Last week I wrote about Kanchanaburi as a perfect weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city of Bangkok. However, this is not the only place where you can escape to and where you can recharge yourself. Another ultimate getaway destination I will tell you all about today is Hua Hin!
Hua Hin’s rapid expansion
The oldest beach town resort of Thailand is located on the Gulf of Thailand’s west coast, about 200 kilometers south of Bangkok. The place became popular with the Royal Family and slowly the place got more and more accessible due to infrastructure improvements. This led to an increase in awareness and quickly a demand for luxury hotels and resorts grew. Nowadays Hua Hin is rapidly expanding due to the fact that many Bangkokians and foreigners started to see this place as their second home. It became a really popular place for luxury homes built in the hills or condominiums built with stunning views of the ocean. Lately a huge amount of housing developments is going on, shopping complexes and a lot of other entertainment areas are springing up. The good thing, which makes it also really attractive, is that Hua Hin is not losing it charm despite of all the developments. The atmosphere of the fishing village is still remaining, side by side with the modern beach town.
What to visit?
This is one of the biggest attractions in Hua Hin, it is also well-known under the name of Monkey Mountain due to the big amount of monkeys living on it. On top of the mountain a hilltop temple is located, which provides stunning views of Hua Hin. The main shrine is a pagoda structure. In order to get to this temple you will have to hike up some stairs.
Hua Hin Night Market
This night market is located in the center of the town and consists of one street filled with stalls offering lots of different merchandise, like a typical Thai market. Additionally, a great variety of seafood restaurants can be found along the street, which attracts a lot of visitors. The night market starts about 18:30 PM.
Hua Hin Railway Station
It is not that common to see a railway station as an attraction, but this railway station is definitely attractive and photogenic, also because of its adjacent royal waiting room. The station was built during King Rama VI’s reign and is located nearby the center of the town. The buildings are made of wood and beautiful painted.
Vana Nava Waterpark
This is Asia’s first Water Jungle Theme Park, which opened in December 2014. This water park is perfect for groups of friends and families. The park is suitable for all ages due to a variety of activities, from tranquil water flows and a relaxing beach to 19 immense water slides. Additionally, there is also an adventure park where you can spend the day as a climbing monkey.
Hua Hin Beach is the perfect place where a several beach and water activities can be found. Examples are for example horse riding and kite boarding. You can explore Hua Hin’s white sand beaches, deep blue sea and colonial architectures on horseback. There are about 60 horses spread out along the beach every day. About kite boarding, the season to practice this is best from January to May. Thailand’s International Kite Festival takes place in Hua Hin from March to May.
Recommended place to stay
This resort is perfectly located in the charming town of Hua Hin. Wake up with a stunning sunrise over the blue water, enjoy the brand-new facilities such as a beachfront swimming pool, your private Jacuzzi. a wellness spa, or other activities surrounding the resort, have a delicious seafood dinner and enjoy the stunning sunset from the moon deck while drinking one of the finest cocktails from the pool bar.