Hua Hin Travel Guide

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Hua Hin Overview

Once a sleepy fishing village, Hua Hin has since developed into a vibrant seaside resort made fashionable by the visits of the Thai royal family and in turn becoming a popular getaway destination for Bangkok residents, travelers and an increasing number of ex-pat retirees. With a 5km stretch of sandy beach, numerous isolated coves and a tropical climate it is a certainly a town to be visit at all times of the year.

 
Although working hard to cling to its traditional roots, Thailand’s oldest coastal resort has witnessed a huge amount of development since the arrival of the royal family back in the early 1920’s. Nevertheless, despite in possession of large hotel chains, European influenced restaurants and bars and numerous hostess clubs, it is a far cry from the heavily overdeveloped and seedy towns like Pattaya and therefore enjoyed by both families and couples looking to avoid the 24-hour party scene. In fact, with some time-honored seafood restaurants along the old pier and a superb local night market one can be forgiven for getting lost in the old charm which still prevails.
 
Being under 4 hours south from Bangkok, buses depart every half an hour at almost all hours of the day and, from the town bus stand, services run daily to Koh Samui, Krabi, Phuket and Songhkla, with trips ranging from 8 - 12 hours. Hua Hin residents are extremely proud of their town’s train station, an old royal wooden pavilion, therefore arriving by train from Bangkok, around 4 hours, is an enjoyable and hassle free event. Hua Hin lies in a flat region and so visitors can take pleasure in exploring the beach and town either on foot or bicycle.

Things to do in Hua Hin

Klai Kangwon Palace - Gracious Spanish influenced and ocean facing palace commissioned in 1929 by King Rama VII as a summer home for Queen Rambai Barni. Today the palace is still used by the Royal Family of Thailand as a summer getaway. Opening times are 9am - 4pm daily (when the Royal Family are not there). Entrance 20 baht.

 
Khao Hin Lek Fai - Rising 162m above Hua Hin, the summit of Flint Mountain (as it is otherwise known) provides superb views of the region and a great afternoon picnic and recreation spot. The mountain sits 3km inland and is reachable by road.
 
Hua Hin Water Sports - Being a beach town there are numerous water based activities on offer, catering for all ages and levels of adventure. Hua Hin Watersports offer pretty much everything, including banana boat rides, jet skiing, parasailing and night fishing trips.
 
Elephant Trek Hua Hin - Visit the local elephant camp and take a trek around the surrounding countryside whilst sat atop one of these majestic animals.
 
Hua Hin Festivals
Thailand International Kite Festival - Marvel as the Hua Hin skies become awash with a colourful display of kites of all shapes and sizes and competing in various disciplines to create a fascinating exhibition. For 2010 the festival took place in March.
Hua Hin Jazz Festival - Held in June when the cream of Thailands Jazz musicians, alongside some international artists, come together to create a superb 3-day beach festival.
 
Hua Hin Nightlife - The vast majority of drinking spots in Hua Hin lie within the downtown region close to the Hyatt Hotel with bars and nightclubs running until the early hours. Busy spots worth checking out are El Murphys, open from 7am, the classy Satchmo Club at the Sofitel Centara and the lively Octopussy Bar with cheeky staff and plenty of drinks promos. Failing these there are a bundle of expat orientated pubs and hostess bars scattered around town.
 
Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park - Spreading across 99sq km along the coast and fringed by dramatic limestone mountains is an area of stunning natural beauty and the countrys first coastal National Park. The Mountain with Three Hundred Peaks is a superb recreational area with beaches, caves, mountain lookouts, forest walks and over 300 species of bird all waiting to be explored and discovered. The park lies 60km south along the coast from Hua Hin.

Hotels in Hua Hin

Budget Hotels Hua Hin

Fulay Guesthouse - In the heart of town and just a short walk from the beach and night market. Tel (66) 32 513145.
Pattana Guest Home - Cosy rooms in an old fishermans house, with pleasant courtyard bar. Tel (66) 32 513393.
 
Midrange Hotels Hua Hin
Baan Somboon - Tranquil guesthouse set in a botanical garden and a stones throw from the beach. Breakfast included in room rates. Tel (66) 32 533638.
Jinning Beach Hotel - Range of single to 5-bed rooms in a friendly guest house. Complete with 2 restaurants and swimming pool. Tel (66) 32 532597.
Kings Home - Range of comfortable rooms in a welcoming guesthouse. Tel (66) 32 530581.
 
Luxury Hotels Hua Hin
Hyatt Regency - 5-star luxury along the beach front and set amidst tropical gardens. Tel (66) 32 521234.
Sofitel Centara - More beachfront luxury with no less than 4 swimming pools and limo service. Tel (66) 32 512021.

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This page was last modified on 18 Mar 2011 by Matt