Hua Hin beaches & massage
It is easy to get lost in Hua Hin Thailand. From the airport in the north to the other end of the district in the south it already spans a total of 15 km. If you add Cha Am in the north all the way to the Khao Sam Roi national park in the south, the tourist area stretches along a total of 60 km of beach.
In my opinion, Hua Hin is a place for relaxation. When it comes to cultural sights and shopping at typical Thai markets, other places in Thailand have more authentic opportunities to offer. Hua Hin is ideal, for example, if you want to relax for a few days before flying out of Suvarnabhumi airport, and you dislike the metropolis Bangkok. For golf-crazies Hua Hin, with its countless golf courses, is probably a dream come true.
How to get around in Hua Hin Thailand
For that reason it is crucial for those who don’t just want to stay in their hotel rooms, but want to explore the surrounding area, to rent a car or a motorbike. It can be difficult to find a taxi on short notice, in Hua Hin. If you don’t want to rent a vehicle yourself, please ask your hotel to organise a taxi, which picks you up from the hotel, waits at the attraction(s) and drops you back at the hotel, for you.
For your travel planning
The three-hour trip to Suvarnabhumi airport can be made either by taxi or by bus. A company called Roong Reuang Coach covers the journey from Hua Hin several times per day with VIP buses. The trip is very comfortable, and in my opinion, more relaxed than travelling by taxi. But you have to make your own way to the bus station on Soi 96/1. The trip can be booked online by following this link.
Things to do in Hua Hin and attractions
White Orchid Massage Hua Hin
The White Orchid is a newly opened massage parlour, which targets those who expect massages of the highest quality. Not only does the place offer all typically Thai massage techniques, but also, for example, a Hot Stone massage. To express what makes the place so special, I would like to enlist the words of a guest, who has already enjoyed a massage there: What’s on offer here is of the same quality as at the spa in a five-star hotel, but at substantially lower prices. By booking a massage you also get access to the outdoor pool and a sauna with cold-water bath. The owner, Gabi, is a colleague of mine. On opening day, I had the chance to take a thorough look at everything and I can recommend it wholeheartedly.
Make up your own mind and visit their website or Facebook page.
One of the treatment rooms at The White Orchid
The outdoor pool
The White Orchid team
Sai Noi Beach
This small but exquisite beach is located in the south of Hua Hin. If you enjoy remote beaches with a Thai atmosphere, you have come to the right place. The two restaurants here will take care of the hedonist in you.
Beach at Thanon Taweewat
Is a beach that is frequented more by the locals. It is very quiet. Right down by the beach there is next to no infrastructure. Two or three mobile street kitchens, which are not even there all the time, offer Thai snacks.
The best beach is at Soi 75
This is my favourite Hua Hin beach. The beach is wide, the sand almost white. And there is sufficient choice among the local eateries: grab something small at the public hotel restaurants, have a coffee or just enjoy being there.
Public Hua Hin Beach Soi 61
Is rather crowded with food stalls, umbrellas and who knows what else. Presently, in August 2014, a big clean-up took place, which meant that all illegally built structures were dismantled. I cannot tell, personally, whether the place is more appealing now, since the last time I was in Hua Hin, was in May 2014.
Hutsadin Elephant Foundation
Here you can ride an elephant and watch an elephant show. It appears to be a legitimate organization. You can learn more on their website.
North Kiteboarding Club
If you are not just after relaxation, but also want to learn a trendy new sport or deepen your skill level, then this is the club for you.
Black Mountain Water Park
Hua Hin even has its very own water park. There is a hugely varied selection of different slides. But I would like to note that visitors in Thailand must ensure their own safety in parks such as this one. The staff is not going to stop or instruct you. Hence, you should not use the wakeboarding facilities, if you have never been wakeboarding before. Here you’ll find the park’s prospectus in English.
Huay Mongkol Temple
Inside this temple, you can marvel at the statue of Luang Phor Thuad. It is the largest statue of this revered monk in all of Thailand.
Hua Hin railway station building
Built during the reign of King Rama VI. The exterior as well as the interior of the building shows English influences, which were fashionable at the time.
Hua Hin nightlife
Nightlife with girlie bars
At Soi 61 you turn onto Soi Poon Suk. Soon you’ll get to Soi Bintabaht, where one can find a never-ending selection of girlie bars. If you aren’t holier than the pope, you can grab a beer here, with your partner or alone, just to take in that kind of atmosphere. On the way to the Soi Bintabaht there are also a few restaurants with an international menu.
Thai restaurants and normal bars
Close to the main junction is Soi 72. Here is the main section of the Hua Hin night market, which is very much worth a visit. Countless large-scale Thai restaurants offer their specialities at prices, other tourist locales can only dream about. The quality is superb and the experience an authentic Thai one, because this is where the locals and native tourists from Bangkok come to eat. But don’t be afraid: You can get a menu in English.
On this street there are also two or three normal bars to enjoy your Hua Hin nightlife. My favourite bar here is the Retrophilia coffee bar, where every piece of furniture is at least twenty years old. Lots of vinyl records, old telephones and lots more adorn walls and tables.
Beer and drinks are cheap and good.
When is the best travel time?
The Hua Hin weather is essentially pleasant all year round. The best time to visit is from November through to February, when the temperatures are pleasantly warm, while the humidity levels are not as high yet. From July until October it may rain for hours on end, but even then there are plenty of sunny days.
Hua Hin looks beautiful and from the comments it seems well worth spending some quality time in. I had never heard of it either. Will certainly check out Khao Takiab – Monkey Mountain. Thanks for the tip Graham.