If you are looking to visit a small up and coming town in Thailand then Hua Hin is the town for you. Hua Hin is a coastal town that’s located in Prachuap Khiri Khan province in the South of Thailand. Hua Hin is a favourite among tourists that are trying to escape from the busy Phuket, Bangkok and Chiang Mai. If you want to experience Thailand without all the parties, then we highly recommend this town.
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5 Things to do in Hua Hin, Thailand:
There are so many beautiful attractions here in Hua Hin that you shouldn’t miss out on during your stay here. These attractions are located not far outside of the main town.
1. Monkey Mountain (Also known as Chopstick hill)
Monkey Mountain is a favourite here in Hua Hin. This mountain offers great views of Hua Hin town and is obviously known for all of the monkeys that live on this mountain. Monkey Mountain is located 6 kilometers from Hua Hin Town at the southern end of Hua Hin Beach. As you get there you will see a 20 meter high Golden Buddha Statue. You will be surrounded by hundreds of wild monkeys while hiking up the mountain to see some beautiful temples. You are allowed to feed the monkeys but please be careful since feeding the monkeys can make them aggressive. The recommended way to get here is by tuk-tuk which will cost around 200-300 baht.
2. Vana Nava Waterpark.
Vana Nava Water park is a jungled theme waterpark here in Hua Hin. This is one of the finest waterparks in Thailand. It has some amazing sets with pipes, waterfalls and fountains, it also has thrilling rides, slides, and world-class facilities! The park has 19 amazing rides, plenty of fast food restaurants and even shopping options. It will cost around 1000 Baht per person entrance fee, and it’s an amazing place to take kids.
3. Pala-U Waterfall
Pala-U waterfall is located in Kaeng Krachan National Park that is located in the south of Prachuap Khiri Khan Province. This national park is located about 1,5 hour drive from Hua Hin Town. This waterfall has 5 levels. The first 2 levels is fairly easy to reach while the rest of the levels could be more difficult due to slippery grounds. Level 3 to 5 is not recommended for children and the elderly. Bring your swim suit and a towel so you can take a swin in the waterfall and sensible shoes to hike up the Waterfall. We highly recommend that you hire a private driver whether its a taxi or tuk-tuk just because it can be quiet difficult to navigate.
Opening hours is from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm every day. Entrance Fees are 300 baht per adult, 200 baht per child and 30 baht per car.
4. Phraya Nakhon Cave
Our favourite attraction here in Hua Hin, was the Phraya Nakhon Cave. It’s located in Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park just 1 hour outside of the main town. The easiest way to get there is a private taxi or tuk-tuk. This beautiful cave is known for the shrine that they built inside the cave and for the previous Kings who visited here. You can get to this cave either by hiking or by taking a long-tail boat. We took the long tail boat there and hiked back. The long-tail boat is cheaper when many people share because you don’t pay per person but a set price for the boat.
Once you reach the beach you need to do a 430 meter hike which isn’t far but it’s up hill so it can be a bit difficult. Close to the top the path , you will start going down into the first cave. This first cave is beautiful with a natural stone bridge called ‘hell bridge’. You are not prepare for the surreal beauty of the second cave, the one you really came to see.
5. Cicada Weekend Market
Cicada Weekend Market is so unique. This market is not like all the other markets in Thailand, where you can find those cheap knockoff products. This market has a variety of very unique hand-made products. It’s a little bit more expensive than the other markets, but it’s worth it. The products are beautiful and you can spend hours at this market just looking at all the unique one of kind things and the live entertainment. If you feel like you haven’t spoiled yourself enough with all the beautiful things you bought, you can treat yourself to a fantastic meal at the outside food court and a drink at one of the bars.
Other Things in Hua Hin
Hua Hin has two beautiful shopping malls known as Market Village Shopping Mall and BlúPort Hua Hin Resort shopping Mall. There you can find a few great restaurants as well as treat yourself to a movie, Thai style. You will also find some of the well-known fast-food places here if you’re not quite ready to experience the Thai cuisine just yet. However, do yourself a favour and eat some local Thai food, it’s delicious.
This town is a coastal town and has some beaches, but they aren’t like the unbelievable blue beaches that Thailand is known for. Hua Hin has some beautiful beachside resorts.
How to get around Hua Hin Town
Hua Hin has a lot of great ways to get around, you can either use the Songthaew which cost between 5-10 Baht per trip. Songthaews are like a truck that has been converted into the public transport truck. You can also use the Tuk-Tuks or Meter Taxis.
Places to stay
Here are some wonderful hotels in Hua Hin Town:
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