Hua Hin beach is the primary beach of the Hua Hin region. A clean beach which has a lot of resorts and restaurants running along it, it can get quite busy during the weekends when visitors from Bangkok and nearby cities and towns come in. On the weekdays it is mostly secluded. Activities such as waterboarding, jet skiing, kiteboarding and banana boating are available. There are also kid-friendly activities such as horseback rides on offer. For those looking to bask or laze under the sun simply, there are many sunbeds and beachside massage services along the beach as well.
If visiting in the month of June, the world famous Hua Hin Jazz Festival is hosted at this beach.
Suan Son Pradipat Beach is an unexploited beachfront, quite low-key, with calm and shallow waters. It does not draw a lot of visitors, but the northern part of the shoreline is more bustling than the southern end. One can find restaurants, eateries, etc. to the north end. Here, visitors can also go riding the banana boat, horseback riding, boating, jet skiing, etc. The southern part of the beach, however, is only a vast stretch of shore. The coastline of the Suan Son Pradipat Beach is characterised by dense pine trees, which can be used to set up a hammock. Visitors can also rent a table in the shade to relax while enjoying the view of the clear blue waters.
Suan Son Pradipat translates to Sea Pine Garden. The beach is seperated from Hua Hin Beach by Khao Taokiab.
Lying around 28 KM to the north of Hua Hin city, Cha Am beach is a favourite among Thai locals and resident expats. During the weekends and Thai holidays, a large number of working professionals and students throng to this beachside town to revel in some Thai-styled partying. The beach is long, wide at most parts of its stretch and well-kept. Just like Hua Hin, activities such as skiing and banana boating are available with the latter being very popular. On the drier side of things, many cafes, shacks, sunbeds, massage centres line the shoreline. In contrast to Hua Hin, almost everything in Cha Am is considerably afforadable which is why locals prefer to come here over Hua Hin.
The highlight of Cha Am is the excellent seafood on offer in the many beach shacks and restaurants running along the coastal road.
Khao Takiab beach which lies about 7.5 KM south from central Hua Hin can be reached while going south along Hua Hin beach. It is named after the Khao Taokiab village. The beach is very secluded and lesser developed than Hua Hin beach but over the years has seen an increase in the number of hotels and restaurants. Most of the visitors on the beach are those who come to visit Chopsticks Hill and interact with the infamous macaque monkeys.
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One of the smaller beaches in the region, Khao Tao Beach is located 13 KM south of Hua Hin and caters to those who aren't looking for umbrellas, trendy cafes or sunbeds. Khao Tao translates to 'Turtle Hill', originating due to the fact that the area was once inhabited by many turtles.
Khao Tao beach is comprised of two beaches Hat Sai Noi and Hat Sai Yai, lying on either side of the hill. There aren't any horses to cater to kids nor any banana boat providers. Swimming leisurely is a good option as the waters here tend to be deeper than along the other beaches in Hua Hin. The hill is a great sightseeing option as it houses a temple consisting of large deities of multiple faiths and even of former Thai kings.
A Hua Hin beach which offers a whole lot of activities, sights and refreshments and still manages to stay pristine and secluded is Khao Kalok Beach. Lying 30 KM south of Hua Hin at the foot of Khao Kalok hill, this beach does not see many tourists even during peak season. The soft white sands make for great walks by the shoreline during sunrise and sunset. Large parts of the beach are also shaded by tall trees, giving ample shade to those wish to relax under some shade during the sunny days. The waters near the shoreline are shallow, making it great for swimming with kids while going further out into the sea gives enough depth for skiing and surfing. Cafes and restaurants from across the road along the beach serve great food as well at reasonable prices.
Khao Kalok Hill also serves as a great hiking place for those seeking to explore the region more.
Dolphin's Bay is so named for the seasonal visits by the bottlenose dolphins and finless porpoises. The beach here is filled with powdery white sand and is wide as well with coconut palms scattered in random density. Many economical resorts cater to the tourists who land here. With nightlife being almost non-existent, families tend to visit this beach more.
Small islands which lie offshore can be visited through certain operators. They make for great half day trips from the bay.
Aside from Cha Am beach, almost all of the beaches in Hua Hin and around are situated south of the town. All the beaches are located at short distances and are relatively close to each other, making for easy day trips where one can cover more than one beach a day. Let us know in the comment section below, which Hua Hin beach was your favourite.
This post was published by Joysurjya Hagjer
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