If Hua Hin and the Petchaburi region isn’t already at the top of your bucket list, these 24 reasons will convince you why it should be!
From resorts and fishing villages, to street eats and markets, Hua Hin and its neighbouring locales offer something for everyone. Known for their flourishing art scene and expansive white beaches, the beauty of this region is (almost) beyond compare.
Stay for a week and or stop over for a weekend. You’ll fall in love with the charm and culture of this bustling seaside town.
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1. The hippest hangout place – Seenspace Hua Hin
Seenspace Hua Hin is a stylish beachfront mall with the occasional celebrity, where there’s cute cafes to grab lunch at.
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 good options.
You can also shop here with mid-range to affordable designer wear boutiques. (Sretsis has their Sretsis Mermaid Bar and Shop here too!)
2. Bask in sunrays inside of a secluded Thai pavilion – Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park (1-hour drive from Hua Hin)
Legend has it, 300 Chinese tradesmen sought refuge throughout the islands after their Junk Boat capsized. This was said to be many, many years ago when the sea reached further inland.
Dubbing the area, Ko Sam Roi Yot, which translates to “Island of Three Hundred Peaks.” – the waters eventually receded, and the name transitioned to Khao Sam Roi Yot which translates to “Mountain of Three Hundred Peaks.”
Khao Sam Roi Yot is a labyrinth of caves, coves, and viewpoints attaining nirvana for outdoor enthusiasts. Spend the day exploring reticent beaches, desolate islands, freshwater marshes, and ethereal caverns.
2-a) Mystical cave views – Phraya Nakhon Cave
Phraya Nakhon Cave is a must see. If timed properly (10am precisely), you may experience the wonderment of the sun’s rays pouring in over the hidden Thai pavilion.
2-b) Hike to a gorgeous lookout – Khao Daeng Viewpoint (“Red Mountain”)
Khao Daeng Viewpoint will also take your breath away with its unimaginable views. Toss your sandals aside and lace up your hiking shoes if you’re willing to endure this 50-minute hike to the lookout.
For an even more enchanting view, climb to the summit for sunrise and watch the mountains come alive before your eyes.
2-c. Walk over the marsh – Bueng Bua Wood Boardwalk
For a different, yet similarly breathtaking experience, walk the 1km Bueng Bua Wood Boardwalk over the marsh!
Additional Tip: Be prepared to rent a motorbike or pushbike to get around the park. Prices will range from 250-350 Baht per day for motorbikes, to 100-200 Baht for pushbikes.
2-d. Climb the rocky paths of one of the largest waterfalls in Thailand – Pala-U Waterfall
On the south side of Kaeng Krachan National Park, bordering Myanmar, lays one of the largest waterfalls in the country. Standing sixteen steps tall, very few reach the top.
The first three levels are accessed through well-maintained, easily accessed rocky paths. Beyond the third level, the hike becomes gruelling and should only be attempted by those who are physically capable.
As the higher levels see much less foot traffic, they are not well maintained rendering the paths quite dangerous.
Most will reach the third tier, and take advantage of its beautiful pools as an opportunity to cool off. However, if you are able to reach the higher levels you will be rewarded with unimaginable views, overlooking Thailand and Myanmar.
3. Find hidden gems in Hua Hin’s Unique hotels
Why would you stay in a regular hotel when you can stay in an Arabian palace or a traditional luxury boathouse? Ladies, you’ll love Instagramming at these beautiful life-sized dollhouses where you can slip directly into the pretty lagoon pool!
3-a. Rub the Genie’s lamp and arrive in Arabia – Villa Maroc Resort, Pranburi
An enchanting resort, Villa Maroc offers the best of Arabian culture right at your fingertips – with many gorgeous photo-worthy spots around the property, including a rooftop plunge pool providing an incredible view.
The unique rooms of Villa Maroc are dipped in designs and themes inspired by traditional spices and herbs of the Maghreb region of the Arab world – whisking you away into an exotic paradise.
And at the resort’s aptly named restaurant Casablanca, you’ll also get to experience Arabian hospitality and cuisine. There’s even a Shisha Bar for those looking to enjoy something exotically Arabian!
If you’re looking to pamper yourself, Villa Maroc provides the best in Thai massage therapy, whilst surrounded with the elegance of Arabian furnishings. Release your stresses in a massage under an Arabian cabana on the beach.
For a bit of diversion during your stay, don’t forget to take a leisurely morning or late afternoon walk along Pak Nam Pran road just behind Villa Maroc. There are plenty of cosy cafes such as Ley Café, Blue Butterfly Café, and more to explore!
3-b. A hidden gem within a hidden gem – The Sea-Cret Garden Hotel
A favourite among fashionable ladies, the Sea-Cret Garden resort features gleaming hues akin to a life-size dollhouse.
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