Hua Hin is a popular weekend getaway spot for well-heeled Bangkok residents. The beach resort has been a favorite holiday destination for Thai nobility and the upper classes since the 1920s, when King Prajadhipok transformed it from a quiet fishing village to a royal resort. The town is still widely associated with the Thai royal family. It also remains a working fishing port that has retained plenty of its charm and character.
Hua Hin has developed slowly over the centuries, and life moves at a slower pace here. Many Thai tourists visit this resort town, so you’ll find authentic local cuisine and plenty of good shopping. Take a stroll down the village’s winding streets in the evening. Shops and night markets sell jewelry, silks and handmade gifts until late. Enjoy freshly caught seafood in the restaurants built on stilts sitting in the water off the beach.
The beach of Hua Hin stretches for several miles south toward the hill of Khao Takiab and offers fine white sand, and good swimming and snorkeling. Rent snorkels from vendors along the beach.
If you want to sight-see in the village itself, visit the Hua Hin Railway Station, said to be Thailand‘s most beautiful rail station.
The surrounding countryside is rich in natural beauty. Climb Khao Hin Lek Fai, or Flint Mountain, which is less than 5 miles (8 kilometers) from Hua Hin. At the top of the mountain you’ll find a public park and plenty of spots to enjoy the view over Hua Hin. There are also several picturesque nature reserves and natural beauty spots, including the Sam Roi Yot National Park.
Activities available in the resort range from water sports to golf. Hua Hin is home to the largest number of world-class greens in Thailand, with low fees and excellent maintenance.
Hua Hin is a 2.5-hour drive from Bangkok. Trains run between Hua Hin and Bangkok numerous times a day. Once in the village, you can get around by bus, taxi or tuk-tuk.
Beaches, Family-Friendly and Romantic
Learn to cook authentic Thai cuisine and immerse yourself in Thai food culture during this 4.5 hour unforgettable experience. You will visit the famous seaside town of Hua Hin's 100-year-old fresh food market - Talad Chat Chai.
Thailand has 4 very distinct culinary regions; we delve into each of them at 4 very different dining establishments. This tour is about showcasing the huge flavour and spice variations of the 4 culinary regions of Thailand.
This tour is about showcasing local food heroes; where local Thais love to go and eat. On this 3.5 hour tour, your guide takes you off the beaten track to try some amazing tasting Thai food in humble surrounds.
Travel from Hua Hin to Koh Phangan via Chumphon with 2 daily departures by Lomprayah coach and catamaran with convenient meeting point at Lomprayah office in Hua Hin. Meet the boat crew at Lomprayah office in Hua Hin at least 30 minutes before scheduled departure.
Travel from Koh Samui to Hua Hin with 2 daily departures by Lomprayah high speed catamaran and coach via Chumphon. Start the trip with a pickup service from your hotel on Koh Samui by shared minivan. The exact pickup time will be indicated at time of confirmation.
Travel from Koh Phangan to Hua Hin with 2 daily departures by Lomprayah high speed catamaran and coach via Chumphon with drop-off in the center of Hua Hin. Make your own way to the meeting point at Thong Sala Pier on Koh Phangan 30 minutes before scheduled departure.