Hua Hin for First Timers

Hua Hin Easy Facts

Where Is It?

Situated 190 kilometres south of Bangkok, Hua Hin along with Pattaya it is the closest stretch of coast to Bangkok and is subsequently a popular weekend destination. Approximately 30 kilometres south of Hua Hin is Pranburi, home to remote boutique resorts. 41 kilometeres south is Cha-Am and just 10 kilometres from central Hua Hin is Koh Takiab the newest up-and-coming destination in the area.

How To Get There

  • By Bus: take Skytrain to Victory Monument where you should exit at the Century Cinema on Soi Ragnam (walk away from the walkway encircling Victory Monument) and the bus stop is literally at the end of the stairway. Tickets to Hua Hin and Cha-Am should cost 180 baht, one way, with the journey lasting roughly two hours.

  • By Taxis: from Bangkok should cost no more than 2000 baht plus highway charges. Tipping is the customer’s prerogative.

  • By Train: Catching the train you’ll have the opportunity to disembark at the historic Hua Hin Train Station. The train costs around 100 baht and takes four hours.

When To Go

Due to its geographical position, Hua Hin generally experiences less rainfall than more southerly positioned islands in the Gulf of Thailand. Between the months of October and November is when you are most likely to be faced with showers and although Hua Hin is perfect for a holiday all year round, it is between January and September that you will discover the best weather.

What’s It Like?

In spite of the wave of development that has swept the area, you get the sense that Hua Hin is desperately trying to hold onto its quaint seaside roots that made it Thailand’s original holiday destination. Hua Hin is trying to maintain the balance between being a thriving holiday resort while keeping its original fabric and flavour.

To characterise Hua Hin, it has some of the most desirable properties in Thailand, a huge stretch of pristine coastline, fringed by plantations and rolling hills with some of the best-value dining not only in the country, but the world. The town has a distinct atmosphere, hard to find elsewhere in Thailand, and this could perhaps be due to its Royal connections.  

What To See

Quick visits

  • Train Station

  • Old Town

  • Maruekhathaiyawan Palace - located midway between Cha-Am and Hua Hin, the palace was built during the reign of King Rama VI from prime golden teak and is interlinked by covered boardwalks; the lonely planet describes it thus, ‘A tropical building design sorely missing in most modern Thai architecture.

  • Koh Takiab - a mountain peak, home to many monkeys and an elevated temple that reveals a spectacular panorama of the bay below

If you have more time

  • Maruekhathaiyawan Palace - The former summer residence of King Rama VI it consists of three groups of buildings. Each of which are one story high, built of golden teak, and stand on a total of 1,080 concrete pillars.

  • Khao Sam Roi Yod - The first established coastal Thai National Park within the area, - which can be translated into 'The Mountain with 300 Peaks’ and this alone is worth visiting Hua Hin for.

  • Kaeng Krachan National Park - home to an eleven-tier waterfall, surrounded by verdant forest. Activities include: bird watching, trekking, kayaking, and boat rafting

What To Do

  • Kitesurfing - Shallow waters permit great conditions to both learn and practice the sport.

  • Kayaking - A great way to discover this long stretch of coast is by Kayak.

  • Elephant camps and trekking -Thailand’s premier recreational pastime can be found just west of town. Check out our tours for more information.

  • Golf - there are seven world-class courses all within 30 minutes' reach from central Hua Hin.

  • Spa -Hua Hin has an abundance of Spa and Massage parlors that go right through from five-star wellness resorts to al fresco beach massage

Where To Stay in Hua Hin

Choosing a hotel in a new place is always a difficult task. Hua Hin is divided in three areas: The main and most popular is Hua Hin Beach and next to it is Cha-Am while further south is Pranburi – a more compact location. A good way to choose wisely is to take a look at our special SuperSaver Offers, selected from the best hotels.

Don’t go if you are…

  • In search of hedonism. Glow sticks, neon paints, buckets of Sam song and all-night beach parties cease to exist in Hua Hin.

  • Looking to meet a group of twenty-something backpackers. Hua Hins prime demographic includes- High-So Thais, Bangkok expats, older European couples and some singles. Although, it is the sort of place to where you could travel independently and easily make a few friends, as is true of all of Thailand

  • After white sandy beaches. The shores of Samui and Phuket are more representative of the ‘tropical Thailand’ ideal.

  • Looking to dive on your holiday - the south of Thailand is a more appropriate destination for underwater adventures.

Go if you are…

  • Not keen on small planes or long bus rides. Hua Hin is a mainland destination just two hours from Bangkok.

  • A kitesurf enthusiast or keen to learn the sport. The shallow shores of this coast make Hua Hin, Thailand’s premier kitesurfing destination.

  • Looking for a budget destination - cheap food, accommodation and recreation are all readily available.

  • Eager to discover the old-world charm of Thailand, Hua Hin has a distinct flavour that is not easily found elsewhere in the Kingdom.

  • A seafood fanatic. Hua Hin has numerous beachfront restaurants, featuring menus laden with fruits de la mer. In terms of price, portion and taste, it really is a world-class seafood destination.

What Not to Miss

  • The yearly Hua Hin Jazz Festival held between the 12th and 14th of June brings a big crowd into town; the Thai King is a keen Jazz enthusiast and actually composed the national anthem so it is quite fitting that the festival is held here.

  • A drink at the Satchmo Club at the Sofitel Centara , Thailand’s first resort, is a great opportunity to experience a bygone era in sensational colonial surroundings. A stroll around the manicured grounds of the hotel will reveal fantastic hedge topiary in the shapes of elephants and birds that would put Edward Scissorhands to shame.

  • Everyone who visits Hua Hin should experience its beachfront seafood dining and for some, the best thing about it is that it won’t burn a hole in the pocket. For this, the Moon Café comes highly recommended.

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