Krabi, a province in southern Thailand’s Andaman coast is well-known for its white sandy beaches, clear waters and amazing corals.

While this island paradise is flocked by watersport enthusiasts and beach bums in their t-shirts and flip flops, it offers just as much to anglers from all over the world.

The Andaman Sea and Krabi’s rivers purvey a bountiful supply of fish, including highly sought after monster species.

Anglers dreaming of an unforgettable fishing holiday will be happy to know that the Gillhams Fishing Resorts is built in a stunning national park area 3km from Thalon Bay and is arguably the best freshwater fishing destination in the world.

Sixteen International Game Fish Association (IGFA) world records were attained at the resort’s lake, which is inhabited by 49 big fish species.

Anglers can expect to catch an average of four to five fish over a seven-day period, with at least one in a size that can beat their personal best, if not a world record.

“We saw a huge silver flank and knew it was a Mekong [catfish],” Adam Morris wrote.

“My Mekong personal best was 80 pounds and if I chopped this fish in half, then half again, I would have still smashed my personal best,” he added.

On top of that, the resort boasts stunning surroundings, professional guides, modern lake side bungalows, free Wi-Fi and an infinity pool.

Guests can also enjoy a wide range of activities such as soaking in hot springs, kayaking, horse-riding and white water rafting when not angling.

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An angler muscles with what looks like a huge arapaima (Photo: Gillhams Fishing Resort Facebook page)

Dominant species in the lake

  • Arapaima
  • Siamese carp
  • Red tail catfish
  • Mekong catfish

Getting there

Krabi is an 80-minute direct flight from Singapore. From the Thai airport, it will take you 25 minutes to reach the resort by car. Return airport transfers are available at a fee.

Quick facts about Krabi and Gillham Fishing Resorts

  • Resort location: Ao Nang, Krabi, Southern Thailand
  • Weather: Tropical monsoon climate (16°C to 37°C)
  • Lake size: 36,421m2
  • Best fishing months: Mid-April to Mid-January

For more information visit the Gillhams Fishing Resorts’ site.

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