Visiting Hua Hin – A City Guide
A resort town on the Gulf of Thailand, three hours’ drive south of Bangkok, Hua Hin is the hottest up-and-coming destination in Thailand It attracts visitors of all ages thanks to its stellar beach, excellent golf, great shopping and delectable dining. A relaxing and exciting hub, Hua Hin is a brilliant choice for nature and culture lovers.
Hua Hin: city layout and top attractions
A small town, Hua Hin is set along a 5km stretch of uncrowded, sandy beach. On the southern end of Hua Hin beach, you’ll find Wat Khao Takiab, a Buddhist temple set atop a sheer seaside cliff. The town centre is between Hua Hin 55 and Hua Hin 78 streets, from the seaside up to the Hua Hin Night Markets.
The town centre is brimming with an array of open air markets and side streets lined with souvenir shops, high-end boutiques, massage parlours, restaurants and bars. Active travellers and families will find a host of watersports on the southern end of the beach. You can visit local temples, a nearby artisan market and, if you time it right, join in on one of Hua Hin’s vivid annual cultural festivals. Hua Hin is also Thailand’s premier golfing destination, so if you fancy an exotic tee off, you’ll love the array of world-class courses here.
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Eating Out in Hua Hin
Renowned as a culinary hub, Hua Hin offers a wide range of options to suit all tastes and budgets. Local cuisine very much focuses on fresh seafood and spicy curries.
The bustling Night Markets, off Petchkasem Road and close to Hua Hin’s beachside hotels offer a fantastic range of local eateries, including actual restaurants and their street stall extensions. Delight your taste buds with freshly caught seafood, cooked just to your liking. The side streets brim with more upmarket restaurants serving international dishes. To satisfy a pizza craving head to La Grappa, and if you fancy an authentic Indian feast then don’t miss the Royal Indian Food.
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Shopping in Hua Hin
Bustling local street markets, trendy boutiques and a modern air-conditioned shopping mall. Hua Hin has something to offer every shopaholic.
Whether you’re there to buy or just browse, the Hua Hin Night Markets and Cicada Market are a must. Crowded, exhilarating and loud, they offer that essential Thai shopping experience. Leather handbags and sandals, silver jewellery and organic beauty products are among the most popular items to bring home.
Tip: Bartering is not only common but expected in local markets and all part of the experience. Generally speaking, it’s best to start by offering 50% of the asking price and not to diverge too far from that.
Culture & Nightlife in Hua Hin
Hua Hin hosts several cultural festivals throughout the year. You can time your visit to coincide with the Songkran Thai New Year Festival. Held in April every year, it’s the most famous and colourful festival in the country. It starts with a quiet morning visit to local temples and ends in nightlong Festivities along Hua Hin beach. Check out Hua Hin After Dark for events, festivals and concerts.
Hua Hin’s nightlife is quite subdued and the Night Markets provide most of the evening entertainment. Do note that all stalls close by midnight. For a nightcap, a stint of karaoke and some live music, stroll along Soi Selakam and Soi Bintabaht, where you’ll find most of the town’s bars and clubs.
Leisure in Hua Hin
A vacation in Hua Hin is all about enjoying that glorious uncrowded beach by day, and exploring the buzzy markets by night. Beachside resorts are undoubtedly the main highlight in Hua Hin, and relaxing by the beach or the pool is what a vacation here is all about.
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