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
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!
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.
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).
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.
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.