The Gulf of Thailand has always been an attractive place for sports enthusiasts. Even the previous King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) was tempted by its beauty. In 1966, he built a sailboat and crossed the Gulf.

Inspired by His Majesty, Narapichit Pudla decided to cross the Gulf of Thailand on his kiteboard and became the first person to do so. At the end of 2018, one more brave man expressed a desire to conquer the Gulf. Vladimir Kruchinin, a 37-year-old Russian, who has been living in Thailand for 7 years, aimed to paddle board 110 kilometers from Hua Hin to Pattaya.
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Due to bad weather, the trip was postponed and then shortly after, Vladimir’s support boat had an accident during transportation, which caused further delay.

Vladimir informed his subscribers on his Facebook page that he is determined to achieve his goal and believes he is very capable. Vladimir started paddleboarding in 2016 when he fell in love with the sport and became an avid water sportsman. He paddled 70 kilometers around Kaeng Krachan and embarked on a paddling journey from Cha-Am beach to Prachuap Khiri Khan.


On December 22nd, Vladimir set off from the beach near the Springfield Hotel in Cha-Am. After 20 hours and 35 minutes, he covered approximately 80 kilometers and finished in Prachuab Khiri Khan.

Vladimir stated that his inspiration for embarking on his adventures was thanks to his favorite explorer, Fyodor Konyukhov. The world’s most prolific explorer, Konyukhov is the only person to have ever reached the North and South Poles, the Pole of Inaccessibility in the Arctic Ocean and has summited Mount Everest twice. Furthermore, he sailed around the world via Cape Horn four times.

We continue to support Vladimir in his endeavors and wish him good luck on this thrilling adventure.


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