Phuket is famous among travelers for all of the water activities it offers. Some people choose to enjoy extreme water sports like wakeboarding or surfing. However, not all of us have the skills to engage in these activities safely.
This is why paddle boarding has been gaining quite a name for itself. Although it’s quite an adrenaline-inducing sport, it’s one that is suitable for both kids and adults. You just have to balance your body on the board while paddling it on the water. Not only is it a fun watersport, but a great full body workout as well. In Thailand, there is no place more suitable for paddle boarding than Phuket.
Here are some of the incredible spots on the island for you to enjoy this water sport:
Koh Kaeo Yai
Koh Kaeo Yai is an island located in the south of Phuket. If you travel from Promthep Cape, it is only a couple of hundreds of meters away. Typically, people start paddling from Ya Nui Beach and go along the coastline toward Promthep Cape.
If you want to paddle on this route, you might want to bring snorkeling equipment with you. Once you reach the beach, you will be greeted with the sight of many colorful corals and fish around the area. It will be difficult to resist the temptation to snorkel and see everything with your own two eyes!
Keep in mind that paddling to Koh Kaeo Yai is dangerous on windy days. This is because there can be strong currents through the channel. Do not forget to wear a life vest before you paddle away from shore. A one way trip from the starting point to the destination can take around 30 to 40 minutes. Make sure that you make it back before it gets dark.
If you stay in Rawai, this is the perfect place to go. Start your adventure from Rawai Pier and paddle to Laem Ka. This route is much shorter than the one to Koh Kaeo Yai. Even if you make the journey alone, you might end up paddling with the local kids around the pier. Many of them are children of the sea gypsies in the area. They are often curious and likely to hop on the board with you.
Khlong Mu Dong
Stand-up paddleboarding is not only meant for the open sea. You can also enjoy the watersport in a mangrove forest! This is a perfect option for those who want to paddle in peace while experiencing a different environment. One of the waterways that can bring you to a mangrove forest is Khlong Mu Dong. Although the forest will protect you from high winds and tides, it is best to start paddle boarding before the high tide comes. You don’t want to be stuck in the water with a fast current. After you are done with your trip, stop by at the waterside restaurants for a meal. This is a great chance to eat like the locals at low prices.
Nai Harn Beach
Nai Harn Beach might not be a peaceful location for paddle boarding. However, you will still get to have an amazing experience. This beach is famous for a reason. There’s quite a stunning view that you will get to take in while you stand on your board. If you are a beginner, it is safest to stick around the bay area. It may not be as open, but you can still admire the sunset while schools of fish swim underneath your board.
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