Fish species: Chao phraya giant catfish, striped catfish, Mekong giant catfish, giant Siamese carp, alligator gar, arapaima, giant gourami, Nile tilapia, giant snakehead, striped snakehead and pacu.
Fishing type: Bait fishing only.
Location: 21/596, Soi Navamin 42, Bungkham, Bangkapi, Bangkok.
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Operating hours: Open 24-hours a day, every single day.
Contact information: 02-734-9272, www.bungsamran.com.
Thai fishing price – B400
Farang fishing price – B1000
Rod rental – B500
* However, foreigners who are legally working in Thailand can pay the Thai price simply by presenting some evidence (work permit works) of said employment.
Description: Bungsamran is undoubtedly Thailand’s most famous fishing pond. Just about any foreign publication that has written about travelling in Thailand has given this super pond at least an honorable mention. Why? Because it’s really a super pond. There are literally tons of really big fishes and a large variety of species swimming in this very big fishing pond. On top of the good fishing there are also all sorts of non-fishing related creature comforts such as:
- a bar
- a cafe
- a convenient store
- a restaurant
- a massage parlour (the clean kind)
- a game centre (there’s even a cheap version of “whack-a-mole”)
- and two very good tackleshops.
Anglers have the option to fish off the boardwalk that cuts through the middle of the pond of rent out one of the many private bungalows on the side. The bungalows range from very basic (B600, just an empty bungalow) to very awesome (B2,000, comes with air-conditioning, TV, sofa and fridge). The bungalows can be rented from 9am-9pm or 9pm-9am. However, if privacy isn’t y0ur thing and you wish to make some new friends the centre platform is the place to go.
The arapaima can also be caught here but anglers will have to pay B20,000 just to catch one.
Pond assistants can be hired straight from the pond’s counter for B1,000 a session at any time of the day but there is always a “freelance” pond assistant hanging around willing to help for a few hundred baht.
Tackle information: Needless to say big fish are going to need big tackle. If you plan on tackling the big fish species this pond is famous for like the Mekong giant catfish or the giant Siamese carp you better be ready to tackle monsters that range from 10kg-100kg. A strong rod and reel, fishing line of 30lb test or more and a lot of other hard gear is required.
Pond difficulty: Medium-hard. Getting some of the fishes to bite here is somewhat a very specific process. Getting one part of the process wrong will result in some disappointment but once the process is learnt and executed properly bites can happen as often as once every few minutes. This process can easily be eliminated with the help of a pond assistant to do the set up. On top of the set up there is also the hard duty of bringing in a monster fish. Due to their huge sizes, fights can range from 15 minutes all the way to a few hours. Fishing here is done from wooden docks and the more clever fish here have the nasty habit of swimming under these wooden structures to snap the line. A good trick is to tackle the fish and keep the fight away from the docks until the fish is tired. An alternative to that is to just fish with some seriously heavy gear. It’s not uncommon to see people armed with trolling gear at Bungsamran.
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