Our Destination Of The Month for March is the seaside town of Hua Hin – a perfect place to visit if you want culture, delicious restaurants and lively markets to wander around after a relaxing day on the beautiful beach.
Where to stay…
Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin is a great hotel with wonderful service in the perfect location for exploring all that Hua Hin has to offer.
The Manathai Hua Hin is currently offering a weekday special – between Sunday and Thursday guests can receive 25% off.
Check into the Hyatt Regency Hua Hin and enjoy Water Volleyball, Yoga and Tai-Chi classes, and beach football.
Those looking for something slightly more relaxing, book into The Barai, a residential luxury spa.
For beachside relaxation you can’t go wrong with the Amari Hua Hin. This beautiful resort is ideally situated next to a popular stretch of beach called Khao Takiab.
The Loligo Resort Hua Hin offers warm service and elegantly designed accommodation at an affordable price.
The Banyan The Resort is located minutes from the centre of Hua Hin town and an ideal holiday destination for families, couples and golfers.
At the So Sofitel guests can indulge in a shiatsu massage, Thai massage, the sauna or head outdoors for a spot of fishing, golf and mountain biking.
What to see…
When the sun goes down don’t miss the famous night markets and their delicious food stalls boasting freshly caught lobsters and crabs. Make sure you try one of the local’s favourite dishes – hoy tort (fried mussel omelette).
Love wine? Take a tour of the Hua Hin Hills Vineyard, just 45km west of the city, and sample its inspiring range of wines. There’s also horse riding and windsurfing on the beach, a petanque course and a mountain bike-trail, although we advise you get your bike ride out of the way before getting stuck into the wine tasting!
Culture vultures won’t want to miss the Cicada (Community of Identity Culture, Arts & Dynamic Activities) created for artists to connect with locals and visitors.
The Pala-u Waterfall is one of the highest in Thailand and a great spot for amazing views out to the Thai border.
Hit a hole in one at The Royal Hua Hin Golf Course, Thailand’s very first golf course, or enjoy the lush greens at The Springfield Royal Country Club, a favourite with locals or the Black Mountain Golf Course which has hosted Asian PGA tournaments.
Don’t just take our word for it!
A fanclubthailand followers’ tale… by Kim Harris
“I went to Hua Hin for a very short visit in November 2014 as part of a bigger trip and had no real pre-conception of what to expect. It turned out to be such a highlight and one that has stayed with me ever since.
On arrival we went straight to the Hua Hin Hills. With great views of the vineyards and surrounding countryside, it’s a beautiful place with a relaxed atmosphere. After a quick tour of the vines we settled in for tasting and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of these Thai wines – the champagne was a particular favourite! Great food but to be honest, it was just a lovely way to spend a few hours chilling with great food and wines.
We stayed at the Centara and the staff could not have been more helpful. The hotel is in a great central location from which to explore, right on the beach and a perfect place for a family stay in Hua Hin.
The next day we set off for Khao Sam Roi Yot– a beautiful walk in itself through the national park, although if your guide says it’s ok to wear flip flops – don’t listen to them! Opt for sturdier shoes as parts are quite steep and it took us a few hours to cover the trail to a cave, which in itself was pretty amazing, but I was totally unprepared for one of the most beautiful sites I’ve ever seen and one that had an almost spiritual effect. In the middle of the cave is a sah-lah (shrine built to the King in 1890) and an opening in the roof lets in a stream of light that creates a beautiful intensity of colours and detail – the whole scene that is just breathtaking.
The park also has a beach and many parts you can explore over a few days, but our visit was sadly just for a half day as one of our party was heading off to play golf!
That night we visited the Amari for dinner and enjoyed the most amazing cocktails. The Amari is a stunning hotel with cool spa and definitely has a more ‘adult’ vibe. We then headed off to the Cicada night market – clean and busy while not intimidating – with a great selection of clothes, gifts, jewellery, souvenirs and lots of food choices.
If you’re planning a trip to Hua Hin or have already been, we’d love to hear all about it, so don’t forget to share all your pictures and travel stories with us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.