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Hua Hin - A Paradise City

The oldest beach town resort in Thailand is Hua Hin, situated on the west coast of the Gulf of Thailand. Only 200 kilometers from Thailand's capital, Bangkok, Hua Hin offers the City's elite and tourists, the ultimate getaway destination.

Hua Hin became popular with Thailand's Royal Family after the construction of the southern railway almost 100 years ago. Travel became more accessible and a demand for luxury resorts and hotels grew throughout Hua Hin. The first of these was the Railway Hotel and is still one of Hua Hin's most popular hotels.

Hua Hin Travel Guide

Hua Hin is experiencing rapid expansion as residents from Bangkok and Western expats look for a second home in Thailand, from quaint houses nestled in the hills to upmarket condominum with ocean views. Throughout the last few years, the town has seen countless housing developments spring up, new golf courses constructed, a brand new shopping complex and movie theatre and a boom in local businesses, though Hua Hin still retains its charm as a peaceful beach resort on the outskirts of Thailand's capital, Bangkok.

Activities in Hua Hin

If you're expectation of Hua Hin is lazy days spent around a pool or on the beach, maybe a bit of swimming, and the evenings spent dining out on good food with a few drinks, then you won't be disappointed. However, there is so much more to do during the day and the opportunities for keeping fit and playing sport are plentiful and varied.
Activities in Hua Hin include golf, fishing, kiteboarding, trekking, walking and cycling. Overall, the emphasis is on relaxation and 'sanuk' (Fun).
Perhaps one of the most popular activities in Hua Hin, and situated opposite Hua Hin Airport is Kart Hua Hin. It has one of only twelve go karting tracks in Thailand, and the curcuit is 700m long featuring a banked curve for speed and the full facilities of pits, floodlighting, beer garden and catering. A great experience for children and adults.

image of hua hin Daytrips in Hua Hin

Hua Hin is located on the western side of the Gulf of Thailand, so it's no surprise that it is blessed with some great beaches. The majority of Hua Hin's beaches are wide and long with generally shallow depths and very mild currents.
The Royal Residence, Klaikangwon Palace, is accessable by invitation only and has an exclusion zone around it that stretches out to sea.
Temples are a common sight all over the country and Hua Hin is no exception as Thailand is 95% Buddhist. The main temple is Wat Hua Hin and is located in the centre of town, while other Temples are scattered north of Hua Hin and this is where you can feed the large sacred catfish for a small donation to the monks.

Entertainment in Hua Hin

Though Hua Hin does not have the wild nightlife that you can find in Bangkok, Pattaya or Phuket, the town has been promoted as a destination for families by The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). TAT's efforts have mostly succeeded and the sleazy nightlife areas that are evident in other resorts don't feature in Hua Hin.
It should also be remembered that His Majesty The King of Thailand resides in Hua Hin most of the time now and so it has been important that expansion has not taken place at the expense of destroying Hua Hin's heritage as a Royal town.
However, there are plenty of bars in Hua Hin and some can get quite loud late at night, but in the afternoons and early evenings they are family friendly. Most are air-conditioned and others provide really good bar food and more extensive menus. Hua Hin now has a multiplex cinema with the recent opening of the new shopping mall, which also has a bowling alley for those interested.
Try not to miss out on a cabaret show even if you're put off by the fact that most of the performers are transvestites, they really can be great fun and quite a spectacle. Some of the main hotels put on shows of classical Thai dancing and music, so if you're interested in the culture, you should try to see at least one of these.

Shopping in Hua Hin

Thailand is famous for its very competitively priced shopping, with local handicrafts, clothing, electrical goods and jewellery all readily available. Bangkok may be the first choice as the shopping centre of Thailand for many people, Hua Hin has a great deal. The town has a good variety of local markets, a new shopping mall and plenty of shops offering tailor-made clothing, art, optical services, camera and computer equipment and a whole range of other goods.
One of the most popular shopping experiences is the Hua Hin night market in the centre of town, opening from 18.00. The market is a fascinating insight into the way that Thais like to live, and you'll find countless outlets selling delicious freshly cooked food that is served to you within a matter of minutes.
Other than the food, you'll discover an overwhelming variety of local handicrafts, souvenirs and clothing on sale, though you should take your time as the night market can get very hot and busy at weekends. Prices can also be a bit more expensive than other markets in Hua Hin, but they still represent great value for money.

image of hua hin Sightseeing in Hua Hin

Hua Hin caters for nearly everything you'll need during your stay, including accommodation, great food, entertainment, beaches and sporting activities. However, it would be a shame not to venture outide the town as there are plenty of attractions to see while you're here. Most are within an hour's drive from Hua Hin and they will give you the chance to explore the local terrain and experience more of a rustic lifestyle in this area of Thailand.
Pala-U waterfall is found west of Hua Hin and is one of the largest in Thailand, sitting next to the Burmese border. You'll pass through stunning countryside and hills on your drive here and is a beautiful spot to visit. This region of Hua Hin is littered with National Parks with Kaeng Krachan National Park being the largest in Thailand, covering an area of almost 3,000 sq kms. Located about 1.5 hrs northwest of Hua Hin, it is an area of outstanding natural beauty that is well worth visiting during your stay.
Koh Talu is a privately owned island about a 30 min boat ride away off the coast south of Hua Hin and Singto Island is a small island situated just off the coast with its name literally meaning "Lion Island" as the shape resembles a crouching lion.
However you decide to explore the neighbouring areas, you're sure to find that taking a couple of day trips or tours will add to the overall enjoyment of your visit to Thailand and Hua Hin.

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