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Hua Hin – The Perfect Get-Away From Bangkok

This post was last updated on February 19th, 2020 at 07:05 am


It’s not Thailand’s most beautiful city or the city with the most incredible sights. Hua Hin is different from all other cities and that makes the city loved by many. It is a wonderful mix of city, sea, lively markets, cozy restaurants and bars, and wide beaches. The city is only a three-hour drive from Bangkok, making it an ideal “get-away” for locals and tourists alike!

 

On this page, you will find all the information you need before you leave for Hua Hin. We will tell you about;

 

Our Experience in Hua Hin

We were always a little apprehensive about Hua Hin. Quite frankly, we were afraid of practices such as those in Pattaya. That is also the reason that we skipped it the first 2 times we came to Thailand.

 

We could not have been more wrong, because Hua Hin is a very nice seaside city. And not just that; it is the oldest seaside city in Thailand. And since 1920 the city has also been the summer residence of the king and queen.

 

It’s an energetic place, just a three-hour drive from Bangkok.

 

That is also the reason that you will find many locals here who come here on the weekend to enjoy a piece of the beaches. It is busy and touristy but it has much more to offer than many travelers think.

 

TIP – Combine a Hua Hin beach holiday with a few days in the bustling metropolis of Bangkok. This is how you make your holiday special and varied.

 

Image of: View of Hua Hin early in the morning
View of Hua Hin early in the morning, very peaceful!

 

Relaxing With the Locals

During the weekend you will find many (richer) locals who come to Bangkok to enjoy the beach and the sea. Larger hotel chains have been focusing on Hua Hin for some time and travelers are coming here more often. The city has a certain charm. Precisely because of the fact that there is little to do besides spending time on the beach.

 

We visited Hua Hin in 2016 because we had time left in Bangkok. It is only a 3-hours’ drive and, therefore, a perfect get-away. It is a place to relax and where everything is within reach.

 

The Best Beaches in Hua Hin

Many people come here because of the beaches. Locals come from Bangkok and expats come here because of the good facilities and safety. This city is in fact closely guarded since the king lived here.

 

The city itself offers mainly restaurants and bars. Do you want to relax with all the comforts close to your door? Then Hua Hin is the city to visit! Check below which beaches in Hua Hin are considered by many travelers to be the best.

 

1. Hua Hin Beach

Hua Hin is a great beach to relax for a few days. The beach starts south of the harbor and continues for miles to Khao Takiab. So there is always space available for your towel!

 

Image of: Hua Hin beach in Thailand
Hua Hin beach stretches out pretty far so there’s enough space for everyone

 

2. Cha Am Beach

About 20 km (12.4 miles) north of Hua Hin lies Cha Am. Cha Am is also known for its beautiful beaches. In addition, there are also many resorts where you can stay. The beach is clean and a lot quieter than in Hua Hin.

 

You can do some fun activities here. Varying from pony riding and massages to water activities. In the surroundings of Cha Am, there are a number of beautiful nature parks. You can easily visit these by booking a day tour.

 

TIP – Minivans run between Hua Hin and Cha Am every day (50 Baht, US$1.60, takes about 30 minutes)

 

3. Khao Takiab Beach

The name Takiab literally means “Chopstick Hill”. Khao Takiab is a suburb just 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) from Hua Hin. The top attraction of the beach is the mountain on the beach where there is also a large Buddha statue. A bit similar to Mont-Saint Michel in France.

 

A number of monkeys live on the mountain. Not the greatest beach, but it is nice and quiet.

 

4. Pranburi Beach

Sun, sand, and clear blue water; Pranburi is a beautiful beach with clear water that is great for snorkeling. Because of the beautiful beach and the many activities, this beach is becoming increasingly popular with people who are tired of Hua Hin.

 

It is no longer the sleepy coastal town it once was, but the home of various accommodations ranging from affordable accommodations to super luxury resorts.

 

TIP – You can cycle to this beach with a tour. Check out this website for more info!

 

Image of: Morning view of Pranburi Beach
Morning view of Pranburi Beach, it’s very pretty!

 

6 Fun Things to Do in Hua Hin

Many people come here for the beautiful beaches. Locals come from Bangkok and expats come here because of the good facilities and safety. The city is in fact closely guarded since the king lives here.

 

The city itself offers mainly restaurants and bars. If you’re looking for a place to relax with the locals and having comforts all around you then this is the place to be! Below we will tell you about all the fun things you can do in and around Hua Hin.

 

1. Hua Hin Night Market

Located in the center of the city between Petchkasem Road and the railway line, this is the place to be in the evening. The market is only one street and comes alive from 6.30 p.m. when sellers take over the street with their variety of stalls.

 

It is a bit similar to the market in Chiang Mai.

 

TIP – You will also find delicious street foods here that you should definitely try!

 

Image of: Street food in Hua Hin night market
The night market has great street food, try it!

 

2. Visit Mrigadayavan Palace

Hua Hin is the summer residence of the Royal Family. And that has been the case for several years. That is why this summer palace was built here by the sea. The palace was built in the early 1920s during the reign of King Rama VI.

 

It was designed by an Italian architect and has many verandas, covered walkways and lots of teak. The beautiful passage that leads to the sea is one of the most beautiful places in the complex.

 

3. Explore the Railway Station

This train station, too, was built during the reign of King Rama VI and is a short distance from the city center. Hua Hin train station and the adjacent royal waiting room are a must-see in Hua Hin.

 

The painted wooden buildings give the station a Victorian appearance. The train actually arrives here, but even if you don’t come by train it is nice to visit.

 

Image of: Traditional and beautiful railway station
Traditional and beautiful railway station

 

TIP – Read more about what you can do in Hua Hin on this website!

 

4. Kitesurfing

Hua Hin is a very famous wind and kite surfing spot in Thailand. Due to the constant wind and ideal coastline, it is a true paradise! Kite surfers from all over the world come to Hua Hin to go kite surfing or to learn how to kitesurf.

 

The circumstances are not as good as in Mui Ne in Vietnam, but for those who want to try a lesson or two, Hua Hin with its favorable wind, nice climate, and warm water is definitely recommended.

 

TIP – More info can be found at Kiteboarding Asia.

 

5. Visit Cicada Market

Another market, but it’s very different from the Night Market. At the Cicada Market, everything revolves around art and handmade items. This market attracts talents from all over Hua Hin’s surrounding areas. In addition to the craft market, you will also find an art gallery, beer garden, and live music. Super cozy!

 

It is only open on weekends. It is located on Phetkasem Road, between the city of Hua Hin and Khao Takiab. The market is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and on Sundays from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

 

TIP – If you like art, Baan Silapin is for you. Local artist Tawee Kase-Ngam has set up a small village here where art is exhibited. There is even a band playing on Saturdays!

 

# 6 A day trip to the Phraya Nakhon cave

The beautiful Phraya Nakhon cave is one of the most mystical and mysterious sights of Thailand and an absolute must-see! This cave houses a golden and green pavilion and the cave is difficult to reach, so only a few people come here.

 

It’s surprising because it really is one of the most beautiful places in Thailand.

 

Those who do put in the effort to come here will be rewarded with a stunningly beautiful image. The pavilion is in the middle of the cave where the sun comes through and settles on the pavilion. It seems very similar to a Disney movie. Phraya Nakhon Cave is located in Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, a 45-minute drive south of Hua Hin.

 

Image: A serene view of the Phraya Nakhon cave
A serene view of the Phraya Nakhon cave

 

TIP – Rent a scooter (150 baht, US$4.80) and drive to the small village of Bang Pu on the beach. From there you can rent a boat to sail to the beach of Laem Sala or go for a 30-minute walk to the beach.

 

Hua Hin Food & Drinks

Do you like good food? If so, Hua Hin is a great place for you! You’ll find delicious street food everywhere on the street. Especially at the Night Market, you will find a lot of delicious local food. But the boulevard along the beach is also well stocked. Besides good street food, the city is also known for the many good restaurants where you can eat well.

 

How to Get to Hua Hin

Hua Hin is a much-visited city in Thailand so it takes little effort (and Baht) to get here. The easiest way to get here is by bus. Buses run to and from this seaside resort to all major cities.

 

Most buses depart from and to the long-distance bus station in the south of the city. The following buses run there;

 

  • Chiang Mai – 800 Baht (US$25.60), 12 hours, 3 times a day.
  • Phuket – 850 Baht (US$27.20), 9 hours, one night bus.
  • Surat Thani – 500 Baht (US$16), 7 hours, 2x a day.

 

Buses to Bangkok can be booked throughout the city. It will cost 160 Baht (US$5.10) and the journey takes only three hours. Buses run every day between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.

 

Book Your Transportation Tickets Online

Nowadays you can also plan your entire trip online via 12GoAsia. It’s a great website we have used many times where you can easily check all prices and possible routes online. For example, look here to view all the transportation options and prices between Bangkok and Hua Hin.

 

Best Time to Visit Hua Hin

The city is located about 200 kilometers (124 miles) below Bangkok in the central part of Thailand. The best time to visit Hua Hin is from November to April. Since most come to Hua Hin for the beach, the warmest months are the best. March and April, in particular, can get quite hot. Check the image below to find out the average temperature and rainfall in each month.

 

Average temperature and rainfall in Hua Hin

Average weather in Hua Hin by month

 

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