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.

Price:

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.

Some posts about this pond:

http://bangkokhookerfishing.com/2011/01/17/fishing-in-thailand-the-mekong-probability/

http://bangkokhookerfishing.com/2010/07/29/bungsamran-with-tom-and-stephane-video/

http://bangkokhookerfishing.com/2010/07/08/lost-a-stepfather-quit-my-job-and-broke-a-record/

A slightly bigger than average-sized “Mekong” at Bungsamran

Fellow anglers both tackling some monsters

One of the dining areas

A slightly larger Mekong.

Pool table, ’nuff said.

http://bangkokhookerfishing.com/2011/01/17/fishing-in-thailand-the-mekong-probability/

46 Responses to Bungsamran – the super pond

  1. Skinny Dip says:

    OMG, that fish is the size of a toddler.

  2. That fish is considered a young adult. A mature Mekong will require Schwarzenegger biceps to hold up!

  3. madjbs says:

    What a shame they think it’s ok to charge 1000 for farang but 400 for Thais.

    • It is a shame that there is a double pricing at Bungsamran however on the bright side it’s not as you think. Farangs actually can pay the Thai price provided that they legally work in Thailand and bring along some sort of documentation that proves that.

      By the way, thanks for pointing that out. I’ve updated the post so that foreigners with work permits can take advantage of this policy.

  4. madjbs says:

    Great, that’s good to hear!

    • DavyMc says:

      Hi like your ideas to provide info for anglers to find fishin on their own in Thailand, I been fishing the buing for few years now. When I first came it was 200 baht for all, next year was up for falang same original price for thais and so it has continued. That’s life in Thailand..

  5. Alex West says:

    I go to BSR quite frequently, but only to raid the tackle shops there!

    For some reason, I cannot get myself to fish at BSR. Its not the price (since I will be paying the Thai price anyway), but just that…shoot! Its seems almost too easy. But then again, I have never tried it, so I probably dont know what I am saying. I do enjoy watching them reel in the big ones though :) maybe I have to combine fishing there with booze…

  6. Willy Hesenius says:

    Sorry, but my face will not be showing up there because of this Farang Rip Off. I get every year more than 20 friends visiting me from Europe and I take care that they not run into scams like these. Thailand is getting Famous for Record Catches and there are more as enough Ponds and Lakes where always is given a Chance to meet Fishing Colleagues (Thai and Farangs) to have a nice competition as one Group… Pity that some People still think farangs are ATM machines, the rapid drop rate of Western Tourists approves the Opposite..

  7. joe says:

    hey man great job on this blog, i love reading all your articles, especially since i am based in singapore and planning a fishing trip to thailand. Getting good information (in english) is extremely hard to do. Would love if you could help me out with some tips. Me and my gf are looking to catch some mekong catfish, but were kinda hesitant to fly over and fish this “pond” for a few days. Is it big or is it like one of the small pay ponds here in singapore? Do anglers get tangled with each other often? Do you recommend this place for a 3 day trip? Thanks again, my email is attached and im also owner of http://www.FishAddix.com. Would love to chat. Thanks! Joe

  8. Joe Kennedy says:

    Hey Oz, thanks for the reply man. So im wondering, a 2 day trip is probably better haha. Is the lake pretty big or does it feel like shooting fish in barrel?? I heard that if you get one of the more secluded bungalos that your more off in your own? Do you know any guides that are good that you would recommend? Thanks again! Feel free to post any of your fishing reports or catches on our website man!

    Joe

    • Bangkokhooker says:

      Fish in a barrel? More like monsters in a pond! Believe me, one day is more than adequate. Especially with a guide.

      As for guides, the ones they already provide at the pond are all good. They all will do exactly the same thing. Mix the bait, set the depth, make your bait ball and even cast it with pin point accuracy into the same spot over and over again. You’ll be fighting Mekong giants all day until your arms fall off.

      I’ve joined your website under Oz Bangkokhooker but I accidentally clicked on the link “request for pro upgrade”! Sorry about that!

  9. Jason says:

    Need more than 40 KGs next trip

  10. steve barlow says:

    Is it free fishing on the pier for foreigners or are we charged for fishing there aswell.

  11. Trevor says:

    Good Morning

    My Brother and i are planning a trip from SA.

    We would like to do say 3 – 4 days fishing and was thinking maybe staying at the venue for convienence?

    is it worth it to go with a company that guides or is at a waste of money and should we use the guides at the park and book everything ourselves?

    Definitley BSR but what else would you select for fishing?

  12. Steve Campbell says:

    Just had a days fishing at Bungsamran and have to say it was worth every penny.Fantastic,awesome, can’t say enough good about it. Thanks for the advice on your website, yes one day is plenty enough. The guide was brilliant, will be back next year to battle again

  13. Jean-Paul says:

    Dear Bangkokhooker,

    I am following your Website and I like the informations that I can get for fishiing ponds thorugout Thailand, with the Accurate Place with GPS location and price, comapring to the Fishing tour Guide Website.

    I went few times in BSR to try myself and get few Pla Beuk and few Pla Saway. depending the deep, the Bait and weather…

    I would liek to have a piece of advice from an anglers as you about:

    To know which Rod, Reel & Size of line that I have to use. I bouth the Shimano 6500B with 60Lbs, but for the ROD , I bought it in small shop for 500THB and still in perfect condition.

    By the way, do you know where is the best place to catch the biggest Catch or Carp fom the Pier and at which deep?

    I will try to go to the Saruka Ponds as the price shall be interesting for my budget as well i show the WP to BSR.

    Thanks for your information and Help.

  14. Adrian Carrington says:

    Hi
    I’m working in Bangkok Centre and I only have the evenings free to fish , i would love to fish for carp… To be honest!.. I have no rods and i need a proper guide… .. I am willing to pay ..
    regards Ade

  15. Adrian Carrington says:

    Just to let you know , I can only fish the evenings of the 14th and the 15th as during the day i am working up until 5pm…..

  16. Robert Wong says:

    Hi there,
    I took a friend to fish there two weeks ago and had some pla bueks and pla sawais. We also hooked onto a stingray but could not land it. We knew it has to be a stingray as we fought it for 30 mins, then it stuck to the bottom and we just could not move it. Gave it some slack after waiting for 15 mins. Wrong move, as it immediately went across the lake and under the pier, snapped our 40lb line.
    So you need to add ‘stingray’ into your list of fish species at BSR.
    Any suggestions how to tackle a stingray at BSR?

  17. Robert Wong says:

    Hmmm! Now I really regret not being able to land whatever was on my line, and finding out what specie was it. Will have to try again.

    The BSR website list ‘freshwater stingray’ as one of the specie in it’s lake. So maybe the list if out of date.

  18. sugizo says:

    just checkout their website…the price for farangs went up by 100%

  19. Pooh says:

    I’m going to BSR next week. I’ve been before, once with a bucket of livebaits. As soon as I was spotted using them a guy came round and told me I could’t use them, or deadbaits, only bread based baits. It seems to be okay if you’ve hired a guide though. Anyone have any further information on this?
    Secondly, BSR’s own website claims they’ve got stingrays, though I haven’t been able to find a photo of one anywhere on the web that obviously came from BSR.
    Lastly, I’m told that a yellow book or a Thai driving licence is all that’s needed to secure the Thai price. I’ll let you know after my upcoming trip.
    Regards,
    Pooh

  20. Pooh says:

    Had a very successful day at BSR. Got the Thai price on production of my yellow book.
    Caught about 25 fish – jaramet (pacu), sawai (striped catfish), buek (Mekong catfish) and tepa (Chao Phraya catfish). The biggest fish was a 22kg tepa, caught on bacon fished on the bottom, the best of 10 or more tepa, all but one on bacon. I failed to catch a single plastic bag – have they had a clean-up there? Used to catch a plastic bag every other cast when fishing on the bottom!

  21. James Becker says:

    Hi there. May I check with you if there are hidden charges. And I’ve heard this thing called fishing license costing 2000baht per pax. Fish handler 1500baht per pax. And bait at 1000 baht.

  22. fishingthailand01 says:

    Does anyone know of other lakes near bangkok that i can catch Siamese carp i have tried bungsamran and shadowlake i am looking for new lakes. Please help me does anyone else know of any?

  23. Pacu King says:

    Planning my first trip to BSR on 14 Sep. Anyone would like to join to share the cost. Travelling from Bangkok City

  24. Al says:

    Hi

    First and foremost very good website this I have read lots of the pages on here with a great deal of interest and some of the lakes like Pilot have really caught my interest – anyway I am off the Bangkok for three days on 11 October then after that I am heading down to Gillhams for 10 days angling – I am looking to spend at least 2 days in Bangkok fishing and have decided that BSR is a must for one of the days as I have never fished there – are there any guides that stand out above the others at BSR and is the rented tackle up to scratch or should I take my own?

    Cheers and thanks for all the efforts put into this website as it really is a font of knowledge for visiting anglers -

    All the best

    Al

    • Bangkokhooker says:

      hi Al, I think you’d have more responses if you posted this query in the forum. Not too many people read the comments section of the fishing parks.

      best regards,
      Oz Bangkokhooker

  25. pepper says:

    Went for a trip recently at BSR on 18 Sep at 9am.

    Fishing License for Farang – 2000Baht

    Rental of Equip – 600 Baht (recommend bringing ur own reel if u have issues bringing ur rod – I brought a PE 2-5 Shimano Type J paired with a Daiwa 4500 Phantom J to test) Deposit will cost 1000 Baht.

    Lost of Fishing Equipment – 6000 Baht

    Rental of Big Net – 60 Baht and deposit of 200 Baht.

    Guide – 1000 Baht (not necessary unless u do not know how to pack the bomb bait or no one to help u net the fish). Personal Experience is to get a guide who is older with more experience. Depending on ur luck, if u get a lousy guide, he will help u “waste” bait by packing a very loose bomb bait and when he casts, it falls apart before even touching the water or when the bait is still in the water, he will say that there is no more bait and uses the rod to try to “strike” any fish by instead, this action only causes the bait to fall apart in the water. Therefore, normally a day of fishing using a maximum of 2 Lam of buckets will not be enough due to the “wastage”. If u are lucky, the guide will make ur fishing worth every pain & bruises in ur body.

    Lam Bucket – 60 Baht (rental)

    Lam Bag – 600 Baht

    Bread Set – 120 Baht

    Floats (for Mekong) – 80 – 100 Baht from the tackle shop
    Rig (to hold the bomb) – 15 – 25 Baht from Tackle shop
    Pls note that the costs mentioned for floats & rigs applies when u purchase it urself. If u have paid for a guide and when u need these stuffs, he will call his colleague that will bring it over at a higher price. Some guides do not have any of these rigs etc and u have to purchase it anyway. My suggestion is to buy at least 10 of each and walk over to ur fishing area.

    Rental of Bungalow – Ranges from 600 / 800 / 1000 / 2000 / 5000

    Wifi – Used to be free but not its no longer working…

  26. pepper says:

    For anglers that love this website, I highly suggest that u may want to consider bringing a harness/fighting belt and gloves if u intent to aim for the monsters above 80kgs if u have the luck to land one. this will come in useful if u have a very productive day of landing more than 15 fishes all above 40kgs. U will need leader ranging from 80lbs and above depending on how far u wanna cast.

  27. Pacu King says:

    I was there in Oct. Nice weather with lots of bite. Lucky to get a good guide. Only Mekongs. Not sure how to target at the other varieties.
    However nothing over 40 kg.
    The rented tackles are not meant for the bigger fishes. Plan to bring my own tackles for the next trip.

  28. Adrian Austin says:

    hi i was wondering why they sell fishing licenses at the fishing park?
    do i need to buy one to fish there?
    many thanks
    adrian

  29. Gus says:

    Hi I Just come back from BSR one week ago and have a wonderful trip.

    This trip mainly going after my dream fish the Siameses carp and lucky enough to nail a 50kg carp after losing one and the waiting took me 6.5hrs really test my patient to the max.

    To share with you guys how much did i spend for the trip at BSR and my set up.

    Bungalow/Hut with air-con/bed/bath room(No.1) = 2000baht

    Guide (Mr Nut-whole day) later of the day(4pm to 6pm)>Mr Wee came over and guide my son) = 1000baht ( My guide provide me with the rig)
    I used my own Shinmano High-Power Fluoro carbon leader 100lbs and Gamakatsu hook size 1/2/3.

    Rod x 2 = 4000baht
    My own Rod & Reel (Stella/Back version 8000HG with PE8 Rod & Stella /Silver version 6000PG with PE6 Rod.) (Both reel loaded with 70lbs braided

    Lam Bag = 600

    Lam bucket = 60

    Total of = 7720

  30. Scott says:

    I’ve been here 3 times in past fortnight. All i catch is Mekong Catfish. Is there a separate area or technique for other species?

  31. Hi everybody, here every one is sharing such familiarity, so it’s pleasant to read
    this website, and I used to pay a quick visit this web site daily.

  32. budiman says:

    im going to BSR within this month..

    wanna bring my own rod and reels.

    using PE5 line (78LB MAX) and pe 6 rod is it enough to fight with mekong catfish in BSR?

    thanks for advice..

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