Classifieds 50% off, use promo code FBkpkPromo The Phuket News Kata Rocks The Phuket News Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort
The Phuket News Phuket Travel
The Phuket News Arts | Community | Culture | Dining | Education | Entertainment | Environment | Health | People | Technology | Travel XML, RSS, Feed
The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News

Surf Thailand: Seeking fresh surf in Khao Lak

A good road trip once in awhile is a great way to get away from it all. It is exciting to break off from the normal routine, explore unfamiliar territory, and discover new sights and sounds.

Saturday 8 July 2017, 10:00AM


And of course, what would a road trip be without stopping at some random restaurant to try out the local cuisine?

After all, doing something new and unknown is all part of the adventure. A surf road trip pushes surfers’ excitement to a whole new level though.

Whether venturing to surf a different spot for the first time or just driving a good distance away from your favourite surf spot, the journey and new experiences are what make every surf trip worthwhile.


Exploring Thailand’s shores

Crowded surfing line-ups can sometimes be found at more popular and well-known surf spots located in higher populated areas, particularly along the west coast of Phuket.

However, with 740 kilometres of coastline along Thailand’s west coast, there’s no doubt that undiscovered and unridden surf breaks are out there somewhere.

You can also score some surf at a few other nearby islands and coastal towns where surfers are more than content with less crowded lineups and less-than-perfect waves.

Heading across Sarasin Bridge and driving north from Phuket along the coast can lead you to a fruitful journey of exploration.

One well-known spot that’s a bit off the beaten track, and offers all the equipment and accommodation you need for a mini surf-trip, can be found at Pakarang Beach.

This tranquil coastal wonderland is located in the beautiful, laid back, family-friendly community of Khao Lak. It’s only about 60km north of Sarasin Bridge and a quick day trip is definitely within reach and well worth the drive.

Where to go

The place to be at Pakarang Beach is Memories Beach Bar. There’s a different vibe, a different scene and a different crowd.

Everything about this place is laid back and you can feel it as soon as you drive down the winding dirt road to the picturesque setting.

The locally-owned beach bar and restaurant is the perfect setup for curling your toes in the soft sand while sipping on your favourite beverage as you gaze out at the Andaman Sea.

It’s the epitome of a “chill out to the reggae beats and feel the good vibrations” kind of place. Local Thai food and Western food are sizzling in the kitchen everyday from 8am to midnight.

In the evenings, you will find local live music and remember to be on the lookout for events such as the Khao Lak Surf Contest, typically held in October.

What to do there

Naturally, if there are waves, you’ll have to rent a surfboard and paddle out. If you’re a beginner, have no fear, there are surf instructors who are happy to get you outfitted, out there and surfing.

Before you even hit the water, you’ll learn the basic techniques of paddling, the “pop up”, and the basics about ocean safety including how to spot rip currents and how to escape them.

You’ll find all the essentials at Pakarang Surf Shop, located behind Memories Beach Bar. They offer up a good selection of surfboards in a variety sizes – longboards, shortboards, and even boogie boards. Surf shop owner Ching and his team will surely have you covered.

C and C Marine

When to go to catch some surf

Your best chance of catching waves in Khao Lak is from April to November. The waves there are generally softer and well-suited to longboarding.

Since waves are mostly dependent on the southwest monsoon, be sure to check the weather and surf forecast.

If you have never surfed before, Pakarang Beach and other nearby beaches can be the perfect place to get your feet wet.

Learning to ride the whitewater and practising your pop up and balance with mellow waves will surely give you a positive experience and have you wanting to go back for more.


What else can you do?

There are plenty of other activities to enjoy if the ocean is flat. You can choose to go mountain biking, hike to waterfalls, take a Thai cooking class, get a beachside Thai massage, or just flat out relax and read a good book.

If you’re not short on time, take a day trip to the world-famous Similan Islands (only from October 15 to May 15).

Considered one of Southeast Asia’s top-ranked island destinations, the chain of islands are renowned for world-class snorkeling and diving.

Also, be sure to stop by the International Tsunami Museum at the nearby town of Bang Niang and pay your respects to the 2004 Tsunami victims and their families.

It’s an educational experience and your visit helps the community as the entrance fees of B100 are donated to the victims of the tsunami.

Where to stay
There are plenty of options to choose from that will suit anyone’s budget or needs. From basic beachside bungalows to high end five-star luxury resorts, you’ll easily find what’s best for you and your family.

How to get there

After crossing Sarasin Bridge, follow the route and take Highway 4 all the way up to Khao Lak. After driving for about an hour, you’ll pass the JW Marriott on the left side of the road.

Keep an eye out on the left side of the road for a sign shaped like a surfboard (because it is a surfboard!). It can be easy to miss if you’re not looking carefully.

It’s just before the Elephant Camp. The surfboard sign for Memories Beach Bar is the entrance to a fairly narrow dirt road that’s almost three kilometres long. Keep going until you get to the dirt parking lot. 

Time to hit the road and experience new adventures that Thailand’s beautiful coast has to offer.

By Mark Suarkeo and Jeremie Schatz


Mark Suarkeo and Tracey Suarkeo are the founders of Surf Thailand. Mark is a Certified Prosthetist and can be reached at mark@surfthailand.com. Tracey can be reached at tracey@surfthailand.com. Jeremie Schatz is director of Andaman Board Sports and can be reached at jeremie@andamanboardsports.com. Visit surfthailand.com and andamanboardsports.com for more information.

 

 

The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Comment on this story
* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.
Comments Here:
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
Security:
    Forget your password?

Be the first to comment.

The Phuket News
The Phuket News The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Share this
The Phuket News
Have a news tip-off? Click here
The Phuket News
Related stories
The Phuket News
Phuket community

Recent Comments


Phuket expats call for action over deadly Patong Hill road

Problem; Brake failure from overheating. Solution; Stop overheating of brakes. How; Post police at top of the hill to clear traffic in front of large ...(Read More)


August 3 set as final deadline for Patong taxis to return parking spaces to public

I stay away from Patong as much as I can due to these animals. I wonder how many other people do the same?...(Read More)


Phuket expats call for action over deadly Patong Hill road

I completely agree with Gary Brage. Proper trucks and buses (not from the 1970s), proper driver's training, proper maintenance (technical check ev...(Read More)


August 3 set as final deadline for Patong taxis to return parking spaces to public

The only way that will stay enforced is the Army to have a Squad permanently based in Patong to keep them in line. As soon as they turn their back, t...(Read More)


August 3 set as final deadline for Patong taxis to return parking spaces to public

!!! GO ARMY !!! Now we will see just how much clout the Army has...or will they be ignored and overridden by the taxi/tuktuk criminals?...we shall se...(Read More)


August 3 set as final deadline for Patong taxis to return parking spaces to public

Good news :) Gotta love the guy who says he's been driving a taxi in Patong for 30 years and never seen blah blah blah... 30 years ago Paton...(Read More)


August 3 set as final deadline for Patong taxis to return parking spaces to public

We have been here before so many times, the tuk tuk and taxi family (Sicilian style perhaps?) are NOT going to give up their parking spaces, we all kn...(Read More)


August 3 set as final deadline for Patong taxis to return parking spaces to public

Have a location lot set up nearby that taxi an tuk tuk can wait. They can get a #. Then as official parking space opens up, a dispatcher can call f...(Read More)


August 3 set as final deadline for Patong taxis to return parking spaces to public

Is it: Army demanded tuk-tuk and taxi drivers in Patong vacate most of currently occupied parking spaces by August 3 and get back the parking lot on A...(Read More)


August 3 set as final deadline for Patong taxis to return parking spaces to public

This will stop them from congesting every parking space whilst they sleep in the back of their vehicle.These tuk tuks should be constantly moving like...(Read More)

The Phuket News
Bangkok Hospital Phuket
PHUKET NEWS
Phuket
Thailand
World
Business
Q A
Weird World
ARCHIVE
POLL
CURRENCY
WEATHER
PHUKET TIDE TABLE
The Phuket News PHUKET LIFE
Phuket Arts
Phuket Community
Phuket Culture
Phuket Dining
Phuket Education
Phuket Entertainment
Phuket Environment
Phuket Health
Phuket People
Phuket Technology
Phuket Travel
Photo Galleries
COLOURING BOOK
The Phuket News PHUKET SPORT
Phuket
Thailand
World
SURF REPORT
PREDICTIONS
The Phuket News PHUKET CLASSIFIEDS
Phuket Buy and Sell
Phuket Jobs
Phuket Property
Phuket Cars and Boats
Phuket Community
Phuket Services
SEARCH CLASSIFIEDS
POST CLASSIFIED
The Phuket News The Phuket News PHUKET EVENTS
Phuket Event listings
Phuket Event calendar
Buy Tickets
POST EVENT
The Phuket News PHUKET DIRECTORY
Phuket Bars, pubs and clubs
Phuket Hotels and villas
Phuket Restaurants
Phuket Yellow Pages
POST LISTING
The Phuket News BARGAINS
The Phuket News ABOUT US
The Company
Distribution points
Subscribe
Advertise with us
Pay for advert
Contact us
CONTESTS
Content Google Map
Site map
Australian Visa Services
 
Currency - The Phuket News   Weather Report - The Phuket News   Surf Report - The Phuket News
LinkedIn - The Phuket News   Twitter - The Phuket News   YouTube - The Phuket News   Facebook - The Phuket News
Copyright © 2017 Class Act Media. All rights reserved. | Website usage terms and conditions | Privacy and Confidentiality Statement.