Hua Hin… a followers’ tale

Our Destination of the Month for March, Hua Hin, is a wonderful place to visit, but don’t just take our word for it, check out a fanclubthailand followers’ tale… by Kim Harris

kim3“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.

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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.

I wished I’d spent longer and seen the beach and more of Hua Hin but actually, don’t just do the beach – get out and explore because there are some fantastic experiences here.”
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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.