When it comes to beaches, Thailand is atop many people’s list of destinations. There’s no shortage of beaches with stunning scenery in the country, so many tourists tend to flock to Thailand, especially during the summer. But if you’re only in Thailand for a short period and restricted to only a few days to allot for beach days, a good choice would be to head to Hua Hin.
Only two hours away from Bangkok, Hua Hin is known as Thailand’s original beach resort. While it may not have the idyllic vistas of an island, it’s the ideal place to escape the city crowds. Should you want to make a pit-stop and rest from exploring the city, you can get the laid-back vibe you’re looking for in Hua Hin. In fact, this place has become a favorite destination for city dwellers who are looking for a convenient escape for a short amount of time.
Hua Hin, despite the lack of palm trees that line most beaches, boasts a mix of city and sea with its lively markets, golf courses, water parks, and excellent choices for accommodation. Should you wish to visit Hua Hin sometime in the near future, here’s everything you need to know.
How to go to Hua Hin
Getting to Hua Hin from Bangkok is a cakewalk. You can either rent a car or travel by bus, minibus, train, or taxi. Traveling by bus would take 3 hours and cost approximately USD 8, while traveling by minibus will take about 3.5 hours and cost around USD 6. If you opt to take the train, you can reach Hua Hin in a little over 5 hours, and ticket prices start at USD 4. It is worth noting that traveling by minibus might not be convenient if you have large luggage. A bus may not be ideal either if you’re traveling at night. If you want to enjoy Thailand’s scenery, traveling by train is the way to go as you can enjoy beautiful landscapes through the windows.
What to do in Hua Hin
Hua Hin Beach
If your goal is to bask under the sun and chill on the beach, look no further than Hua Hin Beach. It’s a clean and attractive expanse of sand where you can set up recliners and umbrellas for a small fee. There are tons of resorts that line this area, so it can become crowded during the weekend. You may want to travel further south along the beach if you wish to have your peace and quiet.
Hua Hin Night Market
Located between Hua Hin Railway Station and Phetchakasem Road, Hua Hin Night Market is where you can score cheap finds, from clothing and accessories to Thailand souvenirs to fresh seafood and desserts. Like most markets in Thailand, you should be wary of the prices as they can often be inflated by 100% or more. Your best bet would be to haggle with the sellers. Try to negotiate at least 30% off the marked price to get the best bang for your buck.
Phraya Nakhon Cave
If you have extra time to spare, you may want to go on a 45-minute drive to reach Phraya Nakhon Cave and explore its wonders. The gold and green pavilion is hidden inside a hard to reach cave, and only dedicated visitors can make it inside. Those who make an effort will be rewarded with a vision that resembles an Indiana Jones movie.
Where to stay in Hua Hin
There are a lot of resorts in Hua Hin, but if you want to stay in a luxury boutique accommodation that boasts romantic Hua Hin charms, book a stay with us.