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Phuket Sea Gypsy Fishing

Phuket Sea Gypsies

Sea Gypsy Fishing on longtail boats

Destinations
Coral Island, Koh Bon

How Much?
1,800 THB
(person / day)
How Many?
Min: 4, Max: 5 fishing
but can take 8 persons

“Times and Seasons”

The Sea Gypsies of Rawai depart and arrive home around high tide hence the times you can go out vary and in "low season" the weather has to be taken into consideration, as there are assorted combinations of trips, day/night, beach BBQ, trap diving, trolling, bottom fishing etc.

It is always best to visit their village with me to arrange exactly what you require a few days before your proposed trip and pay a deposit. We are a couple of kilometers from the Gipsy Village so when you arrive please make a visit to the village part of a day out, you can meet your crew and arrange everything with them.

The sea gypsy village itself is easy for a taxi to find as it is a well known tourist destination with sea shell stands and fresh fish restaurants.

Day fishing with the Sea Gypsies >>

Night fishing with the Sea Gypsies >>

Please note

Booking a Gypsy Trip involves visiting the Gypsy village 1 or 2 days before your proposed trip in order to organize times (tides) and check the weather forecast. The weather in low season is particularly unreliable!

This is a good opportunity to get to know your hosts and organize exactly what you would like to do and for how long, ie. Snorkeling (bring your own gear) Trolling, Bottom fishing, watch them dive to their own traps, dive with them, day/night, BBQ on beach, etc.

It is also a good time to pay your deposit and have a look round the village or have a fresh seafood meal.

The Sea Gypsies in Phuket – Some Facts

The Sea Gypsy village in Rawai is the largest on Phuket Island. This community is predominantly Buddhist, with quite a few quirks of their own, such as burying their dead as opposed to Buddhist cremation and they call their tribe the "Dtee Bak" (Lions of the Seas).

Most other communities, of which there are many (three on Phuket) are Muslim, although, true to their culture, they mix and match quite happily. This is probably due to the fact, that on a daily basis their lives literarily depend on each other when using the extremely dangerous methods they employ when harvesting from the deep.

Diving, using antiquated air compressors and garden hoses to supply unfiltered air, accounts for more than 50% of the Gypsies fishing income and making their huge fish traps is hard, labour intensive work and well worth seeing.

The Sea Gypsies – Some History

The Sea Gypsies (or Thai–mai or The Moken) are possibly the friendliest Thais you could ever meet, who ask for nothing more that the prospect of feeding themselves as they have done for millennia, from the sea.

Gypsy history is at its best vague, as their language, which is partially Malay, cannot be written down hence no authentic records exist to confirm the origins of this ancient race who claim to have been in these waters for over 2000 years. Although this cannot be proven, it is generally accepted that the Na Goo, as they call themselves, were indeed the first residents of Phuket.

Included
Meal cooked with the catch
Included
Fishing tackle & live bait
Not Included
TIPPING - there are normally two Thai crew per boat and it is customary to leave a tip
Not included
The price does not include transportation
Please note

All our trips require a 50% payment in advance, the balance to be paid on the day

Sea Gypsy Day Fishing

Sea gypsy fishing

Fishing on Sea Gypsy Longtail Boats

Destinations
Coral Island, Koh Bon

How Much?
1,800 THB
(person / day)
How Many?
Min: 4, Max: 5 fishing
but can take 8 persons
Important! Please note

If you are not used to the sun wear a hat and bring plenty of sun-block.

These trips are not for young children or the unfit. These are Sea Gipsy working boats and have no facilities.

A day out with the Sea Gypsies on a long tail boat, watch them dive to their traps, try some line fishing and finish with a fish BBQ on some secluded beach.

Don’t expect “Big Game” when out with the Gypsies as most of their large fish are caught in their Gypsy Fish Traps. That said, fishing with the Gypsies is a privilege, not experienced by many, especially at night which is a must for someone who just loves a rod and reel, or in the Gypsy case, hand line.

For the regular fisherman this will probably be the first time you have not baited your own hook– the Gypsies are that attentive.

All Gypsy trips are weather permitting especially in the “low season” from May to November.

Day time trips should only be undertaken with a view to shading yourself from the sun, hence BBQ’s on the beach.

Please note

Booking a Gypsy Trip involves visiting the Gypsy village 1 or 2 days before your proposed trip in order to organize times (tides) and check the weather forecast. The weather in low season is particularly unreliable!

This is a good opportunity to get to know your hosts and organize exactly what you would like to do and for how long, ie. Snorkeling (bring your own gear) Trolling, Bottom fishing, watch them dive to their own traps, dive with them, day/night, BBQ on beach, etc.

It is also a good time to pay your deposit and have a look round the village or have a fresh seafood meal.

Beach Parties

Beach parties for up to 30 people can be catered for and are great for birthday beach bashes.

All the beer you can drink and all the fish you can eat plus a bonfire on the beach!

1,800 Baht Per Person

Included
Meal cooked with the catch
Included
Fishing tackle & live bait
Not Included
TIPPING - there are normally two Thai crew per boat and it is customary to leave a tip
Not included
The price does not include transportation
Please note

All our trips require a 50% payment in advance, the balance to be paid on the day

Sea Gypsy Night Fishing

Night fishing with the Phuket Sea Gypsies

Fishing on Sea Gypsy Longtail Boats

Destinations
Coral Island, Koh Bon

How Much?
1,800 THB
(person / day)
How Many?
Min: 4, Max: 5 fishing
but can take 8 persons
Important! Please note

These trips are not for young children or the unfit. These are Sea Gipsy working boats and have no facilities.

Night fishing can be done any time the weather permits although a full moon seriously adds to this magical night out.

Leaving the Gypsy Village in Rawai around 4pm we head for Coral Island and trawl or jig for squid waiting for dusk when we will drop anchor and bottom fish as we watch the magnificent sunset.

We are looking for snapper or barracuda but the catch could be just about anything.

Please note

Booking a Gypsy Trip involves visiting the Gypsy village 1 or 2 days before your proposed trip in order to organize times (tides) and check the weather forecast. The weather in low season is particularly unreliable!

This is a good opportunity to get to know your hosts and organize exactly what you would like to do and for how long, ie. Snorkeling (bring your own gear) Trolling, Bottom fishing, watch them dive to their own traps, dive with them, day/night, BBQ on beach, etc.

It is also a good time to pay your deposit and have a look round the village or have a fresh seafood meal.

Beach Parties

Beach parties for up to 30 people can be catered for and are great for birthday beach bashes.

All the beer you can drink and all the fish you can eat plus a bonfire on the beach!

1,800 Baht Per Person

Included
Meal cooked with the catch
Included
Fishing tackle & live bait
Not Included
TIPPING - there are normally two Thai crew per boat and it is customary to leave a tip
Not included
The price does not include transportation
Please note

All our trips require a 50% payment in advance, the balance to be paid on the day

Fresh Water Fishing

Chalong Fishing Park

Destination

Located in Rawai & close to Chalong, Kata and Karon

How Much?

See prices below
Contact us for bookings

How Many?

3 different packages (see below)

A Family Affair

Chalong Fishing Park is a small, family run and inexpensive fresh water fishing lake. The sort of place you can go for your breakfast and stay the day without checking with the bank. Many of the local anglers consider themselves as part of the furniture and even us “salties” turn up pretty regularly.

Jez Wilson the owner/manager along with his wife …….. go out of their way to make everyone welcome around their well-stocked lake which is home to many exotic species many of which come in around 40kgs.

For those who are new to fishing “fresh” warm water, Jez is a keen and very knowledgeable angler who is always happy to give advice and share his knowledge of the lake and its inhabitants.

For non-fishing customers including young children entry is free of charge and there is even a small “kiddies” pool and hammocks for that afternoon siesta.

Fun Fishing

Chalong Fishing Park is all about affordable "Fun Fishing" - a family friendly activity where kids under 12 are half price when fishing with an adult.

Fishing here is around a third of the price of many of Phuket's fishing parks with arguably higher catch rates. There are 3 different packages: full day (up to 12 hours) half day ( up to 6 hours) and a 3 hour session designed for walk in customers, novices and customers with children.

There are 20 different species of fish and more being added all the time, with several very good sized fish over 40 KG.

There is a fully stocked bar and a restaurant serving Thai and Western dishes right next to the lake as well as a small pool and showers.

Located in Rawai, it is very easily accessed from nearby Chalong, Kata and Karon and is only 20 minutes from Patong.

Mad about fresh water fishing

Freshwater Fishing Prices

A FULL DAY OR ANYTHING OVER 6 HOURS IS 2,000 BAHT
A HALF DAY OR UP TO 6 HOURS IS 1,600 BAHT
3 HOUR PACKAGE IS 1,200 BAHT (FOR FIRST TIMERS OR CUSTOMERS WITH YOUNG CHILDREN)

Hours

8AM – 8PM EVERY DAY

Species

GIANT MEKONG CATFISH

CHAO PHRAYA CATFISH

STRIPED CATFISH*

WALKING CATFISH

AMAZON REDTAIL CATFISH

ASIAN REDTAIL CATFISH

TIGER REDTAIL CATFISH

SIAMESE CARP

INDIAN CARP*

 

COMMON CARP

ALLIGATOR GARR

PACU*

BIG HEAD CARP

BLACK SHARK MINNOW

JAVA BARB*

TILAPIA*

EELS

*some of these species were introduced as very small fish when the lake was first stocked in October 2016.

Freshwater fishing in Phuket
Included

ALL TACKLE (2 RODS), STANDARD BAITS, GUIDES

Included

USE OF FACILITIES INCLUDING A SWIMMING POOL & SHOWERS

Included

BAR / RESTAURANT RIGHT NEXT TO THE LAKE SERVING COLD BEERS, SOFT DRINKS, ICE CREAMS ALONG WITH THAI AND WESTERN DISHES

Included

OPEN UNTIL 10PM ON WEDNESDAYS WITH A FREE THAI STYLE BAR B Q FOR CUSTOMERS FISHING FOR HALF OR FULL DAY

Please note

All our trips require a 50% payment in advance, the balance to be paid on the day