Located in the Gulf of Thailand, around 200 kilometres southwest of the capital, Hua Hin is the oldest beach resort in Thailand and a popular weekend getaway destination for locals and tourists who don’t want to go too far to get some beach time.
Hua Hin’s roots go back to 1911 with the laying of railway tracks from the capital, Bangkok, where the court nobles built vacation homes. Kings Rama VI and VII both built summer palaces, of which the latter’s Phra Ratchawang Klai Kangwon, or ‘Far From Worries Palace’ is still used as a royal residence.
Now popular with families and couples, it is a cosmopolitan blend of city and beach with great golf courses, water parks, a diverse range of food choices, interesting markets and much more.
With its wide, white powdery sand beach, many seaside restaurants and fantastic accommodation choices, Hu Hin is another popular destination for weddings.
Play a round of golf at the Black Mountain Golf Club
Do a wine tasting at Monsoon Valley Vineyard
Go kiteboarding with Kiteboard Asia
Enjoy a day at the Vana Nava Water Park
Elephant ride at Monsoon Valley Vineyard
Visit the Plearnwarn retro village
Huay Mongkol Temple
Lub Lae Cave
Wat Khao Takiab
Hua Hin Railway Station
Baan Sillapin Artists’ Village
Huay Mongkol Temple
Like other beach towns, Hua Hin offers great beachfront dining experiences, most of them by five-star hotels located along the coast. Street foodstalls, local markets and standalone restaurants featuring world cuisines complete the offer for delectable lunches or dinners with a sea view.
The Social Salad
Coast Beach Club & Bistro Hua Hin
Sea Harmony Eco Café
McFarland HouseCarlo Ristorante Italiano
Chao Lay Seafood
Royal Indian Food
Hua Hin tends to be quiet at night but for those who want some action, the night markets are a must-visit, as well as barhopping along the walking street. A couple of rooftop bars also offer a unique sunset experience with world-class cocktails, tapas, and more.
Vana Nava Sky
White Lotus Sky Bar
Cool Breeze Café Bar
Oceanside Beach Club & Restaurant
Cheers Wine Bar
Le Bar Francais
Hua Hin has two night markets, a local market, a few shopping malls, and many boutique stores. Handicrafts, local food products (such as pineapple, traditional sweets, and dried fruits), fabrics (and the “kommapat” cotton handmade dolls), and souvenirs are easy to find and make nice presents to take back.
Blúport Hua Hin Resort Mall
Market Village Hua Hin
Seenspace Hua Hin
Hua Hin Night Market
Hua Hin Floating Market
The Venezia Hua Hin
- A good time to visit Hua Hin is during the Hua Hin Vintage Car Parade in December, and during the Hua Hin International Jazz Festival, which takes place in May.
- If you are looking for a quiet beach town to go which is near Bangkok, this is it.
- During the monsoon season, from time to time there may be jellyfish in the ocean. Check with your hotel before going for a swim.
Hua Hin is a three-hour drive from Bangkok, and SGA Airlines offer several daily flights between Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport and Hua Hin Airport.