Hua Hin District grew into the trendy holiday destination it is today, from humble beginnings as a fishing village. Almost every resort in Hua Hin appears to be on the luxurious side. In the 1920s, a rail track was constructed to improve access and even the Thai Royal Family built their summer palaces here. High end condominiums belonging to Bangkok’s affluent and hotels like Anantara Hua Hin Resort, occupy the cliffs facing the sea and boast stunning ocean views. Golf courses, shopping malls, eateries and boutiques all contribute to the luxury lifestyle but touches of quaint, old charm remain.

Kitesurfing or kiteboarding has gained popularity in the area in recent times. The best type of wind for kitesurfing, steady thermal winds, are found in Hua Hin throughout the year. Hua Hin Beach has a shallow, flat and wide stretch of ocean along with plenty of sun because this part of Thailand sees less rain than any other part of the country. These conditions are the ideal for the sport. The best wind comes around during March and April, while the biggest waves roll in from November to January.

Hua Hin lies in a great location, a mere two hundred kilometres south of Bangkok. Today, at least ten kitesurfing schools have a presence in the area. Kitesurfers can take lessons and hire equipment. Not all of the oceanfront is suitable for the activity though, further north there are large submerged boulders that can be dangerous. The south side is more suitable but this stretch is also shared by jetskis and fishing boats. Jellyfish occasionally pose a threat to beach goers, mainly between the months of May and October. The Intercontinental Kiteboarding World Cup of 2010 was also held on Hua Hin Beach and drew participants and enthusiasts from across the world.

Catalina Forbes is a travel writer who bases her content on many thrilling escapades experienced across the world.