Take to the skies with kiteboarding
Kite surfing is very popular in Hua Hin and around Khao Kalok thanks to the regular coastal breezes and the relatively calm, shallow waters. There are numerous places along the beach where you can learn how to fly across the crests of the waves. Our pick would have to be Airstylers Kite School (www.airstylerskiteschool.com) which has a nice laid-back attitude and offers lessons in both Thai and English. Another decent option is Kite Surfing Pranburi (www.kitesurfingpranburi.com) which limits its classes to just two students per teacher.
Pranburi is Thailandâ€™s newest kitesurfing spot with 7 months of solid wind and 5 months of possible thermals. Pranburi is surely one of Thailandâ€™s windiest and most picturesque kiteboarding area. And Pak Nam Pran is a private paradise with many scenic attractions and 7 km of unspoiled sandy beaches. You can ride here without the crowds of people common to other kitesurfing locations.
Pak Nam Pran and the west coast of the Gulf are becoming well known for windsurfing and para-sailing with strong northeasterly winds and clean offshore waters. Equipment can be rented from the main hotels. If you require more speed you can try water skiing or the jet ski. Both sports will give you a real adrenalin rush. You can take lessons from a qualified instructor. For family fun, you can try ride on the banana boat. This is a great experience where you can enjoy an exiting bumpy ride on board an inflatable banana.
Windsurfing is not a difficult sport to learn. If you think that kite boarding is too advanced for your kids, then windsurfing can be a good option. Itâ€™s easy and fun for all ages, and with practice you will learn how to ride within the first hours of training.
Scuba Diving & Snorkeling
Unfortunately there is no scuba diving available in the waters surrounding Pak Nam Pran. The bottom is a mixture of sand and silt and water visibility is around 1-2 meters. You could try scuba diving in Hua Hin but there is not much to see apart from an occasional stingray.
The closest location to Pak Nam Pran where you can dive is Koh Talu (2 hours drive) off the coast of Bang Saphan. However, this really only consists of a couple of shallow coral reefs. Farther south are the islands of Koh Ngam Yai and Noi off the coast of Chumphon. The marine life, coral and overall visibility is much better here. For those who are new to diving, you cannot beat the premier spot in the entire country for learning to dive: Koh Tao.