5 Things to do in Hua Hin, Thailand

Hua hin is the nearest beach resort area to Bangkok in Thailand. But it's not all about the beach in Thailand. Hua hin has great nature parks and wildlife to complement it's beach scene. To get here from Bangkok, you can take a very comfortable bus from the Suvarnabhumi Airport, with a travel time of at least four hours, more if there's heavy traffic. The bus ticket in 2014 was priced at 350 Baht or $10. You can also take a train from the main train station which is Hua Lamphong, near Chinatown in Bangkok. The trip is around four hours or more. A third option is a van, and their loading area in Bangkok is near the Victory Monument which can be reached by metro. This will cost around 200 Baht ($8).

1. It's all about the sand and the shore

ชายหาดหัวหิน (Hua Hin Beach), Foursquare.com

ชายหาดหัวหิน (Hua Hin Beach), Foursquare.com

ชายหาดหัวหิน (Hua Hin Beach), Foursquare.com

We arrived on a weekday in our Hua Hin beachfront property. It was empty and quiet for a May weekday. But assuming that this is the go to place for city people needing a break, it doesn't surprise me that it's very quiet. After four hours on the bus from Suvarnabhumi, we just wanted to stretch our legs and sunbathe. Unfortunately we arrived as the sun was setting. Too bad for our sun craving bodies, but very good for some photos.

It's not the best beach area in Thailand, as I have been to Koh Phi Phi and have seen Krabi. But it's very easy to go to, especially for a weekend break from Bangkok.

The following day, we tried to get as much sun as we can. But unfortunately there were vendors and sellers and horses that kept coming our way, so it wasn't relaxing. It's a weekday, so there weren't a lot of people to bug so they keep coming back to ask us. Perhaps it was very wise of us to avoid the crowd but then forgot about the sellers.

Name:
ชายหาดหัวหิน (Hua Hin Beach)
Address:
Petchakasem Rd, Hua Hin, Changwat Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand
HP:
Foursquare.com

2. Shop til you drop at the Cicada Market

Cicada Market (ซิเคด้า มาร์เก็ต), Foursquare.com

Cicada Market (ซิเคด้า มาร์เก็ต), Foursquare.com

Cicada Market isn't the usual markets that you see in Southeast Asia. This area was made for the local handicrafts producers of this area to sell their goods. And there's also live entertainment varying from live bands, theatrical performances, singers, etc in a dedicated mini-amphitheater.

Some of the vendors even make their artwork on the spot. So if you want your portrait painted, now is the time.

But the best thing about this place is the way it's set up. It's clean, the wooden theme is white, and it's just irresistible, especially the way the artists came up with decorations for their stalls.

This is a must-visit for handicraft lovers and artists.

Name:
Cicada Market (ซิเคด้า มาร์เก็ต)
Address:
83/159 Nong Kae-Takiap Rd, Hua Hin, Changwat Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand
TEL:
+66 81 880 4004
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

3. Hua HIn Hills Vineyard

Hua Hin Hills Vineyard, Foursquare.com

Hua Hin Hills Vineyard, Foursquare.com

Hua Hin Hills Vineyard, Foursquare.com

Yes, there are vineyards in Thailand. A lot of them, actually. And yes, one of them is located here in Hua Hin. In order to go up the vineyard, you would need to book your mini van for 300 Baht/person ($10). Inquire about the booking here: https://www.facebook.com/huahinhills

They will offer a tour of the vineyard and some chance for you to dine in their restaurant, buy their products and sample their wines.

Name:
Hua Hin Hills Vineyard
Address:
1 Moo 9 (Baan Khork Chang Pattana), Hua Hin, Changwat Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand
TEL:
+66 81 701 0222
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

4. Wat Huay Mongkol

วัดห้วยมงคล (Wat Huay Mongkol), Foursquare.com

วัดห้วยมงคล (Wat Huay Mongkol), Foursquare.com

วัดห้วยมงคล (Wat Huay Mongkol), Foursquare.com

The enormous statue will astound you if it's your first time, but if you've seen a couple of these temples in Thailand, it will be just your usual haunt. This place is close to the city center and as the area isn't too big, you would need at most, thirty minutes, to roam around. There are some vendors of herbs located in the premises as well.

Name:
วัดห้วยมงคล (Wat Huay Mongkol)
Address:
หมู่ 6 (ทางหลวงแผ่นดินหมายเลข 3218), Hua Hin, Changwat Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand
TEL:
+66 32 576 297
HP:
Foursquare.com

5. Hutsadin Elephant Foundation

Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, Foursquare.com

Hutsadin Elephant Foundation, Foursquare.com

If you're a fan of elephants, or if you have brought along kids with you, then this is a must visit. But if you're an animal rights activist, you will have second thoughts about this place. First of all, the elephants here are said to have been rescued from commercial use. And yet when you come here, you can have a ride, feed them, take photos with them, and bathe them, with fees for every action. The elephants are locked up and they make them do tricks. Though they say they make the animals roam freely after the visiting hours. Also, they say that they solely rely on donations and the money that tourists pay to see the elephants.

Name:
Hutsadin Elephant Foundation
Address:
Thailand
HP:
Foursquare.com

Conclusion

Hua Hin has five times more to offer than what I mentioned here. You can go visit national parks, waterfalls, the floating market, etc. Wander around and you never know what new things you can discover.

Author

Geninna
5 things I can't live without: coffee, books, my iPod, wifi, and my husband :D Born and raised in Manila, Philippines but I've lived in Qatar, Indonesia, and the UAE. I am currently living in Romania, and I have been on vacations to Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam :) And does a stop over in Bahrain and Germany count?