In Short:

A combination of sailing and surfing, windsurfing has become a popular sport in Thailand. And with the country surrounded by water, Phuket is perhaps the best place to try your hand at this sport.

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Best For: Adrenaline seekers
Cost: Rentals start at THB 2500 (Rs 5700 or US$ 80) per hour.

What’s So Awesome About It

The best way to break the monotony of the calm seas of Phuket is to take part in an outdoor sport like windsurfing. If you are trying windsurfing for the first time, Patong beach is a good place to start, where you will find many windsurfing shops lined up at the beach. If you are at the sea by 7 a.m. or 8 a.m., you can enjoy an entire morning’s worth of the sport thanks to the perfect gusts of wind at the hour. Patong beach is a great setting for windsurfing as it has soothing waters and a wide bay which makes it easy for novices to try their hand at windsurfing. If you already know how to ride the waves, head to Kata beach or Rawai where you can rent high-end boards. These beaches are also where you’ll find many professionals with whom you can learn to take your skill to the next level.

What’s The Catch

If the rental shops find that the seas are rough on the day you need to rent the windsurf gear, they may disallow you from doing so.

Things To Keep In Mind

  • The best time to windsurf is when the seas are flat, from November to February.
  • Before you undertake any water sport, always carry travel or medical insurance that covers hospitals in Thailand.

Where You Can Book It From

One of the oldest and most professional windsurfing schools is at the Phuket Windsurfing School at Nai Harn Beach. You can book lessons here too at phuketwindsurfschool.wixsite.com for lessons for an hour. Alternatively, you can head to any of the rental stores a little early in the morning to get your gear as well as book lessons.

Pro Tip

If you book a course in windsurfing for more than a couple of hours, many providers will spare a board without rent for a day on request.