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Hua Hin is the oldest seaside resort of Thailand and a royal summer resort. The city of Hua Hin offers plenty things to do and sights to see like temples, markets, a clean beach and lots of opportunities for excursions.
It’s really popular with the high society of Thailand, but also with many Thais from Bangkok who want to go on a holiday or weekend getaway. That’s because the distance to Bangkok is only 200 kilometers.
Things to do and sights in Hua Hin
Hua Hin is not too crowded and the atmosphere near the beach is really relaxed and calm. If you want to avoid the mass tourism spots, then you should give Hua Hin a chance and visit the city. In this article we compiled a list of things to do and sights to see in Hua Hin.
Hua Hin Beach
The almost 8 kilometers long beach of Hua Hin is one of the most beautiful beaches of the Thai mainland. Fine white and soft sand. Sometimes there are sunbeds offered for visitors, especially at the northern end, but it’s never too crowded at the beach.
A few resorts are located directly at the beach. There are only a couple of beach vendors and occasionally somebody passes you with a horse and offers you a ride. Most of the time you won’t be disturbed and can easily find a secluded and calm spot right at the beach.
The water is also clean and suitable for swimming. However, in the off-season there could be some jellyfish at the beach which makes the swimming not really enjoyable.
Wat Khao Takiab
At the southern end of the Hua Hin Beach in the town of Khao Takiab you can find the popular Chopstick Hill, also known as Monkey Mountain. On top you will find the Wat Khao Takiab. But to get there you will have to climb about 100 steps and pass lots of curious monkeys.
They populate the mountain and the temple. You can buy some bananas for 50 Baht to feed them. Just take care of your valuables because the monkeys like to grab loose stuff.
On the way up you can make a stop midway to enjoy the amazing view over Hua Hin, the skyline of the town and the beach. Definitely worth a photo stop!
The Wat Khao Takiab is said to hold a teeth of Buddha, but the temple was unfortunately closed during my visit. Actually it didn’t seem quite spectacular. If you follow the way further you can also visit another temple.
This temple is called Wat Khao Lad, which is populated by monkeys, too. If you are interested in temples, you should visit the Wat Khao Lad. Nice place and obviously worth a visit since you are already on top of the mountain.
Hua Hin Night Market
A highlight for many visitors is the night market of Hua Hin. Every evening in the center of Hua Hin along the Soi 72 there are countless stalls with souvenirs and food. The night market starts at 5.00 P.M. and lasts until midnight.
There are plenty things you can buy at the night market – from clothes, flip flops, watches, DVDs to souvenirs. After strolling around the market you can have a nice dinner in one of the many seafood restaurants or enjoy a drink in the surrounding bars.
Nearby there is also the Chatsila Market which looks a bit more upscale and was especially designed for tourists. Besides more opportunities to eat or shop, there is always some live music in the evening, which you can enjoy free of charge.
Hua Hin Railway Station
The train station of Hua Hin is considered as one of the most beautiful ones in Thailand. Its special feature is the royal pavilion, also referred to as the royal waiting room. It was built in Thai style in 1920 and is part of the southern line of the Thai Railway. From Hua Hin you can either travel north to Bangkok or south to Surat Thani.
Wat Huay Mongkol
The Wat Huay Mongkol is a popular tourist attraction among the Thais. The temple is located about 15 kilometers outside of Hua Hin but easy to reach by car or motorbike. For 40 Baht you can also go there with a white shared taxi (Songthaew) which you can find about 200 meters left of the train station.
The highlight of the temple is the almost 12 meters high statue of Luang Phor Thuad, who was a famous monk in Thailand. Most of the locals are coming to pray for happiness, health and wealth. At the foot of the statue you can find two statues of elephants. The Thais often pass under these, which is an ancient practice for good luck. Maybe you should try that, too. 😉
Sam Phan Nam Floating Market
The Sam Phan Nam Floating Market is one of two floating markets in Hua Hin. But you are wrong if you expect to go through the market with a boat and buy goods from other boats. There is an artificial lake in the middle and lots of stalls built on stilts around it.
Nevertheless, you can go for a short boat ride around the lake for 40 Baht or take a walk along the stalls at the lake and buy a souvenir, some food or watch one of the shows. If you have never been to a market like this, then it’s definitely a unique experience which you should not miss.
The Sam Phan Nam Floating Market is located in the Soi 112, about 6 kilometers south of the city center of Hua Hin. It is open daily from 10.00 A.M. to 10.00 P.M. and the admission is 100 Baht per person.
Wat Tham Khao Tao
Another place of interest is the Wat Tham Khao Tao in the village of Khao Tao directly at the coast, a few kilometers south of Hua Hin. When you visit this temple, you will be most likely the only non-Asian visitor. That’s why the people are still pleased to see some foreign visitors.
Khao Tao means something like turtle hill and of course you will find a few turtle statues in the temple complex. It is beautifully built on the cliffs of a mountain and offers, besides impressive Buddhist statues, a great view at the coast of the town. You can find a lot of different statues here because the temple has some Buddhist, Hindu and Chinese influences.
The Rajabhakti Park is located on the way between Hua Hin and Khao Tao and was built to honor the 7 great kings of Siam.
The 7 pictured kings are the following: King Ramkhamhaeng, King Naresuan, King Narai, King Taksin, King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke, King Mongkut and King Chulalongkorn. These were the kings from the Sukhothai period to the Rattanakosin period.
Apart from the huge bronze statues, there isn’t much to see for visitors at the moment. However, the large area in front of the statues will be used for big events in the future.
Cha Am is a very popular beach resort for Thais and especially crowded at weekends. Unfortunately, with all those visitors the beach is cluttered with sun beds and umbrellas. Anyway, during the week Cha Am is a calm beach town and worth a visit.
Since Cha Am is only 25 kilometers north of Hua Hin, you can explore the beach resort with a day trip, if you don’t plan on staying there anyway.
How to get to Hua Hin
There are many opportunities to get to Hua Hin from Bangkok. The most expensive way would be renting a taxi from Bangkok to Hua Hin. I will leave out this possibility and focus on more cheaper ones in the following section.
- Minivan – the minivans from Bangkok to Hua Hin depart every hour from the Victory Monument at a price of 180 Baht per person. The journey takes about 3 hours.
- Bus – the buses to Hua Hin start at the Sai Tai Mai (Southern) Bus Terminal in Bangkok. They also depart every hour. The price is 150 Baht per person and the trip takes about 3-4 hours.
- Train – since Hua Hin is connected to the southern railway, you can also take the train from the Hua Lamphong Railway Station to Hua Hin. The trip takes 4 to 5 hours and costs about 100 Baht per person.
Hua Hin has also its own airport, but it is not chartered at the moment and only available to private aircrafts.
If you are just arriving at the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, there are buses which take you directly from the airport to Hua Hin. You don’t have to go the city beforehand. The trip takes about 4-5 hours, depending on the traffic situation, and the price is 350 Baht per person.
Hotels in Hua Hin – our recommendations
There are lots of accommodations in Hua Hin (as well as Cha Am) and the choice of hotels and resorts is quite large. Three hotels in Hua Hin that are absolutely worth a stay you can find here.
The Baan Chalelarn Hotel is centrally located in Hua Hin. It is only a short walk from the hotel to the Hua Hin Beach, as well as only about 10 minutes to the daily night market. The hotel offers spacious rooms with air conditioning, TV, refrigerator, free wifi and a balcony. Nearby you can find many opportunities to eat and some convenience stores. Book Book
The Stone Head Hua Hin Hotel is just a few minutes away from the Hua Hin Beach and also the Cicada Weekend market isn’t too far away. The small hotel offers spacious rooms with twin or double beds, free wifi and a TV. A 7-Eleven convenience store and some dining options are nearby the hotel. Book Book
The D Varee Hotel is centrally located at the Hua Hin Beach. Opposite the hotel you can find the Hua Hin Village Market with lots of shopping opportunities and a great food court on the ground floor. Guests can also use the swimming pool and the free wifi in the large rooms. They are equipped with air conditioning, TV, balcony and some rooms even have their own swimming pool access. Book Book