Hua Hin Railway Station
Kaeng Krachan National Park
Tham Khao Luang Cave
Pranburi Forest Park
Hua Hin Hills Vineyard
Black Mountain Water Park
Huay Mongkol Temple
Hua Hin Night Market
Vana Nava Water Jungle
HuaHin Samphannam Floating Market
KHAO SAM ROI YOT NATIONAL PARK
Hua Hin district is a former fishing village that has become a popular weekend spot for Bangkok-based Thai locals to get away to for its relaxed seaside atmosphere on the Gulf of Thailand. It was the former holiday getaway for the royal family in the 1920s and setting for the summer palace in picturesque Cha-Am, Thailand. Hua Hin has a quaint coastal village feel and many attractions to suit adults and children alike. Hua Hin beach is a long strip of sand lined with luxury resorts and spas. After dark, you can walk around the Hua Hin night market, enjoy delicious local delicacies, entertainment and shopping.
Hua Hin town, the administrative-political centre of Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan province, gained popularity first as the seaside resort go-to summer getaway of the Royal Family around a hundred years ago. To that end, the amazingly beautiful Maruekhathaiyawan Palace was constructed, of native Thai woods, in Victorian-era theme designed by an Italian architect, in Cha Am. Accordingly, the Hua Hin Railway Station, with its Royal Waiting Room adjacent to it, was constructed. Train travel was a convenient and interesting way to travel then. As would be expected many of Thailand’s old elite followed the footsteps of the Royal Family and built their own summer palaces and mansions in Hua Hin. Many of those structures are still standing and ready to take in admiration of guests and travellers.
In this new millennium, Hua Hin gained another feather to its cap of fame – it is the location of the biggest free jazz festival in the whole country. The Hua Hin International Jazz Festival is held yearly in June, on Hua Hin Beach and presents the best jazz and blues bands and musicians to crowds of thousands from all over Southeast Asia. Performing bands and musicians come from beyond the region to other parts of the world.
There are lots of things to do in Hua Hin. Hua Hin attracts many locals for a seaside holiday and many international tourists looking for a relaxing beach vacation with resorts and wellness spas, night markets, historical sights in Cha-Am and many natural wonders that make excellent day trips.
The Cicada Market, the Santorini Park, Phraya Nakhon Cave, are just a few among the many Hua Hin attractions for guests to enjoy.
Hua Hin Thailand is a great destination for families wanting a mix of fun and relaxation activities. 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 Cicada night market in the evenings for some souvenir shopping. There are plenty of Hua Hin restaurants serving all types of cuisine. As a seaside resort seafood restaurants are a certainty. There are some great day trip options and the two water parks in the region are world-class for hours of entertainment.
Hua Hin’s popularity continues to the present, because of the various parks and themed malls, a ferris wheel and an infitity pool, banana boat rides and other water sports activities that would enthrall kids and adults alike.
From Bangkok, the cheapest and easiest way to get to Hua Hin is by a 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’s 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’t have to contend with any traffic for the 4-hour trip. But the quickest but pricey option is travelling 3 hours by private taxi which will cost around 2-3,000 Baht (AUD 135).
One of the top things to have in your itinerary with kids is to visit the famed water parks in the area. Located just 5 minutes from Hua Hin city centre is Vana Nava Water Jungle, the largest water park in Thailand. Another popular option is Black Mountain Water Park which can be found only 10 km north of Hua Hin city adjacent to the Black Mountain Golf course. Only 5 km from Hua Hin city centre, Baan Sillapin artist village is an excellent choice for families with many arts and craft activities available. There are different in-house Thai artists on site including painters, sculptors, and moulders whom you can interact with and take classes. Kids can learn about wildlife within their natural habitat at Kui Buri National Park. The park houses different species of animals such as Malayan tapir, Indian bison, deer and Thailand’s largest herd of wild elephants, for sure a fantasy of any child. You can tour the park safari-style in an open truck.
Hua Hin nightlife? Try hanging out at the Hua Hin night market or the Cicada open-air market. Both offer great food, shopping and local entertainment.
Hua Hin is popularly known as the first beach resort town and popularized since the 1920s by the Royal Family, and logically other Thai elite families, as their yearly summer getaway place. It is quite near Bangkok so a plane ride is not needed to get there and experience the seaside. It is also known for its stunning sunrises and its long strip of white sand by the Gulf of Thailand.
Hua Hin Beach is also the location of the annual Hua Hin International Jazz Festival which brings in jazz bands and blues bands from all over and beyond Asia, as well as jazz aficionados to bask and revel in their favourite jazz music, every June.
The choice is determined by your personality which defines your goals and lifestyle.
Hua Hin can give you the opportunity to savour a calm and serene hideaway, drink in some grand royal history, flex your body for golf or swimming and water sports. Hua Hin has a quaint old-world ambience (because of the traditional and century-old royal patronage and residence) and a laid-back lifestyle, despite increasing establishments and new attractions for tourists.
Pattaya, on the other hand, makes you feel like being where the action is, with numerous things to do, more developed as far as western-style accommodations like sea-view villas and many high-rise buildings.
Its long strip of soft white sands makes a stroll or jog popular activities on the beaches. Hua Hin’s beaches cater, for the most part, to rest and relaxation and water activities like parasailing, windsurfing, water-skiing and jetskiing, disturb the serenity of the beach strollers/joggers or loungers.
Hua Hin has a long sandy strip on its coast by the Gulf of Thailand. The warm water and the soft sand make it ideal for swimming.
Hua Hin is definitely a good holiday destination. It is ideal for a holiday of rest and relaxation. It has amazing beaches and the town’s 100-year history of royal patronage and residence is the main reason for a lot of its period architecture combined with Thai culture and constructed with indigenous materials. There are markets and restaurants along the streets and you will be filled with music and assorted food aromas as you go around.
Accommodations of all types are available, catering to travellers of any category, from families to couples to backpackers.
Hua Hin has a wide array of accommodation types to choose from, at locations of the guests’ preferences. From 4 and 5-star hotels near the town centre, close to other establishments like restaurants, cafes and bars for nightlife, or quaint villas and bungalows by the beachfront, or budget hostels and dormitory-style accommodations. These accommodations cater to all travellers – couples, families with young children, professional singles, backpackers. Basic and luxurious amenities (free parking, Wi-Fi, swimming pools, business centres) and services (flexible or free cancellation policies, babysitting) can be expected and enjoyed.
The Hua Hin International Jazz Festival is a free jazz festival yearly for more than a decade now, presenting the best jazz and blues bands in Asia that is held on the popular Hua Hin Beach each June. The stage is set up in front of the Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin.
Renowned to be the most developed jazz festival in the whole Thailand, The Hua Hin Jazz Festival attracts tens of thousands of music lovers and other spectators from all over the Southeast Asia region. In all the years, representative bands came from even beyond Southeast Asia, like the UK, Japan, Brazil and Denmark. The festival is sponsored and supported by the Tourism Ministry, the local government and the big hoteliers in the region.
The town of Hua Hin has been linked to Thailand’s jazz enthusiasts since the 1950s and the jazz festival was inspired by and organized to be an annual honour of the late King Bhumibol’s gift of music. The late monarch had created several jazz compositions and plays a mean saxophone himself.
As a seaside town with a royal history and now dotted with various accommodations of different categories, Hua Hin serves as an appropriate venue for this international festival, which has since become one of Hua Hin’s top attractions
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