Hua Hin to Phuket

A visit to the points of interest of Hua Hin including Cicada Night Market, Sam Phan Nam Floating Market, Mrigadayavan Palace, Wat Huay Mongkol, Wat Khao Takiab, Wat Tham Khao Tao, Hiking to the Pa La-U Waterfall near the Myanmar border, Several Golf Courses, Plernwan retro village, Pranburi Forest Park, Beach resort hotels before driving to Phuket

Hua Hin is a city on the Thai peninsula which offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;

  • Hua Hin Night Market
  • Sam Phan Nam Floating Market
  • Mrigadayavan Palace
  • Wat Huay Mongkol, Khao Takiab and Tham Khao Tao
  • Hiking to the Pa La-U Waterfall near the Myanmar border
  • Several Golf Courses
  • Plearnwan retro village
  • Pranburi Forest Park
  • Beach resort hotels

Hua Hin offers many cheap hotels in the center of town or 5 star resorts along the coastline.

Hua Hin, Thailand

Hua Hin, Thailand

The main building you can see in Hua Hin is the Hilton hotel which is great value for a Hilton in the center of town (above).  Hua Hin is a small city and you’ll be able to walk to restaurants, bars and a few points of interest on foot.  In front of the Hilton is Hua Hin beach but there are far better beaches both north and south of the city.  A Thai style shopping mall can be found a short walk from the Hilton called Plearnwan retro village, you’ll find many photo opportunities and good food here from 10 am.

There will be people in the center offering trips to the Mrigadayavan Palace which was the former seaside residence of the 6th King of Thailand.  Half way between the palace and the center of Hua Hin is The Venezia which is a Venice themed shopping mall and zoo, not what you would expect in Thailand!

Sea Food, Hua Hin

Sea Food, Hua Hin

Hua Hin is famous for it’s fresh seafood which is no surprise as it has easy access to the Gulf of Thailand.  You can take a walk on the pier to watch the seafood being unloaded from fishing boats and sold to restaurants / markets.  The Night Market in the center of Hua Hin is not only a night market selling local craft and clothes but has many seafood restaurants.  You’ll find seafood restaurants in many locations in the center too as well as vendors selling fresh seafood on Hua Hin beach.

An alternative market you can visit is the Sam Phan Nam floating market, you’ll see trips out to the floating market being advertised in the center.

Wat Khao Takiab, Hua Hin

Wat Khao Takiab, Hua Hin

There are 2 major temples a drive south away from the center of Hua Hin.  Wat Khao Takiab is the type of temple you see in movies with the large staircase leading up to it (above).  You’ll see many monkeys at this temple, they’ll even jump on your car, they want you food and snacks, so make sure they are well hidden.  If you do go out to visit Wat Khao Takiab, then you must also visit Wat Tham Khao Tao which is on the way.  There is also a modern shopping mall called Hua Hin Market Village which is useful if you need to cool down after visiting the temples.

If you don’t want to take a drive away from the city center there is one temple you can visit in the center called Wat Huay Mongkol.  This is a beautiful modern temple with a huge statue of a revered Thai monk as the centerpiece (very Instagrammable).

Golf, Hua Hin

Golf, Hua Hin

Hua Hin is a popular golfing destination and home to the oldest golf course in Thailand, Royal Hua Hin.  You can also choose to play at Black Mountain golf course, the most famous in Hua Hin, this hosts several major tournaments throughout the year.  Banyan Tree golf course is another excellent golf course which also hosts major tournaments.  Hua Hin, Thailand not only boasts several world class golf courses, but the prices are very reasonable, you could contact each golf club directly or there is a golf company in Hua Hin which can arrange transfers, tee times and caddies for you.

Hua Hin to Phuket - Self Drive

Hua Hin to Phuket – Self Drive

I drove from Hua Hin to Phuket which took around 6-7 hours.  There is an overnight VIP bus service between Hua Hin and Phuket, you can buy the tickets from the center of Hua Hin for a small commission or buy them directly from the bus station.  The overnight bus takes around 10 hours and arrives at the bus station in Phuket Town, Phuket.

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2017-06-12T07:45:13+00:00 June 7th, 2017|Asia, Thailand|14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. yukti June 8, 2017 at 3:29 am - Reply

    It is very nice you give the detailed description of Hua Hin as it is not written anywhere in so detail. Golf in Hua hin looks tempting and must try activity. Climbing stairs to Wat Khao Takiab temple would be lovely and also encountering the monkeys would be fun. It is good that there is an overnight bus to Phuket.

  2. John June 8, 2017 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    I’m a Hilton Diamond, so I appreciate your recommendation of that property. It looks like it is in an awesome location. Did you get to spend any time on the beach there? I know you said above that it was not the best beach in town. Was that because of too many people selling things to you? Or what about it was bad? Also I saw you mentioned the night market. What interesting things did you find there?

    • James Smith June 8, 2017 at 4:38 pm - Reply

      Hi John, Hua Hin beach is ok, but there are many resorts out of town with quieter beaches. There are not many people bothering you on the beach, they mainly try sell seafood. At the Hua Hin night market they sell lots of fresh seafood and fresh fruit. You’ll also find summer clothing, DVD’s and phone accessories.

  3. Gingeybites June 8, 2017 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    I’d never heard of the city of Hua Hin! Sounds like a nice place to explore and I’d love to go there for the seafood, it always tastes better when eaten by the sea!

  4. Julie Cao June 8, 2017 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    I am so sad that I missed Hua Hin on my visit to Thailand. I am a fan of the beach and the seafood and it is truly a perfect vacation for me to get away from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. The view of the Hilton Hotel looks amazing and the Venice themed mall sounds interesting. I wish I could be back in Thailand and take a trip there to check out the beach, golf course and the night market.

    • James Smith June 8, 2017 at 4:39 pm - Reply

      You would have loved the fresh seafood stalls at the night market!

  5. Sasha Nancovski June 8, 2017 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    I had never heard of Hua Hin on the Thai Peninsula. Sounds like a great little spot to break up a long journey on the way back to Bangkok. The night markets and floating markets sound like my kind of place.

  6. Bhusha June 8, 2017 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    Haha! I like how you describe a temple as ‘very instagrammable’! Wat Khao Takiab looks like a much more impressive, my type of temple, which would be worth the drive to reach it! Overnight 10 hrs drive would be perfect to travel from Hua Hin to Phuket!

  7. Bianca Danise June 8, 2017 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    Hua Hin looks like a very interesting place to visit! I’ve always loved seeing temples and local markets and this one’s definitely my turf <3

  8. Iza Abao June 9, 2017 at 4:32 am - Reply

    The Hilton Hotel looks like it has a significant portion of Hua Hin. I would prefer going to other local and affordable hotels/hostels. I’d like to see photos of fish and seafood dishes from this place, especially from the night market. I have seen a photo of the Thai monk’s statue from the Wat Huay Mongkol. It is definitely Instagram-worthy. = )

    • James Smith June 11, 2017 at 7:16 pm - Reply

      Noted Iza, I’ll update the post with some pictures of the night market and seafood.

  9. melbtravel June 9, 2017 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    I went to Thailand about 20years ago and I have always wanted to venture back. Not heard of Hua Hin but it looks really nice and I would be happy to stay at the Hilton especially because it is reasonable priced. I also love seafood, temples and night markets, so I am definitely sold on the place.

  10. Jitaditya Narzary June 10, 2017 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    I know Bangkok and Phuket… But I don’t think I had any idea about Hua Hin in particular. Thanks for such intricate details. I think the floating market would be an unique experience. Golf isn’t my thing but I won’t mind lazying around those lush green plains.

  11. Natasha June 26, 2017 at 6:29 pm - Reply

    I will be making this journey in the near future, Hua Hin looks beautiful. We will check out the Hilton when we visit, the location in the center of town is perfect. I am certainly keen to check out the night markets there too, perfect for foodies.

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