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"Thailand's Royal beach resort"

Hua Hin Tourism

The original beach resort city of Thailand, Hua Hin, is a renowned destination among both locals and tourists alike. Located a little over three hours away by road to the south of Bangkok, the city is also serviced by Hua Hin airport. Once known as the beach getaway for Thai royals because of their summer palaces, this seaside resort is growing into a fashionable getaway for visitors to escape the loud urban city life, especially that of Bangkok.

Hua Hin has a beautiful mix of the sea and city life with fantastic golf courses, upbeat markets, trendy cafes, bars and restaurants, excellent accommodation, and fun waterparks. What particularly stands out for this city is the quiet and cosy ambience that differentiates it from most of Thailand's getaways which are generally loud and flashy.

While Hua Hin has quietly grown in popularity over the years, attracting hordes of ex-pats, Thai nationals and tourists, it has retained some of its early characteristics and grit. Still a famous fishing village and an active port for fish trade, Hua Hin manages to flaunt the old world charm, along with offering all the modern amenities of a tourist hotspot.

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Must Know Before You Visit Hua Hin

Hua Hin gets quite crowded during festivals and weekends. Therefore, when travelling during a festival or over the weekend, booking your accommodation well in advance is recommended, as they can get quickly booked.

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Nightlife in Hua Hin

Being quieter than its other cities and towns in Thailand, some might find the nightlife of Hua Hin boring with more laidback options available.

  • For those who want a more conventional 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

The fashionable seaside town of Hua Hin is among Thailand’s best places to shop for high-end fashion products, traditional handicrafts, Thai garments, and souvenirs.

Here are some places to enjoy shopping in Hua Hin -

  • Market Village and Blúport Mall are air-conditioned shopping malls in the centre of Hua Hin. These are the top two shopping destinations, offering international brand outlets, Thai collectables, jewellery, cinemas, banks, food courts and entertainment. 
  • Try your bargaining skills at Hua Hin Night Market, where hundreds of shops sell hand-painted mango wood vases, bags, trinkets, baskets, skirts and carpets.
  • Hua Hin’s largest art and crafts market is Chatsila Market, which also features delicious seafood, Thai sweets and massage shops.
  • Open from Friday to Sunday, Cicada Market is a large outdoor night market held at beachfront gardens. Besides the market stalls, there is freshly cooked food, live music and a small theatre.
  • Pick up fresh vegetables and fruits from Tamarind Market.

Pro Tips -

  • Always carry cash while shopping in Hua Hin.
  • Hua Hin’s duty-free regulations vary for different countries, with the maximum levied import fees being THB 80,000.
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Traveller Tips

  • 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.

Daily Budget for Hua Hin

  • The easiest way to keep a low budget afloat on a trip is to stay at inexpensive hotels. THB 3000 - 4000 would be enough to sustain a decently luxurious 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.

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.

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.

History of Hua Hin

A Thai favourite for more than 90 years, Hua Hin is Thailand's original beach resort city. King Prajadhipok turned this seaside town into a royal vacation place for the royal family in the 1920s, and since 2007, this city 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 bring their passports along with them to access the grounds.

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.

Religion of Hua Hin

The major religion of Hua Hin is Buddhism

Suggested Itinerary for Hua Hin

1-2 day Itinerary

Day 1: Relax and Unwind

After making your way to Hua Hin, cool off by heading straight to the beach. Hua Hin has plenty of beaches to choose from. Hua Hin Beach is perfect if you are looking for a lively beach. And for a more secluded beach, head to Suan Son Pradhiphat, Cha Am, or Khao Takiab. Cha Am is home to a stunning seaside palace, Mrigadayavan Palace, built by Rama VI and is open to the public.

And as the sun sets and the hunger strikes, explore the night market, Cicada Market, which is an artist’s haven. Just like other Thai markets, this market also features an array of Thai dishes, handcrafted artefacts, trinkets, and handicrafts. There’s also a beer garden, where one can indulge in a variety of drinks.

Day 2: Exploring the city of Hua Hin

Start the day early by paying a visit to Khao Takiab. The “Chapstick Mountain” or the “Monkey Mountain. It has a hilltop temple that is accessible by climbing a flight of stairs, which also offers sensational views of the fishing village and the ocean from the top.

After this, head to the Plearn Wan shopping village that is designed in the 1960s Thai-style and features wooden buildings, old-style shops, and vintage cars.

From here, go to the Venezia, a Venice-themed village shopping area that comes with a ridable canal, San Marco’s bell tower, several fountains, fun-fair, European-themed eatery joints, and an art gallery.

And to close the day off, take an evening walk by the Hua Hin railway station famed for its Thai-designed concept mixed with a Victorian aura, which is a must-visit for every traveller.

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How to Reach Hua Hin

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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.

How to reach Hua Hin by flight

Only chartered flights can fly in and out of a small airstrip in Hua Hin. No major flight connectivity with other cities is available by air.

How to reach Hua Hin by road

Being a major tourist spot, Hua Hin has multiple options for car rentals and cab services. Although a car taxi might be more expensive than a motorcycle tax, you will be saved from the tropical heat if you decide to hail one.

How to reach Hua Hin by train

A 4 hour train ride will land you in Hua Hin from Bangkok and is possibly the most convenient way to get to the city. Regular trains ply between the cities daily.

How to reach Hua Hin by bus

There is no shortage of buses running to and fro Bangkokês Southern Bus Terminal and Srasong Road in Hua Hin. Buses going to other cities do make a pit stop in Hua Hin so if you don't get a direct bus you can always hop into a bus going to Pranburi and Petchburi

How to reach Hua Hin by waterways

The ferry service in Hua Hin is notorious for starting and shutting down multiple times in the last few years and is an unreliable source of transport. We do not recommed using it.

Local transport in Hua Hin

Hua Hin has many transportation options ranging from the famous Thai Tuk-tuk to local buses, motorcycle taxis and songathews (mini-trucks). Buses ply to and fro regularly. The city has a flat topography and is best explored leisurely on bicycle. Cycles are available on rent too but might not be as popular as motorcycle rentals.

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FAQs on Hua Hin

What are the top hotels in Hua hin?

There are 1037 in Hua hin which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Hua hin are Amaraze Hua Hin 1 Bedroom Pool View, 3 bedrooms My resort huahin with free waterpark, Townhouse Hua Hin, Baan Rao, Baan Kiang Fah, Baan Fira villa Huahin. You can see all the hotels in Hua hin here

What are the things to do in Hua hin?

The top things to do in Hua hin are Cicada Market, Hua Hin Train Station, Plearn Wan Shopping Village, Hua Hin Night Market, Monsoon Valley Vineyard (Hua Hin Hills Vineyard), Kaeng Krachan National Park. You can see all the places to visit in Hua hin here

What are the places near Hua hin?

The top places near to Hua hin are Bangkok which is 144 km from Hua hin, Pattaya which is located 107 km from Hua hin, Koh samui which is located 340 km from Hua hin, Surat thani which is located 388 km from Hua hin, Koh si chang which is located 99 km from Hua hin

How much does a package cost for Hua hin?

The packages for Hua hin start at INR 8647 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

What is the best way 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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What is famous about Hua hin?

  • Hua Hin is more of a resort destination than a typical Thailand tourist destination and hence is more relaxing. 
  • Some of the best seafood can be found here.
  • This city is also one of the best places to retire, particularly for the Europeans.
  • Renowned as one the driest cities in Thailand, street food and street life including open-air activities come alive.
  • Kitesurfing is a popular activity here and the city is regarded as one of the best places in all of Asia for kitesurfing.

What is not so good about Hua hin?

  • By building walls in the ocean to keep the water out, the beaches are being adversely affected. The development of condos and beachfront hotels/resorts is affecting the ocean.
  • The city is losing its original charm because it is getting too commercialized.
  • Since it is just 2 hours away from Bangkok, Hua Hin can get quite crowded over the weekends.
  • The beaches in Hua Hin are polluted and aren’t tropical as other beaches on the southern islands.
  • The access to most of the Hua Hin’s beaches remains poor because of the infrastructure issues.

What is the best time to visit Hua hin?

The best time to visit Hua Hin is from November to February, which are the winter months. It's the best time to stay away from the tropical heat and humidity of Hua Hin. However, December and January are generally packed, so be careful to get your bookings sorted well in time. Winter is also the Kitesurfing season in Hua-Hin so that you can try your hand at it.

The time is also considered safe to swim in the sea. You can even enjoy horse riding on the beach. People who are interested in beating the crowd may visit Hua-Hin from March to May as it is the offseason. June to October being the rainy season does not see a lot of tourist influx so if you're looking for a good deal on tickets and hotels plan your trip during these months.
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What is the 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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