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Hua Hin

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Best Time: November-February Read More

Ideal duration: 3 days

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"Thailand's Royal beach resort"

Hua Hin Tourism

Hua Hin is a seaside resort which is popular among both Thai nationals as well as tourists. What was once the royal family's beach getaway is fast becoming a relaxing place to escape Bangkok's city hustle and bustle.

Hua Hin is widely known as the original Thai beach getaway. Since gaining the stamp of approval from the royal Thai family, many local tourists and foreigners come to this city to experience laid-back Thai vibes and stay away from the madness of 'touristy Bangkok. Being an active fishing port, the city has an old world charm to it with the modern facilities of a tourist destination. Golf is one of the activities this city is well known for but not advertised. The Klai Kangwon (Far From Worries) Palace built by King Rama VII (also knows as King Prajadhipok) is a destination in itself for those coming to the city.

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Currency in Hua Hin

Major cards are accepted in almost all restaurants, bars and hotels. Carry a sufficient amount of the Thai Baht with you as local market vendors may not accept other currencies.

Exchanging Money in Hua Hin

Lots of private money exchange booths are set up all over Hua Hin. Do compare prices before settling for one. Major banks like Bangkok Bank, Siam Commercial Bank etc. also have branches in Hua Hin so money exchange should not be a problem in the city.

Daily Budget for Hua Hin

The easiest way to keep a low budget afloat on a trip is to stay at inexpensive hotels. 3000 - 4000 THB would be enough to sustain a decently luxirious trip. For the backpacker, the cost would be half of the current amount depending on how much you spend on food, shopping, sightseeing and transport. Relatively all these things are cheap in Thailand so one need not worry about finances on stuff other than accomodation.

Religion of Hua Hin

The major religion of Hua Hin is Buddhism

Tips While Visiting Hua Hin

  • Since it is a beach town, shorts and comfortable tank tops are the way to go in Hua Hin.

  • Observe care when going to any temple or place of religious significance and cover up. Other than that almost anything goes in Hua Hin.

  • Take care to cover up your arms when in the Royal Palace grounds and observe any specific instructions mentioned at the gateway.

Language of Hua Hin

Finding English speakers at restaurants, hotels and tourist attractions should not be a problem if you are visiting Hua Hin. Do carry an English to Thai dictionary with you in case you get into a sticky situation. Of course a smile is the best way to diffuse tension in most cases. Learning Thai phrases like 'chai' - 'Yes', 'mai chai' - 'no' , and 'pood Thai mai dai' - 'I can not speak Thai' will go a long way.

History of Hua Hin

A Thai favourite for more than 90 years, Hua Hin is the original beach resort in Thailand. King Prajadhipok turned this seaside town into a royal vacation place for the royal family in the 1920s and since 2007 has been a full-time residence of the current Thai King . A 2.5km drive will bring you to this quaint town where the Klai Kangwon (Far From Worries) Palace built by the King still stands. Being a residence to royalty the palace is not open for visitors but the palace grounds are accessible in the evening from 4 PM to 7 PM. Tourists should take care to bring their passport along with them to access the grounds.

Nightlife in Hua Hin

Being quieter than its other Thai brothers, some might find the nightlife of Hua Hin boring with more laidback options available. For those who want a more conventionsl club/pub scene, the main road called Thanon Phetkasem has a line of local Thai karaoke bars. The Hilton Hotel is a landmark for those wishing to go to bars and clubs as all entertainment venues are nearby. The Soi Bintabat is Hua Hin's nightlife street with beer bars, clubs and pubs lined up one after the other. Do check out Johnnie Walker's Sports & Music Bar on Selakam Road while you're in the area.

Shopping in Hua Hin

While the Hua Hin night market is more popular for its food items, small souvenirs can be bought for family and friedns from there. For the hand-made artefact lover, the Cicada night market is a better option as it caters to handicrafts, crafts and even has an art gallery right behind the market.

Restaurants and Local Food in Hua Hin

Hua Hin, being popular among tourists, has a wide selection of Thai as well as international cuisine available for the foodie in you. Seafood based curries are a popular item on the menu. Chicken, pork and seafood are consumed in some form for almost every meal of the day. Be sure to try the roadside grilled and fried squid if it tickles your fancy. Vegetarians need not fear as many options are available for them too. Some of the best food in Hua Hin can be sampled in the night market, best served with a leisurely stroll.
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How To Reach Hua Hin

Hua Hin is well connected to Bangkok and other major cities in Thailand so domestic travel is not a problem for first time visitors. Trains and buses are also options to reach the city comfortably.

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