The seaside sights of Hua Hin are undeniably intimate and romantic - perfect for couple getaways and newlyweds' honeymoons.
But, it is also perfect for family vacations – because of its long list of activities that everyone of all ages can enjoy. Hua Hin’s tourism history also has a grand story to tell – especially considering the number of times the Royal Family has vacationed here. So, if Thai’s royals can’t resist Hua Hin, we definitely can’t miss it.
Hua Hin is a sightseeing heaven. Of course, you must start with its highly sought out coastlines especially the one that leads to the Khao Takiab – the Chopstick Mountain that has a breathtaking view of Hua Hin’s coasts. Splashing enjoyment can’t just be had by the sea too. Black Mountain Water Park is a must-visit for tourists with children thanks to its awesome facilities that cater to every kids’ sense of adventure. Hua Hin’s historical landmarks are also worth mentioning thanks to the Maruekhathaiyawan Palace – the seaside palace of King Rama VI and the cinema-like Hua Hin Railway Station. Other notable attractions include the Venezia Hua Hin, the Santorini Park Cha-Am, and Pleam Wan Shopping Village. Social life in Hua Hin is energetic until the nighttime, as evidenced by its Cicada Market and Night Market.
Hua Hin has no international airports nearby, but it has a railroad track that goes through the town centre. This track is connected to Bangkok via Hua Lamphong and Bang Sue railway stations. The trip will take you around 4 to 5 hours, but the sights will not disappoint. Buses, taxis, and minivans can also travel to Hua Hin via highways, with a travel time of around 2 hours and 30 minutes – with no traffic. The last option is to travel via ferry boat that travels back and forth between the Hua Hin and Pattaya ports.
ATMs and banks can easily be found along Hua Hin’s coastlines, thanks to its bustling tourism industry. On the other hand, money changers are more commonly found in market areas or the district’s tourist spots. But generally speaking, you can easily access and get Thai Baht (THB) for your needs. At the same time, big resorts and establishments offer and honour card transactions. But having cash on hand at all times is also a good idea.
November to February is the high season and the best months to visit Hua Hin. These months typically have manageable temperatures not reaching the 30s, with clear skies and sparse rainfall. March and May are considered the hottest months with soaring temperatures of well into the high 30s – which is the best months to have a beach escapade. June ushers in the rainy season with drizzles and long showers until September and into the end of October. These are the low months, and relatively, the months with the most affordable prices.
Hua Hin is a relatively small place, so if you don’t mind walking, you can actually explore it by foot. Of course, when you want to reach your destinations in a short time, you have a few options at your disposal. Songthaews, tuk-tuks, and motorbike taxis are prevalent in this simple town – and they charge reasonable fares. At some rare instances, you might catch a taxi in the area, but oftentimes, they don’t venture into such a small district. Always remember to check on prices and try to negotiate or you might get ripped off.
The thriving tourism industry has also managed to influence Hua Hin’s dishes and food preferences. A number of dishes now have Dutch, English, and French influences, such as bagels and sandwiches in some of the cafes and in the cooking techniques used in some dishes. Asian countries generally like their food well-done, especially meat dishes. However, a number of dishes in the area come in medium rare and rare variances. Vegetarians have also influenced the mindsets of Hua Hin’s chefs and they have already started creating vegetarian variations of their dishes. Yet, amidst all these diversity, the genuine Thai taste is not forgotten – with most dishes still incorporating the two well-loved ingredients of chilli and coconut milk. Beverages, liquor, and coffee recipes are now gaining traction in Hua Hin and this is evident in all the bars and cafes popping up at the sides of the street.
It is surprising that among Thailand’s many tourist destinations, Hua Hin stands as a testament to its prosperity amidst its considerably small land area and population size. There is truly something magical and captivating in its attractions and its people that continue to attract visitors. Most of all, it is filled with historical significance and cultural aesthetic. One cannot go on a holiday to Thailand without visiting Hua Hin.