Sitting on the west coast of the Gulf of Thailand, Hua Hin is a beach paradise home to all varieties of resorts, activities and interesting cultural adventures. Located just 170km, or a 3-hour drive south-west, from Bangkok, this beach-side town grew its popularity initially from being a frequented spot by Thailand’s Royal Family. Today it combines the attractions of a modern holiday destination with the charm and quaintness of a still active fishing port.
What to Do in Hua Hin
There is an abundance of things to do in Hua Hin – whether you’re after some rest and relaxation, or taking part in a more adventure filled holiday, this place has something for everyone. Like most places around Thailand, you can enjoy all of the usual activities that you’d expect like spa therapies, massages, cooking classes, cycling, hiking, snorkelling and fishing. But on top of the usual fair, and depending on whether you’re travelling with your family or as a smaller group, there are plenty of other unique things you can do in this place.
With its prime location on the coast, some of the most popular activities you can enjoy in Hua Hin are found on the water. Hire a jet-ski, do some para-sailing, have a swim or just enjoy the sun filled days along the immaculate mile-long beach. If you’re wanting something on the water that’s going to get your heart rate up a little more, Hua Hin has become a prime destination for those looking to get into the exhilarating sport of kite surfing. With plenty of schools and kite and board rentals along the beach, you might like to try your hand at using the wind to surf the seas.
If you’re after something a little more family friendly where you can take the kids, why not visit the delightful Hua Hin railway station? Dating all the way back to the 1920’s, this quaint little spot is interesting just to look at and walk around. If stretching your legs sounds more appealing, then we’d recommend making a visit to Kaeng Krachan National Park and exploring the many waterfalls around.
Hua Hin’s Cicada Markets are also an absolute must to see as they’re both culturally enlightening as well as incredibly exciting for all of the senses. You’ll see, hear and smell things that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. If you’re travelling with the family, then make sure you take the kids along for a real experience in Thai artwork and crafts, as well as some handy experience with bartering!
Where to Stay
Being the popular tourist destination that it is, Hua Hin has a huge variety of different accommodation suitable for all kinds of holiday makers. From the practicalities of large international resort facilities, through to the nuances of romantic little getaways, you’re going to find your ideal place to stay here.
If the small boutique option sounds like something you’d be interested in, then we can’t recommend Cape Nidhra enough. It’s a small property in the heart of Hua Hin’s township, and just a short walk from the night markets. This place has private pool villas and offers the perfect escape for couples looking to get some extra special luxury and privacy.
If the larger resort style accommodation suits your tastes better, then you can’t go past the Centara Grand Resort. This enormous place offers a huge range of accommodation with options for couples, solo travelers and families. In its prime location, this one is close to lots of local shops and restaurants and just a short tuk tuk ride from the night markets.