Hua Hin is more than a traditional-style weekend getaway from Bangkok. While the resort started life as an elegant destination for royalty and the well-off to enjoy a break from the heat, today it offers something for everyone and it is full of fun things to do and to see. Hua Hin remains popular with Thais and visitors from all over the world for its climate, beaches, and food. If you’re planning a trip to Hua Hin, here’s what you can do.
1) Visit Hua Hin Railway Station
The railway station is one of the iconic buildings in Hua Hin and is certainly worth a visit. Take a look around, take some pictures, and imagine yourself back in the romantic times of 1920s King Rama VI. The wooden buildings are constructed in a traditional Thai style but you can see something of the old European architecture in there too. You don’t have to arrive at Hua Hin by train – go and take a look at this attractive building.
2) Climb Khao Takiab
The Khao Takiab mountain is also known as Chopstick Mountain or Monkey Mountain – the latter because it is home to many monkeys. Climb the mountain for superb views over Hua Hin and the surrounding area. You will also find an attractive temple at the top of the hill.
3) Go Greek with a Visit to Santorini Park
Located in Cha-Am, this park has a decidedly Greek character with whitewashed buildings, mosaic-paved pathways, domes, towers, and colorful doors and windows. In Santorini Park you’ll find shops, restaurants, and amusements for all the family.
4) Go to the Night Market
Find everything you would expect from a Thai night market at the Hua Hin shopping street. The market takes place in the center of Hua Hin between the railway line and Petchkasem Road. The market is on from around 6.30pm each day and you will be able to buy just about anything from clothes to fresh fruit. If you’re hungry, the lines of seafood restaurants next to the market are must-visits.
5) Get Crafty at the Cicada Market
If you’re looking for original souvenirs and keepsakes, the Cicada Market should be your first port of call. The open-air market is all about handmade items, art and crafts. As well as being able to browse the stalls you can have a drink in the beer garden, and look around the art gallery.
6) Check out Maruekhathaiyawan Palace
This is a gorgeous old seaside palace that was built in the 1920s under the reign of King Rama VI. The palace was designed by Italian architects and you’ll notice a lot of intricate verandahs, boardwalks, and canopies that have been built from teak wood. You can also see the passageway leading down to the ocean which gives the palace extra charm.
7) Look at Wat Huay Mongkol
This Buddhist temple is located inside a park and also boasts a Big Buddha statue. The temple is worth visiting for its ornate decoration and the park itself is a great place to relax and attracts many visitors.
8) Take a Tour to Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park
If you are in the region of Hua Hin and you love nature you will want to visit this national marine park. The hills and the wetlands are home to a large variety of animals like macaques and antelope. There is also a cave which contains a Thai pavilion built in honor of King Rama V. You can easily book a tour to the National Park from Hua Hin.
9) Spend Money at Plearn Wan Shopping Village
This shopping complex is located near to Klai Kang Won Palace. The place shows open-air movies as well as provides frequent live music concerts and a festival. You will also find a large variety of shops and restaurants to enjoy.
10) Go to Kaeng Krachan National Park
This is the largest National Park and is a beautiful place full of forest, waterfalls, lakes, and caves. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to go trekking, wildlife spotting, and bird watching. You can camp within the National Park or there is basic accommodation available.
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