Hua Hin Beach
Hua Hin Beach Overview
A breakdown of Hua Hin Beach
Well-known for its spectacular sunrises, Hua Hin’s main beach is a 4km white, sandy strip that fringe the Gulf of Thailand, and stretches from the town centre to Khao Takiap. As a result it is never over-crowded, and lots of family-friendly activities are on offer – the likes of pony rides, banana boat rides, or rent deckchairs and umbrellas for a few lazy hours of sun-worshipping in between testing the water with your big toe. The town’s name – meaning ‘stone head’ – is derived from the rock formations that can be seen towards the end of the main beach. Other than that it is a sandy beach with a sandy sea bed, making it ideal for swimming.
One of the most popular pastimes on the beach is to take a long stroll – or even a jog, if you’re so inclined – along the seashore. Further south, behind Khao Takiap, lies Suan Son Beach, named after the many pine trees found along the beach. It’s even more isolated than Hua Hin Beach, mostly frequented by guests staying at nearby hotels and some locals. The main emphasis at Hua Hin’s beaches is on rest and relaxation, and they do not have the crowds often found on Thailand’s popular beaches. Water-skiing, jet ski, windsurfing and parasailing are other popular beach activities, but in no way disrupt the overall peace and tranquility of these beaches. And since you’re in Thailand, chances are good that you’ll find an ‘al fresco’ massage shop somewhere on a beach.
Facilities on Hua Hin Beach
Armed with your towel, sun-block and a big bottle of water, all you really need is a deckchair and beach umbrella, which can be rented from several vendors along the beach. Note that there are no shower or bathroom facilities on the beach. Vendors selling refreshments – water, soft drinks, ice cream, fruit and all kinds of snack-type eats – makes it easy to remain nourished. It’s also quick stroll to the town and nearby shops, where you can find all that your heart desires.
You’ll find vendors along the beach to rent deck chairs and beach umbrellas from, and many selling refreshments or offering Thai massage – right there on the beach!
The type of refreshments on offer include water, soft drinks, juice, ice cream, fruit and many kinds of Thai light snacks liked grilled prawns and squid, fried crab and the likes. There are also some vendors selling crafts, inflatable beach toys, clothes, beach wraps and all kinds of other beach paraphernalia.
What to Eat
During the day, you are well covered for with all kinds of light meals sold by the vendors on the beach, and with many restaurants nearby too (Thai, international and fast food). All of the large hotels that line the beach have several restaurants and coffee shops, and many of the guesthouses provide more than just basic Thai meals and sandwiches.
In the evening, hotels offer buffets with Thai or international themes, often accompanied by traditional Thai dancing. To truly get a taste of what Hua Hin has to offer your taste buds though, explore the restaurants in town or, even better, the local markets.
Several hotels along the beach have concessions offering various types of water sports. Wind surfing, sailboats and parasailing equipment are available, and banana boat rides can be arranged.
Hua Hin, with its strong northeasterly winds and clean water, is also becoming well known for windsurfing. Fortunately, there are not many water scooters and jet skis, which can be a hazard. Although there is a dive shop in town, the shallow water around Hua Hin is not really known for coral reefs. The beach is widest south of town, an ideal spot for a game of football or frisbee. Read More...
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