What is Hua Hin like? Why Hua Hin should be on your itinerary.

Hua Hin Pran Buri Beach

Hua Hin Pran Buri ThailandSo you want to experience a more relaxed atmosphere of a seaside area away from the hectic bustle of the grit and grime that surrounds Phuket, Pattaya and those types of places.

Hua Hin is situated approximately 3 hours from Bangkok and has a great deal to offer the traveler, weather your a family, solo tourist or in a group.

Once a quiet fishing village, it grew into a fashionable escape for residents of Bangkok after the 1920s, when the Thai royal family built summer palaces here. Hua Hin Beach and Pran Buri beach are popular for kitesurfing and other water sports.

Monkey Hill Hua Hin TempleAround Hua Hin itself you can venture out to Monkey Hill, which is situated just south of the city centre just past the small fishing village or try out the Rama Kings statues.

Heading north approximately 30 minutes will see you at Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park.

I highly recommend putting the historical park on your itinerary as a day trip to be able to make the most of the experience. It is nothing short of sensational, huge history and some amazing gardens and architecture.

Rama Kings Hua HinSouth of Hua Hin is Phraya Nakhon Cave which could also be a second day trip, as there is a hour long walk into the cave and back, which can be taken cross country or you can take a long tail boat around the peninsula.

Nightlife in Hua Hin has something to offer everyone. The area is famous for it’s night market, which during peak season can be packed with people.

Local seafood is available at the market, with river prawns bigger than your hand. There is a lot of local crafts available at the markets, but like any night tourist markets in Thailand, expect to see a lot of repetition which can be disappointing if you have been to night markets elsewhere.

Pran Buri Beach FoodThere are some amazing restaurants around the area close to the Hilton hotel. Western food is plentiful, and you can pick yourself up a 400g steak for about 800thb.

One little French restaurant called the “Fisherman” does a wide selection of steaks on hot stones, which is a great alternative to having someone cook it for you and being disappointed with what you get. This is a restaurant run by Michel from St Etienne and also has a great menu with many French dishes served with style at a reasonable price.

huahin gogo barsAdult entertainment: For the solo male, Hua Hin is actually pretty conservative, but in saying this it does have a Beer Bar area with girls, but don’t expect it to be like Pattaya or Phuket.

This is a more laid back place to visit so it is nowhere near as in your face and full on as the other places.

Soi Bintabaht, right in the guts of the city area, has the best of the nightlife action, with beer bars either side of the narrow road.

You can easily pick up girls here and take them back to your hotel for sex, or hang around the Hilton disco later on where freelancers tend to be. Check out the map for if your chasing this type of action.

Most of the hotels follow the same rules as elsewhere in Thailand, with the ability to take girls back for a short time or long time.

Accommodation at Hua Hin is well priced, cheaper than Phuket or Pattaya, but you can get yourself an air conditioned room with wifi for under 1000thb a night or splurge and book somewhere high end overlooking the beautiful coastline.


Hua Hin is now becoming quite popular with foreigners as a destination for retirement, as it offers a beach lifestyle that as yet isn’t showing the massive signs of hustle and bustle that many other areas in Thailand and displaying.

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