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Located on the west coast of the Gulf of Thailand and only 200 kilometers from the capital, Bangkok, sits the windy beach of Hua Hin. While most holiday destinations in Thailand cater mainly to foreign tourists, Hua Hin is a holiday resort also very popular with Thais, which has kept the cities traditional Thai charm. The 5 mile long sandy beach of Hau Hin is a great kiting destination, with reliable wind, a fantastic IKO kiteboard centre, and a wide selection of luxurious beach front accommodations. The lively city is an amazing place to venture into, which will interest both kiters and non kiters, along with a good night life.
Hua Hin offers a great selection of activities for non kitesurfing friends and family, or for ways to spend a light wind day. Thailand is a very popular wakeboarding destination, with cable parks spread throughout the country. Wakeboarding in Hua Hin is available though our partner kitesurf centre. The wakeboard centre located at the Marriott hotel is the only insured wakeboard and jetski centre in Hua Hin, offering jetski hire with or without wakeboarding equipment. Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) is a great way to be on the water when the wind is light. Our kitesurf school in Hua Hin offers rental and lessons in this easy to learn sport.
The warm year round weather means only boardshorts are needed, and maybe a lycra top to keep the sun off. There is no actual swell, but lots of choppy waves which roll in along the coast, perfect for improvers looking to better their skills riding in choppier water, or even starting to learn small waves. Flat areas can be found for freestyle, and beginners, though the choppy water does provide perfect kickers for big airs. Hua Hin is not one of our 'best' destinations for beginners, as the water is pretty choppy. Though the long sandy beach is ideal, making Hua Hin a place you definitely can learn this incredible sport. The most common kites used are 9 - 12 for women, and 10 - 14 for men.
October through January brings the northeasterly monsoons wind ranging from 8-20 knots side onshore. The wind blows in cycles averaging 6-10 days at a time. The wind is generally strongest in the morning and decreases throughout the day. The wind direction is generally northerly in the morning and turns slowly around to the northeast over the day. February to mid May brings Sea breezes 12-20 knots side onshore, kicking in around 11:00, and building until around 18:00 then decreases as the sun goes down. Mid May to October brings the south westerly monsoons producing gusty offshore wind and some days with rain though around 50% of the days are still rideable, with SE Sea breeze Sid on shore wind.
In the evening s you can take the Rickshaw bicycle taxis around the city, dine out in of the many restaurants, or have a drink in one of the vibrant bars. Overall the nightlife scene in Hua Hin is not as big as other resorts in Thailand, though there is a good selection of ways to spend your evenings.