lbs. Make sure to leave plenty of time for trekking, canoeing, and bamboo rafting when you’re done angling.
For saltwater anglers, the best place to cast a line in Thailand is off the coast of the beautiful island of Phuket. The beautiful Andaman Sea is home to plenty of saltwater game, including marlin, dorado, yellowfin, dogtooth tuna, and swordfish. Popular with tourists are the islands of Racha Yai and Racha Noi, located less than twenty miles from Phuket. In addition to great game, you’ll have the pleasure of enjoying the islands’ picture perfect scenery—clear blue waters and white sand beaches.