Thailand is home to some of the best beaches in Asia. But people come not only for the saltwater but for the freshwater as well, as fish abound this colorful island.
Every year, hundreds of angler enthusiasts visit Thailand to try their hand at freshwater fishing. It is one of the islands in South East Asia that is blessed with a variety of fish species, as well as fascinating spots such as lakes, ponds, fishing parks, and resorts. Most tourists who visit these spots didn’t bring their gear along, so they usually join guided fishing charters that provide them with rods, poles and other necessities.
Thailand is a relatively small island, but it is abundant in their local species that are most sought after, including the Giant Mekong catfish, Siamese Carp, giant snakehead, and the Barramundi, among others. Let us together explore the fantastic fishing destinations abounding Bangkok and the rest of beautiful Thailand.
Best Thailand Fishing Destinations
Jurassic Fishing Park. Located about two hours away from its capital Bangkok in the town of Cha-Am, this park provides a four-star fishing experience. With an abundance of species such as the Tambaqui Pacu, Giant Mekong Catfish, Indian and Siamese Carp, Chao Phraya Catfish, and the Amazon Redtail, avid anglers are sure to enjoy catching fish while relaxing amidst the scenic view of the park.
Bungsamran Lake. One of the most successful big game freshwater fishing destinations in the world, Bungsamran Lake is a richly blessed. It is home to approximately 130kg of catfish and 100kg of carp and a usual catch weighing over 40 kilograms. Tourists have sworn that they have never ended the day with anything every time they take a trip to the lake. In a day, one can definitely hook about 15kg and more. Common species that you see here are the Pacu, Chao Phraya Catfish, and the Giant Mekong Catfish.
Khao Laem Dam. If you think there’s nothing to see in the mountainous regions of Thailand, think again. The Western jungle welcomes you to Khao Laem Dam, a fishing haven that stretches as far as Burma. This hot spot offers a different kind of fishing atmosphere for the locals and tourists alike. Anglers will surely be in awe of the amazing natural architecture and the plentiful Rohu, Striped and Giant Snakehead, Indian Carp, and Featherback that abound the waters of Khao Laem Dam.
Boon Mar Ponds. Nestled in the province of Chachoengsao, about 80 kilometers east of Bangkok is the prestigious fishing spot, Boon Mar Ponds. It is a favorite of anglers who are more into fly-fishing. Barramundi is the main species bred in the ponds here.
Shadow Lake. Also called Gnao Nam by the locals, this lake is located just outside of Bangkok and offers a productive catch of Catfish and Carp. The Shadow Lake was awarded as the longest-running big fish destination in Bangkok and Thailand as a whole. This is a famed fishing spot all over the country, but you will seldom see foreign anglers fishing here. Species seen in the lake are the Giant Mekong catfish, Indian carp, Rohu, Chinese bighead carp, and the Black Shark.
Hua Hin Greenfield Fishery And Resort. This magnificent lake situated in the southwest of Bangkok is Thailand’s number one fishing spot. It is a large area surrounded with acres of greens and other gifts from Mother Nature – a view of the beautiful countryside. And because it is right on the Gulf of Thailand, it is rich in a variety of fish species, including 23 types of Amazon and Thai fish varieties. These include the Arapaima, Alligator Gar, Chao Phraya, Redtail Catfish, Indian Carp, Siamese Carp, and the Barramundi.
Thailand is a destination of choice of many tourists who love to discover the many wonders of Asia. If you’re an angler or just a mere adventurer who is curious about fishing, don’t dare miss these fishing destinations when you visit Thailand.