Hua Hin is a popular beach resort on the Thai peninsula. Here are a few things to do in Hua Hin;
- Sam Phan Nam Floating Market
- Hua Hin Night Market
- Mrigadayavan Palace
- Hua Hin Temples
- Several Golf Courses
- Historic Train Station
- Pranburi Forest Park
- Bus to Phuket + Bus station location
Hua Hin offers many cheap hotels in the center of town or 5 star resorts along the coastline.
Hua Hin Center
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 as well as good food here from 10 am.
Sam Phan Nam Floating Market
Hua Hin has its own floating market. The most famous floating market in Thailand is expensive and a hassle to get to, so why not try Sam Phan Nam Floating Market? Furthermore, it’s a relaxing and picturesque floating market.
Hua Hin Night Market
Each evening, Hua Hin hosts a huge night market. The main draw here for tourists is the Thai street food. As a matter of fact, the street food in Hua Hin, has a more sea food theme than those cities further north.
Mrigadayavan Palace is the former seaside residence of the 6th King of Thailand.
Venezia Shopping Mall
There is a mall in Hua Hin called The Venezia. Not only is it a shopping mall but it’s also full of Venice Landmarks. For this reason, you can pose in front of St Mark’s Clock Tower and fool your friends into thinking you’re in Italy!
Seafood in Hua Hin
Hua Hin is famous for 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 as well as markets. I expect the majority of seafood you see at the night market passes through here. Finally, you’ll find seafood restaurants in many locations in the center too as well as vendors selling fresh seafood on Hua Hin beach.
Hua Hin Temples
Wat Khao Takiab, Hua Hin
There are 2 major temples a drive south from the center of Hua Hin. Wat Khao Takiab is the type of temple you see in the movies with the large staircase leading up to it. In addition, you’ll see many monkeys at this temple, which are very friendly therefore take care of your belongings! If you do go out to visit Wat Khao Takiab, then you must also visit Wat Tham Khao Tao which is on the way. Lastly, 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 modern temple with a huge statue of a Thai monk as the centerpiece.
Hua Hin Golf
Hua Hin is a popular golfing destination and home to the oldest golf course in Thailand, Royal Hua Hin. You can also play at Black Mountain golf course, the most famous in Hua Hin which 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. If you wish to play I recommend this golf company which can arrange transfers, tee times and caddies for you.
Hua Hin Train Station
Even if you don’t plan to take the train, I recommend you visit the historic train station. Firstly, there’s an old American steam engine beside the tracks. Secondly, there’s a blue telephone box and lastly, the iconic Hua Hin train station sign. This train station truly is a top Instagram spot in Hua Hin! If you wish to catch a train, there are only limited trains which head north to Bangkok.
How to get from Hua Hin to Phuket by bus
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.
Where is Hua Hin Bus Station?
Hua Hin bus station is located on Hua Hin Soi 96, here is the exact location. I highly recommend the overnight VIP buses which leave at 9 pm and 10 30 pm. Alternatively you could go on a regular service which leave at 6 am, 7 pm or 9 pm. Finally, the price for a VIP ticket is 913 baht or 587 baht for the regular service.
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