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Hua Hin Guide

Hua Hin: How to decide...

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The term ‘Hua Hin’ is often used to talk about the entire collection of pretty beach destinations set along Thailand’s western coast that stretch from Petchaburi into PrachuapKhiri Khan Province towards the south.

However, to keep things simple, this guide has focused on the actual Hua Hin town and its nearby beach resorts. Staying in this more built up area means you have access to some of the region’s best restaurants, nightlife and shopping action. The main stretch of beach is never too far away either, even though it’s not as tranquil as other nearby spots.

Who is it For:

  • Those wanting a beach holiday that’s more than just sun, sea and sand
  • Day or weekend trippers from Bangkok who enjoy convenience
  • Expats and tourists needing a modest dose of nightlife

What's Good:

  • Lots of luxury resorts near the town
  • Plenty in the way of shopping, dining and nightlife
  • Very easy to reach from Bangkok

What's Not So Good:

  • The beach is not as pristine as others further south
  • Can get a little busy on weekends and holidays
  • Inflated prices on basic Thai dishes and seafood

Cha-Am: How to decide...

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Located a little north of Hua Hin, Cha-Am is known for its long, pristine beach, bordering the warm and calm waters of the Gulf of Thailand. The strip of white sand is so long that it remains largely uncluttered and never feels over-crowded, in spite of the array of excellent beachfront hotels. Being a popular resort town, there are plenty activities on the sand to choose from, though relaxing and sunbathing are generally the favourites. Behind the beach, the area is not as highly developed as other Thai seaside destinations, with the key attractions being mostly nature reserves and religious sites.

Who is it For:

  • Families and couples wanting a little more peace and quiet
  • Day-trippers with limited time (it’s closer to Bangkok)
  • Beach lovers who want more privacy

What's Good:

  • Long beach near the town centre rarely gets busy
  • Good mix of luxury resorts and budget guesthouses
  • It’s the closest of these beach resorts to Bangkok

What's not so good:

  • Little in the way of nearby attractions – other than on the sand
  • Not too much happening after dark

Khao Takiab: How to decide...

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Just a tiny spec on the map set around 10 kilometres south from Hua Hin town, the picturesque fishing village of Khao Takiab is home to a surprising number of hotels and resorts catering for those looking to simply escape it all. The seaside spot is defined by one thing a one thing only: a large cliff jutting into the ocean – known as ‘Chopstick Hill’ – which overlooks the main stretch of beach. Climb up to explore the gleaming Buddha statue and bright white pagoda on top, and don’t forget to say hello to the monkeys that call Khao Takiab home.

Who is it For:

  • Luxury resort fans
  • Anoyone looking for Rest and Relaxation

What's Good:

  • ‘Chopstick Hill’ makes a scenic, cultural excursion
  • Plenty of affordable, quality resorts
  • Tranquil, white-sanded beach
  • Monkeys!

What's not so good:

  • Not many dining, shopping or nightlife options
  • Few budget hotels
  • Requires one or two transfers en route from Bangkok via Hua Hin

Pranburi: How to decide...

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Certainly one of the most idyllic beach resorts in this area is Pranburi – located around 30 kilometres south of Hua Hin town. It’s all about sun, sea sand here, with the pristine beaches almost deserted around many of the luxurious resorts that have recently been built. There’s not much happening in Pranburi town itself, but rent a car or bike and the whole coastline is ready to explore, presenting some sleepy fishing villages and dramatic cliffs protruding out to sea. There’s also the spectacular Khao Sam RoiYot National Park, which is a short drive south from most of the hotels and resorts here.

Who is it For:

  • Adventure seekers
  • Couples looking for a romantic escape
  • Beach worshippers
  • More affluent travellers who can splash out on a private villa

What's Good:

  • Miles and miles of pristine, almost untouched beaches
  • Stunning natural scenery, particularly at the nearby national park
  • Some world-class luxury resorts right on the beach
  • Retains a friendly, local charm

What's not so good:

  • Further away from Bangkok than Cha-Am and Hua Hin
  • Difficult to get around
  • Dining and nightlife is normally limited to the comfort of your hotel
  • Few shopping options



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