Our trip to Hua Hin definitely exceeded my expectations. It’s a small beach town with a little of everything to keep everyone happy – outlet shopping for the shopaholic, cave hopping for the adventurous, royal palaces / temples for the cultural buffs, theme parks / farms for the family oriented and of course the beach for the beach bums! A good number of attractions are located outside Hua Hin, so you probably have to take day trips – usually categorized geographically – whereby the taxi driver will take you to towards one direction, say, north of Hua Hin, and he will bring you to attractions along the north. Taxi stalls are scattered throughout the town. Day trips are between 1200 Baht and 1500 Baht. Tuk Tuks seem to have more room for bargaining.
Arrival in Hua Hin via taxi from Don Muang Airport (2200 Baht, about 3.5 hours of journey). The more economical way would be taking the mini vans that are stationed at the foot of Victory Monument Sky Train Station (about 120 Baht per person).
Check in Baan Laksasubha Hotel that is strategically located within walking distances to both the beach and the city center. It is also surrounded by lots of eateries and massage parlors.
Half Day Trip towards the north of Hua Hin – visiting the Maruekataywan Palace (or Palace of Love and Hope) and Satorini Park. Other attractions along this route include Plearnwan Vintage Village, Swiss Sheep Farm, The Venezia (for shopping, supposedly in Venetian style with man made water canals in the compound), FN Factory Outlet, Cha-Am ATV Park and Cha-Am Beach.
Dinner at Na Na Palace that’s located in the lane just opposite the Colonade Mall in Hua Hin Town. There are may quaint eateries with a small night market in this area.
Enjoy a lazy morning on Hua Hin Beach.
Day Trip to Phraya Nakhon Cave in Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park. The cave fascinated Thai Kings for many generations. A few of them visited the cave and left their signatures on the wall. The cave has a semi-open roof, allowing some light to pass through, forming an ethereal image where the pavilion seems to glimmer. You might be spending a couple of hours here because hiking over 2 hills is involved. You could choose to hike both, or take a boat ride to bypass the first hill (400 Baht for round trip – which is pricey considering the ride is barely 10 minutes one way).
Visit the Hua Hin Railway Station on the way back to the hotel if you still have time.
Dinner at Hua Hin Night Market. There are a couple of night markets in Hua Hin – Chat Chai Night Market, Chatsila Night Market, Grand Night Market, Cicada Night Market and a smaller anonymous one where Na Na Place is located.
Day Trip to Phetchaburi Province that’s north of Hua Hin.
Visit Khao Luang Cave, where hundreds of Buddha statues are housed in a dimly lit cave filled with stalactites.
Visit the Phra Nakon Khiri Historal Park (or Khao Wan), where King Rama IV built his palace on top of the hill. The palace is now a museum, showcasing the way of life of Thai Royalties.
For dinner, we attended a friend’s wedding at Anantara Resort; the barbecue was superb there.
Before heading back to Bangkok by taxi, we stopped quickly for an hour at Plearnwan Vintage Village – a charming place for food and shopping, where the village reminisces old Hua Hin.
We hadn’t had time to explore west of Hua Hin; the points of interests include:
1. Khao Hin Lek Fei View Point – a panoramic view point that’s atop the hill, where the statue of King Rama 7 is also located.
2. Baan Sillapin – an artists village where the works of local artists are showcased.
3. Huay Mongkol Temple – which houses the statue of famous monk Luang Phor Tuadin. The statue is the largest in Thailand.
4. Hua Hin Hills Vineyard – you probably wouldn’t associate wine production in Thailand; but it’s true – a vineyard exists in Hua Hin!
5. Black Mountain Water Park
6. Pala-u Waterfall – about 60 km from Hua Hin, the waterfall is part of the rain forest rich in flora and fauna.
Hope you find the itinerary useful 🙂