Hua Hin (หัวหิน) is a seaside resort city in Thailand. It is popular with Thais, having become quite fashionable as a weekend getaway spot for Bangkok residents, as well with foreigners and as an ex-pat retirement or holiday home location.
It is in the Province of Prachuap Khiri Khan, to the north of Prachuap city, which is about one to two hours distant by bus.
Although developing rapidly, there is a commitment by the local and provincial authorities to avoid the kind of overheated blight that has affected other beach resorts in Thailand.
Popularised as a resort in the early-1920s by King Prajadhipok, Hua Hin is closely associated with the Thai royal family and is a quiet and relaxing seaside resort ideal for family vacations, a reasonable 2.5 hours drive down from Bangkok. Until 1934, it was known as Samore Riang (สมอเรียง), or "rows of rocks".
The tranquil fishing village was turned into a royal resort and consequently became popular among Siam's nobility and upper classes. In 1928, Prajadhipok built his Klai Kangwon (Far From Worries) Palace. As of 2007, Klai Kangwon is a full-time residence of the current king and is not open for visitors, although the outer palace grounds are open for walkers and joggers 16:00-19:00 daily (wear shoes, have sleeved shirts that cover at least your upper arms and bring your passport).
The 5 km long beach itself is pretty, more so than Pattaya's, and the sea is relatively clean. However, most of the beach can completely disappear along certain parts of the coast during high tide. Besides just sunbathing, snorkelling and swimming, visitors can also enjoy golf, spas, caves, peaks, waterfalls, shops, seafood and nearby national parks. The town is clean, warm and laid-back, making it ideal for families and couples.
Hua Hin has a tropical climate with high humidity and occasional rain. It is typically pleasant however, and can be enjoyed all year round. Generally, the best time of the year to visit Hua Hin is in the cool season from November to February, but for those who like it hot, then the hot season is from March to May (temperature gets up into the higher 30s). The rainy season (although it doesn't rain every day) is from June to October with September being the rainiest of all. For those who don't appreciate rain, be advised that the rain in Thailand usually comes in short sharp bursts. It doesn't usually drizzle for long periods of time.
Trains are an easy way to get to Hua Hin, as the train station is right in the centre of Hua Hin. The train station is worth a look itself because it is a very traditional Thailand design. The trains go very slowly getting away from Bangkok, so the 2 1/2 hour road time to Hua Hin stretches to 4 or 5 on the train. If, however, road traffic is bad, this can stretch a car or bus journey! The price of the train is around 250 baht (and only 44 baht for ordinary trains). Most trains on the southern route stop at Hua Hin. They leave Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong and Bang Sue railway stations 10 times daily between 08:05 and 22:50. Returning from Hua Hin to Bangkok, only two trains in the afternoon are bookable. Either an air-con option for +400 baht, or third class (the latter can only be bought one hour before the departure). See the State Railway of Thailand  for more information on time tables and fares.
There are non-stop VIP coach direct from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport to Hua Hin and Vice versa only 269 Baht (3/2017) per seat, taking approximately 3.5hrs in moderately heavy Bangkok traffic. The coaches are comfortable with wide seats in a 2-1 configuration, and comes with an en-suite washroom. Departure time from Bangkok Suvannabhum Airport: 07:30, 09:30, 11:30, 13:30, 15:30, 17:30 and 19:30. For more information, see www.airporthuahinbus.com (updated on April 2015). Bus terminates at a station bit north of Hua Hin airport, not the main bus station in Hua Hin (as of 1/2017).
From Bangkok, buses to Hua Hin leave from the Sai Tai Mai terminal about every 20 minutes and take around 3.5 hours. The price is 155 baht (3/2017). Buses run from 04:00 – 22:20. For more information, contact Hua Hin-Pran Buri Tour, Tel: 0 2884 6191-2; Bang Saphan Tour, Tel: 0 2435 5105, 0 2884 8895; Bus Southern Terminal, Tel: 0 2435 1199, 0 2435 5605, 0 2434 7192 . When you buy the ticket it says which gate you have to go to - make sure you get to the correct one as smaller numbers (etc 1 to 10) exist on both sides of the building. Doublecheck from the customer service desk on ground floor.
The main bus station is well outside the centre of town on Petkasem Rd beyond Soi 94. This is some 3 km south of town centre. A tuk tuk there costs ~180 baht. This bus station is for buses which are going to or from Bangkok and points south. Update: May 2015, two official tourist board offices inform travelers that the main bus station only serves south destinations, not Bangkok. You can catch, however, a no-frills bus from an office in the centre of town for 160 baht.
The "bus station" noted on maps of the area is a local one in the centre of town from where all the non-air-con local buses and songteows depart, but blue buses from Bangkok terminate here, and probably leave from here also. The orange bus from Bangkok Southern Terminal (150 baht) which takes about 3.5 hours, meanders along the main road and you specify where you want to get off. The other first class buses go to the station beyond Soi 94 on Petkasem. Stop the bus at any point prior to this if you want to get off. The clock tower on the left (coming from Bangkok) is effectively the town centre, but keep your eyes open as it is easy to miss.
There used to be a ferry between Pattaya and Hua Hin, but it stopped running in Dec., 2011.
- There is a new ferry service since January 2017***
Taking a taxi from Bangkok to Hua Hin (distance about 200 km) is possible. Price after negotiation should cost around 2,000 baht: the price for a taxi from Suwarnabhumi (Bangkok) airport was 2,600 baht in November 2009 (3,800 – 4,000 baht, January 2014). The limousine services available at Bangkok Airport are more expensive than an ordinary taxi.
Private taxi from Hua Hin to BKK Airport should be in 1,600-2,000 baht, and is bookable via agents around town. A few are located outside the post office, and others are along Naresdamri Rd.
Taxi to or from Pattaya around 3,000 baht.
There are regular minivans to and from Hua Hin from various cities. Price from Kanchanaburi (3.5 hours) was around 250 baht [jan 2014].
You can take one of these from Mo Chit and Tai Mai (bus terminals in BKK), Rangsit north of BKK, and from several other cities south of BKK.
There is now a new minibus station in the City, about 200 metres along Soi 51 on the main road in, and about 2 Km distant north from the Clocktower. This is where most of them now should stop, except for those continuing onward to Prachuap.
The central area (with restaurants, bars, and the night market) is not too large and can be covered by foot, accompanied with a songthaew for the attractions a bit outside the main center. As elsewhere in Thailand, plenty of motorcycle rentals are available. Bicycle is a good choice too as Hua Hin is pretty flat, but bicycle rentals are a little harder to find.
There are apparently four songthaew routes. Probably the most useful for a tourist is the green one that runs between Khao Takiab and Hua Hin Airport. The route is split into two parts the midpoint being on the Soi 72 (night market) and Sa Song street intersection. Fee is THB 10 (15 in the evening) when not going past the night market street. Use the green songthaew to go to night market, Market Village, Blúport, Cicada, and Khao Takiab (monkey mountain).
Green songthaew route in the center
The white songthaews run from the railway station to Wat Huay Mongol via Market Village and Sam Phan Nam Floating Market. Fee from railway station to the floating market is THB 20, and to the temple THB 40 (unconfirmed). The white songthaews technically operate on schedule, but they're not very punctual. There was a report that the white songthaew might not go to the floating market if there are not enough people.
In addition there are the red-and-white and maybe orange songthaews. The red songthaew starts from Pae Mai and follows the canal to the railway station, then goes around Market Village, and return to north via Phet Kasem and Naebkehardt road to Soi 41 and then continue to Pae Mai.
Tuk tuks and motorcycle taxis are available, and you may even spot an occasional car taxi. As usual agree on the price beforehand, and expect to pay at least THB 100 for tuk tuk unless you get lucky.
There is only one beach, Hua Hin Beach (ชายหาดหัวหิน Hat Hua Hin) which runs from one side of Hua Hin to the other. Hua Hin Beach extends three kilometres southwards from a rocky headland until a southern headland where a Buddhist temple cling to the cliffs. Fine white sand, resort hotels and many water sports opportunities lend the resort its distinctive ambiance. At the south end of town, the hill of Khao Takiab interrupts the beach. On the other side (technically not Hua Hin anymore) is a lovely swimming beach with a view of Khao Takiab's South face. Just a little further on, Suan Son beach is owned by the Thai army, but open to the public. Notable for the tropical sea pines lining the shore. A little south of the Marriott, watch for tiny sand crabs digging industriously leaving odd patterns of tiny sand clods around their beachfront property.
Parts of the beach closer to the town may have greenish water, in this case continue walking down the beach where the water appears cleaner. There is ample supply of deck chairs along the beach, however many places will charge for their hire (100 baht is common). Deck chairs that are part of a beachside cafe may be free (in the assumption you will buy food or drink).
The hill of Khao Takiab, 8 kilometres from Hua Hin town, supports Buddhist temples and offers a commanding view of the resort, particularly early in the morning. A local bus service from Hua Hin to Khao Takiap is on the seashore. Khao Takiab is one of the highest area in Hua Hin, by going up this mountain by driving you will see the whole Hua Hin and also nice beaches. This is another good place to wait for the sunset as well. Also the food on Khao Takiab is very delicious too.
- Hua Hin Railway Station (สถานีรถไฟหัวหิน). This is Thailand's most beautiful train station of which the local people are very proud of. The wooden building used to be a royal pavilion in Sanamchan Palace, Nakhon Pathom province. It was rebuilt at Hua Hin in 1968. edit
- Hua Hin Arts and Crafts Centre (ศูนย์ศิลปหัตถกรรมหัวหิน). daily 11PM-6:30PM. This is situated in an old typical house on Naepkhehat Road. It has a collection and exhibition of many contemporary works of Thai artists, as well as old furniture and many pictures about Hua Hin in the past. Free. edit
- Klai Kangwon Palace (พระราชวังไกลกังวล), ☎ 0 3251 1115. daily 9AM-4PM. King Rama VII commanded the Klai Kangwon (Far From Worries) Palace to be built in 1929. This Spanish-style summer palace faces the sea and dominates an extensive ornamental garden. The Thai Royal Family still customarily spend the hottest months of the year, usually March to April, there. Members of the public can visit the palace every day, when the Royal Family is not in residence. 20 baht. edit
- Khao Hin Lek Fai (เขาหินเหล็กไฟ). Situated 3 kilometres west of Hua Hin district, Khao Hin Lek Fai or Flint Mountain is 162 metres high and is accessible by a road. On the mountaintop, there is a public park and scenic spots from where the scenery of Hua Hin and its surrounding area can be seen. edit
- Khao Tao (เขาเต่า). Between Km 243 and 244 markers, 13 kilometres south of Hua Hin, there is a 1- kilometre branch road on the left which leads to the spot with two beautiful beaches called Hat Sai Noi and Hat Sai Yai. Bungalows are available. edit
- Namtok Pa La-u (น้ำตกป่าละอู), ☎ 0 3245 9293. This 11-tier scenic waterfall, some 60km west of Hua Hin, is located within a yearlong verdant forest where various kinds of birds and butterflies are found, especially in the morning. Visitors can take a local transport called a songthaew from Hua Hin to this waterfall. The best time to visit the waterfall is from November to April. This place is in charge of Kaeng Krachan National Park. Camping in the park is allowed and a tent can be rented at 250 baht per night. Call for more information. 200 baht. edit
- Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand (น้ำตกป่าละอู), ☎ 032 458 135. . It is the most important foundation for the protection of the wildlife in Thailand. They work with the National Parks Department and Madihol University. You will see elephants, gibbons, monkeys, bears, tigers, etc. They are very active and well-known by the local and international press. This international foundation promotes another regard on Thailand and its nature. This nonprofit organization offers the opportunity to know and learn more on the exceptional nature and wildlife of Thailand and South-East Asia. Everyone can participate to their projects. They have a website and a Facebook page ( WFFT or Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand). It is at 25 km from Hua Hin and they can arrange the transportation from and to the hotel.They speak English, Dutch, French and Thai. edit
Sam Roi Yot National Park
Located about 60km from Hua Hin Town, with an area of 98 square kilometres, is renowned for its limestone mountains, mangrove swamps, beaches and several species of local and migrating birds during the cool season. There are many ridges with the most popular being Khao Sam Roi Yot with 300 peaks. The park can be reached by following the direction signs marking the remaining distances of 38 and 15 km. at Km. 256 and Km.286.5, respectively. There are many "Taxi" counters around Hua Hin that are similar to the local travel agents ubiquitous to Phuket, Pattaya and Bangkok. Here you can hire a car and driver to the undermentioned destinations. Look out for "Taxi" booths plastered with colourful photographs of attractions. Expect about 2000 Baht per vehicle to and fro Phraya Nakhon.
The other possibility is to book a cruise and enjoy the park from the sea side.
Some attractions within the park:
- Hat Laem Sala is a beach 16 km north of the park office and can be reached by boat or on foot across a hill from Bang Pu Village. The hike across the hill is about 2km and relatively easy, taking about 40mins 1 way. If not, the 10min boat ride costs 200 Baht per person both ways. You will have to wade into the sea mud during low tide to board the boat, so prepare to get your feet muddy. At Hat Laem Sala beach, it's a steep 1 hr climb up to the cave. The well-known cave there, Tham Phraya Nakhon, has a large hole in it so sunlight can shine through, so allowing plantation to grow. There is Phra Thi Nang Khuha Kharuhat which is a Thai-style pavilion with a scenic view of the cave. It was first built during the reign of King Chulalongkorn before ebing dismantled and reconstructed with the cave. There is also a viewpoint on Khao Daeng which is 400km from the park office and Ban Khao Daeng, the latter of which offers boat trips to watch wild birds.
- Hat Sam Phraya located 3.5 km north of the park office, is a lovely beach with a line of pine trees. Accommodation is available there.
- Tham Kaeo, situated around 23 km from Pran Buri (15 km north of the park office) is a cave with an abundance of stalactites and stalagmites. For exploring the cave, oil lamps can be rented at a nearby village.
- Tham Sai, 9 km north of the park office, is a cave which can be explored. Oil lamps can be rented at a nearby village.
Further away from Hua Hin
- Dan Singkhon is in Khiong Wan sub-district and is the Thai-Burmese border pass.
- Khao Hin Thoen Stone Park is located west of town. To get there travel along Highway No. 4 till Km. 331-332, then turn right and drive for another 8 km. There are nice narrow walks leading out to wide rocky landscape on a mountain top with scenic views of the town.
- Ko Singto (Lion Island) is named after the shape of the island. It is a popular island for diving and snorkeling and offers visitors the chance to explore the Hua Hin and Khao Takiab shorelines.
- Wa Ko has been of historical importance since the reign of King King Mongkut when he viewed a full-moon eclipse. There is a long atmospheric sandy beach fringed with pine trees. It is located at Km. 335 of Highway No. 412 km south from the town.
- Black Mountain Water Park, (Free shuttle bus from clock tower at 09:30, 11:00, and 12:30), ☎ +66 (0) 32 618 444, . 10:00 - 18:00. The older water park with nine slides, wave pool, lazy river, childrens' pool and a Wibit track in the lake. Adult 600 (140cm or above), child 300. (12.604300,99.889340) edit
Hua Hin offers fishing trips with pick up from your hotel. Different programs are available, from day trips to overnight fishing. More information on https://www.facebook.com/HuaHinGameFishing or phone +66810103748.
Hua Hin offers several boat trips to view the nature from a river or the sea. One of the famous trips is a cruise to the Sam Roi Yod Nat'l Park to feed monkeys or swim in the clear water. On the way back fishing is possible and on a good day dolphins can be seen in the sea.
Golf is extremely popular in Hua Hin and the place has several high quality courses up to international standards.
Hua Hin and its surroundings are a golfer's paradise with at least 7 quality courses within a 30 minute drive. There are also two brand new golf courses under construction and a preview of the latest images can be made from the fairways. Most courses offer transportation to and from the course.
Hua Hin has emerged as Thailand’s latest spa and wellness center destination in the past decade. Previously famous primarily for its world-class golf courses and a place to relax by the sea a short distance from Bangkok, it is now a full-fledged tourist and spa destination in its own right.
With its large and growing expat population, it is particularly well-disposed to taking care of international visitors seeking wellness care, spa treatment, and a fine stretch of beach in one lovely package.
Spas in Hua Hin offer luxurious treatment which suits every budget. The treatment includes both traditional remedies and modern techniques. Facilities at spas in Hua Hin may also include a Jacuzzi and steam bath.
Many Spas in Hua Hin also offer traditional Thai healing treatments. There is also alternative treatment such as Rieki. Resorts offer many detox programs. The most popular treatments are chi organ massage, karsai genital detox massage, deeper skin detox and herbal skin detox.
Hua Hin has a world class Chiva-Som International Health Resort. Focusing on greater well-being and vitality, Chiva-Som offers extensive fitness, spa, spa cuisine and holistic health facilities to help you relax, restore and rejuvenate.
Chiva-som has the honor of being the only destination spa that has consistently made the top three of the prestigious Condé Nast Readers’ Choice Awards. This gives you some idea of the quality of care available here in this lovely seaside town.
Traditional Thai massage, characterized by its holistic approach to health is aimed at enhancing not only one’s physical and emotional state but also to allow one to grow spiritually.
There are over 50 massage shops in Hua Hin. All good hotels in Hua Hin offer traditional Thai massage service.
In Hua Hin, at Petchkasem Road next to the Golden Palace and the Royal Palace one can be massaged by very good professional blind masseuses. This is a royal project. Very little English is spoken but don't worry as you will be in professional hands.
- Sand and sea. This is the number one attraction of Hua Hin, also according to tourist information.
- Fishing and eco-cruises can be done in Hua Hin, both at sea and inland.
- Kite-boarding is a very popular in Hua Hin. There are several schools giving lessons and tuition with equipment for hire. Conditions are good from January to May, thermal wind is blowing from afternoon with 14-20 knots. Water is shallow, has small chop and beach break.
- Fitness and Martial Arts can be practiced either in gymnasiums around town or in the top hotels.
- Elephant camps and trekking can be found just west of town. There is also an elephant camp.
- Rescue Paws can be found just south of downtown Hua Hin, in the Khao Tao temple. Popular volunteer destination if interested in spending some time helping the local Thai soi (street) dogs.
- Walking and cycling are popular in Hua Hin due to the quietness of the roads.
- Crafts are a plentitude in Hua Hin including handicrafts, silk weaving, embroidery, basket making, pottery and wood carving.
- Go Karting can be enjoyed at the karting track near the airport. The 700 m circuit has a banked curve for speed, pits floodlighting, beer garden and catering.
- Water Sports in Hua Hin include swimming, banana boat rides, waterski-ing, jet-ski-ing, sailing, windsurfing, parasailing, kayaking, snorkeling and scuba-diving.
- Pony Rides can be found on Hua Hin beach
- Thailand’s International Kite Festival is during March, April and May and features stunt kites, big kites, little kites, high tech kites, traditional Thai kites and displays of international kites. Visitors also enjoy a variety of opportunities for shopping, sightseeing and simply having a good time.
- Hua Hin Jazz Festival June is the time of the year when 'jazz on the beach' happens at the annual Hua Hin Jazz Festival. The popular event attracts world class jazz musicians from Thailand and all over the world.
- Hua Hin Vintage Car Rally Hoteliers, the Vintage Car Club of Thailand and the Tourism Authority of Thailand sponsor an annual 'parade' of vintage and classic cars starting at the Sofitel Central in Bangkok and ending in at the Sofitel Central Hua Hin Resort. The cars, with drivers and passengers decked out in 1920's attire, make the 225 km promenade in December of each year. The festivities culminate with a 1920's party at the Sofitel, which appropriately is a Victorian-style structure built in the 1920's.
Hua Hin Cooking courses are on offer to those tourists who would like to learn about cooking Thai dishes.
A few Thai Cooking schools have sprung up in Hua Hin where foreign tourists can learn the art of serving up their favourite Thai dishes such as: Phat Thai (Thai-style fried noodles), Tom Yum Kung, Panaeng with Beef and Chicken and Cashew Nuts. Courses vary in length from just the single day to a few. Courses are also available at most of the large hotels but you will have to ask around.
Sukkasart Institute (The Institute of Healing Arts), 20/48 Petchkasem Rd. (Hua Hin 106), ☎ 66(0)32 515725, . Provide various training of healing Arts from Tradition Thai Massage, Meditation, Reiki and Energy Healing.
Shop at the night markets. Things that you can buy range from t-shirts to antiques. They're also a great place for shopping including contemporary art handicrafts, hand-woven printed cotton, silk fabric, silk weaving, embroidery, basket making, pottery, wood carving, gemstones and jewellery (including sapphires and rubies). Haggling is advisable to get the best prices possible.
- Cicada Market (ซิเคด้า มาร์เก็ต หัวหิน), (Towards Khao Takiab past Pranburi overpass bridge (don't go over the bridge), or take the green songthaew), . Fri-Sat 16:00 - 23:00, Sun 16:00 - 22:00. Cicada is worth a visit even if you've seen a dozen Thai night markets already. It has handmade crafts and arts, independent designer T-shirts and clothes, and more. For the food stalls and bar you need to purchase coupons (unused coupons are refunded). (12.534106,) edit
- Tamarind Market, (Next to Cicada). Fri-Sat 16:00 - 23:00, Sun 16:00 - 22:00. Basically an extension of Cicada but without the handicraft focus. The food area is worth a visit, seems to be more popular than Cicada among locals. (12.533450,) edit
- Hua Hin Night Market (ตลาดโต้รุ่งหัวหิน), Dechanuchit Road (Soi 72). Every evening. The main (tourist) night market in the center of the town. Many seafood restaurants in the western end of the market street. edit
- Grand Market, (Between Grand Hotel and Sao Pauol Hospital on Phet Kasem Road). Wed-Sun evenings. The night market more popular among local people. Some could say this is more diverse and interesting than the main tourist market. edit
In addition there's the Hua Hin Bazaar (about 100 metres west of the beach) for local handicrafts, and on Tuesdays is Pae Market near the Royal Hua Hin Golf Club. Here is a good place to get the feel for a traditional Thai market.
- Blúport Hua Hin, (On Phet Kasem Road, past Market Village towards Khao Takiab), . Sun-Thu 10:00 - 21:00, Fri-Sat 10:00 - 22:00. The newest shopping mall in Hua Hin, opened in the fall 2016. Has more international brands than Market Village (12.547981,99.962660) edit
- Market Village, (Phet Kasem Road towards Khao Takiab), ☎ +66 (0) 32 618 888, . Shopping mall with some international brands and a market like area with more local things for sale. (12.55811,99.960666) edit
One of Hua Hin's most renowned local product is pha phim khommaphat or printed cotton, a typical product of Hua Hin which is to be sold by the yard. The finished product of the Khommaphat print is colourful and can be turned into shirts, handkerchiefs, wraps, even toy elephants or fish, as well as decorative pieces such as pillows, bags, fans, etc.
A large variety of other cotton products are available, such as placemats, table clothes and pillowcases. Most of the products, fresh and dried seafood, souvenirs, dishes made of seafood are available at Hua Hin Market.
For hand-woven cotton go to Baan Khao Tao, there is the Baan Khao Tao Handicraft Centre which was founded in 1964. In 2003, the centre's works were registered as the province's four-star OTOP product. Hand-woven cotton is offered for purchase in different forms, such as in the Yok Dok print, bathing cloths, sarongs, even large pieces of fabric like bed sheets.
Souvenirs from Hua Hin District include accessories from coconut shells, Khommaphat printed fabric, the printed fabric in traditional Thai patterns, brooms, utensils made of sisal fibre, bamboo woven products, as well as fresh and preserved food.
- Sukkasart Institute (The Institute of Healing Arts), 20/48 Petchkasem Rd. (Hua Hin 106), ☎ 66(0)32 515725. Provide various training of healing Arts from Tradition Thai Massage, Meditation, Reiki and Energy Healing. edit
- Hua Hin Sam Phan Nam Floating Market, Soi Hua Hin 112, Hua Na Road, Hua Hin, Thailand, ☎ +66 (0) 32 900 111. Daily from 10:00 - 23:00. edit Sam Phan Nam Floating Market, you will find 193 shops of all different kinds and 40 shops actually on the boats, selling local food, hand made products and souvenirs.
This place are shown the Thai style living in the past. Sam Phan Hua Hin Floating Market has over a 1,000 parking spaces, so there is no need to worry about parking.
There are plenty of eating options around Hua Hin. Those close to the beach and atop Khao Takiap are touristy, while some good local options can be found on Phetkasem Rd along the way to Khao Takiap. Hua Hin is famed for its delightful fresh seafood which can be found in abundance at the night market, restaurants and hotel restaurants. Naresdamri Road is a fine place for great inexpensive restaurants while serving up romantic sea views. Some hotels offer buffets consisting of open cooking stations, including seafood BBQ, and also offer live entertainment like traditional Thai music and dancing.
This area is the site of the Hua Hin Fishing Harbour and in the early morning, fresh-out-of-the-water seafood can be snapped up.
Moreover, there are numerous dining spots serving Western, Indian and Japanese food.
For cheap eats, check out the night market. Budget tourists having problems with the local fare will be happy to know that at the Tesco in the posh Market Village mall, there's street-style Thai food with modern fast food hygeine: 25-45 baht, and good coffee for 10 baht.
- World News Cafe, (adjacent to the Hilton Hotel, inland). 08:00-22:00. The best coffee shop in Thailand? Perhaps. Modern, sleek space that is welcoming and spacious. All daily newspapers in English and Thai, good coffee, fruit drinks, bagels, sandwiches and free WiFi. Great staff too. No free wifi , they charge 300b now and the coffee was good but definitely not the best, especially not at that price. edit
- Beach Cafe Restaurant, Hua Hin Soi 75/1 (by the sea), ☎ 032512254, . 10am to 10pm. Seafood and Steaks with a view! Beach Café Restaurant is located near Intercontinental Hotel by the sea at the end of Petchkasem Road Soi 75/1. Thai and European cuisine offering a variety of grilled and seafood dishes $10-$20. edit
- La Paillote, Hua Hin Naresdamri Rd, opposite Centara Grand, ☎ 032521025, . 7am to 11pm. La Paillote is a French restaurant with also Thai food. The restaurant is located in the main historic street, with many hotels and guest houses nearby. This is the old part of Hua Hin, the most beautiful and interesting one. The food is of international standard,. The beakfast is generous and cheap (less than 200 baht). For lunch they have a special and affordable menu. There are also some Thai dishes on the menu. The decor is tasteful with a big and pleasant terrace. The restaurant is just opposite Centara Grand, an historic hotel, former Railways Hotel. The prices are affordable (between 400 and 1000 bath per person) They speak English, French, Dutch and Thai. $10-$20. edit
- Orny Hut, 31/548, Hua Hin 94, Charoen Phatthana 2 Alley, ☎ +66 80 591 8944 ([email protected]), . 10:00-22:00. Orny Hut is a little nice restaurant with European, Thai and Dutch food with many Dutch specialities and snacks on the menu. A snack, late brunch or a nice dinner at Orny Hut in Hua Hin. edit
- Night Street Eats, (on the road at an angle back from the clocktower in the centre of the city, about two blocks distant and just beyond the Les Bobos Hotel on the other side of the road, there is a 711. Immediately before this are the street eats.). All sorts of food including fresh fish cooked for you, or other foods already cooked. There are tables and chairs behind the stalls, and cutlery, cups, water, etc are available. Check out what you fancy (you will probably need to point as little English is spoken) - Thais eat here, but you will get a really good feed for about 50 baht. If you want beer or other drinks, buy them from the 711 nearby, and get them to open it for you. As at Nov 2016, there are few stalls here now as a result of the lack of tourists in the City due to the bombings in the past year. edit
- Happy Pig Restaurant, 10/133, Hua Hin 94. 18:00-22:00. Family-restaurant, European and Finnish food, barbecue, meatballs etc. edit
- The Palm Bistro, 32/11 Orchid Palm Homes 4 1043 Road, Tabtai, Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan, 77110, Thailand (Head West on Soi 88, into the mountains and follow signs), ☎ 032828144, . A family friendly European style bistro serving a delicious mixture of European & Thai cuisine. Plenty of parking available. Only a short drive or tuk tuk right West of the city. (12.5434526,99.9129765) edit
Coffee Shop and Bakery
- Baan Khrai Wang, Hua Hin , Hua Hin District , Prachuap Khiri Khan 76120, ☎ 032531260, 032531261. 9am to 7pm. Baan Khrai Wang is a Famous bakery and coffee shop. Because of the great atmosphere while you eat and drink some coffee or cake. Other than this coffee and bakery shop has also the wonderful taste too edit
Raucous nightlife can be found in the little quarter just inland from the Hilton Hotel. The warren of small streets around Dechanuchit Rd and Soi Bintabaht teems with bars, restaurants and massage parlours.
- Bluestation Country Pub. Very popular with local folks, but nearly unknown to tourists. Located behind the older of Hua Hin's two bus depots, Soi 68/2, off of ‘Railway Road’ just north of Soi 70 (Chomsin Road) near the railway crossing. The house band is excellent, playing all Thai country (Peu Chiwit) songs. Before 22:00 there's an opening act that some nights (but irregularly) consists of a duo of a Thai on guitar and a farang on accordion, playing Thai songs. One of a kind, and pleasant listening.
- El Murphy's. The place for live music, located in the heart of Hua Hin on Soi Selakam 50 m from the Hilton Hotel. This Irish bar with a Mexican slant is the nightly home of Hua Hin's own Stonehead Band. These boys have been rocking Hua Hin for more then 15 years with their great rock and blues classics. Sometimes there is an early opening act. Free WiFi.
- Luknam Country Pub. Locals and foreigners alike frequent Luknam. Located on the road to Pala U waterfall, opposite Phoenix Bar. Live music every night. Music is Thai pop and country with some western songs mixed in. Music begins and 22:00 and goes until very late.
- Papayita. A chilled out little beer bar, playing classic pop, soul, disco and rock music from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Cheap drinks during happy hour until 9:00, and the cute staff mixes great cocktails all night.
- Satchmo Club แซชโม คลับ. Main lobby of the Sofitel in central Hua Hin.
- Style. One of the best nightspots in Hua Hin, with hip hop music and techno. Popular with younger people in the area. Open from 18:00 to 02:00. Most people come from 22:00 on. Live music as well. Frequently overcrowded.
- Urban Fuzion, 19/3 Damnernkaseam Road, Prachuapkhirikan 77110, Thailand (Soi 61 Across from the police station), ☎ +66 (0) 32-908-345, . 15:00 - 24:00. Urban Fuzion is Hua Hin's only Gourmet Burger Restaurant offering affordable Burgers using only premium ingredients, bar food and a wide range of spirits and beers. Happy Hour 15:00 to 20:00 (Special pricing on Beer and spirits) Showing all Live Sporting event including Foot ball, Rugby, AFL, NRL, Gofl, Tennis and much more. Friday is Ladies Night offering free Mojitos, Rum and Vodka with your choice of mixer from 19:00 to 22:00 with Live DJs. 70 THB beers. edit
- The Admiral Bar and Grill, 19/6 Damnernkaseam Road, Prachuapkhirikan 77110, Thailand (Soi 61 Across from the police station), ☎ +66 (0) 32-908-345, . 8:00 - 22:30. The Admiral Bar and Grill offers a wide range of cuisine specializing in Stone Grilled Imported grass fed Australian Black Angus steak and seafood and Scandinavian Smørrebrød (open faced sandwiches) served with traditional schnaps. Happy hour is every day from 11:00 to 17:00 with discounted prices on beer and spirits, Buy one get one free on Mojitos and 99 THB glasses of red and white wine. The restaurant does a free wine tasting every Saturday featuring 4 different wines each week and samples of the stone grilled steak and seafood. See the restaurants web site for the latest promotions and specials. edit
Hua Hin is quite tourist oriented at least in the central parts and thus there are many hotels there, but also some guest houses and motels are available.
True budget beds are less common than they might have been a few years ago, at least during high season.
- Baan Kang Muang boasts two separated zones in town and by Khao Takiab beach, offering 9 budget bedrooms with air-con and TV in all rooms and Wi-Fi. Rooms from 1200 (town zone) - 4000 THB (beachfront zone).
- The Squealing Pig / [email protected] Includes Air-Con and TV in all rooms, Fan, Hot Water, Wi-Fi. Rooms from 400 THB. 650 THB for double bed, aircon, fridge, hot water, etc. Free coffee, tea, hot chocolate, toast, jam, marmalade, etc. on the second floor. Bar/restaurant with a pool table on the ground floor. Address: Soi 102, just across the railroad track from Petchkasem road. Next to Bobby's. Hua Hin. Tel:080-4337113.
- Victor Guesthouse 16 Newly refurbished rooms in a Thai Traditional Teak Guesthouse located in the heart of Hua Hin, close to beaches, restaurants and night life. Family Suites available. Includes Air-Con (not for cheap rooms), LED TV and DVD in all rooms, Fan, Hot Water, WI-FI, 24/7 Security and Friendly Helpful Staff in a relaxed atmosphere. .. Rooms THB350-THB700 .... 16 Naresdamri Rd. Hua Hin. Tel:032-511-564. e-mail: [email protected]
- Bird Guesthouse 2 Rooms on a pier over the water 450THB for nice fan room with great view, wifi, fridge, TV on Nareth Damri Road close to Hilton
- Royal Express Inn is a small brand new hotel located in the central city of Hua Hin, within a few minutes’ walk to the beach, restaurants and convenience stores. The rooms are well designed with a simple, cozy and modern style with flat screen TV, ensuite bathroom and complimentary Wi-Fi access. Address: 79/9 Petchkasem Road, Opposite Hua Hin Soi 78, Near station. Tel: +66 (0) 32 53 3778-81; email: [email protected]
- Tientong has rooms with private bathrooms for between 400 baht [low-season] and 600 baht. Includes sometimes high-speed wifi (if starts working slow, just reboot the router). Located downtown at end of secluded street near market. Friendly staff. Nice views of hillside from communal balcony. Ten minutes walk from beach. Address: 226/107 Petchkasem Rd -- behind Grand Hotel. Near station. Tel: +66 89 224 9353; [email protected];
- Chom-Haad Guesthouse has nice rooms, 600B for double with air-con. Located on 178/175 Soi Hua Hin 80, quite road with lots of guesthouses (they offer 700B for double), close to Tientong, San Paolo hospital & Grand Hotel. Very clean room. Kind and helpful staff. Nice fresh-looking furniture in bright colours. Phone: +66868031796, email: [email protected]
- Kings Home Hua Hin is a quite small and very friendly guesthouse in the centre of Hua Hin with prices ranging from 800 to 1200 baht a night.It is really very safe place.
- 21 Guesthouse advertises 100-300 baht rooms with air-con and television on their signage, but on arrival will offer you only a 500B room or a disgusting, mosquito-infested 100B with unspeakable stains on the sheets.
- Sukwilai Hotel and Guesthouse on western Soi Bintabaht near a "150 meters to Burger King" ad offers fan rooms for 300 baht, or 350 with cable TV. Also upper scale rooms available in the main building. Guest house is opposite to some bars playing quite loud until 2 AM.
- Mod Guesthouse is near 21 Guesthouse and the Hilton.
- Memory GuestHouse is near 21 Guesthouse and costs 200 for single room and 300 for double.
- Casa del Mare Resort&Spa, 25/2 Petchkasem Road,Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand, ☎ +66 3251 9061-6 ([email protected]), . Casa del Mare offers more than a relaxing place by the crystal clear swimming pool and the pool gazebo amidst the lush landscape gardens of palms, frangipanis and other local plants which bring you down to earth in style. Price ranges 2900 - 3500 edit
- Anantasila Resort  33/15 Moo Bann Huadon, Petchkasem Rd. Nongkae. Several room types. Price ranges between 2,000-15,000 baht/night.
- Chom View Hua Hin Nice, not big, but cheap, clean. Near Kao Takeab, on the private beach with beachfront swimming pool.
- Siam Pearl Beach Lodge Budget resort with big pool, tropical garden and beach opposite resort. Small fishing harbor and long sand beach within few meters. Very quiet area - ideal with kite surfing.
- Citin Loft, 120/22 Soi Huahin 78, Petchakasem Rd (in the heart of Hua Hin), ☎ +66 3 253 3778-81 ([email protected], fax: +66 3 253 3722), . checkin: 2PM; checkout: noon. Offers 50 comfortable guest rooms each with a private balcony overlooking the green hills beyond. Facilities of this cozy hotel include a rooftop pool, sundeck, Internet stations, restaurant and a free shuttle service to Hua Hin Beach, Hua Hin Market Village & Hua Hin Night Market. edit
- Dolphin Bay Resort, 217 Moo 4 Phunoi, Sam Roi Yot Prachuab Khirikhan, ☎ +66 3 259 9333 ([email protected]), . Beach resort for families. edit
- Fulay Hotel, 110/1 Naresdamri Rd (follow the road just inland from the Hilton Hotel downhill about 75 m. Hotel on left), ☎ +66 (0) 32 513 670 ([email protected]), . What a great little hotel this is! Sparkling clean, accommodating staff, great location. Has a teriffic little restaurant on the ground floor. Air-con , cable TV, free WiFi, minibar, convenience store open till 01:00 adjacent. Just far away from the bar scene to offer 2 minute access but quiet ambience. 1,500 baht up. edit
- The Hideaway Hua Hin, Hua Hin Soi 9, Petchakasem, . 2,500-3,000 baht/night. edit
- Pattawia Resort & Spa Hua Hin, 9/21 Moo 5, Pak Nam Pran Beach, Pranburi, Prachuap Kiri Khan, ☎ +66 (0)87-0265515, . Located on a beach with many other 4- and 5-star resorts. It has a spa, swimming pool and sea view rooms. 2400 baht. edit
- Thipurai City Hotel, 8/5-7 Soi Kanjanomai Poolsuk Road, Hua Hin, Prachuabkirikhan, ☎ +66 (0) 32 533 555, . Thipurai City Hotel is in the heart of Hua Hin. Best rates on official website start at 1,350 baht. edit
- Ruenkanok Thaihouse Resort, 46/4 Khao Takieb, Soi Pimporn, Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan Province 77110 Thailand (In Khao Takieb), ☎ +66 32537112 ([email protected]), . Located in the Khao Takiab neighborhood in Hua Hin, 0.6 miles from Khao Takiap, Ruenkanok Thaihouse Resort features air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi throughout the property. The resort has an outdoor pool and barbecue, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. Price ranges 3700 - 8000 edit
- Anantara Hua Hin Resort & Spa, 43/1 Phetkasem Beach Road Hua Hin 77110 Thailand (Located right on the sands of Thailand’s traditional royal seaside playground.), ☎ +66 32 520 250, . checkout: Late check-out until 4.00 pm (subject to availability). Set amidst a 14 acre botanical paradise Anantara Hua Hin is a luxury destination surrounded by beautiful gardens ideal for a romantic vacation. USD 86. (12.616695,99.952596) edit
- Chiva-Som International Health Resort, 73/4 Petchkasem Road, Hua Hin Prachuab Khirikhan, ☎ +66 3 253 6536 ([email protected]), . One of the best destination spa resorts in Thailand. Very private. Pricy but the quality is the best. edit
- Devasom Hua Hin Resort, 1446/23 Petchkasem Road (km221), ☎ +66 32 442 789 ([email protected]), . A small luxury beach resort privately located on the beach between Cha Am and Hua Hin, with only 24 villas and rooms, all with sea view and charmingly decorated. Excellent food and services. edit
- Dhevandara Resort and Spa, 451 Hua Hin, Huay Mongkol Rd. Hin Lek Fai (near Grape Farm, 8 km from Hua Hin), . Luxury resort with private pool 2,000-8,000 baht/night. edit
- Evason Hideaway- Nicest pool villas, luxurious/secluded 5-star hotel, Six Senses Spa (one of the best in Thailand)
- Haven Huahin , boutique resort, by Hua Hin beach. Prices between 4,000-15,000 baht/night.
- Hyatt Regency Hua Hin, 91 Hua Hin - Khao Takiap Road (on the beach-front), ☎ +66 3 252 1234 ([email protected]), . 5-star hotel with 204 rooms and suites. The hotel is on 12.5 acres of tropical landscaped gardens and has a 200 metre long beachfront. The Barai Spa is on-site. edit
- Le Bayburi De Pran (เลอ เบย์ บุรี เดอ ปราณ), Beach Front Rd., Pak Nam Pran Buri, Pranburi, Prachuab Kirikhan, ☎ +66(0) 2696 8233, . Le Bayburi Villas is a private complex of 4 luxury beachfront villas, each with self-contained facilities, including private pool. Located at Pranburi, 20 minutes south of Hua Hin. edit
- Veranda Resort. Nice cozy resort on a lovely stretch of beach. Not too big, staff and service excellent and facilities are excellent. relatively boring room 2,500 baht, suite 5,000 baht. edit
- The Rock Beach Front Resort Hotel, 4/44 Moo Baan Takiab Road, Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan (On left side on way to Khao Takiab.), ☎ +66 (0) 32 537 100, . 5 Star Boutique BeachFront Resort and Spa in Hua Hin. Best destination with beautiful SeaSide Bar & Lounge at Hua Hin Beach, Khao Takiab. Online check shows prices around B5000. (12.527573,99.972003) edit
Renting a house for a long stay
If you're staying for month and more, then Hua Hin has great options. Price for renting a nice villa with private pool can be as low as 20,000 baht. Houses have modern furniture and are ready to move into. Best way to find a house is to go to realty agencies around the Hilton Hotel. Good ones are Hua Hin Property, Star Property and Century 21, but you can find 10+ more easily. They pick you up from your hotel and show options for your budget & taste. Best strategy is to contact by them email a week before, so they will make a selection beforehand.
- Thiva Pool Villa is a luxury private pool villa with a garden. Thiva Pool Villa is situated in Avenue Hua Hin 88 project, just 3.9 kms to Hua Hin beach, 2.5 kms to Hua Hin Market, convenient to find a good meal from nearby restaurants within 300 meters.
- Casa La Piscina Hua Hin is located in Soi 70, Mon Mai T.Hinlekfai Hua Hin, This Pool villa boasts a luxurious 2 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms with an outdoor private pool, desk, garden and free private parking.
- Jira Pool Villa is a brandnew private pool villa, situated in Hua Hin Soi 70, just 200 meter from the highway 3218. Nearby attractions include Black Mountain Water Theme Park & Golf within 10 minutes by car, Wat Huai Mongkol - 10 minutes, Rajabhakti Park - 20 minutes, Hua Hin beach - 18 minutes, Hua Hin railway station - 17 minutes, and Blueport (The grand shopping maill) - 22 minutes.
For medical tourists seeking a calmer, more relaxed destination by the sea, Hua Hin is probably the perfect choice. It may be small compared to Bangkok, but it nonetheless offers top quality medical, dental, and spa services. One good hospital is the JCI-accredited Bangkok Hospital Hua Hin.
Services and facilities in Hua Hin have risen along with the number of medical tourists and travelers coming there. This includes English- and other language-speaking doctors and staff, international liaisons if not departments, and special medical check-up and holiday packages for tourists seeking some quality primary care.
Sao Paulo-Hua Hin Hospital was the first private hospital built here, a boutique hospital with sixty beds that provides excellent healthcare treatment around the clock. Other popular clinics and hospitals in town include Hua Hin International Polyclinic, Hua Hin Red Cross, and Hua Hin Hospital, in addition to the aforementioned Bangkok Hospital Hua Hin, the local medical trendsetter and innovator.
Savvy travelers have clued into Hua Hin’s offerings, which belie its size, and though many would have liked to keep it an open secret, the word got out a while ago now; that is, a short drive from the megalopolis of Bangkok exists a prime seaside resort where one need not sacrifice quality, care, resources, or facilities. And if its spas or golf you also happen to be into, you’ll most likely find yourself returning to Hua Hin time and time again.
There are a number of English-language publications, offering a variety of styles, as well as information and entertainment. Long time visitors to the town will have been familiar with the free monthly Hua Hin Observer magazine found around the town, but as of January 2010 this has become an online only publication (). Another monthly publication (which you have to pay for) is the Hua Hin Today newspaper which can be a little 'dry' for tourists, as it contains plenty of local government and local dignitaries news along with details of the latest infrastructure projects and housing developments. It also has an online presence  but this is more of a portal for international news and selling property than a local site. More of interest to tourists is the widely available free weekly AWOL newspaper, which is a mixture of entertaining true and not so true stories, typical tabloid content such as a page 3 girl, sport coverage and major local news stories. AWOL also has a website  which includes a discussion forum, free classifieds and all their back issues to download. The longest established local internet forum is Hua Hin After Dark  which is a valuable source of information for both tourists and expats alike, although its slightly cliquey attitude can be off putting and discussions can often turn into playground squabbles.
There are a number of other printed publications and internet sites connected to Hua Hin, but they are mostly concerned with selling or renting property, or promoting another local business. There are also a couple of non-English language publications with a small distribution.
Landline telephone, all mobile phone systems, internet, post offices and parcel services are available in Hua Hin. There is a city wide free wifi service as well, although speeds tend to be slow and a signal difficult to obtain outside the central area. Tourist information can be found from the corner of Petchkasem Road and Damnerkasem Road (Soi 76), quite close to the railway station. There is also a tourist information centre near the clock tower in the centre of town, which is right next to a Starbucks for those of you requiring a caffeine fix. This is also where many of the big buses will stop to offload and pick up passengers, even though it is not the official bus station, and consequently is an easy place to find a motorcycle taxi or tuk tuk.
- Minibuses to Mo Chit and Tai Mai depart from minibus station on Soi 51. Some will drop you at Victory Monument on the way. Cost is about THB 180.
- The blue bus (operated by Hua Hin-Bran Buri Tour) to Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Mai) departs from Sa Song road and costs THB 155. Current departure times are 03:00, 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00, and 21:00. The station is between Soi 72 (night market) and Soi 74 (traffic lights).
- Chumphon. You can take a minibus to Prachuap Khiri Khan, and then another one from there to Chumphon. These can be taken from the Clocktower, as they come from Bangkok
- Damnoen Saduak
- Ko Tao — for diving
- Samut Songkhram
- Surat Thani and the Ko Samui islands
- Pak Nam Pran beach
- Rangsit - a minibus to here will cost B200. It goes from the new minibus station in Soi 51.
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