If you’re looking for the type of place in Thailand where you can relax on the beach one day and do something active the next, Hua Hin may be just the place for you. Laidback yet still with the amenities and facilities you need to enjoy your stay, Hua Hin is the original Thai beach resort that gets better and better each year. Find out what to do in Hua Hin from sports to beach activities, massages to wildlife watching with this handy guide.
For many people, a vacation is not complete without a round or two of golf. Luckily Hua Hin offers a number of options for golfing enthusiasts, including seven high-quality golf courses within a half-hour drive of the town. Some of these courses provide great views, and all provide a good level of golf for beginners to more advanced participants. You will be able to get transportation from your resort to the golf course in many cases when you book a complete golf package.
Boat Tours and Fishing
If your ideal vacation includes some time on a boat out in the ocean then a game fishing excursion is for you. You’ll find a variety of different excursions available in Hua Hin that will pick you up from your hotel and provide you with all the equipment you need for the trip.
If you like boats but don’t like fishing, a boat trip to see the wildlife of the area will be more your style. Take a boat cruise to the Sam Roi Yod National Park to spot monkeys and dolphins, or to cool off in the crystal-clear waters. On these trips you can also add in a spot of fishing, if you want.
Spa Treatments and Massage
Hua Hin has developed into a top-class spa and wellness destination – not just in Thailand but across the world. A wide variety of massage and wellness treatments are available in Hua Hin, from the basic Thai massage in a tiny shop to the full-on luxury spa day at a world-class resort. Many resorts and hotels offer their own spa, and you can usually go even if you are not a guest. Look for programs containing rieki, detox massage, and even massage with tropical fish. Other facilities at Hua Hin spas include plunge pools, whirlpool baths, and saunas. Restaurants provide healthy, tasty food and you can relax with a drink around the pool.
Beach and Sea
Of course, one of the main attractions of Hua Hin is the beach. The long stretch of sand offers all the space you need for relaxation, lying with a book, watching the world go by, and chilling out. If you want to get more active then you can take part in numerous water and beach sports and activities. For example, kite boarding is popular in Hua Hin and you can get lessons and hire equipment from vendors near the beach. You can also have a lot of fun snorkeling and swimming from the beach, and there are many groups offering diving tours. Water skiing, jet skiing, windsurfing, sailing, and kayaking are also activities that you shouldn’t miss on your Hua Hin vacation.
Church and Religious Ceremonies
People of all religions can attend The Power of Love International Church in Hua Hin. Also, there are a number of Buddhist temples to visit where you can get a taste of traditional Thai life and worship.
Crafts and Art
Try your hand at basket weaving, pottery and wood carving or simply observe the craftsmen and women at work and purchase genuine examples of Hua Hin arts and crafts from the vendors themselves.
Other Hua Hin Activities
Visit the elephant camp in Hua Hin and take part in an elephant trek with these beautiful creatures. You can also enjoy peaceful walks into the hills and hire a bike to cycle around the local area. Go karting is a popular, exciting activity that takes place near to Hua Hin airport. For families with children, go to the Black Mountain Water Park. Here you’ll find wave pools, water slides, and beach pools in a relaxing space for all the family.
Festivals in Hua Hin
Hua Hin Jazz Festival takes place in June and it attracts musicians from all over the world. The International Kite Festival is in March, April and May and you’ll see a variety of different kites available for demonstration and purchase. The annual Hua Hin Vintage Car Rally is in December and is always a good sight with the participants traveling from Bangkok to end in Hua Hin resort.
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