12 Things to do in Hua Hin
Hua Hin is a pretty beachside town ideal for family trips. It is one of the best destinations for people who are in search of some peace and relaxed holiday trip. Hua Hin has the highest density of world class golf courses anywhere in Thailand.
Here are some top exciting and fun loving activities you can enjoy doing during your stay in this beautiful town of Thailand:
The name of this park in itself bears the true essence of its beauty as Khao Sam Roi Yot means ‘The Mountain with three hundred peaks’. This place is a treat to nature loving people as it is full of caves, limestone hills, islands, beaches and freshwater marshes. Some of the famous tourist destinations of this national park are Phraya Nakhon Cave with its incredible royal Thai pavilion and huge chambers, Kaeo Cave, Khao Daeng Viewpoint or the “Red Mountain”, Thung Sam Roi Yot Freshwater Marsh and Pala-U Waterfall which is also one of the largest waterfalls of Thailand.
Visit the Hua Hin Railway Station
With a small walking distance from the main town the oldest railway station of Thailand is a must see place of historical value. Rebuilt in Victorian style in 1926 its main feature is The Royal Waiting Room that used to welcome King and his court on their visit to Hua Hin. The bright lively painted station along with the vintage steam engine will add charm to your photography.
Get the feel of Venice, Italy- The Venezia
This theme based open air shopping village has an imitation of the famous San Marcos square bell tower, Fontana di trevi and a 200-meter Grand Canal, with similar gondola rides of Venice. All these give you an illusion of being in Europe and you forget you are in South East Asia. The Venezia attracts tourists with its music gardens, 3D art galleries, mini trains, horse drawn buggies, and upside-down houses. This growing trend of pretty villages for shopping and recreation is gaining a lot of popularity in Thailand.
Ramble through the Cicada Night Market
It is open every Friday and Saturday from 04:00 to 11: 00 p.m. and Sunday from 04:00 to 10:00 p.m. at Suansri, Hua Hin. The sparkling lights of Cicada market glitters through the dark night creating a mesmerising view. This market is mainly divided into four avenues namely Cicada Art Factory, Cicada Cuisine, Art à la Mode, and Amphitheatre. A large variety of Thai cuisine especially sea food can be enjoyed here along with the live music. This market also hosts a splendour of handmade crafts exhibited by budding artists and craftsmen.
Climb the Monkey Mountain at Khao Takiab, Chopstick Hill
A breathtaking view of the beaches of this town awaits you when you reach the top of this Monkey Mountain, the name given to it because of the large number of monkey habitat. A remarkable 20-meter tall golden Buddha statue overlooks the Hua Hin coastline and can be seen from the beaches also.
Splatter in the Vana Nava Water Jungle and the Mountain Water Park
Located just 5 minutes from city centre the Vana Nava Hua Hin adventure water park offers amazing nineteen different water slides including the Abyss- Thailand’s largest waterslide standing 28 metres high. Alternatively you can simply relax in the lazy river or at the Tree Top Lounge. Another smaller water park which is located just 10km north of Hua Hin is the Mountain Water Park. It has nine exciting water slides, beach pool, kids’ pool, and area to play and get drenched in water. It is well equipped with life jackets and hygienic changing rooms. Wake activities for the experienced wake boarders and the beginners are also carried out in the man-made lake situated in front of this mountain. In all, these parks offer a full excitement to all the fun and water lovers.
A Stroll through the Vineyard
Hua Hin Hills house a large variety of Rhone grapes that make up the Monsoon Valley label wine. Vineyard tours include a return transport, wine and a delicious three-course meal or you can simply do some wine tasting to quench your thirst for some exotic wine.
Admire the architectural monument Maruekhathaiyawan Palace
Built in the early 1920s this summer palace is situated at the seaside. It was designed by an Italian architect for his ailing Master King Rama VI suffering from rheumatoid arthritis to maximise air circulation and extract the benefits of the seaside location. The Palace features a series of interlinked teak houses with tall, shuttered windows and patterned framework built upon pillars to form a covered ground-level boardwalk.
Explore the Santorini Amusement Park
Santorini Park is inspired from the Santorini Greek Island. The walls are all white washed with windows painted beautifully in bright colors, stone paved paths and domes replicate the Grecian architecture of Santorini. The shopping complex, cafes and restaurants, live music and the amusement park offers something for everyone. The amusement park rides include Ferris wheel, carousel, water park, swings, and haunted house.
Worship at Wat Huay Mongkol
This temple is dedicated to the most famous monks in Thailand, named Luand Phor Thuad. A huge 12 metre statue of the monk has been built and worshipped here. Locals believe building a huge statue will protect their families. People come and pray for good fortune, health, luck and happiness.
Enjoy at Plearn Wan
This theme based village creates a nostalgic effect as you walk through the old times of Thai Chinese mixture of culture. The shops as well as a café and some guestrooms all designed and decorated in Thai style dated back to1960s.The village is famous for its ‘nang klang plaeng’ (open-air movies), live music and temple fair festival which runs every evening from Friday – Sunday.
Dine at 1000Sook Food and Farm
A mini farm based on a European theme has three main centres of attraction- restaurant, mini farm, and shopping outlet. A meticulously manicured landscape offers unlimited photography opportunities. The mini farm has domesticated animals like sheep, Shetland ponies, ducks, and rabbits. The horse-drawn buggy rides are for those who prefer to ride over strolling. The restaurant offers delicious Thai and Western cuisine options for reasonable prices and the speciality is the “Tom Yum soup”.
These are some of the wonderful fun activities you can enjoy indulging into while your stay in the pretty town of Hua Hin. Did you enjoy reading this article? Leave your comments below. Also subscribe to our newsletter for more information on travel destinations.