For good reason, Hua Hin has become a very popular destination for tourists, retirees, golfers, holiday makers and students
Just a 2.5 hour drive from Bangkok and with many transport options available (plus a high speed train rumoured to be coming soon!) Hua Hin is an easy escape from Bangkok and a simple journey from its international airport, Suvarnabhumi (taxis should cost no more than 2000B and there is a VIP coach service direct between Hua Hin<>Suvarnabhumi at only 305B).
Hua Hin is a charming resort town and the Thai peoples favourite tourist spot on account of it being the home and preferred resting place of the much revered royal family. In the early 1920’s the railway from Bangkok connected south to Hua Hin, and the opening of the landmark colonial-style Railway Hotel soon followed. This made it convenient for the royal family and Bangkokians to travel to Hua Hin easily, and established Hua Hin as the top holiday destination among the Thai people. Now Hua Hin accommodates for foreign and Thai visitors with its popular beaches, world class golf courses, numerous five star hotels, resorts and spas.
With this large number of well known high quality hotels chains (Centara, Hilton, Intercontinental, etc) and a huge number of boutique hotels, guesthouses and beach resorts, accommodation in Hua Hin appears readily available, but be sure to book in advance for high season (October-March) and any holiday periods (Songkran, His Majesty the King’s Birthday, etc) when the town gets very busy with both Thai and foreign visitors. It’s actually this mix of visitors that give a good balance to Hua Hin.
Hua Hin also has a massive number of high quality condominiums and housing developments, so many that the choice can be quite bewildering to prospective buyers. Fear not, we have many years experience with real estate in Hua Hin and are here to help, we are happy to offer a free tour of the best properties in Hua Hin matching your requirements and a free consultation with a Hua Hin-based British property lawyer who can give you full and accurate information on buying a property in Thailand.
There are a staggering number of activities in Hua Hin:
Golf – Black Mountain, Springfield, Lake View, Banyan, Palm Hills, to name just a few of the top quality golf courses in Hua Hin.
Fun Parks – Black Mountain Water & Wake Boarding Park, Vana Nava Water Jungle – fun for all the family!
Beaches – Hua Hin, Khao Takiab, Khao Tao, Cha Am, Suan Son, Pak Nam Pran, are all worth a visit.
Shopping – Market Village Mall – department store with restaurants, banks, postal service, indoor market, ATM’s and Tesco supermarket. A new mall called ‘Blu Port’ is under construction now, and there are several older style malls and many boutique stores. There is also a Villa Market international supermarket for the things from home you cant do without. The Venezia is a Venice styled shopping centre which is more of a tourist attraction than a convenient shopping location. Hua Hin’s most famous shopping experience are the night markets which are well worth a visit.
Attractions & activities – Pala-U waterfall, Hutsadin elephant foundation, Plearn Wan, the floating markets, various temples- ‘Wat Huay Mongkol’ being one of the biggest draws, the Kings palace, Hua Hin Safari Park, go-karts, BB gun park, shooting ranges, Muay Thai stadiums, night markets, massage parlours, bike tours, horse riding, and much much more.
Eating & drinking – Hua Hin is home to a huge array of international and Thai cuisine, there are far, far too many options to list! Without even trying, you will find French, German, Italian, Mexican, Japanese, Russian, British, Vietnamese, South American, and so on. Hua Hin has a block or two named ‘Binthabaht’ after the main street, which is the nightlife hub of the city. This area features dozens upon dozens of beer bars, cocktail bars, Irish bars, live music bars, biker bars, late night bars, girlie bars and pretty much any other kind of bar you can think of. A lot of them are very similar though there are a few stand-outs – El Murphys Irish Mexican, The Londoner, Atlantis, and for the adventurous, the Caddyshack bar.
There is almost too much to write about Hua Hin, check back soon for more in depth articles on some of the above attractions!