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Have you travelled the extent of Southeast Asia and have been dreaming lately about European shores? I must admit, Europe has my heart, but a trip there can really put a gaping hole in your wallet.

So when we stumbled onto Hua Hin, we couldn’t believe our eyes when we realised the vast similarities she holds to the picturesque seaside town of Santorini in Greece~

Life on this hilly island is relaxed and filled with gorgeous Greek architecture, seaside cafes and culturally loved activities such as fishing villages and art spaces. Much to our delight, Hua Hin proved to be a great comparison and lived highly up to our Santorini expectations.

From it’s Greek Taverna to Santorini replica villas, and even a theme-park made to mirror the streets of the Greek island – you’ll find yourself slipping into a Grecian dream, and the next best thing to a Santorini vacay!

PS: You can pick up your local SIM card, organise airport transfers from Don Mueang or Suvarnabhumi airport, private city transfers, private car with driver, luggage services, etc all with the help and convenience of our friends over at Klook.

Read more:

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When travelling to places that are a bit smaller, it’s often easiest to get yourself a private tour guide. Thankfully, we’ve found that Klook has some awesome packages and deals that make travelling from Bangkok to Hua Hin that much smoother.

It’s always a question of which transport mode is most convenient while being cost effective at the same time.

We’ve personally tried and tested Klook’s private chartered car with driver, and we can testify to it lifting that extra bit of stress off your shoulders.

It was also great having a personal driver to help with directions, as well as suggest awesome activities to do and places to see!

And if you’re super excited to get to know Hua Hin and it’s surrounding areas, Klook also offer awesome activities (with great prices, we’ve double checked 😉).

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1. Eat so typically Greek this could be in Santorini itself – Greek Taverna

Growing up I had the pleasure of indulging in a lot of Greek food (my aunt married a Greek so I have a Greek uncle, plus the extended friends and family) and I’ve always LOVED the food.

If you’ve never eaten at a traditional Greek taverna, this is a close enough second to being in Santorini itself that you’re going to get, all the way out in Thailand.

It’s authentic, and truly feels like you’re sitting in the afternoon heat of the island and ocean breeze, waiting for a delicious array of greek delights! (Nothing beats a great Mezze after a day at the beach).

Grapes hanging from the ceiling (love it), and everything is of course, decked out in whites, blues and woods (the colours of Greece, it is the colour of their flag after all).

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Enjoy all the usual taverna favourites; Tzatziki (90 Baht), Dolmades (150 Baht), Melenzano, Greek Salad (180 Baht) – you’re going to leave feeling all Greeked up and your tummy oh-so-satisfied!

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Greek Taverna

Price: From 90 Baht / approx. USD $2.83
Address: 58 Naresdamri Rd, Tambon Hua Hin, Amphoe Hua Hin, Chang Wat Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 98 463 3622
Opening hours: Daily from 8am to 10pm

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2. Spend a few hours strolling cobbled streets, blue and white Greek style “villas” and boutique shops that’ll make you forget you’re in Thailand – Santorini Park

One of the beauties of Europe (in my personal opinion) is they boast some of the most beautiful architecture in the world. These can still be seen within each city today, from histories and decades ago.

So naturally, walking the streets of any city, especially one like Santorini, is filled with photo opportunities, cute cafes and all sorts of discoveries. Luckily for you over here in Thailand you can experience some of its most beloved features!

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This super cute theme park was made to replicate the streets of Santorini down to the cobbled streets, arrangement of blue and white buildings and street side shops. The result? A stunning amalgamation of art, quirky shopping with local and international brands, entertainment and lovely cafes.

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Spend the day browsing the boutique shops, and if you aren’t interested in shopping, go ahead and indulge your inner foodie.

There are many rides and attractions throughout the park as well. Make sure to check out the amusement park highlights: the Ferris wheel, carousel, water park, swings, and haunted house.

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Colourful umbrellas are embedded in building walls, and fluorescent budding flowers draping off trees, to name a few. Around every corner, there is something quirky and beautiful awaiting you.

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Santorini Park

Price: From 120 Baht / approx. USD $3.77
Address: Petchakasem Road, Amphoe Cha-Am, Phetchaburi, Thailand 76120 Amphoe Cha-Am, Phetchaburi, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 81 930 8967
Opening hours: Mon-Fri from 9.30am to 6.30pm, Sat-Sun from 9am to 6.30pm
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Where to stay for the perfect Santorini picturesque vacay?

These will make you feel like you’re being transported straight to the island, I kid you not. You may have to pinch yourself when you see where you’re going to lay your head at night. Enjoy darlings! ❤️

3. Sorry, could you pinch me, am I actually in Santorini?! – Resort de Paskani

Um, no, you’re not dreaming, and yes, you ARE still in Thailand, I promise, even though it may not look like it…So, wanna spend the next few days in this Santorini paradise? Because I sure do.

It’s been designed to look like the typical greek style villas you’d find on the island, so it feels like you’re actually in the Greek town, walking up and down the street hills and alleys – it’s really cleverly done.

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They’ve also set up the villas next to the waters of the pool, adding to the oceanic vibes, and it’s just 10 metres from Khao Takiab Beach.

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They have 6 room types, and each are as equally gorgeous as the other! The interiors are to-die-for, and they’ve got the Greek design spot on here! (I’m such a fan of that bare, cement aesthetic thing the Greeks have going on!)

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Resort de Paskani

Rate: From 2841 Baht  / approx. USD $89.45
Address: 33/2 Soi Moobaan Takiab, Hua Hin, 77110, Thailand  (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 32 655 229
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4. Totally feeling those Mediterranean vibes – Aleenta Resort & Spa

If you’re not staying in town, then you’re going to be staying on the beachside, or the hill cliffs. iIn this case you’re waking up to a great big sea of blue on your doorstep.

I love, love, loveee the set up and design of each seaside villa, and it also has that raw, natural kind of feeling to it.

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They have several accommodation options, but each villa either has a pool, outside area and faces the ocean.

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They also have some amazing packages that you can try out; visit Aleenta’s organic farm, create your own Signature Gin&Tonic – and they offer a special ‘Female Traveller’ package, that includes some special activities and little touches designed especially for women.

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Aleenta Resort & Spa

Rate: From 4414 Baht  / approx. USD $139
Address: 183 Moo 4, Paknampran, Pranburi, Hua Hin, 77220 Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 (0) 2 514 8124
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5. Classic, classy and so oceanic, a beautiful mall like no other – Seenspace Hua Hin

We all love to do a tad of shopping when on vacay, and Santorini’s streets are lined with little boutique stores. Snap back to this reality and spend the afternoon at this stylish beachfront mall with cute cafes. The best part, this mall almost…kinda… right on the beach!

Done in an overall blue and white theme, wander around the boutiques, chill on beach cabanas and watch the waves.

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White Shuffle (an industrial-style seaside hangout), or Platoo Cafe (a gorgeous white and blue beach cafe that extends out to the sandy beach) are great food options.

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Shopping-wise expect to find mid-range to affordable designer-wear here. (Sretsis has their Sretsis Mermaid Bar and Shop here too!)

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Seenspace Hua Hin

Price: From 150 Baht / approx. USD $4.75
Address:13/14 Hua Hin Soi 35 Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110 Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: 092-3500035
Opening hours: Mon-Fri, 11am to 9pm, Saturdays 12pm to 10pm, Sundays 10am to 10pm

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6. Explore vineyards, taste delicious wine, learn the art of winemaking – Monsoon Valley Vineyard

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting beautiful Greece, particularly the islands, I’m sure you would have noticed the THOUSANDS of vineyards, just casually growing in the garden of every seaside property. And drinking (wine) is basically part of the Greek culture – or so it seems to me anyway! You’ll find it with every meal.

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So visiting and experiencing the wine/vineyard culture here in Hua Hin is pretty much a given if you want a true Santorini experience.

45 minutes from downtown Hua Hin lay the lush, rolling hills of Monsoon Valley Vineyard. You’ll come for the wine and decide to stay for the picturesque views.

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Take a seat at Sala Wine Bar & Bistro and enjoy the sweet tastes of Rhone grapes that make up the Monsoon Valley label wine. Here they do a food & wine pairing – isn’t it just divine!

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You can also learn how they make their grapes in a tropical climate – which I totally love as you can smell the salty air while exploring the huge space. (Just the thought takes me straight back to my uncle’s father’s property on the beach just COVERED in vineyards!)

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Tour packages are also available for purchase (but not mandatory). The premium tour will grant you 2 hours of admission at the vineyard, a premium tapas set, fresh grape juice, 3 wine tastings, and 3 snack pairings.

PS: The tour also includes a 15-minute elephant ride which we strongly recommend not taking up.

Editor’s note: We strongly advocate against elephant rides. Riding elephants can actually cause serious long term harm, as their spines are not made to support the weight of humans. Do try to avoid taking a ride as it is actually harmful to these magnificent animals.

Monsoon Valley Vineyard

Price: From 100 Baht / approx. USD $3.15 (for Vineyard Tour); 240-1730 Baht / approx. USD $7.50-54.28 (for Tour incl. wine-tasting sets)
Address: 1 Moo 9, Baan Khok Chang Patana, Nong Pulp Ban Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand 77110 Amphoe Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 81 701 0222
Opening hours: Daily from 9am to 8pm
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7. There’s something so magical about being on the water on a boat – Day trips, Fishing trips and Sunset Cruises

Greece is made up of many small islands, hence the whole beachside, oceana feeling that we get when thinking of it as a country, right?

And of course when you’re on an island, you just have to take a cruise… Luckily for you, experience the wonders of being on the water as the sun sets, for a quarter of the price over here in Thailand.

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There are many tour companies that you can book a seat with, and they generally consist of a day trip to the surrounding islands, including a stop over at Monkey Island. You can also take part in some fishing if you’re a fan, and there are many fish and squid in these areas. (Ever tried Grilled Squid in any Greek restaurant? It’s really quite yummy!)

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A sunset trip with a traditional Thai dinner (on board of course) and a spot of night-fishing if you may.

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It’s the perfect opportunity for those beautiful holiday photographs, as well as embrace the feeling of having nowhere to be, and nothing to do – what utter bliss (ah, the beauty of vacation/how life feels when you’re in Santorini).

Klook’s Day Fishing Trip

Price: From 1507 Baht / approx. USD $47.45

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Klook’s Dolphin Bay and Monkey Island Cruise

Price: From 1507 Baht / approx. USD $47.45

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Klook’s Sunset Cruise Boat Tour

Price: From 1510 Baht / approx. USD $47.54

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Places to transport you and your tastebuds to the seaside

I don’t know about you, but whenever I’m visiting / vacaying near the ocean / beach / islands, I kind of expect there to be an abundance of fresh, local, seafood and my tastebuds kind of are waiting for it too…And after a day spent in the sun, it’s time to fill the bellies.

8. I mean, as if the name isn’t a given, plus it’s got absolutely stunning views — Big Fish Bar

Being a food-lover, I loved walking along the beachfront, picking and choosing between the beachside cafes to satisfy my hunger for the day. What I loved about each spot in Santorini, is the Mediterranean design that naturally added a sort of classiness to the restaurants.

For me, Big Fish has the same vibe. Tastefully decorated, airy and light and with the colours of the ocean naturally adding a sense of an oceanic feeling.

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Now, what’s a dining experience without a view, am I right?

Big glass open windows face directly out to the ocean, so there’s a huge burst of lightness and blue! I also love their outside seating area, and their cabana loungers are exactly the type of outside seating you’d enjoy at Santorini beachfront places.

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They focus on fresh seafood (their BBQ grill is the one to try), as well as Phuket lobster and they even do a ceviche! They also serve simple snacks and grilled meats, with an International and Asian fusion.

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Big Fish Bar & Grill

Price: From 300 Baht / approx. USD $9.40
Address: 107/1 Phetkasem Rd, Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa, Tambon Hua Hin, Amphoe Hua Hin, Chang Wat Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 (0) 32 904 666
Opening hours: Lunch from 11.30am to 3pm; Dinner from 7pm to 11pm

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9. The Greeks and their wine – Hua Hin Hills Bistro & Wine Cellar

It can’t be mentioned enough. The Greeks really love to have a good time, and that includes drinking some very delicious wine.

This delightful bistro is actually part of Hua Hin Hills, but it’s located in town where you can enjoy all the delish wines from the vineyard itself!

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What I love, love, love is the fact that they have a proper cellar in-house. It feels really authentic, and to me shows the quality, care and pride that they put into their craftsmanship (because making wine is really an art I’d say).

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ALSO, I’m so into the wine barrels used as table stands, this is something you’d come across in any Greek taverna/local pub in Greece.

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Food-wise, they have a great selection, although the menu is not large. Think fresh seafood pastas, pan-seared fish on spaghetti, anddd their desserts look scrumptious!

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Hua Hin Hills Bistro & Wine Cellar

Price: From 100 Baht / approx. USD $3.15
Address: Villa Market, Hua Hin 2nd Floors, 218, Phet Kasem Rd, Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 81 904 3888
Opening hours: Daily from 10am to 10pm

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10. Lounging on cabanas is like, standard at any greek restaurant / bar / or cafe, and there’s no difference here – Azure Restaurant

*Mama Mia, lookatazisbeautifulplaacee!* (said in Greek accent)

Gorgeous, simply gorgeous! Class it up and enjoy breathtaking views, especially around sunset. Remember in Greece everything works a bit slowly, so they only have lunch around 4pm and dinner at 10/11pm.

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Again, it’s cabana-lounger style, with the sound of the ocean’s waves, and is also a perfect spot for cocktails – it becomes super ambient at night too.

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Now let’s talk business, the seafood. They’ve got… Live lobster, white prawn, tiger prawn, river prawn, rock lobster, squid, scallops, mussels, razor clams and a wide selection of a fresh catch of the day.

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And I love this, at their ‘Fish Market’, you just grab a basket and take your pick from their live stations packed with fresh local seafood and organic greens. Then, have your choices weighed, and their chefs will create a dish prepared according to your desired cooking method! Plus complimentary stir-fried vegetable and your choices of sauces.

Azure Restaurant

Price: From 390 Baht / approx. USD $12.26
Address: 53/7 Naresdamri Road, District, Hua Hin, Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 32 616 999
Opening hours: Daily from 11am to 10pm

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11. Enjoy your meal in a beautiful, natural environment, with even better views – La Mer

It’s always ten times better enjoying your seafood when you’re seaside, and the spectacular views here on the bay don’t hurt either!

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Now, not as fancy shmancy as the others, but with views like these and good food, this makes it a little gem. Plus it’s perched next to the waters, with rocks below you and beach flora and fauna… You might as well be on one of the Santorini’s hillside cafes.

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They do all sorts of traditional Thai-style seafood dishes, from oysters to lobster, as well as other traditional Thai-style dishes.

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A great spot that has a lovely outdoor ambiance, and their prices are pretty decent too!

La Mer  

Price: From 100 Baht / approx. USD $3.15
Address: 111/2 Khao Takiab, Nongkae, Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110 (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 32 530 343
Opening hours: Mon-Thu from 10.30am to 9.30pm; Fri-Sun from 10.30am to 10pm

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What’s a beachy getaway without its beaches?

Santorini is an island, so it’s pretty much a given that there’s going to be beautiful beaches around and a lot of time spent in the sunshine! Although they differ in sands (you ain’t gonna find any pebbled sands in Thailand, instead we opt for soft whites) and oceans – we found the best beaches around Hua Hin perfect for swimming, working on that tan and in general enjoying that Vitamin D.

12. Gorgeous mountains and peaceful surroundings – Khao Takiab

Santorini is filled with winding hills and hillsides, and cliffs stretch out into views from here, there and everywhere. So, this beach in particular totally has that feeling with that giant mountain on the roadside, with the beach beside it.

There are some places built into the mountain too, which just adds to the Santorini-like feeling.

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It’s actually 10km out of Hua Hin near a fishing village suburb, and it’s perfect for some peace and serenity – as it’s a bit quieter here.

The beach is also pretty flat from the sand to it’s waves, which is the typical type of tide that Santorini is home to.

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You can expect to find loungers in the sand, dining spots, as well as some water-sport activities.

Khao Takiab

Price: Free!
Address: Nong Kae Subdistrict, Hua Hin 77110, Thailand (Coordinates here)

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13. Take a little drive, do some exploring and head for this epic rocky beach – Khao Kalok  

30km out of town, take a little drive and reach a gorgeous natural haven.

This amazing beach is loved by many but visited by few travellers, and is another one beside a mountain – and this one is stunning! Wow, I absolutely love the rock formation happening here.

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All of the rockery and beach, transport you to another place and it doesn’t feel like a Thai beach at all. When it’s at low-tide you can go out pretty far into the ocean thanks to the calm waters, just as if you were on the island.

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Early every morning people come to pick up trash off of the sands – amazing! – and you can even do some light hiking on the hillside next to it.

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Khao Kalok

Price: Loungers, umbrellas and tables from 30 Baht / approx. USD $0.95
Address: Pak Nam Pran, Pran Buri District, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77120, Thailand (Coordinates here)

14. Water sports, great beachfront restaurants/bars and more – Hua Hin Beach  

Right in the city itself, Hua Hin Beach is your typical tourist beach, much like anywhere in the world really. There’s everything and anything you need for that perfect, care-free day down at the beach.

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It is the most popular among travellers, but that just means more variety, from the food, to the selection of lounger chairs.

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Surrounded by palm trees and beachfront buildings, this one feels like it belongs in an Athens neighbourhood to be totally honest, but this is still Thailand!

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Hua Hin Beach

Address: Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand
(Coordinates here)

15. Feel totally European; hire a scooter and go explore the island – Pranburi Beach (30 km from HuaHin)

If you’re not really the spend-the-entire-day-on-the-beach type, but still like the feeling of sand beneath your toes and your feet in the ocean, then this beach is  probably more your style.

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A long walk along the beach, surrounded by luscious green trees and mountains (it’s next to Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park), you can even explore the local fishing village, national park and caves!

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However if you’re bonkers about being in/on the water, popular water sports and activities include canoeing – the waters look so calm here and one of my favourite days in Greece was canoeing around the islands with my little cousin, who was 11 years old at that time! – kayaking, snorkelling, speedboat trips, jet skis, banana boats, beach volleyball and football.

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Pranburi Beach

Address: Pak Nam Pran, Pran Buri District, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77120, Thailand (Coordinates here)

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16. Watch the sunrise, catch Bryde’s whales, and ride a boat! – Bang Tabun River Floating Fisherman’s Village (1.5 hours from Hua Hin)

Sometimes it truly does feel like life out in Greece is one of a happy fisherman’s; spending the entire day next to the seaside, eating seafood all.the.time and in abundance. It’s basically how the Greeks live, around food and having a good time.

When in Greece one of the popular things to do is go on a boat trip and explore what’s around you, as you pass the cutest fishing boats in bright colours of red, blue, yellow and green.

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For this one they say sunrise is a real treat – if you can make it up that early! Catch an incomparable sunrise over the Bang Tabun River, and prepare to have your breath taken away.

The village comes to life under the rays of the rising sun. The water transforms beneath the golden sun, accentuating the floating fisherman huts along the horizon.

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Fun Fact: Bang Tabun is known as Thailand’s largest cockle producer! For a true tourist experience, boats are for hire. Ride along in one of them, and you will get a glimpse of the cockle farms first hand.

Bang Tabun River also boasts one of the most active whale-watching experiences in Southeast Asia! People flock to Bang Tabun in hopes of seeing a Bryde’s whale in person.

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Many companies offer trips to see the Bryde’s whales up close, and activities at Bang Tabun River including whale-watching make a quintessential day-trip haven!

Bang Tabun River Floating Fisherman’s Village

Price: From 800 Baht / USD $22.70 per round (Cockle Farm Tour), 2000 Baht** / USD $56.70 per person (Whale Watching Tour – includes guide, transportation to/from Bangkok – Samut Sakorn, lunch, drinks, and travel insurance)
Getting there: 20 minutes off Rama 2 Road on Highway 4012. If booking through a tour operator, shuttle services are often included
Contact: 099 708 5695
Opening hours: Tours are from 6am to 6pm
*Contact, Website, Hours, and Fees are based on Hivesters, a company dedicated to protecting and enriching the lives of the Bryde’s whales.
** Dependent on tour company/operator

17. Nourish your creativity with an art class – Baan Sillapin Art Village

Europeans are all about their rich history, culture and art, and they’re very proud of it too! The Thai are the same and they’ve really preserved their history. I mean around all of Thailand you’ll see ancient temples, statues, traditions, etc.

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Well, immerse yourself in a true Thai cultural experience by taking the short trip from Hua Hin city center to Baan Sillapin.

Experience Thai art first hand, while observing and interacting with the nineteen different in-house artists: painters, sculptors and more! How very European of you, Pablo.

If you are travelling with children, Baan Sillapin is an excellent destination for the entire family – since kids’ crafts and activities are available too.

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Feeling inspired? For an additional fee (that’s really easy on the pocket!), you may partake in an art class instructed by one of Baan Sillapin’s professional artists.

Whether you fancy bringing paint to a canvas or turning pottery, you will certainly inspire your inner creative genius. Conveniently, these classes are tailored to accommodate all ages and skill-levels!

After walking around and admiring the different forms of art, head over to the café for a coffee or a glass of wine – and for the kids, there’s ice-cream!

Baan Sillapin Art Village

Price: Admission is free, however there are optional classes offered at a fee. 150 Baht / USD $4.20 (Adult Art Classes), 100 Baht / USD $2.80 (Child Art Classes)
Address: No. 81 Moo 14 Tambon Hin Lek Fai, Hua Hin 77110 (Coordinates here)
Getting there: From Hua Hin, a tuk-tuk should cost 500 Baht round-trip. For a cheaper option, you can take a Pala-U bound songthaew for 20 Baht. Pickup at the corner of Chomsin Road and Sa Song Road. Don’t forget to ask the driver to drop you off at Baan Silapin.
Contact: +66 32 534830
Opening hours: Tue-Sun from 10am to 5pm (Closed on Mondays)

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18. Admire the natural beauty and wonder of this National Park and enjoy getting cultural —  Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park (1-hour drive from Hua Hin)

Overlooking Phetchaburi stands Phra Nakhon Khiri (Holy City Hill) Historical Park, known more commonly among locals as Khao Wang (Palace Hill).

At night, the peaks are lit up and it’s simply gorgeous. It reminds me of this castle that was in Lemnos Island (a Greek island) and at night it was lit up with fairy lights so regal, and well it made me think of this.

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Originally built in 1859 for Rama IV designed as a summer home and getaway. Rama IV was known as “the father of Thai science”, and spent his time at Phra Nakhon Khiri indulging in stargazing and astronomy.

There are 3 main peaks to discover at Phra Nakhon Khiri, each with its own unique treasures.

Get lost exploring the various temples, pagodas, and buildings scattered throughout the hilltops.

From late March to early April, Phra Nakhon Khiri transforms to celebrate the nine day Phra Nakhon Khiri Fair. Adorned with lights, crafts, food, and dance performances, this festival is not to be missed.

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Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park

Price: 40 Baht / approx. USD $1.27
Address: Entrance off Phetkasem Road, Phetchaburi, 76000 Thailand (Coordinates here)
Getting there: From Hua Hin, take the orange bus to Petchaburi (30 Baht). You will see the hill on your left, get off at the next T-junction. From there you will venture by foot up the hill toward the site. It is however, a strenuous hike. Some may choose to take the tram up to the top which is on the opposite side of the hill.
Contact: +66 32 401006
Opening hours: Daily from 8.30am to 5.30pm (Historic Park); 9am to 4pm (Museum)
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Grab a cocktail or two as the sun sets over le ocean

Sometimes nothing beats enjoying a delicious cocktail around sunset, and it always tastes that much better when you’re on holiday, right??

19. Darling, we’re on an ‘island’, of course sunset cocktails are mandatory – La Costa Bar by Laksasubha

This totally has that beach bar feeling somewhere along the Mediterranean, and one like you would find in town (but even town is next to the beach, everything is surrounded by the beach on the island).

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It’s literally on the beach, and you can either choose to chill on the deck or with your toes in the sand, which I have to say, makes for beautiful photos at any time.

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They’ve got a great selection of cocktails, beers and wines, and just in case you were wondering, Happy Hour is from 4-6pm errrr’day.

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La Costa Bar by Laksasubha

Price: From 190 Baht / approx. USD $5.96
Address: 53/7 Naresdamri Road, District, Hua Hin, Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 32 514 525
Opening hours: Mon-Fri from 9.30am to 6.30pm, Sat-Sun from 9am to 6.30pm

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20. Drinks with a breathtaking view of the city – White Lotus (Sky Bar)

Being on the 19th floor and all, this time revel in spectacular sunset views from way above at White Lotus..

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From up above, you’ll see sweeping views of the stunning city below, and it even looks like it could be a Grecian city, with all the clusters of homes and the ocean in front/next to it – albeit this is the Thai rendition offering its own charm and views.

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Enjoy a classic cocktail and they also offer a variety of dim sum – in case you’re feeling slightly peckish.

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This is a gorgeous way to end the day, and you’re definitely going to get some great photos, if you’re on the hunt.

White Lotus (Sky Bar)

Price: From 120 Baht / approx. USD $3.77
Address: 85/7 Phet Kasem Rd, Tambon Hua Hin, Amphoe Hua Hin, Chang Wat Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 32 538 999
Opening hours: Daily from 5.30pm to 11.30pm

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21. What’s a beach day without ice-cream? – Skoop Beach Cafe

Truth be told, without fail, every time we were down at the beach, which was literally every day – 3 weeks in Greece and I was the colour of gold, ah… – anyway, we would always get an ice-cream. It’s so hot that the body just craves something cold! (Plus I’m a kid at heart with a crazy sweet tooth.)

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This spot is perfect for chilling on bean bags in the sand, while licking up homemade gelato, as well as a selection of other sweet treats such as waffles and crepes.

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Spot the super cute entrance stand on the sand, and this is the kind of cafe vibes you’d find on the beaches of Santorini. Simple, delightful, beach vibes, and a great little beach cafe.

Skoop Beach Cafe

Price: From 125 Baht / approx. USD $3.94
Address: Soi Mooban Takiab, Tambon Nong Kae, Amphoe Hua Hin, Chang Wat Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand  (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 98 250 6881
Opening hours: Daily from 9am to 8pm

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22. Cafe for a frappe – Tree House Cafe, Drip Coffee

Every day in Greece is started the same way, first and foremost before anything, a frappe from your local cafe. Anyway, this is serious business and I slowly grew into the habit myself (when returning home all I craved was those iced coffees!).

Tree House is the cutest one-stop coffee shop on the go, and it’s bar counter (you find these all across Europe, from Italy to Hungary), is built among a tropic of reworked walls and greens. It’s literally perfect for a quick iced coffee before really starting your day.

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I’m a coffee snob, and nothing displeases me more than a weak coffee that tastes basically like milk. So I had to include Drip Coffee, who just happen to do a divine drip coffee, using freshly roasted beans from all great coffee growing countries, for example, Costa Rica and Kenya.

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The interiors are homely but modern, eclectic but urban. It’s got a wonderful ambiance inside that makes you want to go back to make it a regular morning coffee-stop.

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Tree House Cafe

Price: From 60 Baht / approx. USD $1.89
Address: 15/117 ซ, Hua Hin 29, Hua Hin, Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand  (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 81 937 0070
Opening hours: Thu-Tue, from 9am to 6pm (Closed Wednesdays)

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Drip Coffee

Price: From 60 Baht / approx. USD $1.89
Address:10 Soi 51 Naeb Kehardt Road, Hua Hin, Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 86 049 2731
Opening hours: Wed-Mon from 8.30 to 7pm (Closed Tuesdays)

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23. Feel good and kickback at one of the most retro villages – Plearnwan, Hua Hin

Plearnwan loosely translates to Play/Learn Yesterday. “Plearn” is a fun play on words between play and learn.

While “wan” translates to yesterday in Thai. This vintage village fully encompasses “the good old times” inspired by Thai Chinese neighbourhoods that once occupied Hua Hin and Bangkok.

I’m sure if Yiayia (Greek for grandmother) visited, she may just feel at home. I love it. In the late afternoon you’ll find all the oldies, and I say that endearingly, gather in town in the afternoon sun, visiting the bakery, a neighbour down the street, picking up their grandchildren from school or joining their pal for a game of chess in the sunshine.

At Plearnwan, it’s all about happiness and feeling good. As you walk through the wooden tunnel at the entrance of the street, you will feel as though you are walking through a time portal.

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Unmistakable nostalgia will encompass you once you step through the tunnel and onto the street.

Spend an evening or an entire day browsing through shops or gorging yourself with incredible street eats! From sweet to savoury, from spicy to chilled, there is something to satisfy every appetite.

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Plearnwan, Hua Hin

Price: Free!
Address: 38, Soi 40, Hua Hin Road, Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110 Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 32 520311-2
Opening hours: Daily from 11am to 12 midnight
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24. Pretend you’re a mermaid and go swimming with the fishes – Snorkelling Cruise

Whenever I’m visiting an island, I love to try as many water activities as possible, getting to know what each ocean holds around the world.

The waters in Greece are that beautiful emerald turquoise blue, and the islands around Hua Hin remind me of it – so naturally, we’re going to want to do a tad bit of snorkelling.

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It’s the same story in Santorini, when you go snorkelling (or diving), you usually need to book through a tour company who take you out on your excursion yonder, into the deep blues and secret spots.

Enjoy snorkelling among a range of biodiverse corals and fish that swim the waters of the eastern gulf of Thailand, work on your tan on a pristine white beach (and lunch is included on the cruise).

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Snorkeling Cruises

Price: From 2564 Baht / approx. USD $80.65

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What’s a holiday in Santorini like? Utter relaxation

I keep going back to it, but it’s so true, when you’re on holiday, you really want to feel like you’re on holiday, and that includes pampering yourself.

25. How could you not feel relaxed in a place as regal as this—  The Barai

Girllll, this place is beautiful, and that’s no lie. It’s designed to replicate an Ashram, and the structure and style is really giving me all sorts of Meditterian, Middle-Eastern vibes and the thickness of the walls here also lend themselves to that Grecian design.

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There are 18 rooms to enjoy a variety of treatments from traditional Thai to Western therapies, and they also offer a selection of wellness programmes.

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The Barai

Price: From 4200 Baht / approx. USD $132
Address: 91 Tambon Nong Kae, Amphoe Hua Hin, Chang Wat Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 32 511 234
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 9pm
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26. Unwind, relax and choose from a wide selection of treatments – Let’s Relax Spa

Also showcasing a bit of history and design, this spa is actually in an old colonial building.

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It’s light, clean and they offer loads of different treatments and packages from foot reflexology massages, to a Four Hands Thai massage.

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PS: The cherry on the cake, they offer complimentary mango sticky rice after you’re done. ❤️

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Let’s Relax Spa

Price: From 450 Baht / approx. USD $14.14
Address: 91 Tambon Nong Kae, Amphoe Hua Hin, Chang Wat Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 (0) 3252 6364
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 12 midnight
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If after all that you’re still not convinced as to why Hua Hin is a fantastic choice to experience a little piece of Santorini vibes, without having to fly all the way there – well then I might suggest you book yourself on the next flight to Santorini itself.

For now though, there’s plenty gorgeous white-washed, blue highlights and oceanic feelings in Hua Hin to keep you content enough with your Santorini dream… for now.

Let us know about your experience and if it transported you to the isle of Greek in any way! We’re dying to hear your thoughts! Tag #TripCanvas in them photos <3

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