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All you need to know to visit Hua Hin

Southern Thailand
230 km from Bangkok
Province of Prachuap Khiri Khan
S Thai prononciation : Houa Hin


Recomm. stay
2 à 5 jours


Practical guide to go and visit Hua Hin

The city is a former fishing village and became a very important destination for both foreign and Thai tourists. Thai people come to spend weekends or family holidays. The King of Thailand himself owns a residence nearby. Accommodations, seafood restaurants, pizzerias, bars, massage parlors are very numerous. Everything is gathered for relaxation and having a great time. There are even Thai Boxing stadiums orrfering games twice a week. Do not expect to have many attractions to visit, Hua Hin is mainly a long beach, a superb golf, massages parlors and a vibrant nightlife in some streets of the city. There are 3 night markets and 2 floating markets.
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Accommodations in Hua Hin

In Hua Hin, the cheapest guesthouses are located on Naresdamri Road part along the sea, Poonsuk Road and surrounding streets. If you choose to sleep in this area you will not be far from the beach and restaurants and the liveliest bars in the city. Those seeking for a little less tourists will probably prefer staying in Khao Takhiap. There are also some small hotels and guest houses at low prices.

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People often ask me what accommodations I recommend in Thailand, here are my recommandations in Hua Hin.

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How to go to Hua Hin ?

Hua Hin is famous for its red and yellow wooden train station, many travelers go there by train. There are a dozen trains a day serving the city (online booking here). However, the bus and minvans are a lot faster. Public or VIP buses leave Bangkok from the Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Mai) every hour. There are also many minivans that offer this trip from the same bus terminal (online booking at the bottom of the page HERE) or Mochit. A VIP bus linking Nakhon Ratchasima to Hua Hin also exists. The direct bus from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Hua Hin is also very convenient (timetable and online booking here)

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How to get around in Hua Hin ?

Generally you can go from your hotel or guesthouse to the nearest beach by walking. But you will need transport to go to Hua Hin night or floating markets or Wat Huay Mongkhon or Khao Takiab or the bus terminal. White songthaews go to the two floating markets and Wat Huay Mongkhon, green songthaews go to Khao Takiab, both pass the largest night market and Hua Hin Market Village shopping mall. Recently another songthaew service appeared and tours around the city.
To go to the nearby towns of Cha Am, Phetchaburi or Pranburi, you can take the red local buses that leave every half hour. Many private taxis also offer their services everywhere in the city but not for short trips. They can take you to Bangkok airport (but there is a VIP bus going there too) or Pattaya for example. Their prices are quite high. YOu can also try to use GRAB application (similar to Uber but there is more Uber in Thailand) which is now available in Hua Hin.

Festivals in Hua Hin ?

Here is a list of the main festivals taking place every year in Hua Hin. I mention their dates as soon as they are official on Thai Festivals page.
hua hin international kite festival

Hua Hin International Kite Festival

This festival generally takes place in the month of March

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hua hin international jazz festival

Hua Hin International Jazz Festival

This festival generally takes place in the month of May

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hua hin jazz festival

Hua Hin Jazz Festival

This festival generally takes place in the month of mai

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Must-visits in Hua Hin

Khao Takiap

My opinion :
green hill at the edge of a long beach with a temple at the top and a large standing Buddha. There is also a small fishing harbor.

Sam Pan Nam Floating Market

My opinion :
This is certainly the most friendly and the busiest of the two floating markets in Hua Hin. It is located only 2 km after the first one

Khao Sam Roi Yod National Park

My opinion :
Located at the edge of the sea with numerous caves including the very photogenic Phraya Nakhon Cave with its little royal pavilion lighted by a ray of sun comming from the opening at the top. The park is about sixty kilometers from Hua Hin and Prachuap Khiri Khan, thirty from Pranburi and a dozen kilometers from Kuiburi. There are a few accommodation options in the park.

Phraya Nakhon Cave

My opinion :
It is the highlight of any visit to the Sam Roi Yod National Park. This beautiful cave hosts a small Royal Pavilion which is often illuminated by a ray of light coming from the opening at the top of the cave. A relaxing and very photogenic place which is also the emblem of the province.

Tamarind Market

My opinion :
A little after the Cicada Market, this other Hua Hin night market is open exactly the same evenings. It is almost entirely dedicated to food and drinks. It's personally my favorite weekend night market in Hua Hin.

Kuiburi national park

My opinion :
This thai national park, which is home to many animal species in lush nature with a few waterfalls, is the place where you are most likely to see wild elephants in Thailand ! There are more than 300 elephants in the park and tours offered by the park rangers give you a good chance of seing them.

Other places to see in Hua Hin

Hua Hin Floating Market Hua Hin
Hua Hin Floating Market

this is the first floating market we crossed coming from Hua Hin. It is less crowded and a little less interesting than the second, which is 2 km away.
Wat Huai Mongkhon Hua Hin
Wat Huai Mongkhon

and its huge statue of one of the most respected and revered monks in Thailand, Luang Phor Tuad. A few kilometers in the North.
Cicada Market Hua Hin
Cicada Market

It is one of the many night markets in Hua Hin and certainly the most popular. It is only held on weekends and offers shows, shopping for unique products and a dinner in a pleasant setting.
Pa La-U Waterfall Hua Hin
Pa La-U Waterfall

This waterfall about sixty kilometers from Hua Hin is located in Kaeng Krachan National Park. It is a pleasant area of nature but not the most photogenic waterfall in Thailand.

Weather & climate in Hua Hin

Hua Hin has a tropical savanna climate. The temperatures there are hot all year round, with only small variations. The year begins with the dry season from December to April, before the monsoon comes in May. The rains slow down somewhat from June to August and are the strongest in September until November.

The best time to come to Hua Hin is from December to April. Then monsoon comes with heavy rainfalls generally quite brief from May to September. It is in October that it rains most in Hua Hin, this is why it is not the best time to come to Hua Hin.

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When to go to Hua Hin ?

quand partir à Hua Hin

How to ask in Thai to go to Hua Hin ?

I want to go to Hua Hin / Yak paï ti Houa Hin.
Where is Hua Hin ? / Houa Hin you ti naï ?
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