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Made popular by the Thai Royals back in the 1920s as a seaside getaway, later by the country’’ Tourism Authority, Hua Hin is now a go-to destination for many Bangkok-siders escaping the city on a weekend and for tourists looking for rest and relaxation by the beach.
There are lots of things to do in Hua Hin and around the Prachuap Khiri Khan Province. It’’ worth taking a trip to Khao Takiab or “Chopstick Mountain,” home to a hilltop Buddhist temple that offers a fantastic viewpoint of Hua Hin. You will find troops of cheeky monkeys who inhabit the temple and have some fun photo opportunities. Beyond Khao Takiab Temple is Takiab Bay which is a lovely swimming beach with clear water. Here you can take day trips by boat to nearby islands such as Koh Singto. They even offer elephant rides there.
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Hua Hin Railway Station
The Hua Hin Railway Station showcases Victorian-era architecture and features the Royal Waiting Room that was previously used to welcome the king and his court upon their visits to Hua Hin.
Constructed in 1910, the station is still operational and an important best thing in visitors itinerary visit to the province.
HuaHin Samphannam Floating Market
Vast market styled towards the King Rama VI period of architecture. The market’’ grounds are landscaped and offer a large lake, islands, mini train track, and over 200 shops and 40 boat vendors offering all kinds of food and snacks. It is geared towards tourists rather than being an authentic local floating market.
Huay Mongkol Temple
The Wat Huay Mongkol temple complex is located 15 kilometres from Hua Hin and is best known even beyond the province for its huge statue of one of Thailand’’ most revered monks- Luang Phu Thuad. The whole complex is set in a park with a lake, waterfalls, streams, bridges, a number of pavilions.
Hua Hin Night Market
For a small slow-paced seaside town, Hua Hin’’ night markets are bustling with activity, each has a unique theme and collection of vendors. The Hua Hin Night Market is the most popular, just a short walk from the town center, the market runs between Petchakasem Road and Liap Thang Rotfai, the railway station road. Open from 6 pm into the early hours, with some shops open until dawn, it can get crowded on the weekends, so a weekday visit is a more enjoyable experience. Visitors can find everything from intricate wood carvings, silk pillowcases to rubber chickens and mug warmers, handmade jewellery, silk purses, scarves, and tapestries.
Hua Hin Hills Vineyard
About 36 km from the town centre where you will find the Hua Hin Hills Vineyard who produce the prized Monsoon Valley label.
You can tour the vineyard by elephant or bicycle and there is a wine bar, bistro, retail shop and wine cellar on site.
Black Mountain Water Park
About 10 km north of Hua Hin city is the fun-filled Black Mountain Water Park adjacent to the Black Mountain Golf course.
Equipped with a wave pool, several water slides and lots of other water activities, it is the perfect play space for a family.
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Thais envisage Hua Hin as a unique and elegant gateway holiday destination, and rightfully so. Built in 2011, the famous floating market offers travellers a chance to step back to the 1920s through its period-style architecture and decorative details.
The floating market slowly unfolds before you as you stroll along, presenting you with an impressive range of products that could easily take a few hours to fully explore. The market also features stalls with delicious food and irresistible treats.
The Hua Hin Fishing Pier is a recreational spot situated along the water’s edge offering the most beautiful sunrise and sunsets anywhere in town. While it remains as Hua Hin’s centre of the fishing trade, locals also encourage tourists who visit the site to take part in fishing activities.
A simple trip search would yield an extensive lineup of ocean-side seafood restaurants serving mouthwatering dishes from typical Thai style to classic Hua Hin style.
One of the biggest attractions in the country, the Kaho Takiab Mountain offer travellers the best location for sightseeing and strolling along the ocean. This area is often adorned with water sport enthusiasts and tourists hoping to visit the glittering temples nearby.
The Phraya Nakhon Cave is perhaps one of the most mystical attractions in the country. Very few photos of the cave exist, which is mainly because the gold and green pavilion is hidden inside a hard-to-reach cave.
With that being said, many who have achieved the feat of making it to the end of the cave have said that the stunning pavilion looks like it’s straight out of a treasure-hunting movie.
The Hilton Hua Hin Resort is a stunning property that’s regarded as one of the top hotels in Hua Hin. The resort boasts a total of seven restaurants on site, including a rooftop bar. This makes the Hilton Resort a favourite among people in high society. Besides offering an air-conditioned room, the hotel also promises relaxation and rejuvenation through its indoor and outdoor spa treatment rooms.
*Families are not required to pay for children aged 12 and under if they are sharing a room with parents.
Koh Talu Beach is a private beach owned by Koh Talu Island Resort and Hotel.
Like many high-class hotels, the Koh Talu Island Hotel offers rooms with private balconies and satellite TVs. Each room is also equipped with air-conditioning and free wifi.
Every person staying at a room in the hotel are given exclusive access to a traditional Thai massage at the on site spa, as well as water activities including kayaking, scuba diving, and snorkelling.
Nong Kaw is a popular place in Hua Hin that’s at least 20 minutes away from the nearest airport offering a direct flight to Australia. People visiting Nong Kae are encouraged to visit as many sites as possible during their stay dates, including the Vana Nava Water Park, Cicada Market, and Wat Huay Mongkol.
5 km west of Hua Hin is the Wat Huay Mongkol Temple, famous for its huge statue of one of Thailand’’ most famous monks, Luang Phor Thuad (aka Luang Pu Thuat). It is actually the biggest statue of the famous monk.
Hua Hin Hills is tucked away in a remote part of Hua Hin, about 36 km from the town centre where you will find the Hua Hin Hills Vineyard who produce the prized Monsoon Valley label. You can tour the vineyard by elephant or bicycle and there is a wine bar, bistro, retail shop and wine cellar on site.
About 10 km north of Hua Hin city is the fun-filled Black Mountain Water Park adjacent to the Black Mountain Golf course. Equipped with a wave pool, several water slides and lots of other water activities, it is the perfect play space for a family with kids.
Another fantastic family experience is Vana Nava Water Jungle. Set within 3.2 hectares of tropical jungle, the park features 19 waterslides and Thailand’’ tallest and only thrilling vertical looping slide called the Aqualoop, and the heart-pounding Freefall.
About 1.5 hours’’drive from Hua Hin is the largest national park in Thailand. Kaeng Krachan National Park is most famous for the spectacular Pala-U Waterfall, which has 16 cascades making it the highest in Thailand. The park is enormous and one day of exploring is not enough. Rich tropical rainforests, freshwater deep pools to take a dip in, native wildlife, flora and thousands of colourful butterflies make this park a magical treat.
Facing the idyllic Cha Am Beach is the vintage Thai-Victorian architecture of the summer seaside Maruekhathaiyawan Palace, which was constructed in the early 1920s during the reign of King Rama VI as a royal getaway, which was when the notion started of Hua Hin as a royal getaway destination. While visiting Cha Am, you can walk through the halls that have been converted into a museum to witness the splendour of times past. You can reach Cha Am on a 15-minute bus ride or 25-minute train journey that commutes once daily.
Hua Hin nightlife is not wild but rather evenings in Hua Hin are quite civilised with eating at one of many restaurants, having a drink at the bar and night markets as the main after-dark activities. Hua Hin restaurants are diverse with seafood and local specialities along with Western cuisine.
The cheapest and easiest way to get to Hua Hin from Bangkok is by minivan. Travel time is approximately 3 to 4 hours, depending on traffic. Minivans can accommodate up to 12 people, have air conditioning and cost around the equivalent of AUD 12-15.
There are also buses from Sai Tai Mai terminal in Bangkok that depart every 20 mins and take longer than a minivan with the journey being more than 5 hours due to traffic and stops.
Another alternative is to go to Hua Hin via train. From Bangkok, the train departs from Hua Lamphong Railway Station on a regular basis. You can take in the sights and won’’ have to contend with any traffic for the 4-hour trip.
The quickest but priciest option is travelling by private taxi which takes about 3 hours. Taxi stands in the airport usually have a fixed price set for Hua Hin usually around 3,000 Baht (AUD 135). From downtown Bangkok, you could get a better price, especially if you have a local contact, more towards 2,000 Baht (AUD 90).
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It’’ a popular weekend spot for Bangkok-based Thai locals to get away to for its relaxed seaside atmosphere. It was the former holiday getaway for the royal family in the 1920s. Although the Hua Hin beaches do not compare to the white sandy beaches of the islands in the south, there are long strips of sand lined by waterfront resorts, good for water sports and generally clean.
Approximately 200 kilometres and takes 3-4 hours to drive depending on traffic.
Although there is an airport in Hua Hin, there are no regular domestic flights from Bangkok. However, if you have don’t mind the steep expense, you could always contact and hire a private charter plane and arrive in Hua Hin in 35 minutes.
The Hua Hin night market on Petchkasem Road is a great place to hang out, shop, eat and enjoy the slower pace of this beachside town. Open from 6:30 pm onwards, there is a wide selection of cheap food and many of the restaurants double as bars where you can enjoy a beer or cocktail while people-watching in your seats. The Cicada Market is an open-air fun shopping experience for all things handcrafted. Open from 4 pm until 11 pm on weekends, the market showcases the local talents of artisans with the aim of putting Hua Hin on the map as an art destination. Its amphitheatre is a platform for local artists to express their talents in live performances of dance groups to pantomime acts. Visitors can get lost for choice in the open-air food court sand bars serving both Thai and Western dishes and alcohol.
Hua Hin beach isn’’ considered to be the best beach for swimming due to strong currents and high waves at times, rocky formations on the sea bed and from August through to October, the poisonous box jellyfish can be found in these waters. It’’ best to stay out of the water after it rains or when the water temperature is warm or the waters turn murky.
Hua Hin weather is warm all year-round with November to February being the best weather, with warm sunny days, sea breezes and pleasant cooler evenings. However, this is also the high season, where many tourists flock to Thailand during this time and driving the prices higher. March to May is the hot season with high humidity and fewer tourists, so if you want to laze by the pool all day, then this season may work best for you. The rainy season is from June to October, fewer people, thus, lower accommodation prices.
Hua Hin’’ main beach stretches for 4 km along the Gulf of Thailand, has a wide strip of sand so it’’ popular for morning jogging, long walks, pony rides and sunbathing. The beach is less crowded than other typical southern tourist spots so it has an overall mellow vibe with a focus on relaxation. Water sports like water-skiing, kitesurfing, windsurfing and parasailing are popular but offer little disruption to the overall tranquillity of the beach. It isn’t considered to be the best beach for swimming and from August through to October, the poisonous box jellyfish can be found in these waters. You might want to consider taking on insurance for any mishaps in the water.
The distance from Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok to Hua Hin is about 220 kilometres.
Approximately up to 4 hours drive depending on traffic, by car or bus.
Hua Hin is perfect for families. This charming seaside town is mellow and a good option for chilling out in one of the many beach resorts or private villas and wandering the night bazaars in the evenings for some souvenir shopping and cheap eats. There are some great day trip options to cover a full day itinerary for which you can rent a car and the two water parks in the region are world-class for hours of entertainment. Make sure your travel insurance will cover any possibilities in your vacation.
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