Hua Hin, albeit not boosting itself as one of those go-to places in Thailand like Pattaya and Phuket, does have some good attractions to keep me and my friends entertained when we were done with kitesurfing.
Tourism Hua Hin tells the history of Hua Hin:
Hua Hin is Thailand’s oldest beach town resort. Situated on the west coast of the Gulf of Thailand and only 200 kilometers from the capital, Bangkok, it offers the ultimate getaway destination for the city’s elite. Hua Hin became popular with the Royal Family following the construction of the southern railway in the 1920’s, travel became more accessible and a demand for luxury resorts and hotels grew. The first of these was the Railway Hotel which is now the Sofitel Central, still one of Hua Hin’s most popular hotels.
During my week-long kitesurfing trip to Hua Hin, I managed to explore the city quite a bit with just a scooter (40 Baht a day, that’s amazingly cheap).
Kidding. This mountain has a name and it’s called Wat Kao Takiap, which sits at the southern end of the Hua Hin Beach. But it could hardly be called a mountain, as it was simply too short. However, its tiny elevation does offer a good chance to see the entire 6-km-long Hua Hin Beach.
Hua Hin Railway Station
Tourism Hua Hin’s page on Hua Hin Railway Station introduces
Hua Hin’s station is one of the oldest in Thailand and its main feature is The Royal Waiting Room that used to welcome King and his court when they were visiting the town
Worth a quick visit…
Hua Hin Night Market
Located between Hua Hin 74 and Hua Hin 72, by the main Phetkasem Road, this is a great place to get some street food and Thai knock-off.
Apart from the Hua Hin Night Market that opens every night, this CICADA market is more like an upgraded (larger scale, more food options but pricier) version that operates from 4pm to 10/11pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
CICADA stands for Community, Identity, Culture, Arts, Dynamics, Activities. It attracts not only food kiosks but also street artists. There are also good music shows running throughout the night, very entertaining.
Location: Nong Kae, Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand (Right next to Hyatt Regency Hua Hin)
Hua Hin Market Village
This is a huge shopping mall with both Asian and Western restaurants, food courts, cinema, and best still, a bowling court.
Location: Hua Hin 88/1 Alley, Hua Hin, Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand
Go-Kart Racing Bar
Bored with kitesurfing? Hit this Racing Bar for a adrenaline-boosting Go-Karting session with friends.
Tourism Hua Hin http://www.tourismhuahin.com/