With the trend of watersports leading to more enthusiasts, standup paddle boarding (SUP) is a great hobby to start. It’s a fun way to enjoy the water, plus you get a workout at the same time. This sport is taking the United States and Australia by storm, and for sure, the love for this sport will spread out all over the world, including Thailand!
If you want to try out this activity for your next visit to the Land Of Smiles, you’ll have plenty of choices! Just check in to your favorite 4-star hotel in Phuket and head on to the best locations that you can visit to try out paddle boarding. Here are five top spots to start with in Phuket:
1. Koh Kaeo Yai
This small island in the south of Phuket is an excellent choice. The paddle area starts at Ya Nui Beach and follows the rocky shoreline to the point of Promthep Cape, and then crosses the canal. Your route will be about 30 to 40 minutes each way, so get ready to do a workout! Also, a sandy beach backed by colorful corals awaits divers. Just don’t forget to carry a mask and snorkel to make the most of your trip!
2. Laem Ka
This hidden cove of sand is located between Rawai Beach and Friendship Beach on Phuket’s southeast coast. Ride from Rawai Pier and see a lively community of sea gypsy youngsters who love exploring and will take you on adventures if you’re up for it.
Laem Ka is a short paddle trip, so it is perfect for people who want to dip their toes in and try out the sport. If you’re looking for something longer, you may continue north to visit two additional beautiful small bays.
3. Khlong Mu Dong
Khlong Mu Dong may appear to be an unusual option at first sight, but it actually offers a great paddling adventure. Located in the middle of a vibrant city, this place is extraordinarily quiet. If you’re looking for a tranquil ride, this is the place to go!
Also, the canal emptying into the sea offers many entry locations to paddlers. The line of mangroves does a good job of keeping the wind out, but make sure to arrive early to have the best start.
4. Nai Harn Beach
Although it’s not exactly a well-kept hideaway, this water-sports hotspot is still perfect for chill paddling activities. The easily accessible setting of this beachfront property makes it an instant popularity among enthusiasts. The beautiful waters, breathtaking sunsets, and the availability of rental boards help close the offer for the tourists, as well.
Newcomers or those with time constraints might just paddle out to view flocks of baitfish and jellyfish. On the other hand, those looking to go farther can travel north and visit Ao Sane and Krating Beaches, or continue along the coast to Nui Beach––set the pace depending on what you’re in the mood for.
5. Nai Yang
If your family doesn’t care about exploring, booking a family-friendly hotel in Phuket and just doing laps around the bay will be more than enough. Colorful tropical fish dart between coral heads over starfish and urchins for some delightful views. Plenty of sea creatures await as well; just make sure to go on a high tide so that the streams of water won’t affect your paddling!
It’s impossible to find a hidden secluded beach anywhere in Phuket and not see stunning scenery. Just remember to notify someone where you’re going and when you plan to return and pack sun protection and enough fluids!
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