Name: Bungsamran Fishing Park
Address: 21/596 soi Navamin Road, Bungkum, Bangkapi, Bangkok, 10240, Bangkok.
(it’s not really located next to a BTS or skytrain, and as with most things in Bangkok, we struggled to find it. I would advise getting a taxi. It took approx. 30 mins from On Nut area and cost 250 baht on the meter).
Phone Number: +66 2 7349 272
Price: See website for up to date details. We paid 650 baht each as we all had Thai work permits, but when we spoke to people who were there, some had paid up to 5000++ baht per person as they had pre booked through an agent. It seems it’s worth negotiating the price hard! We only hired a rod to share, guide and bate, but it is also possible to hire houses as a group.
Having never been fishing before, I loved this place as I got to catch huge fish! It wasn’t easy, and required patience as well as a lot more strength than I had realised, but you are definitely guaranteed to catch a fish of substantial size. I really enjoyed the day and can’t wait to go again. However, I realise that my outlook on the whole experience may be completely different from that of someone who fishes regularly.
The lake itself is quite pretty and has wooden decking around it with a public pier in the centre. Around the outside are quite effective triangular prism shaped wooden huts that you can rent out as a group. There seemed to be many groups in them having lots of fun but as there were only four of us, we decided to stick to the public pier. We had a large table with benches to sit at and a guide who helped us cast and bate the rod and directed us once a fish had bitten (I apologise in advance if any of the terms I use throughout are completely wrong)! The fish in the lake (I am told) are Mekong Giant Catfish and Giant Siamese Carp amongst others and can grow to the weight of 100kg.
You can buy food and drink (including beer and alcohol) at cheap prices and there is a fishing shop should you want to invest in some fishing gear. A lot of time was spent sitting and waiting for a fish to bite, but this doesn’t matter when you are in good company. There are also plenty of people around who are fighting with their fish that you can watch to pass the time. Once you have caught a fish, posed for a photograph and estimated the weight, it is thrown back into the water. In total, we stayed for about 5 hours (our initial intention had been to stay for just one or two) and each of us managed to catch 2 -3 fish each. Had we hired more rods this number would have significantly increased, but so would our muscle pain the next day as the fight with the fish is a very long and exhausting one!