Hua Hin is a great beach destination and attracts thousands of tourists from all around the world to soak up the sun and swim in the sea. The water is calm and shallow and there are a variety of beach sports and activities available all year round. The main beach may be more crowded in high season but there are always different options available to find a quiet spot of sand. Take a look at the different beaches in Hua Hin for enjoying a relaxing Thai vacation.
Hua Hin Beach
The main beach in Hua Hin is the biggest draw for holidaymakers and it offers all you need for a relaxing beachside break. This beach is often busy, especially at weekends and on national holidays. Many people come for the day or the weekend from Bangkok to escape the heat and to have some fun.
The beach at Hua Hin stretches for many kilometers to the south, towards Khao Takiab. The shore is wide and the sand is soft, making it a great place for families. The water is shallow and swimming is possible all through the year. You need to watch out for a few rocks in the sea close to the main beach area and it is helpful to swim in sandals to avoid the sharp seashells but there are relatively few dangers.
The beach offers many amenities such as beach chairs and loungers, restaurants, bars, and cafes. You’ll find most of the bars and restaurants close to the entrance to the beach and it gets quieter as you walk further south but there will still be places to eat further up the beach. You can take part in various activities on the water including boating, jet skiing, windsurfing, kite surfing, and more.
In order to access the beach, you can get there via a few different access points, as there is no parallel road to the beach. Find a popular entrance to the beach from Damnoen Kasam Road or via Naresdamri Road which leads to a small lane that gets you to the beach. You won’t have a problem finding the beach as various signs in town will point you in the right direction.
Khao Takiab Beach
Khao Takiab is also known as Chopstick Hill and it is located around seven kilometers south of Hua Hin center. Khao Takiab was once a small and quiet traditional fishing village but there has been development in the area and many hotels and resorts have appeared for tourists. However, the area is still less developed and quieter than Hua Hin itself. The hill at the end of the village is a focal point.
Khao Takiab Beach is a nice, sandy expanse that is normally quieter than the beach in Hua Hin although it does attract its fair share of tourists. There’s mostly sand with a few pebbles in places and the water is shallow with a gentle slope to the shore so it is suitable for swimming. From the beach you will be able to see some of the smaller islands that can be easily reached by boat – the tiny islands are surrounded by great snorkeling spots and places for anglers to fish.
The restaurants and bars are located in the north of the beach and there are plenty of places to eat with a low-key atmosphere. The seafood here is especially good and there are many places where you can try the local catch plus other Thai specialties. You’ll also find western food and a variety of Chinese food. When you are not eating or resting on the beach you can enjoy a beachside massage, rent jet skis, or take a sea kayak out onto the ocean.
To get to Khao Takiab from Hua Hin you can take a taxi, tuk-tuk, motorbike taxi or the local bus.
Suan Son Pradiphat Beach
This beach is also known simply as Suan Son and it is located next to the beach at Khao Takiab. The beach is unspoiled and has a distinct character – plus it does not attract many people so if you are looking for peace and quiet it’s ideal. There are only very basic facilities at this beach – this is the place to come if you want to relax rather than take part in beach sports.
You can get to this beach by road by taking the Petchakasem highway until you almost reach Hua Hin, then turning left at the PTT gas station. The surrounding area is owned by the military but there is beach access for the public. If you don’t have a car there are regular buses and mini-vans.
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