The country of smiles is normally known for its friendly people, breathtaking scenery, cheap living costs and hookers. But the kingdom also has made a name among kitesurf enthusiasts over the last few years. Why? Because first of all you have pleasant temperatures of at least 23 degrees throughout the year and secondly, depending on the region, wind will also be available throughout the year! Considering the conditions you could almost speak of a dream location for kitesurfers.
Unlike other water sports countries, the wind in Thailand is very much dependent on the region. The best and most famous locations for surfing are Phuket, Koh Samui, Pattaya, Hua Hin and Koh Phangan.
|Region||Best months for kitesurfing|
|Phuket||September - March|
|Koh Samui||April - October & November - March|
|Pattaya||September - March|
|Hua Hin||November - May|
|Koh Phangan||December - March & July/August|
Karon Beach - long sandy beach, waves, small area where you can stand
Friendship Beach - sandy beach, mostly flat water with some chop
Hua Thanon - sandy beach, beautiful clear water, not too big but space enough
Samui Orchid Kitebeach - nice landscaped beach, clear light blue water
Koh Mak - small sandy beach, good wind
Ram Pung Beach - wide beach with low tide, be careful with the waves
Cha Am - empty beaches, lots of space at low tide
Hua Hin - great place for all levels, choppy waves, bigger waves with bigger wind
Thong Sala Beach - shallow water, a lot of space, shoes recommended due to shells
It is hard to pick out only one specific airline because there are many airlines flying to Thailand. But we can give you some tips for your trip! For cheap flights we recommend Skyscanner! On Skyscanner you can compare different airlines and different airports to guarantee that you will find the cheapest price for your flight. The sooner you look for flights the cheaper you can find them! In Addition, it is worth to look for flights outside of the main travel time.
Most airlines charge immense prices for carrying sports baggage. Nevertheless, there are also airlines that may not be cheaper at first look, but at second look they are much cheaper. Suppliers like RyanAir attract with cheap tickets, but then hit the luggage much more than their competition. To carry your kite luggage as cheap as possible we recommend the following airlines
Lufthansa - you can carry kite luggage up to 32 kg free of charge in addition to your normal luggage
Eurowings - if you have a credit card of Eurowings your kite luggage is free of charge
Turkish Airlines - similar to Lufthansa you can also carry your kite luggage free of charge in addition to your normal luggage
Ethiad - you can carry two luggages free of charge with Ethiad and can use one of them for your kite luggage
Cheap accommodations can be found through providers such as Airbnb or booking. There you can find private accommodations or hotels directly at the spot. Accommodations are usually not that expensive in Asia. We recommend you to always have a look at the accommodation first and then decide how long you want to stay. It is good to have a point of contact when you arrive in the country. But we DO NOT recommend booking an accommodation for a longer time without having seen it before. Often, advertisements are made for accommodation with distorted or outdated pictures.
The best thing you can do in the kingdom is to take your backpack and travel the country. There are a lot of cheap possibilities to travel like by train, bus oder plane. You can also rent a bike or a car there for small money but be careful! If the vehicle is damaged in some way it will cost you alot. If you decide to travel the country you can have a look at the 10 best things to do in Thailand.
For those who don't want to do boring staff and get back on the water you can always rent SUP's at local Kiteshops or Kiteschools. Depending on the region and spot you are, you can also try to catch some smooth small waves!