This was my first time to Bungsamran, and to be honest it will be my last, as many others have already stated, the two tier pricing is quite outrageous.
I live in Thailand, but because I dont have a Thai driving license or a work permit, I didn't qualify for the 'resident' price. The fact I could prove I lived here by producing my 'yellow book' (Proof of house ownership in Thailand and residency) didn't matter, they wouldn't budge on the price so I had to pay in full.
I took a mate with me who was staying with us on holiday, and we were there for a good 5 or 6 hours in one of the huts with a guide. All in all we reckon with two rods, landing net. a guide, several loads of bait and some rice and chicken from the local stall we spent around £150, sure we caught loads of catfish, but to be honest it was one a chuck and boring by the end of the day.
We explained initially to the guide we wanted to specificaly fish for Siamese Carp, but he insisted that it was all down to luck if we got one of those, not much of a guide in my opinion.
The overall impression we both got from the guide was he was trying to tire us out as quickly as possible so we'd be keen to leave, so he could maybe disappear home or perhaps try and get another days pay with somebody else.. If you like catching catfish at every cast, then this is for you, personally I can catch catfish anywhere in Thailand at the many pools on offer, I can also do it for a tiny fraction of the cost visiting this place.
I'd just like to mention that we also fished the Shadow Lake in Bangkok and caught a load of catfish pretty much the same size as Bungsamran, we only paid 300 Baht each, whereas Bungsamran charged us 2000 Baht each, quite a difference in price don't you think...
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