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Hua Hin is a popular tourist destination situated by the Gulf Of Thailand only 200 km (125 miles) from Bangkok. The location makes it a popular destination even for the Thai tourists not least for the people living around Bangkok.
Popular Trips and Attractions
Charchai Market (Hua Hin Night Market) – This market is one of the most popular things to see in Hua Hin. It is easy to find and situated in the center of the town and runs from Petchkasem Road to the railway. It opens around 18:00 and starts to close at around 23:00 but some will not close until early morning. At this market you will get the chance to try a wide range of Thai food of all kinds. Some are prepared on the spot while you wait others are already finished, ready to eat. But this market is not only about food. You will find countless of places to buy souvenirs, handicrafts, and clothes.
Khao Sam Roi Yot – This name means “The Three Hundred Peaked Mountain” and is a National Park. It is situated about 40 km (25 miles) south from Hua Hin. The mountain are made of limestone and the area is set just by the sea and there are also some islands just nearby such as Sattakut Island, Kho Ram Island, Nom Sao Island, Rawing Island, Rawang Island and Khi Nok Island.
The highest mountains are set a few km (miles) from the sea and reaches about 600 meters (2000 foot) but some are situated right next to water and there are some beaches to be found. The mountains have many spectacular caves such as Tham Sai and Tham Phraya Nakorn which is a very big cave and spacious cave both found on two mountains just by the sea. The freshwater springs and the location make this an important location for many birds to rest and breed on their journeys. This area actually has the biggest freshwater marsh in all Thailand. Around all the mountains and in between the mountain areas there are wide flatlands serving as rise fields and such.
You will be able to see a lot of different wildlife such as amphibians, marine animals, birds and small mammals, even three species of primates which are the Spectacled Langur (Dusky), Long-tailed Macaque, and the small night active Slow Lorris. The Langurs are very common to see. Also you will see vegetation ranging from mangrove to bamboo depending on the location. The IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature claims that this is an area of global importance. The big variety of sightings makes this National Park a great place to visit.
Kaeng Krachan – This National Park is on the western mountain parts of the Malay and it is the biggest National Park in Thailand covering more than 1.8 million rai (one rai equals 40×40 square meters or 131 foot). It reaches over Phetchaburi province and all the way down to Prachuap Khiri Khan Province where Hua Hin is situated. About 35 km (22 miles) north-west of Cha-Am there is a big lake which is 10 km (20 miles) long and on the east side of the lake there is a power plant using a dam to create electric power. This lake is where many people come to see the surroundings.
The forests contain a wide range of tree species ranging from continental tress such as oak, chestnuts, maples as well as palm trees and other tropical species. More than 400 bird species has been counted in the park and 57 species of mammals. In 2005 UNESCO submitted the park for consideration as a world heritage site.
Best season to visit Hua Hin if you want sunny weather is between December and April. These months are considered as dry season with one of driest winters in all Thailand and the temperature are normally just above 30 degrees with refreshing nights. In Mars and April the temperature reaches the peak.
The months that are most likely to have heavy rainfall are June till October but normally it rains less in Hua Hin than in most other places in Thailand which makes Hua Hin one of the best year round destinations with less rainfall than both Koh Samui and Koh Samet.
Hua Hin is a Royal destination and has been for ages. In 1921 the director of the Thai Railways built the Railway Hotel which today is known as Sofitel. The King Prajadhipok (Rama VII) liked this place that much and in 1928 he built a summer palace and called it “Wang Klai Kang Won” meaning, “Far From Worries”.
The Hua Hin district has almost 90 000 habitants and the Hua Hin city houses more than half of those. The location has recently become very popular among golf people for its many golf courses. Hua Hin tend to be a place you either love or hate and it is also a bit different from most other Thai destinations. The beach might not be among the top Thailand beaches but still good and Hua Hin also has many other things to offer in historical and cultural ways as well as natural. The beach along the coastline is extremely long and reaches all the way up north to Cha-Am about 30 km (20 miles) and also some km (miles) south. The beach line is divided into different beaches even though it is not divided physically.
The city is not very big and you will be able to walk around with no problems. The go-go bars are not very common and the city is very adapted for westerners, also you might notice that it seem to be cleaner than other destinations.
Hua Hin does offer a limited night life and is usually referred to as a calm destination but with a good range of shopping and also a very wide range of hotels in all different classes and a lot of luxury resorts are available here.
Cha-Am some 30 km (20 miles) north from Hua Hin is smaller and even if not known to be a got place for shopping there are other advantages to this location. Even more relaxed than Hua Hin, Cha-Am might attract those longing to stay in a small town among and within reach of the vibrant capital.
Golf in Hua Hin
For those with golf in focus there are many world class golf courses in Hua Hin to choose from. The golf courses are in world class condition and the service is often superb. The huge and famous Black Mountain Golf Course is a very famous golf course in top shape. You also find Banyan Golf Course, Majestic Creek Golf Course, The Royal Hua Hin, Springfield Royal Country Club and Imperial Lakeview. These are the most famous ones so as you see the options are many.
The prices for Green fee inc caddy and transfers ranging from just below 2000 baht and up to just above 3000 baht depending on course. Usually is is also cheaper on weekdays than on weekends.
Getting around in Hua Hin is extremely easy. Go by taxi, tuk-tuk, motorbike taxi, or the classic bicycle taxis which in Thai are called “Sam Loo Teeb” meaning Three Wheel Kicks. From Bangkok it only takes about 2 hours to drive and you can either go by taxi, bus or by train.
Remember to always have the price set for your transport before you take off, this is only to prevent you from getting a price you did not expect.
You can also rent a car or a motorbike to explore the areas by yourself. Remember that the traffic is probably not what you are used to and accidents are common. Hua Hin might be considered an easier place to drive in than other tourist destinations.
For more information about car and motorbike rentals laws and tips please visit the Rent a Vehicle section.