Thanks everyone for your input as it has been very useful in helping me deciding the best option for the coming week. The winner is: TAIWAN! The forecast is picking up a little for Taiwan and the rest of Asia looks like it's in the doldrums...Man on the ground in Vietnam tells me lots of rain and when wind comes it's in 30min patches. The tropical storm in Japan is heading for Korea and it's forecast path is to miss Taiwan to the West and maybe bring some good wind on it's way past. Anyway encouraged by kite2high as his forecast was average and yet they got a good 3 days of wind near Taipei on a lam windguru forecast! Sri lanka would have been awesome but out of range and budget as my girlfriend is tagging along she kitesurfs too but is still a beginner.
Now to business!! I need some cheap accommodation tips in Taipei followed by the best local beaches to hit in the area and cheap accommodation near the kitesurfing spots..... Saifu seems to be one of the wind stations on Windguru and I have seen some nice youtube footage of kiting there albeit Winter months. Anywhere else I should look at and need to know which wind directions work for which beach, will do some research but if you happen to know the area well pls give me a quick run down. I have a 6 foot fish surfboard and 135TT and am thinking I should only bother with the TT as I'm guessing not so much wave riding in the summer months in Taiwan? And also I'm guessing my surfboard might be a pain to carry around with my TT and transport in train, taxi, bus etc if it's not going to get a good workout! Oh and is it worth checking out Penghu or is it expensive to get to and hard to find reasonably cheap accommodation?
Fingers x that tropical storm Diamu brings wind and not a week of rain!!
Once again many thanks for the input from all - I have had 2 decent sessions in HK in 5months and officially going NUTS! Please keep the ideas and feedback coming - good winds to you all....
Jeff (Addicted to kitesurfing)