The collection of resorts a short trip from Bangkok – Hua Hin, Cha-Am, Pranburi and Khao Takiab – is guaranteed to surprise you. While you may not have heard of Hua Hin its proximity to Bangkok and its natural charms makes it a great place for a short vacation or a longer stay. There’s plenty to do and see in Hua Hin, from fantastic seafood restuarnts to beaches and water sports. If you want to spend the day doing something a little different, check out these nine Hua Hin tours.
Waterfall/ Image via Mike Behnken/ Flickr
1) Pala-U Waterfalls and Elephant Trekking
Travel into the heart of Kaeng Krachan National Park on a full-day tour experiencing the natural beauty of this Thai paradise. The 11-tier Pala-U waterfalls are not to be missed and you will also encounter a huge number of bird and mammal species from wild elephants to rare flora, and even tigers. You can explore the park on the back of an elephant as well as taking a trip to cool down in the waterfalls.
2) Snorkeling at Talu Island
This hidden gem of an island is a mere 15 minutes by boat from the fishing town of Bangsaphan Noi. Talu Island is the perfect place for a snorkeling tour and you won’t regret putting your flippers and mask on here. The area is known for its clear waters and abundance of marine life. You will also discover a vast array of coral species. Plus, you can relax on the golden sands of Talu Island once you have exhausted yourself snorkeling. Full-day tours are available from Hua Hin.
3) Phetchaburi Tour
The historic town of Phetchaburi is located on the main road to the southern part of Thailand and is an ideal destination for a trip from Hua Hin. Phetchaburi is home to many different temples as well as mural paintings, and a museum on a fantastic hilltop overlooking the town. Take a tour to this town if you are looking for a beautiful place that’s a little different.
4) Town Tour of Hua Hin & Cha-am
If you want a shorter, half-day tour that looks at the urban landscape, take your place on a tour of Hua Hin and Cha-Am’s interesting places. Depending on the tour itself you can check out the Marughadayavan Palace in Cha-Am, the hill Khao Takiab, and various museums and open spaces.
Cha-Am Beach/ Image via Amy Thibodeau/ Flickr
5) Kayaking at Khao Daeng
The beauty of Khao Daeng Samroi Yod National Park is not to be missed. Take a full-day adventure tour into the heart of the national marine park to explore the mountains on foot, then hop into a kayak to take a trip through the mangrove forests surrounding the shoreline. Many tour operators offer trips to the Khao Daeng National Park from Hua Hin and its surroundings.
6) Tour of Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Take a one-day trip to look at the floating market and investigate the everyday lives of the local people. You’ll find a colorful, fascinating world with plenty of photo opportunities on offer. A variety of tour operators offer a trip to the floating market and often combine the tour with lunch.
7) Tour of Samroi Yod National Park
The marine national park called the “Three Hundred Peaks” park was the first to be created in Thailand. A tour to this area is a fascinating experience. You’ll see the limestone cliffs and mountains, the tiny coves, the beaches and the small islands. The national park is also home to an area of wetlands and marshes where you can spot a variety of birds and endangered animals. Taking a tour is a convenient way to get to the heart of this special spot.
8) Huay Yang Waterfall Tour
The small town of Prachuap Khiri Khan is located in a scenic part of the countryside called “Little Rio.” Take a tour to this area to see the waterfalls and also to check out the beaches and the towering mountains that are set close to the border with Burma.
9) Hua Hin Night Tour
Take advantage of lower temperatures at night to explore some of the interesting features of Hua Hin. You’ll be taken on foot or in a trishaw to various spots in Hua Hin including the Railway Station, the fishing pier, and the Night Market. A good, short introduction to the charms of Hua Hin.
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