Hua Hin is a popular beach destination at about 3 hours drive from Bangkok. It has a magnificent long sandy beach and is very suited as a holiday destination for families with children. Nearby Hua Hin are a number of quiet, long sandy beaches.
Although Hua Hin has some of the finest golf courses in Thailand, modern shopping centers, plenty of water activities and nightlife, it is still a charming place with a relaxed atmosphere.
Royal beach resort
The coastal resort of Hua Hin is the oldest beach resort of Thailand. During the 1920’s King Rama VII had a summer palace built here, the Klai Kangwon Palace, which is still used today by members of the Royal family.
When the railway line was constructed connecting Hua Hin to Bangkok, the resort become popular with the Thai public. Hua Hin’s train station is one of the oldest in the country, its most attractive feature being the Royal Waiting Room build in traditional Thai architectural style.
Family destination with long sandy beaches
Today, Hua Hin is a developed beach destination some 200 kilometers south west of Bangkok, well suited for families with children, and much quieter and more relaxed than Pattaya. It is best known for its long sandy beach ending in a small fishing port. A short distance away is a more secluded beach Hat Khao Tao, featuring a large Buddha image facing the sea.
Hua Hin is particularly suited for kite boarding thanks to its shallow warm water, steady winds and kite boarding schools. Other things to do on the beach include jet ski, banana boat and for the children pony-riding.
Activities away from the beach
With seven high quality courses close by Hua Hin is one of the best places in Thailand to play golf. The Black Mountain course was voted one of the best six courses in the Asia Pacific region within one year after its opening in 2007. In 2009 and 2010 the Black Mountain golf course hosted an Asian Tour event.
The night market in the center of town is a nice place to stroll around and an excellent place to try some delicious freshly cooked Thai food or a snack like a “roti”, a pancake offered in many variations, like with banana, chocolate or mango.
Excellent sea food can be had in the restaurants build on stilts into the sea, that also provide great evening scenery and atmosphere.
Jazz Festival, night life, Thai massage
The Hua Hin Jazz Festival takes place every year in June and attracts world class jazz musicians. In the center of towns there are beer bars, discothèques, karaoke bars and cabaret shows.
A relaxing massage can be had in many shops all over town.
Temple of the legendary monk
For those who are interested in local culture and history, a short drive away from town is the Wat Huay Mongkol, the house of the largest Luang Phor Thuad statue in Thailand. Luang Phor Thuad was a legendary Thai monk, famous for his miracles.
Other activities in Hua Hin
There are many more things to do in Hua Hin, you can take cooking classes, martial arts and Muay Thai boxing classes, kayaking and canoeing, surfing, go-karting opposite Hua Hin airport, or taste wine at Hua Hin Hills Vineyard to name just a few.
Views from Monkey Mountain
Some of the best views of Hua Hin and the beaches can be had from the Monkey Mountain, just South of Hua Hin in the village of Khao Takiab. As the names suggests, a large number of monkeys live here, that you can get very close to and feed. A fun experience, especially for kids.
Attractions near Hua Hin
South of Hua Hin is Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, a nature preserve with beautiful sandy beaches, towering limestone cliffs, caves and fresh water marshes. One of its attractions is the Phraya Nakhon cave, a large natural cave with stalagmites and stalactites. The cave also contains the Kuha Karuhas pavilion, built late 19th century for the visit of King Chulalongkorn.
Teak wood beach front Palace
On the beach between Hua Hin and Cha-Am is Maruekhathaiyawan Palace, also known as “The Palace of Love and Hope”. King Rama VI used the teak wooden palace as a summer residence for the Royal Family during the 1920’s.