With sprawling golden sands and high rise hotels, Hua Hin, Thailand’s original beach resort, is a far cry from the overgrown fishing village it once was.
Situated just a three hour drive from the capital, Hua Hin is a resort favoured by Bangkok residents seeking a beach break. Defined by its lively markets and delicious street food vendors, the resort offers a great mix of city and sand.The highlight of Hua Hin has to be the night market, which runs from Petchkasem Road up to the railway line and is open nightly from 6pm. Originally intended for the fishermen who arrived home in the evening, the bustling bazaars sell handcrafted souvenirs, jewellery and clothing, whilst dozens of street vendors serve up some of the finest seafood around.
Hua Hin’s coastal location means that it is teeming with fresh seafood, served from waterfront restaurants, side street cafes or simply street vendors. There’s nothing quite like picking your dinner from the ice buckets and watching it grilled to perfection on an open-air barbecue.
The resort’s eight golf courses have earned Hua Hin the reputation as one of Thailand’s best golfing locations. Practised putters and novices alike will be spoilt for choice by the well-kept greens and breath-taking views. If golf is a bit too normal, perhaps elephant polo is more up your street – the annual King’s Club Elephant Polo tournament takes place each September, attracting teams from across the globe due to its peculiar nature.
South of Hua Hin’s main beach is Khao Takiab, or Chopstick Mountain. Distinguishable by its impressive 20m high gold Buddha, the mountain is not only popular for its Chinese temple, but also for the large population of macaque monkeys who inhabit the area. Feeding the mischievous animals is permitted, but it is advised not to touch them, and to keep an eye on your possessions.
11 hours 35 minutes
Best Time To Go
December to April
Hua Hin was chosen by the King of Thailand to be the royal resort due to its excellent weather and climate. The region has one of the lowest rain falls in the whole of Thailand, and receives a lovely sea breeze making it an ideal destination all year round. The cool season runs from November to February, when the average temperature is around 26°C. There is still plenty of sunshine, but it is not as strong as later on in the year. Tides and high winds can also be expected in the afternoons. The hot season lasts from March til June, with daytime heat reaching 35°C and above. The rainy season lasts from July to November, but Hua Hin does not experience the same monsoon showers found in the north and south of the country.