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Hua Hin
Travel Guide

Hua Hin which includes general coastal views, skyline and a coastal town

Cosmopolitan city meets fashionable beachside retreat at Thailand‘s oldest and most traditional resort, long associated with the Thai royal family.

Hua Hin is a popular weekend getaway spot for well-heeled Bangkok residents. The beach resort has been a favorite holiday destination for Thai nobility and the upper classes since the 1920s, when King Prajadhipok transformed it from a quiet fishing village to a royal resort. The town is still widely associated with the Thai royal family. It also remains a working fishing port that has retained plenty of its charm and character.

Hua Hin has developed slowly over the centuries, and life moves at a slower pace here. Many Thai tourists visit this resort town, so you’ll find authentic local cuisine and plenty of good shopping. Take a stroll down the village’s winding streets in the evening. Shops and night markets sell jewelry, silks and handmade gifts until late. Enjoy freshly caught seafood in the restaurants built on stilts sitting in the water off the beach.

The beach of Hua Hin stretches for several miles south toward the hill of Khao Takiab and offers fine white sand, and good swimming and snorkeling. Rent snorkels from vendors along the beach.

If you want to sight-see in the village itself, visit the Hua Hin Railway Station, said to be Thailand‘s most beautiful rail station.

The surrounding countryside is rich in natural beauty. Climb Khao Hin Lek Fai, or Flint Mountain, which is less than 5 miles (8 kilometers) from Hua Hin. At the top of the mountain you’ll find a public park and plenty of spots to enjoy the view over Hua Hin. There are also several picturesque nature reserves and natural beauty spots, including the Sam Roi Yot National Park.

Activities available in the resort range from water sports to golf. Hua Hin is home to the largest number of world-class greens in Thailand, with low fees and excellent maintenance.

Hua Hin is a 2.5-hour drive from Bangkok. Trains run between Hua Hin and Bangkok numerous times a day. Once in the village, you can get around by bus, taxi or tuk-tuk.

Where to stay in Hua Hin

Vala Hua Hin - Nu Chapter Hotels
Vala Hua Hin - Nu Chapter Hotels
4.5 out of 5
The price is HK$1,065 per night from 17 May to 17 May
This Cha-am hotel is on the beach, 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Cha-Am Beach South, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Cha-am Beach and Cha-am Forest Park. Mrigadayavan Palace ...
4.3/5Excellent! (4 reviews)
Small Luxury Hotels means small amount of luxury
"Long, hot walk to room. Golf carts there but not offered. No help with bags. Crazy room with outside large bathtub but NO privacy - unusable. Asked them to greet Wife on birthday, a nice note, card, flowers, something? Got a small piece of cake. Really NOT a luxury hotel in terms of facilities or ..."

Reviewed on 18 Mar 2021

Vala Hua Hin - Nu Chapter Hotels
ibis Hua Hin
ibis Hua Hin
3 out of 5
The price is HK$168 per night from 19 May to 19 May
Located in Nong Kae, this golf hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hua Hin Beach, Cicada Market and Tamarind Night Market. BlúPort Hua Hin Resort Mall and Vana ...
3.9/5Very Good! (633 reviews)
Nice and clean, meet the ibis standard
"It was a nice short stay with very nice staff. It met the standard of ibis. Good location that allows us to walk to the beach only 5 minutes walk and 10 minutes walk to Cicada market. Only one tiny comment, we paid for a buffet breakfast but we got one breakfast set instead. I understand the COVID ..."

Reviewed on 7 Feb 2021

ibis Hua Hin
Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas
Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas
5 out of 5
9/22 Moo 5 Tambol Paknampran, Pranburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is HK$1,024 per night from 23 May to 23 May
Located in Pak Nam Pran, this luxury hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Pak Nam Pran Beach and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Khao Kalok. Pranburi Forest Park and Rajabhakti ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (195 reviews)
"A lovely place to unwind. Definitely worth paying the little extra for the deluxe pool villa"

Reviewed on 6 Jul 2020

Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas
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Reviews of Hua Hin


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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

1 Jun 2020

Clean and I think it is much peaceful than the beaches on Pattaya side.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

8 Apr 2020

Good place to visit if you are over 50s or 60s

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

10 Mar 2020

Bit of a culture shock after 3 weeks in Isaan!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

23 Jan 2020

A few hours drive from Bangkok and located on the coast. Hua Hin has Shopping Malls, Night Markets & Food able to experience the city life and still go to the beach.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

22 Jan 2020

Excellent golf courses

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

20 Jan 2020

Easy to get to from Bangkok