the waters around paradise city ...
As Hua Hin is right on the Gulf of Thailand, you would not be mistaken in thinking that there's some good fishing to be had - both at sea and inland for freshwater species.
The area directly off the main Hua Hin beach is unfortunately pretty much "fished out" now. Indeed, the main fishing fleets have relocated south of town at Pak Nam Pran and Prachuabkirikhan. Nevertheless, there are some great opportunities for the enthuiastic angler.
It is possible to arrange fishing trips yourself directly with local fishermen who'll take you out on their boats for a few hours. Prices, as always, are negotiable, but as a general rule of thumb you can expect to pay 500 baht per person for a group of 6. Tackle, bait and light refreshments will normally be included in the price. A trip will last around 5-6 hours, depending on tides. This can be a fun way to organise your day, although for trips further out to sea, it is probably better to use the services of a recognised boat operator, some of which are listed below.
One of the main operators is Mermaid Cruises who are based in Pak Nam Pran. Their flagship is "The Peacock", a 70ft traditionally built teak pleasure boat that can accommodate up to 40 passengers and has a bar with DVD, stereo and karaoke systems.
In addition to their large pleasure boat, the company also runs a totally silent eco-friendly river boat -"The Kingfisher" (pictured above)- on which you can journey up the river and admire the local flora and fauna. This trip can be split into two, combined with lunch, and half day tours are also available on request.
Mermaid Cruises are soon to launch an electric eco-minibus and eco-speedboat. These additions are sure to provide welcome additions to the company's range of services. We will bring you more details as they become available.
Contact: Tel +66 (0)32 632223 (office) +66 (0)84 8007400 (mobile).
For those of you interested in fresh water fishing, you need look no further than Hua Hin Fishing Lodge. This is found some 10km from central Hua Hin on the road to Pala-U. The lodge has two freshwater ponds that are stocked with a huge variety of fish, from grams to 70 kg & up, including Arapaima, Giant Mekong Catfish, Giant Siamese Carp, Amazon Redtail Catfish, Alligator Gar and others. There are at least 39 different types of fish in the ponds which both have sun shelters, casting decks and handwash facilities.
The restaurant serves more than 50 Western & Thai dishes, together with Cool Beer and Wine + Soft Drinks and Ice Cream for the kids. Day tickets for fishing the top pond only, are available for THB 600 / rod / day (Kids under 12 THB 300) including one hire rod – bait extra. For the whole site including bottom pond THB 1,500 / day / rod including one hire rod – bait extra. Fishing is allowed between 9am and 6.30pm. A full day fishing package (9am to 6.30pm) can be arranged for 3,500 baht per person and 1,900 baht for children under 12. The package includes fishing across the whole site – both ponds – with two rods, fully tackled and baited, lunch, and free-flow soft drinks, water, tea, & coffee. (Alcohol is charged extra). A non – fishing guest can join for THB 500 / day. Transport to and from your accommodation in Hua Hin is included, plus the services of a guide – baitman. Evening and Night fishing is available by appointment only.
On site quality accommodation – in two linked bungalows – each sleeping 3 persons is also available. Contact: Tel +66 (0)81 9271271 or +66 (0)89 8374079.
Watersports are offered behind the hill at Khao Takiab. Aquatic activities include jetski hire, banana boat rides, waterskiiing, parasailing, and sea kayaking. Although these watersports activities are available to all they are dangerous and care and common sense must be taken.
Watersports at the main Hua Hin beach are limited due to the presence of the submerged boulders after which the town derives its name. Kiteboarding has become extremely popular on the flat open beach further south.