Top 10 things to do in Hua Hin
Whether you’re just visiting or lucky enough to call it home, there is no time for being bored with so many things to see and do in Hua Hin.
Regarded as Thailand’s first beach resort, Hua Hin has grown from its sleepy fishing village roots into a popular tourist destination for both Thais and foreigners.
What helps to make Hua Hin so popular is that it strikes the perfect balance between thriving tourist resort, without being too “touristy” and yet still managing to maintain its Thai charm.
From fishing villages and temples to sumptuous street food and buzzing night markets, Hua Hin has something for everyone.
Here is our list of the top 10 Hua Hin attractions:
Home to more than 10 courses, Hua Hin and the surrounding area is a golfer’s dream. Regarded as one of the top golfing destinations in Asia, Hua Hin offers some incredible venues in which to play.
Courses such as the Banyan and Black Mountain are ranked among the best in the world and regularly host world class tournaments. If you do play golf, a trip to Hua Hin would not be complete without a round or two at one of the nearby courses.
9. Khao Takiab Beach
Hua Hin boasts more than its fair share of good beaches, and Khao Takiab beach is a great choice for families and couples who want to chill out and relax.
Located to the south of Hua Hin town center, Khao Takiab beach has lots of flat sand for beach games and the water is shallow and calm meaning its easy (and generally safe) for the kids to swim and play under the supervision of adults.
There is also a good selection of restaurants on the beach and if you hire a sun lounger and umbrella, you’ll be virtually waited on hand and foot – for a very reasonable price. And if you eat too much fresh seafood at lunch, a late afternoon/early evening stroll down to neighboring Suan Son beach is well recommended.
8. Hin Lek Fai
If you’re feeling energetic a walk up Hin Lek Fai will certainly get the heart pumping. Once you’re at the top you’ll be treated to some unbeatable panoramic views of Hua Hin from its four separate viewpoints. It is especially worth making the effort to get up early and watch the sunrise.
Hin Lek Fai isn’t just popular tourists and draws scores of locals every day who use the hill as a place to exercise or just hang out.
A word of warning though – be wary of the monkey population that lives there. While they may look cute, they can be a little unpredictable and are best admired from afar.
7. Hua Hin Vineyard
Hua Hin Vineyard is a great place to visit if you are looking for something to do away from the beach.
Located about an hour inland from Hua Hin beach, the Vineyards are set amongst spectacular and lush natural beauty.
During your visit, make sure you sample the variety of fantastic wines on offer and have a bite to eat at the on site restaurant while taking in the beautiful scenery. A perfect place for a romantic dinner or to celebrate a special occasion with friends and loved ones.
6. Wat Huay Mongkol
Instantly recognizable, the Luang Phor Thuad statue at Huay Mongkol Temple is a must see for anyone staying in Hua Hin.
Luang Phor Thuad was a famous and popular monk. So popular this huge statue was built of him.
Located approximately 30 minutes by car from the town center, Huay Mongkol is hugely popular with Thais who travel from far and wide to visit. It can get particularly busy during Thai holidays or on days of religious significance to Thai Buddhists.
The statue itself is almost 40 meters high and sits overlooking the temple and its surrounds. If you want good luck, watch what the locals do and climb the steps to make merit at the base of the statue. And don’t forget to throw your spare change into the mouths of the wooden elephants – you’ll understand once you get there – as this is also regarded as being lucky.
Tip – there’s a nice little coffee shop located on the temple grounds that serves excellent iced coffee, which you may just need after climbing up the steps to see the statue!
5. Hua Hin Beach
Hua Hin’s main beach is a flat, 7km long sandy strip that stretches from the center of town all the way down to Khao Takiab.
While it can get busy especially during high season, because of its sheer size, it is still possible to find a secluded bit where you can relax. The beach is famous for its spectacular sunrises and can be a hive of activity from early in the morning.
The beach is lined with various restaurants and vendors renting sun loungers and umbrellas. There are plenty of places to get a massage and a wide variety of water-sports and other activities to keep the family occupied.
4. Hua Hin Night Market
Situated in the heart of Hua Hin between the rail line and Phetkasem Road, Hua Hin’s main night market comes alive from about 6 pm.
As with all night markets in Thailand, it’s a hive of activity and you’ll find a wide range of items and souvenirs on sale.
The night market is also a great place to eat, with a good selection of street food and seafood restaurants offering quality Thai dishes.
3. Seen Space
One of the newest and certainly one of the trendiest places to visit in Hua Hin.
Seen Space is Thailand’s first and only beachfront mall and eating venue. But it’s much more than a place to shop.
Think beach club vibe similar to those found in Bali or Ibiza. Relax alongside the large pool, drinking cocktails or pick an ice cold beer from the huge selection of ales imported from around the world. And if shopping is your thing, there is a good selection of apparel, clothes and craft shops. When it comes to eating, dine beachside or in one of the many Seen Space’s many restaurants. A good venue for the evening or Sunday afternoons.
2. Vana Nava
Asia’s first jungle-based water theme park, Vana Nava boasts over 19 amazing rides and has both wet & dry activities suitable for thrill-seekers of all ages.
Vana Nava also includes Thailand’s largest and longest water slides and is an ideal destination for those looking for fun for all the family.
A truly world class facility, Vana Nava is located to the south of the town center. It tends to get busier at weekends but if you time it right during the week, you can easily beat queues and get more of the park to yourself.
- Cicada and Tamarind Night Markets
While Cicada and Tamarind are actually two separate markets in their own right, they are located right next to one another in Khao Takiab.
Tamarind market, with its relaxing vibe and a superb selection of eateries, is a wonderful place to spend an evening. There are live music and a vast choice of Thai and western food. Open Thursday to Sunday from 5 pm, it’s one of the most popular places to go in the evening for both tourists and ex-pats.
Neighboring Cicada is one of the best night markets you’ll visit anywhere in Thailand.
Its focus is on crafts and showcasing handmade goods from locals based vendors and artists. There is also a beer garden with live music, art gallery and small amphitheater that features shows from local performing arts groups.
It also has its own outside eateries and street vendors. Whether you are visiting or living in Hua Hin, Cicada and Tamarind are places you will visit time and time again.