Hua Hin is a district in Prachuap Khiri Khan Province located 295 kilometers south of Bangkok. Hua Hin is a predominantly Thai-Chinese area where most of the locals are engaged in some kind of business.The beach at Hua Hin is 5 kilometers long, and full of white sand and clear water, ideal for swimming.
King Rama VII discovered this resort in the early 1920s and it served as a wonderful getaway from the bustle of Bangkok. The transformation of Hua Hin from a quaint fishing village to a Royal resort along with the increase in accommodation and accessibility has given a unique character to the place. The attraction of Hua Hin in Thailand seems to be the old world charm and special atmosphere that is so very palpable.
There are innumerable activities that can be enjoyed by the entire family and these range from golf to all the water activities. You can also explore the fabulous waterfalls, caves, peaks and parks.
By car: Hua Hin is a three-hours drive south of Bangkok and linked by highway to Petchburi and the rest of Prachuap Khiri Khan Province.
By train: Hua Hin is part of the southern rail route originating in Bangkok.
By bus: There are buses from buses from Bangkok going directly to Hua Hin and others which pass through while on the way to other destinations further south.
By air: Hua Hin is served by its own domestic airport. It is available for both airlines and private planes.
Songthaew (public passenger pick-up vehicle): This kind of the transport is the most preferred mode of around Hua Hin.
Klai Kangwon Palace
King Rama VII commanded this summer palace to be built in the year 1926 to the north of Hua Hin. The palace consists of 3 Spanish style mansions facing the sea. It is open to the public daily from 9.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m.
This hill is only 4 kms south of Hua Hin. There is a road leading to the top where a temple is situated. The nearby Khao Takiap beach offers mostly bungalow accommodation. To get to this beach, visitors may take a local minibus from Hua Hin.
Sam Roi Yot National Park
This park is located 63 km south of Hua Hin. It occupies an area of 98 square kilometers with undulating ranges of limestone mountains, mangrove swamps, and beaches. It is also home to various kinds of local and migrating birds, which are plentiful from November to February. With a large number of ridges, Khao Sam Roi Yot (or the mountain of 300 peaks) stands as a landmark for seamen and also provides a good shelter for ships during a storm. To get to the park, follow the direction signs marking the remaining distances of 38 and 15 km. at Km. 256 and Km.286.5, respectively.
Tham Kaeo situated some 23 km. from Pran Buri or 15 km north of the park office. This cave is full of stalactites and stalagmites. Oil lamps can be rented at a nearby village for exploring the cave. Tham Sai is 9 km north of the park office. Exploration inside the cave takes about half an hour. Oil lamps can be rented at nearby Khung Tanot Village.
Kaeng Krachan National Park
Thailand's largest national park borders Myanmar and is largely unknown to foreign tourists. The fast area is mostly covered with impenetrable jungle. There are mountain ranges that reach up to 1,200 meters altitude. Near the entrance is a water reservoir and two major rivers have their origin here. The fauna is amazing as well as the flora. Among others the park is home to relatively many tigers and herds of elephants. Likewise, the bird life is extremely diverse. There are a few places with simple accommodation.
Hua Hin night market
The night market in Hua Hin offers a wide selection of souvenirs, clothes and art. The many food stalls provide a further opportunity for a dessert or a snack.
Hua Hin Beach
The city has an approximately 4 km long beach. The name Hua Hin, translated "stone head" refers to the accumulation of large stones, which are found mainly in the southern part. The sandy beach runs from the city almost continuously south to Khao Takiap and offers well-attended sections but also more secluded beach parts.
Cha Am Beach
About 20 kilometers north of Hua Hin is the Cha Am beach. This bay is very popular for Thai tourists.
Suan Son Beach
Further south of Khao Takiap lies the picturesque Suan Son Beach. This long bay is lined by shade-giving pine trees and ideal for some really restful hours.
Hua Hin has a tropical climate with high humidity and occasional rain, temperatures are typically pleasant. Generally, the cool season is from November to February. The hottest months are March, April and May. The rainy season begins in June and ends in October. However, since the weather is tropical, the rain outbursts are short, sporadic and heavy.