Flow House

Surf's up on Sukhumvit

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What we say: 3.5 stars

If you can't make it to the coast to surf or boogie-board, why not ride the waves on Flow House's simulated surfing machine in the heart of the big city?

Flow House's success since its 2012 opening is partly due to the fact that Bangkok gets ridiculously hot, but also because it nails that laidback but fun atmosphere that great beaches are famous for.

If you've never given "flowboarding" a try, trained instructors (and a rope if you need it) are available to show you how it's done. Unless you're an experienced surfer, chances are you'll fall off the board within 0.02 seconds on your first try -- expect to be the focus of roaring laughter courtesy of a seemingly ever-present gang of 10-year-old adepts. A little humility is part of the fun, but if you want an edge over the 10-year-olds, sign up for Bangkok's only surf school and pick up some surf gear at the on-site shop. And if you chicken out entirely, there's always a great beach bum-style bar and restaurant that serves buckets of Singha to go with burgers and fries.

One more tip: most Thai men wear board shorts and T-shirts and women usually don short shorts, a bikini top and a T-shirt while flow-boarding. If you show up in a tiny Speedo, expect to be the subject of snickering looks and laughter for an altogether different reason than a lack of flowboard grace. A one-hour shared flow sessions costs 750 baht.

More details
A Square (Near K Village) Sukhumvit Soi 26, Bangkok
http://www.flowhousebangkok.com
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 10:00-24:00, Sat-Sun 08:00-24:00
Last updated: 21st June, 2013

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