“An Ultimate Getaway..”
The oldest and most traditional Beach Side Resort City of Thailand is Situated on the west coast of the Gulf of Thailand and only 200 kilometres from the capital, Bangkok. It is one of the top tourist destinations of Thailand because of its great amount of attractions and activities. It Combines the attractions of a modern travel destination with the charm and fascination of a still active fishing port. The city has many incredible beaches, mountains, viewpoints, temples, night markets, water parks, and fine diners for you to choose from and enjoy at any time of the year. And while most other Thai holiday destinations cater mainly to foreign tourists, Hua Hin is a holiday resort for both foreigners and Thais. This Beach resort is within easy reach from Bangkok & offers a great range of Hotel options of all levels, Restaurants of all cuisines and price levels, Bars, Nightlife, vibrant bazaars, the fascinating Khao Sam Roi National Park & last but not lest the highest density of world class golf courses anywhere in Thailand.
Without doubt, the central part of the resort is the liveliest and most developed. You will find the largest array of hotels and restaurants as well as bars, shops, spas, markets, beach activities and water sports here. This is the place to stay if you like to be in the center of everything. The suburbs are an excellent option for anyone who wants to enjoy the sights and sounds of Hua Hin but wants to be able to escape at night. There are several restaurants (mainly Thai) and a few bars. It is much more peaceful than the center of town, yet everything you need is only a few minutes away. This is a part of Thailand where you can find all the stereotypical elements like the racy nightlife, the sumptuous food, prefect beaches – combined with a comfortable cosmopolitan attitude & bargain friendly night markets making its country’s most favourite beachside destination.
List of Tourist Attractions in Hua Hin
Maruekhathaiyawan Palace between Cha-Am and Hua Hin was build by King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) as a seaside summer retreat in 1923.It was designed by an Italian architect and built with golden teak from the demolished Hat Chao Samran Palace, with lots of verandas, latticework and high ceilings to keep the structure cool during summer.Its very attractive architectural style is completely different from that of other Thai Palaces.The overall design of the Palace was done by the King himself, and it was built to be a very comfortable place with excellent ventilation and niches filled with water in the pillars to keep out ants.
The Cicada Market (Community of Identity Culture Art and Dynamic Activities) has recently opened on the corner of Soi Moo Ban Nong Kae and Khao Takieb Hua Hin Road in Khao Takieb. Cicada Market is all about art, handmade crafts and good times. With an open-air market concept, it brings together Hua Hin’s artistic talents and those who wear ‘freedom of expression’ on their sleeves.This market is divided in four areas: Art a la Mode, Art Indoor, Art of Act and Art of Eat. They sell almost everything about local Thai art, from handicrafts to music. Their beer garden is a place for artists to boost their creativity. If you are looking for an artistic experience in Thailand, Cicada Market is probably the best spot to visit.
Vana Nava Hua Hin Water Jungle
Vana Nava is Thailand’s best water park located just a short ride south of Hua Hin town. It’s a fun place for young and old, offering spectacular slides, thrilling rides and world-class facilities. There are 19 rides in total, each of which is very professionally assembled, for safety reasons some of the rides have age and weight restrictions. A great number of life guards is on duty & life jackets are available across the park. With plenty of fast food restaurants and shopping options Vana Nava is a great day out for the whole family.
KPa La-U Waterfall
Pala U Waterfall is part of the KaengKrachan National Park, which is about 60 kilometers west of Hua Hin, near the border to Myanmar. The 16 level waterfall is one of Thailand’s largest and is located in a rainforest, which is over 1000 years old and there is a good chance of seeing wildlife and many rare species of bird-life. Unfortunately it is not possible getting all the way to the top level, but it is possible to get up to the third, where you can swim in the waterfall, enjoy the impressive rainforest, feed the fish or if you are lucky, get a glimpse of the many butterflies, that Pala U is known for.
Khao Takiab is a small but lively village in Hua Hin which is also a great destination to spend holidays and is frequently visited by tourists around the world. Even the nearby regions are very popular tourist attractions. The Khao Takiab mountain brings forth sensational panoramic views of the surrounding area. A simple stroll here will give you excellent views of the rural Thailand.The place is also a hot spot amongst the water sports and adventure enthusiasts as they can make the most of it here.You can also visit various temples which Khao Takiab is famous for, as they hold a lot of historical and cultural significance.
Hua Hin Railway Station
Built during the reign of King Rama VI, and only a short distance from the centre of town, Hua Hin's railway station and adjacent royal waiting room are undeniably attractive. The brightly painted wooden buildings that are Thai in concept and design somehow manage to have a 'Victorian' feel to them. The train station has become a popular tourist attraction. Its quaint, East-meets-West architectural style stands in stark contrast to the modern hotel buildings and outdoor malls that have become an integral part of 21st century Hua Hin’s skyline.
Hua Hin Night Market
Situated in the Hua Hin centre between the Petchkasem Road and the railway line, the market basically encompasses one street that comes to life from 18:30 onwards, when traders line the street with their stalls selling various apparel, crafts, art, CDs, DVDS and cheap, tasty food – generally what you might expect from a Thai market.Seafood stalls are popular in night market, and a grilled seafood smell penetrates the whole market. You can also try tasty local street dishes likes mini pancakes and mango sticky rice.If you are desperate to live like a local, Hua Hin Night Market is surely the place you want to be in.
Klai Kang Won Palace
One of the quintessential landmarks of Hua Hin, Klai Kang Won Palace is the summer residence of HM King Bhumibhol Adulyadej (Rama IX) and other members of the royal family. Klai Kang Won, meaning ‘far from worries’, is aptly named after the peace and serenity of the surrounding landscape, fronting a secluded stretch of the Hua Hin beachfront.It was built in Spanish style architecture in 1929 and the gardens are beautifully manicured and full of art from Java.PhraRatchawangKlaiKangwon is still an official royal palace and not open to the public. You can see just a little bit of the back of the building from Th Phetkasem.
Plearn Wan Shopping Village
Not just a themed open-air mall, Plearn Wan feels more like a living museum where you can experience a slice of life in 1950s Hua Hin.An entire shopping complex dedicated to Thai and international products brings out its charm with its guestrooms which are built in the architectural style from the 1950. Two-decked wooden building at the center of Plearnwan is the heart of memory in the past. It consists of vintage shops decorated with movie poster, fashion magazine cover, utensils and collectibles of the 50s-60s.At weekends, Visitors may enjoy experiencing Thai temple fair, watching outdoor cinema, play giant swing and games, and tasting food i.e. grilled sweetened fish, Thai style noodles, coconut pancake, ice-cream, lemonade, and Thai style coffee.
Black Mountain Water Park
Black Mountain Water Park is one of the best places of entertainment and water activities in Hua Hin. The park is usually very less crowded and thus has no queues for rides as well, you can enjoy all the rides without any hassles and save your time too. It is fitted out with the highest quality, modern & exciting equipment, all operated to the highest safety standards. The Water Park, watched over by highly trained lifeguards, boasts a 17-meter-high tower with 9 different sliders, also a spectacular wave pool, the lazy river, a beach pool, and kids pool, for all the fun the best water park could offer. It’s located opposite the golf course, on a local road that passes through Wat HuayMongkol and Baan Silapin.
Phraya Nakhon Cave
The magnificent Phraya Nakhon Cave is one of the most mystical and mysterious landmarks of Thailand but only a few travellers get a chance to take a picture of it. The reason is simple: this gold and green pavilion is hidden inside a hard to reach cave and only a handful of dedicated visitors will do the effort to visit it.Phraya Nakhon Cave is located in the Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park in Prachuap Khiri Khan province, a 45 minutes’ drive south of Hua Hin. First step to reach the cave is to drive to the small village of Bang Pu located by the beach, and from there decide if you'd rather rent a boat to take you around the cape to Laem Sala beach, or walk a 30 minutes trek above the hill leading to the same Laem Sala beach.
Santorini Park Cha-Am
Santorini Park brings a slice of the picture-perfect Greek island to Cha-Am. It’s got all the details right, from classic whitewashed buildings, colourfully painted windows, down to stone-paved paths and domed towers. An impressive line-up of shops, restaurants and an amusement park promise good times for everyone. In the activity zone, live music is performed, and weekend art and flea markets are also located here, where you can buy souvenirs at a reasonable price.
The Wat HuayMongkol temple complex located some 15 kilometers west of Hua Hin is famous for its enormous statue of one of Thailand’s most famous monks, named LuangPhorThuad, a legendary southern Thai monk revered for his enlightenment and ability to perform miracles,like turning salt water into drinkable water and saving the crew on a boat journey. Locals believe that building a huge statue can protect them and their families. The status is 12 meters high and ten meters wide. Locals visit the Mongkol to ask for good fortune, health, luck and happiness. Each side of the statue has a huge elephant, and you need to walk under the belly of elephant for better luck.
The Venezia Hua Hin
The Venezia is the newest theme shopping and attraction village in Hua Hin, following the growing popularity and undeniable success of other similar weekend destinations in Thailand. The theme chosen by The Venezia is obviously Venice and you will not miss the San Marco's bell tower replica when driving through Cha Am on your way to Hua Hin. With 73,600 sq.m. and 316 shops, the park is immense and even includes a 200 meter 'Grand Canal' on which you can actually get a ride on iconic Venetian gondolas.
Camel Republic near Hua Hin is both amusement park and zoo. A fun place for adults and children alike, visitors can enjoy feeding and interacting with animals as camels, alpacas, birds and bunnies.The park offers a variety of entertainment including several fun and thrill rides, mini moto quad racing on a track and a small indoor amusement park for kids.The Moroccan design style gives the place a Middle Eastern feel. Camel Republic is well maintained and clean. Food and drinks, ice cream, snacks and souvenirs are available at several shops and stands.