1. Train – Head to Hualamphong Station (Bangkok’s main train station), for an adventurous 4 to 5 hour train ride down to Hua Hin. Rates go from USD$16 per trip.
2. Bus – Travelling via bus to Hua Hin takes around 3 hours, almost the same time it takes to travel by plane, and cheaper too from USD$5. Head down to Sai Tai Mai (Southern Bus Terminal Bangkok), and book a (comfortable and air-conditioned) ride with Hua Hin Pran Tour. Buses depart from 4am at 40-minute intervals.
3. Car (Not recommended for the inexperienced driver)
– We recommend renting a car in Bangkok for your time in Hua Hin. Simply load the directions on GPS (or Google Maps on your phone). The journey is relatively straightforward, and will take up to 3 hours. The best part? Having a car will make exploring Hua Hin and Petchaburi much easier! – When renting a car, make sure to check your rental car thoroughly – from ensuring that everything is working fine, to when it was last serviced.
With a rustic charm unbeknownst to many, this once quiet fishing village has transformed into a bustling vacation hotspot.
The rise of luxurious hotels, trendy spas and seafood night markets has also seen some really great cafes popping up. Without further ado, we bring to you some of the coolest cafés to check out.
And yes, we promise they are highly Instagrammable too.
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1. Bask in French-styled romance – The’ Tea House
Nature and elegance come together to create The’ Tea House, a classy establishment in FN Factory Outlet that serves French cuisine and tea.
You might be a little confused as you look around at the plush European furniture, hanging plants and the bronze turtles perching on the wall.
Just where are you, in a jungle or Paris?
Well, you’re in the perfect place to stretch out your legs, and have a relaxing time after shopping so much.
Sit back and enjoy one of the café’s savoury tea cakes, or sip at a cup of fruity Marco Polo tea – as you admire what can only be one of the best examples of interior design in Hua Hin.
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2. Finding doggie haven – Inu Café
Iconically named after the Japanese dog breed, Shiba Inu – you would nonetheless expect to find many of these beautiful wolf-like dogs running about, or just wagging their tongues as the aroma of the food brings them near your table.
Expect to feel totally at ease and be at home as you dine in comfort food with your favourite human companion.
The exterior is nothing fanciful with old school bricks and fence, and the shophouse settings combine perfectly with gourmet burgers (think melty cheesy cheese!), delightful pasta treats and classic Thai food.
For those looking to quench their thirst, be sure to order from a range of their flavorful sodas and fruit juices.
And oh, we recommend you give the owner a heads up first if you want to bring your own dog.
5. Have an afternoon retreat – Neem Trees Thai Bistro
If you’re nature lover and you’re sick of the blistering Hua Hin sun, make your escapade to this lovely bistro.
It is furnished with enough greenery and shade to make your stay a comfortable one or charming even with all the beautiful pictures you can snap while you eat your food.
Also, if you’re looking for some authentic Thai food, try their Pad Thai. It’s just the right amount of chili and sauce. Be sure to order some of their cakes and wash it down with some refreshing iced tea.
And by the time you walk out of the place, you will feel ready to explore Hua Hin again!
Neem Trees Thai Bistro
Address: 1446/39 Phetkasem Rd. In. Cha. Cha. Phetchaburi. Contact: 032442066 Opening hours: 10am to 10pm Price: 100-300 Baht (USD $3-9)
6. Languish in enchanted elegance – Bliss Bakery & Café House
Located in European colonial settings, serving continental breakfast and fresh-baked pastries – this place will invigorate you and leave you beaming with bliss.
The cafe is beautifully set with modern furniture and vintage decorations. Serene and peaceful, you will find relish a good meal.
Starters include all-time-fave club sandwich and grilled sausage in bbq sauce. If you’re craving delicious meat, try the spaghetti pad kee mao, and ribeye baguette. You might also like the tenderloin steak, as meat is tenderly cooked to perfection.
Looking for something savoury and sweet? Don’t leave without trying the freshly baked chocolate and green tea muffin. Order some blueberry cheesecake, peach cinnamon pancake, and homemade pudding to treat your sweet tooth as well.
Did we also mention you won’t have to break your wallet as you spend your cosy afternoon here? Oh and ladies, if you’re looking to throw a sorority party, this is the perfect venue.
Bliss Bakery & Café House
Address: 178/221 Soi Hua Hin 82 Phetkasem Road, Hua Hin, Amphoe Hua Hin Contact: +66 98 712 8368 Opening hours: 9am to 10pm Price: 100-300 Baht (USD $3-9)
Located near the Hua Hin floating market, a cosy little hangout is where you want to be if you are seeking solitude, away from the city life.
Vibrantly inviting, you will feel like you’ve found paradise on earth the minute you step into the gates. You’ll instantly be greeted by the crisp smell of well-maintained grass and greenery.
Have a scoop of refreshing Thai ice cream to beat the insane heat, or try their Thai iced tea and/or freshly made fruit juices to parch your thirst!
You can also pay a visit to the farm and take photos with the lovely sheep. Don’t forget to pick up some souvenirs before you leave! Or if you’d like, linger around indoors and take photographs of the cute little plushies laying around.
Hua Hin Farm & Coffee
Address: 99/9 Moo 3 Soi Hua Hin 112, Nhong Hoi-Thab Tai Road, Thab Tai, Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110 Opening hours: 8am to 6pm Price: 80-300 Baht (USD $2.5-9)
8. Have a quintessential American afternoon – Wilaiwan Hua Hin
Walking down the street, one cannot help but to be charmed by this beautiful pastel-blue American inspired cottage house. If you’re looking for a posh afternoon with some tea and scones, this is the place to be.
Be greeted by the aroma of freshly baked breads and the smell of linguine whiffing up your nose.
If you’re not a fan of wheat, not to worry for you will be spoilt for choice by their selection of meaty delights.
On the menu? Crab salad sandwich, signature rib steak with their specialty sauce, smoked duck with mashed potatoes and salad, and so much more!
Remember not to walk away without ordering a dessert or two. We highly recommend the orange signature cake.
Wilaiwan Hua Hin
Address: ong Kae, Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand Contact: +66 32 536 442 Opening hours: 9am to 9pm Price: 100-700 Baht (USD $3-20)
11. Delight your tastebuds with ice cream! – Eighteen Below Ice Cream
If you’re looking for a cosy and unpretentious hangout to chill, then you’re at the right place.
As you walk into this inviting ice cream parlour, you will feel as though you’ve stepped on the most beautiful lawn garden. There are plenty of seats outdoor, coupled with swings and rocking horses if you want to soak up the atmosphere outside.
Eighteen below Ice Cream offers tasty rich ice cream flavors that are bound to parch your throat. Prices start at 69 Baht per scoop but hey, you get what you pay for!
We recommend their signature coconut flavor. Afterall, what’s a beach vacation without some coconut ice cream, right?
You will also find delicious pastries and beautiful homemade cakes in this beautifully decorated space. Do try their highly raved chocolate peanut butter cake and rare cheese chocolate pie and feel the chocolate oozing in your mouth!
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