The original beach resort of Thailand, Hua Hin is a renowned destination among both locals and tourists alike. 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 amazing golf courses, upbeat markets, great accommodation, and fun waterparks. What particularly stands out for this town is its quiet and cosy ambience that differentiates it from most of Thailand's getaways which are generally loud and flashy.
Every since Hua Hin received a stamped approval from the royals, it has quietly grown in popularity, and Thai nationals and tourists have flocked to this town to escape the madness of the city and other tourist destinations in the country. Still a famous fishing village and an active port for fishing, Hua Hin manages to flaunt the old world charm, along with offering all the modern amenities of a tourist hotspot. And one of the famous attractions and must-do things in the city include checking out the palace, Far From Worries, built by King Rama VII, which is quite a sight to behold.
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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.
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.