Thailand has become many things over the years since a young Leonardo Dicaprio blessed the world with his performance in The Beach, a lot of them negative. Overblown tourist hellhole, over developed, sex tourist mecca, and cliché backpacker paradise all jump out as prominent tag lines when South East Asia’s original hotspot is brought up in conversation these days. While these sentiments hold a certain degree of clout, one still cannot deny the fact that Thailand still has great beaches. Great beaches, but no waves, right?
Wrong. But before you start thinking, “I’ve been to Thailand 14 times and seen nothing more than a jet ski wake,” hear me out. Most of Thailand’s coastline and the majority of tourist islands including Koh Phangan and Koh Samui lie in The Gulf of Thailand. While these places are rumored to have rideable waves occasionally throughout the year, the Gulf is consistently flat. Really flat. Stick to the Red Bull vodkas and full-moon parties in those parts.