Bryde’s whale is a type of aquatic animal that has been present in Thailand for hundreds of years. It is said that anyone who finds a Bryde’s whale in the sea will be lucky. The Department of Marine and Coastal Resources assigned the name Bryde. Bryde’s whale is now considered a rare and endangered marine species. The characteristic of Bryde’s whales is having three ridges on their heads, and there are around 50 Bryde’s whales in Thailand.
Bryde’s whale was designated as an indicator of the health of marine resources in 2019, assisting in the restoration of marine ecosystem equilibrium. Furthermore, when people come to observe Bryde’s whale, it might provide revenue for the community.
1. How to find Bryde’s whale?
Most of the bruda whales live in both the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea as follows:
1.1 In the Andaman side, it would be found around Koh Surin, Phang Nga Province and Koh Phra Thong Racha Noi-Racha Yai Island, Phuket Province, etc.
1.2 In the Gulf of Thailand, it can be found in Chonburi, Chachoengsao, Samut Prakan, Bangkok, Samut Sakhon, Samut Songkhram, Phetchaburi to Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon and Surat Thani.
Thus, Bryde’s whale is often found in the upper Gulf of Thailand on the West Coast. It may be found almost all year round, including Samut Sakhon, Samut Songkhram and Phetchaburi.
2. The boarding point in Thailand
There are 4 locations for boarding the Bryde’s whale in 2 provinces including Samut Sakhon in one point and Phetchaburi in three points as follows:
2.1) Pantai Norasingh, Province of Samut Sakhon
2.2) Bang Tabun, Province of Phetchaburi
2.3) Phetchaburi Province, Laem Phak Bia Pier
2.4) Chao Samran Beach in the province of Phetchaburi
3. The time when Bryde’s whale was most often discovered
According to the Marine Resources Research Center and the Upper Gulf of Thailand on the west coast, Bryde’s whale sightings will be most common from April to September. This is the best season to catch anchovies and shrimp, however due to the rainy season, sailing to view the Bryde’s whale may be difficult. In contrast, the greatest time to observe the Bryde’s whale is during the winter season, from October to December.
4. How to prepare before viewing Bryde’s whale
We need to slow down the boat and lower the loudness. You may only visit three boats at a time by coming from the side. Do not sail over obstructions or chase whales, and do not feed and swim with Bryde’s whales.
5. The expenses
If you would like to see Bryde’s whale, I advise you to travel with a tour for around two days and one night becasue the boat takes around 6-8 hours round trip. The cost per person is around 1,500-1,800 Baht.
This is information about Bryde’s whale in Thailand. However, I highly recommend you purchase travel insurance in Thailand before entering to see Bryde’s whale, particularly with Rabbit Care, since if you lose baggage or travel documentation, it would be covered. Moreover, if you suffer a bodily injury from the accident while viewing Bryde’s whale, the medical expenses will be paid by the insurance company.