Thailand surfing is a popular activity with visitors to the country, whether you're an experienced and avid surfer or have very little experience. Home to almost 2000km of coastline and a number of beautiful beaches, it's easy to see why Thailand surfing is such a favourite. There are a number of excellent surf spots located throughout Thailand, however Phuket is renowned as having some of the best.
Offering consistent conditions, Phuket is also home to a number of annual surfing contests. The east coast of Thailand and places like Koh Samui are gaining popularity within the surfing community however due to Chinese and Japanese northern monsoons, conditions are less consistent here. The west coast of Thailand benefits from southern monsoons originating in Sri Lanka and Indonesia and also enjoys some great waves. Below is a list of some of the best Thailand surfing spots and the conditions that make them so popular.
Nai Harn Beach: With variable winds and all tides, swell varies from 0.5m to 3m. Waves are best suited to beginner or intermediate surfers with a beach break on the southern end and beach and reef breaks on the northern end.
Kata Noi Beach: Winds tend south-east to north-west creating swells of between 0.5m and 2m. Experiencing all tides and a beach break, these waves are ideal for beginner and intermediate surfers.
Kata Yai Beach: Winds tend south-west to north-east with mid tide creating swells of 0.5m to 2m. Waves are best for beginner to intermediate surfers, although the southern end of the beach can be crowded at times.
Kalim Beach: Winds tend south-east to north-east with mid tides mid creating high swells from 0.5m to 3m. Waves are best suited to intermediate surfers due to a shallow coral reef.
Kamala Beach: With variable winds and all tides, swell varies from 0.5m to 3m. Waves are best suited to beginner, intermediate and experienced surfers. Conditions are best at low tide when the swell is under 1m while swells over more than 1m are good on any tide. On bigger swells, the point is at mid tide with other point breaks available for more experienced surfers.
Surin Beach: Winds are only slight here despite all tides. Swell varies from 0.5m to 2m making the waves and sand bottom ideal for beginner, intermediate and experienced surfers.
Nai Yang Beach: Winds are slight with mid-high tide at only 1m and high tide over 1m. Swell is between 0.5m to 3m and waves suited to intermediate surfers due to a long paddle to the outer reef.