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KITE BEACHES

 

The main kite beach in the October-Jan monsoon period is at Pak Nam Pran - near the collapsed pier. The sandbar here always throws up great surf at this spot, and for a couple of months you can use your surfboard. The sea can get quite big at this time of year, with swells of up to 2m.

Just to the north of the pier, Monument beach is great for lessons during the NE monsoon as the river mouth sea wall extends 300m out to sea, creating a swell shadow for easier learning conditions.

7kms to the south is the iconic Khao Khalok. This beautiful large rock seperates Pak Nam Pran from the bays to the south leading to Dolphin Bay.

Just 1km to the north of Khao Kalok, Casuarina Beach is the main kite spot in the thermal season. A huge beach set amongst coconuts and casuarina trees, the setting for a spot of kiteboarding is perfect. The sand here is so soft and fine here that it squeaks underfoot.

To the south is Dolphin Bay, a long arc of golden sand beaches stretching into the heart of the Sam Roi Yot National Pak. In the thermal season, you can kite here every day, although the winds can be a little more (but not completely) onshore. The first beach you come to stretches for 5kms, and there's hardly a building in sight. You have the sea to yourself, and there is the perfect backdrop of the national park peaks tumbling into the ocean in the distance.

The final beach is the main beach in Dolphin Bay, right below the peaks on the fringes of the National Park. It's a spectacular place to kite, and there are loads of places to get lunch, refreshments, or a massage.

 

          DOLPHIN BAY                               PAK NAM PRAN                           CASUARINA BEACH                            SAM ROI YOT

WIND REPORTS

None of the wind forecasts (Windguru or Windfinder) are terribly reliable for the thermal season. Wind conditions at this time of year are generally predicated on more local weather patterns, including the build up of storms in the interior. The reports below should be used as a rough guide only. The best way to get a wind report is to go down to the beach, check the sky and base a forecast on observation. Or speak to a local fisherman - they are the best weather forecasters around!

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