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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 offers 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. 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.

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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.”

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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.

1-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.

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1-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.

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For an even more enchanting view, climb to the summit for sunrise and watch the mountains come alive before your eyes.

1-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!

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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.

1-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.

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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.

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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.

Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park

Address: Kui Buri District, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand
Getting there: Headquarters are located 40km north of Hua Hin. There are no public transportation services available to Khao Sam Roi Yot, but many private cars and taxis are available for hire from Hua Hin.
Contact: +66 89 782 6002
Price/Entrance Fees: 100 Baht / USD $2.80

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2. Feel like a Grecian god in little Santorini – Santorini Amusement Park

At Santorini Park, you will feel as though you have just stepped out of Asia and into little Santorini, the Grecian paradise island.

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The park is an amalgamation of art, quirky shopping with local and international brands, entertainment and cafes. Spend the day carousing through boutique shops, and if you aren’t interested in shopping? Instead, indulge your inner foodie.

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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.

For you Instagram connoisseurs, the photo opportunities are endless!

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Colourful umbrellas 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 your Valencia filter.

Santorini Amusement Park

Address: 76120 Phetchaburi, Cha-am District, Kao Yai, Thailand
Getting there: The red bus Petchaburi – Hua Hin leaves every 20 to 30 minutes from Hua Hin local market. Notify the driver that you are getting off at Santorini Park Cha-Am.
Contact: (66) 2434 69218 / (66) 2434 7537
Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 10am to 7pm; Saturday – Sunday, 9am to 7pm
Entrance Fees: 150 Baht (Non-Resident), 50 Baht (Resident)
Tickets for Rides and Attractions: From 120 Baht to 240 Baht / USD $3.40-6.80

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

Make sure to arrive early to see the incomparable sunrise over the Bang Tabun River – and prepare to have your breath taken away.

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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. Fun fact: Bang Tabun is known as Thailand’s largest cockle producer!

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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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The Bryde’s whales can reach up to fifty-five feet in length and weigh nearly thirty tons once they are fully-grown. The males will appear slightly smaller than the female whales at maturity.

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

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*
Email: [email protected]
Opening hours: Tours are from 6am to 6pm
Price/Entrance Fees: 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)
*Contact, Website, Hours, and Fees are based on Hivesters, a company dedicated to protecting and enriching the lives of the Bryde’s whales
**Dependant on company/operator

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4. Experience the top highlights of Italy just minutes away from Hua Hin – The Venezia

If you haven’t gotten your fill of Europe during your stay in Hua Hin, make sure to visit The Venezia. This large, open-air shopping destination has harnessed the charm and attraction of Venice, Italy.07. Venice Thailand-by-monthon wachirasettakul

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With a replica of the famous San Marcos square bell tower and a 200-meter Grand Canal, fully equipped with gondola rides – you just might forget that you are still in Thailand. Even though the Fontana di trevi belongs in Rome, it has been added here for good measure.

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Along with the 350+ little shops found at The Venezia, you’ll find music gardens, 3D art galleries, mini trains, horse drawn buggies, and upside-down houses – not your average shopping center. (PS: This trend of themed shopping villages is growing across the country just like the Palio Village in Khao Yai!)

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A fee of 50 Baht is required to enter the shopping village. The attractions, however, are at an additional cost. But as shopping malls go, you won’t find one as whimsical as The Venezia.

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The Venezia

Address: 1899 Petch Kasem Road, Sai Tai, Cha-am, Petchaburi 76120
Getting there: Take bus 420 to Petchaburi from the Hua Hin bus terminal (bus fare 45 Baht). Get off along Phetch Kasem Road. The bus departs every hour.
Contact: +66 3244 2823-5 / +66 2930 5191-5 (EXT 113, 114, 117)
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 11.30pm
Entrance Fees: 50 Baht / USD $1.40
Tickets for Rides and Attractions: From 40-160 Baht / USD $1-4.50

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5. Feast, Farm, Five-and-Dime. Who could ask for more? – 1000Sook Food and Farm

Another relaxing afternoon activity is a visit to the trifecta that is 1000Sook Food and Farm. There are three parts to this colourful destination: restaurant, mini farm, and shopping outlet.

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Take a nice little stroll through the European-themed mini farm. It is beautifully landscaped and extremely attractive to the eye. You will find that the photo opportunities are limitless.

The mini-farm is complete with sheep, Shetland ponies, ducks, and rabbits. Have a relaxing stroll through the farm, and if you don’t feel like walking, there are horse-drawn buggy rides offered too!

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After exploring the farm, cool off with an iced-tea at 1000Sook Food and Farm restaurant. Better yet, make sure to try the Tom Yum soup. The restaurant offers an abundance of delicious Thai and Western cuisine options for reasonable prices.

PS: Do enquire about your entrance fee being waived if you plan to make a few purchases at the outlet shops.

1000Sook Food and Farm

Address: Petchakasem Road, Amphoe Cha-Am, Phetchaburi, Thailand
Getting there: Located just past Santorini Park, you won’t miss this vibrant outlet. If you take the red bus Petchaburi – Hua Hin, leaving every 20 to 30 minutes from Hua Hin local market. Remember to notify the driver that you are getting off at 1000Sook Food and Farm.
Contact: +66 83 611 0624
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday, 8am to 8.30pm; Saturday – Sunday, 8am to 9pm
Price/Entrance Fees: 50 Baht / USD $1.40 (Adult), 30 Baht / USD $0.80 (Child)

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6. Step out of Asia and into lush Morocco at Hua Hin’s newest theme park – Camel Republic

You’ll feel as if you’ve just taken a step into Morocco once you arrive at Camel Republic.

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As one of Cha Am’s newest attractions, Camel Republic offers the perfect blend of activities for animal lovers and thrill seekers.

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For the animal lover, spend an afternoon getting acquainted with the Arabian camels or feeding the goats throughout the mini zoo – Camel Republic is also home to giraffes and various species of brightly coloured birds!

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The thrill seekers might opt for the “Flying Macaw” or the “Sky Fly” at the amusement park. These rides are certain to get your adrenaline pumping.

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Throughout the park, there are many opportunities to shop at several outlet stores, as well as restaurants to pique your appetite!

Camel Republic

Address: 456 Moo 2, Khao Yai, Cha-Am, Phetchaburi 76120
Getting there: Camel Republic is located 20 minutes from Hua Hin on Phetchakasem Road at KM187 across from Santorini Park.
Contact: +66 9 2269 5055
Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday, 10am to 6pm; Friday – Sunday & Holidays, 9am to 9pm
Entrance Fees:
For Non-Residents – 200 Baht / USD $5.60 (Adult), 120 Baht / USD $3.40 (Child)
For Residents – 120 Baht / USD $3.40 (Adult), 90 Baht / USD $2.50 (Child)
*Additional fees for rides (120-240 Baht / USD $3.40-6.80)
**By visiting Santorini Park first, Camel Republic admissions are free

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7. Need a boost? These cafés will be sure to quench your thirst and tease your imagination

Take your pick out of dozens of unimaginable cafés strewn throughout Hua Hin. Listed are only a few of the extraordinary samples of gems you may find around town.

7-a) Designed for the dog lovers – Inu Café

Inu Café is the café destination designed with every dog lover in mind. With a dozen Shiba Inus around, you’ll feel as though you are hanging out a friend’s house at Inu Café.

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One thing to note, Inu Café does not serve coffee. However they have a delicious range of fruit juices and sodas on their menu. Cuddle up with a Shiba and try their array of Thai and Western dishes!

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Inu Café

Address:10 21 8, Naebkehards Alley, Hua Hin, Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand
Contact: +66 81 915 8242
Opening hours: Wednesday – Monday, 11am to 8pm (Closed every Tuesday)
Price/Entrance Fees: Free!

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7-b) Have a cosy pony afternoon – Pony Café

This is the must go-to place for families with kids, and well, unfortunately there aren’t real ponies around.

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Not to worry though, it’s beautiful vintage décor will more than make up for it. You will find cute colourful displays of little ponies, plates, and paintings.

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Yes, this place reeks and smells of antique, teak and wood. We don’t think it’s a bad thing though, especially when you can take photographs from every angle and corner. What do you say?

Of course, food is delicious and affordable. Nice ambience and great food, what else more can we ask for?

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Order penne pasta, cheesy pizza, and yes, stuff yourself silly with western delights – and then wash down the grease and calories with a cup of refreshing iced tea.

Pony Café

Address: 66/118, Phetkasem Road, Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110
Contact: +66 80 658 5353
Opening hours: 9am to 930pm
Price: 100-700 Baht (USD $3-20)

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7-c) Stunning homemade food and fun crafting events – Bliss Bakery and Café

Simply put, Bliss Bakery provides homemade goodness – and the food is stunning, like culinary works of art. If you’re interested, Bliss serves a variety of dishes from Breakfast to Lunch, from French to Thai.

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Bliss Bakery and Café

Address: 178/221 Soi Hua Hin, 82 Phetkasem Road, Hua Hin, Amphoe Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand 77110
Contact: 098 712 8368
Opening hours: Daily 9am to 10pm
Price/Entrance Fees: Free!

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8. Get your camera ready for this story-book European petting zoo – Swiss Sheep Farm

This lovely Swiss Sheep Farm has a nursery rhyme/dream-like quality to it. Aside from the New Zealand sheep, you will feel as though you have been transported through several European countries.

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The farm is adorned with a red English telephone booth, Dutch windmill, and German Volkswagen caravan – all of these make for excellent photo opportunities.

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Swiss Sheep Farm is an ideal destination for a short stop over, and a fun afternoon for the kids. They will love feeding the sheep, and riding in the back of a horse-drawn buggy.

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And if you’re feeling adventurous, you can even try your hand at archery!

When the day is done, Swiss Sheep Farm has a quaint café serving coffee and refreshments at very reasonable prices. Grab a coffee and simply relax the day away.

Swiss Sheep Farm

Address: Kao Yai, Cha-am District, Petchaburi Thailand 76120
Getting there: Ideally, you should visit the Swiss Sheep Farm on the same day that you visit Santorini Park and Camel Republic. As it is located on a highway, it is not idea for walking. It is recommended to hire a private car or tuk-tuk for the day.
Contact: 032-772495
Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 10am to 7pm; Saturday – Sunday, 9am to 7pm
Entrance Fees: 50 Baht / USD $1.40 (Adult), 30 Baht / USD $0.80 (Child)

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9. Indulge your inner child at Thailand’s largest waterslide – Vana Nava Hua Hin Water Jungle

Located just 5 minutes from Hua Hin city centre is Vana Nava Water Jungle. Vana Nava is the perfect family-friendly destination. Children will love the countless activities and attractions!

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Head over to Coconut Beach: the activity hub of Vana Nava. The kids will love jumping through the varying waves at the massive wave pool – while you enjoy a relaxing Thai massage poolside!

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If not, experience 19 thrilling waterslides – including the Abyss. Standing at 28 metres tall, the Abyss is Thailand’s largest waterslide. You can reach speeds as fast as 45 kilometres per hour!

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Perhaps you would rather take it easy? Grab a tube and float down the lazy river. You’ll pass through caves and float under bridges.

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And if you need a break, you can always dry off and relax at the Tree Top Lounge. At Vana Nava, there is something for everyone.

Vana Nava Hua Hin Water Jungle

Address: 129/99 Soi Moo Baan Nong Kae, Nong Kae, Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110
Getting there: Located only 5 minutes from the city center. From the railway overpass, Vana Nava is less than 200 meters from the foot of the bridge on the left. (Shuttle bus services and private transfers are also available.)
Contact: 032-909-606
Opening hours: Water Jungle Zone – Monday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm; Adventure Zone – Monday to Sunday, 10am to 9pm
Entrance Fees:
Water Park – 1000 Baht / USD $28.50 (Adult); 600 Baht / USD $17 (Child/Senior)
Adventure Zone – 150 Baht / USD $4 (Ropes/Rock Ticket 30 mins/round); 250 Baht / USD $7 (Ropes & Rock 30 mins/round; 400 Baht / USD $11 (Flow Rider Ticket 60 mins/round)

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10. Embrace nostalgia as you dive into the shops and entertainment – Hua Hin Tique Walking Street

Follow the yellow-parked-truck to Hua Hin Tique Walking Street. Originally the location of the Hua Hin Floating Market now lays this vintage, trendy tourist hotspot. From the moment you arrive, you will fall in love with the retro atmosphere.

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Kick back at the Beer Garden or get lost in the live music at different venues. Walk around in search of a new outfit or drool over unique vintage cars.

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The market has so much to offer: animal show, outstanding restaurants, outdoor movies, pedal boats, and so much more. Lose track of time and get lost in the moment at Hua Hin Tique.

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Make sure to take a look at the events calendar before your visit, Hua Hin Tique often hosts outdoor concerts playing late into the night!

Hua Hin Tique Walking Street

Address: Soi 112, Amphoe Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand
Contact: 032 510 222 / 092-727-1122 / 080-240-5555
Opening hours: Daily from 4pm to 12 midnight
Entrance Fees: Free!

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11. 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.

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This vintage village fully encompasses “the good old times” inspired by Thai Chinese neighbourhoods that once occupied Hua Hin and Bangkok. At Plearnwan, it’s all about happiness and feeling good.

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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. 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

Address: 38, Soi 40, Hua Hin Road, Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110 Thailand
Getting there: From Hua Hin Night Market, take a songthaew from Fatino Shop to Khao Ta Kieb (or from 7/11).
Contact: +66 32 520311-2
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 12 midnight
Entrance Fees: Free!

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12. Explore the three peaks of Phra Nakhon Khiri overlooking scenic Phetchaburi – 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).

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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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When visiting, be sure to conceal all food as monkeys run rampant throughout the site.

Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park

Address: Entrance off Phetkasem Road, Phetchaburi, 76000 Thailand
Getting there: From Hua Hin, take the orange bus to Patchaburi (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: 8.30am to 5.30pm (Historic Park); 9am to 4pm (Museum)
Price/Entrance Fees: 40 Baht / USD $1.10

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13. Drink in the mountainous views and indulge in wine – Hua Hin Hills Vineyard

45 minutes from downtown Hua Hin lays the lush, rolling hills of Hua Hin Hills Vineyard. Home to Monsoon Valley Wines, 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.

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Tour packages are also available for purchase (not mandatory when exploring Hua Hin Hills Vineyard).

The premium tour will grant you 2 hours of admission at the vineyard, a premium tapas set, fresh grape juice, 3 wine tastings, 3 snack pairings, as well as a 15-minute elephant ride.

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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.

Hua Hin Hills Vineyard

Address: 1 Moo 9, Baan Khork Chang Patana, Nong Pulp, Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand, Hua Hin 77110
Getting there: As Hua Hin Hills Vineyard is located 45 minutes from downtown Hua Hin, there are shuttle services available. Round trips are offered twice per day for 300 Baht / USD $8.50. Shuttles depart from Villa Market in downtown. (Shuttle times: 10:30-14:00 and 15:00-18:00)
Contact: 081-701-0222 / 081-701-0444 / 081-904-0555
Opening hours: Daily from 10am to 6pm
Tour prices: 1400 Baht / USD $39.90 per person for Wine & Tapas (2 hours); 1700 Baht / USD $48.40 per person including transfer.

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14. Witness the historical beauty of Thailand’s intricate railway station – Hua Hin Railway Station

Considered the most stunning railway station in the country, Hua Hin Railway Station embodies a lot of history as well. Originally built in 1910, it was then rebuilt in 1926 to its current Victorian style architecture.

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One of the main features of the station is the Royal Waiting Room. This was once used to welcome the king and his court upon their visits to Hua Hin!

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The station is still completely functional with trains arriving regularly from the capital. Even if you aren’t planning to catch a train, it is well worth a stop over to admire the intricate architectural design of the building.

Secret Tip: Outside of the station, there is a hidden library. Two of the old train carriages have been overhauled and turned into beautiful, quaint libraries.

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They are free for the locals in the community, so a majority of the books are written in Thai. However, it is a unique little find you might want to visit, and even take photos in!

Hua Hin Railway Station

Address: Phra Pokklao Road, Hua Hin Subdistrict, Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan
Getting there: Pro Pokklao Road – at the end of Damnoen Kasem Road.
Contact: +66 32 511 073
Prices/Entrance Fees: Free!

15. Admire the natural beauty of this National Park – Kaeng Krachan National Park & Suspension Bridge (1-hour drive from Hua Hin)

You’ll plan to come for the day and end up wanting to stay a week at Thailand’s largest national park. With nearly 3000 square kilometers of natural terrain, Kaeng Krachan National Park has something unique to offer for every level of adventure.

Between caves, waterfalls, rugged slopes, and river gorges, Kaeng Krachan is utopia for every nature lover. Every inch of the park is just screaming to be discovered.

Many large animals roam the park, from elephants to tigers, and Asian black bears to the rare barking deer. Kaeng Krachan National Park is truly a piece of untouched nature.

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The park flaunts remarkable views throughout. At the beginning of the park, a small path leads you to a spectacular viewpoint as well as, arguably, one of the most impressive suspension rope bridges in the country.

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You won’t want to miss the Panoenthung viewpiont as well. From here, you’ll get to enjoy scenic views of the mountain and sea of fog from up high. (It almost looks like an extremely dreamy bed made of clouds to us. ♥.♥)

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Kaeng Krachan National Park & Suspension Bridge

Address: Huai Mae Priang, Kaeng Krachan District, Phetchaburi 76170
Getting There: From Phetchaburi, hire a songthaew to Ban Nong Phlab.
Contact: +66 32 459 293
Opening hours: Sam Yot Checkpoint 5am to 7pm (Closed from August to November)
Price/Entrance Fees: 300 Baht / USD $8.50 (Adult), 100 Baht / USD $2.80 (Child)
*additional 30 Baht / USD $0.80 if you intend to camp

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16. Navigate the bustling streets and let your inner thrifter rejoice – Cicada Night Market

For a dose of art and culture, Cicada Night Market is where you want to be. By night, the lights are simply mesmerising.

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The market itself is subdivided into 4 unique venues: Cicada Art Factory, Cicada Cuisine, Art à la Mode, and Amphitheatre.

Cicada Art Factory rotates through various art exhibitions flaunting the works of young and upcoming artists. Featuring a variety of art portrayed through portraits, sculptures, paintings, and photography. The intention is to help generate interest and revenue in these new artists.

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Did someone say international eats and cold beer? You’ll find seafood, Satay, Pad Thai, Korean BBQ, Italian and Chinese noodles as far as the eye can see.

Other than food, Art à la Mode is a thrifters paradise. Local vendors flock to Cicada Market to showcase their talents by selling souvenirs, handicrafts, fashion clothing and accessories.

Practice your bartering skills and treat yourself to something that’s one-of-a-kind!

Finally, the Amphitheatre venue is sure to capture your wandering eye. And if the music isn’t enough to lure you in, the dancing and theatre performances should seal the deal.

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Cicada Night Market

Address: 83/159 Nong Kae, Hua Hin 77110
Getting There: Cicada is at the corner of the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Sasi Diner on Khao Takiab Hua Hin Road.
Contact: +66 99 669 7161
Opening hours: Fri-Sun, 4pm to 11pm (On Sundays, it closes at 10pm)

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17. Barter your way through the boardwalk – Sam Phan Nam Floating Market

The expansive area of the Sam Phan Nam Floating Market attracts both tourists and locals alike. Conveniently, Sam Phan Name is open every day of the week so it is easily worked into your schedule.10.-Sam-Phan-Nam-by-jaideeresort,-pandachacha1216,-aimaimii,-thaifloatingmart

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You’ll find yourself spending hours wandering around the boardwalk of the market. With nearly 200 shops and 40 market-boats, there is no telling what treasures you will find. The floating portion of the market sells everything from food to locally made souvenirs.

The market is asily navigated by foot. However, for a really unique experience, some may opt to take a pedalo to circulate through the floating portion of the market.10-overview-via-tiramedstore,-thaifloatingmart

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In the afternoons you may also experience traditional Thai shows at no additional fees. The costumes are beautiful, making for an excellent photo opportunity!

Sam Phan Nam Floating Market

Address: 88/8 Moo 13, Tombon Nong Hoi, Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan
Getting there: A short distance from the train station in Hua Hin, located in Soi Hua Hin 112
Contact: 032-900-111 / 081-457-8888
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 11pm
Entrance Fees: 200 Baht / USD $5.60

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18. Mingle with monkeys and visit the 20-meter golden Buddha – Chopstick Hill (Khao Takiab)

Sitting atop this 272-meter hill, is a 20-meter tall golden Buddha statue overlooking the sea. The figure can be seen from the beach, however is much more striking up close.

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Not only will you want to see the golden Buddha, but the views of the boundless beaches of Hua Hin from this height are phenomenal.

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As a warning, if the name doesn’t already spell it out for you, this hill is polluted with monkeys. Conceal any food you have on your person, as they are relentless and will not think twice about swiping items from your grasp.

If you are at all uncomfortable with monkey’s invading your personal space, this trek may not be in the cards for you.

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Prior to ascending the hill, take a few minutes and venture to the beach situated to the right of the hill. Admire the pesky monkeys playfully diving from the rocks into the water to cool off and bathe in. For the monkey-space-invasion-haters, this activity can definitely be done from a distance.

Chopstick Hill (Khao Takiab)

Address: Hua Hin, Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand
Getting There: Located approximately 6km from the city centre, tuk-tuk (200-300 Baht) is the best form of transportation to and from Monkey Mountain.
Price/Entrance Fees: Free!

19. Treat your inner thrill-seeker – Black Mountain Wake Park

Whether you are an expert wake boarder or barely a beginner, Black Mountain Wake Park accommodates every level of experience.

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For the experts, there are a variety of jumps to challenge and motivate yourself with. Considered the “pro-class,” you’ll enjoy the several obstacles set out throughout the park.

For the beginner, Black Mountain Wake Park offers free lessons to get you up and moving comfortably.

There is no safer environment to get started in. If you fall, the staff at BM Wake Park will help you get back up again!

Black Mountain Wake Park

Address: 1/2, 2 Flint, Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand
Contact: +66 80 024 2836
Opening Hours: Daily 10am to 5pm
Price/Entrance Fees:
2 Hours 600 Baht / USD $17
4 Hours 900 Baht / USD $25.50
Day Pass 1,200 Baht / USD $34
Week Pass 5,000 Baht / USD $141.80
Month Pass 15,000 Baht / USD $425.60
*Prices do not include equipment rental (100 Baht / USD $2.80 per day)

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20. Indulge in some great music – The Saxophone Lounge (Now closed as they are preparing to move to Khao Takiab)

Itching for an authentic, off-the-beaten-path taste of Hua Hin? Do you find that you can never get enough jazz or motown music in your life?

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Whether you have answered yes or no to both of these questions, the solution remains: Hua Hin Saxophone Lounge. This place is truly the best-kept secret of Hua Hin nightlife.

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Now that the cat is out of the bag, join in on Wednesday nights for your chance to get on stage with the Rat Cats. Bonus: if you play any form of jazz instrument, you just may get the chance to showboat your talent in front of a live audience at The Saxophone Lounge.

Grab some friends and head over. Shows begin at 8.30pm from Tuesday to Saturday. With various talents from across the world, the Saxophone Lounge always impresses.

This place is so popular, that if you plan to stop by, you better make reservations. Seats always fill up fast!

The Saxophone Lounge

Address: 10/80 Soi 94, Hua Hin, Prachuab Khiri Khan, Thailand
Getting there: At the end of Soi 94, turn right and then take your first left. Parking is available.
Contact: +66 86 962 5166
Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 6pm to 1am (Closed Sunday – Monday)
Price/Entrance Fees: Free!

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

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

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You will experience Thai art first hand, while observing and interacting with the nineteen different in-house artists: painters, sculptors, and moulders.

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

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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 is ice-cream! Also, they serve one of the best pad thai.

What better way to wrap up your visit at Baan Sillapin?

Baan Sillapin Art Village

Address: No. 81 Moo 14 Tambon Hin Lek Fai, Hua Hin 77110
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: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am to 5pm (Closed on Mondays)
Price/Entrance Fees: 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)

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22. Treat your eyes to one of Thailand’s most remarkable cave shrine – Tham Khao Luang Cave (1-hour drive from Hua Hin)

A favourite to Rama IV, Tham Khao Luang Cave is possibly one of Thailand’s most remarkable cave shrines. While there are caves littering the province, Tham Khao Luang remains the largest and most intricate cave in Phetchaburi province.

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Upon entering, you’ll be greeted by shameless monkeys in search of attention and treats. Make sure to keep your belongings close!

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The view inside of the cave is spectacular. Intricate stalactites dangle from above and the shimmering light casts a mystical aura throughout. A tourist favourite is the heart-shaped skylight. Sunlight sparkles through the skylight and into the cave, illuminating more than 180 golden Buddha statues.

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Specifically, Tham Khao Luang Cave houses a Buddha statue erected under the reign of King Rama V dedicated to King Rama III and King Rama IV!

Tham Khao Luang Cave

Address: Thongchai, Mueang Phetchaburi District, Phetchaburi, Thailand
Getting there: From downtown Phetchaburi minibus station, Tham Khao Bin is a 20-minute bus ride. You will be dropped off along the highway, from there, the cave is 2km walking distance away. Round-trip bus fare should could 150 Baht. You can also reach the cave by tuk-tuk, rickshaw or motorbike.
Opening hours: Daily 8am to 8pm
Price/Entrance Fees: Free!

23. Stroll silently through Thailand’s largest mangrove forest – Pranburi Forest Park (0.5-hour drive from Hua Hin)

Pranburi Forest Park features Thailand’s largest mangrove forest. A wooden walkway has been constructed spanning one kilometre of the forest.

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The shade of the mangroves make this walk is extremely pleasant, and depending on the time you arrive, you may see crabs dancing along the water’s edge!

At the end of the path, you will reach a small pier. From here, you may hire a boat to take you through the mangrove river. You might even be fortunate enough to see a monitor lizard!

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For a truly remarkable view, arrive around 1pm just as the sun is starting to set. The golden light quivers along the tree canopies bringing the forest to life. It is a magnificent sight to see.

Pranburi Forest Park

Address: Amphur Pran Buri, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand 77220. Coordinates here
Getting there: From Hua Hin, follow the main road 25km south. Follow the signs to Pran Buri Forest Park. Tuk-tuks and songthaews are also for hire.
Contact: +66 32 621608 / +66 97 874812
Opening hours: Daily until 6pm
Price/Entrance Fees: Free! (Boat rides from 400 Baht / USD $11.30 per person)

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24. Experience first-hand the Petchaburi salt harvest – Petchaburi Salt Farms

Petchaburi is littered with various saltpans.

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While there will be few tourists, if you are able to rise before the sun – seeing the workers begin their harvest beneath the moon just as the sun is rising, makes for a beautiful photo opportunity.

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Water is pumped from the sea up to the saltpans via windmill. The water rests where it is set to evaporate in the hot tropical sun. Repeatedly, the workers will flood, rake, and roll the salt until they are able to form small white pyramids. This process spans two months until the salt is ready for harvest.

Once harvested, the salts have various destinations. The best quality salts are destined for a culinary fate, while the lower quality salts are transported to the northern hemisphere, for use on winter roads.

*Address and contact information is unavailable as this is not an organized attraction

By now, you’re probably already packing your bags for Hua Hin. With scrumptious street eats, endless beaches, unique family attractions, and more – what’s not to love about beautiful Hua Hin?

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