Top 10 Things to Do in Hua Hin
Hua Hin Must-see Attractions
Most Thais envisage Hua Hin as a romantic and elegant gateway holiday destination. This notion started off about 100 years ago when the Royal Family members and the well-to-do people would spend their summers there and as a result Hua Hin now has countless lovely seaside houses, villas and a few attractive vintage summer palaces.
Hua Hin is usually full of people taking a break from Bangkok at weekends and as it’s just a short drive away its popularity has remained. Much of Hua Hin’s attraction lies in the town’s charming old-world feel, best illustrated in Hua Hin Railway Station and the Maruekhathaiyawan Palace.
1Hua Hin Railway Station Hua Hin
Built during the reign of King Rama VI, and only a short distance from the centre of town, Hua Hin's railway station and adjacent royal waiting room are undeniably attractive. The brightly painted wooden buildings that are Thai in concept and design somehow manage to have a 'Victorian' feel to them. Even if you don't arrive at the resort by train, go and have a look. It’s charming, quirky and photogenic. Read More...
2Hua Hin Night Market Hua Hin
- Opening Hours: 07:00-23:00
- Location: Western end of Damnernkasem Road
- Tel: +66 (0)32 511 073
Situated in the centre of town between Petchkasem Road and the railway line, the market encompasses one street and comes to life from 18:30 onwards, when traders line the street with their stalls selling various merchandise – generally what you might expect from a Thai market. A superb selection of seafood restaurants that line the road that hosts the Night Market draws a lot of attention from visitors. Read More...
3Santorini Park Cha-Am Cha-Am
- Opening Hours: Best time to go after 19:00
Santorini Park brings a slice of the picture-perfect Greek island to Cha-Am. It’s got all the details right, from classic whitewashed buildings, colourfully painted windows, down to stone-paved paths and domed towers. An impressive lineup of shops, restaurants and an amusement park promise good times for everyone. Read More...
4Cicada Market Cha-Am
- Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Mon-Thurs), 10:00-22:00 (Fri, Sat, Sun and national holidays)
- Location: Phetkasem Road (198 km. post)
Cicada Market is all about art, handmade crafts and good times. With an open-air market concept, it brings together Hua Hin’s artistic talents and those who wear ‘freedom of expression’ on their sleeves. Besides the crafts market, you’ll also find an art gallery, beer garden and live music. Read More...
5Plearn Wan Shopping Village Hua Hin
- Opening Hours: 16:00-23:00 (Friday, Saturday), 16:00-22:00 (Sunday)
- Location: Suan Sri, Khao Takiab (on Phetkasem Road)
- Tel: +66 (0) 32-536606
Plearn Wan is a theme shopping complex located not far from Klai Kang Won Palace. The unique brown wooden building features many shops as well as a café and some guestrooms all decorated in 1960s Thai style. Open daily for shopping and dining from around 10:00, Plearn Wan is famous for its ‘nang klang plaeng’ (open-air movies), live music and temple fair festival which runs every evening from Friday – Sunday. Read More...
6Maruekhathaiyawan Palace Cha-Am
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00 (Mon-Thurs), 10:00 – midnight (Fri), 09:00 – midnight (Sat), 09:00 – 22:00 (Sun)
- Location: Phetkasem Road (between Hua Hin Sois 38 and 40), close to Klai Kang Won Palace
- Tel: +66 (0)32 520 311-2
Like so much in Hua Hin, this summer seaside palace was built in the early 1920s during the reign of King Rama VI. It was designed by an Italian architect and features lots of verandas, latticework and covered boardwalks using golden teak from the demolished Hat Chao Samran Palace. The beautiful passage from them leading to the sea is one of the many charming features of the complex. Read More...
7Wat Huay Mongkol Khao Takiab
- Opening Hours: 08:00-16:00
- Location: 9km south of Cha-Am at the Camp Rama VI military compound
- Tel: +66 (0) 32 508 039
This Buddhist temple is home to a Big Buddha statue that was commissioned by Queen Sirikit. It houses the largest statue in the world of Luang Phor Thuad, set within a park-like setting that attracts many visitors each weekend. Luang Phor Thuad is a legendary Thai monk revered for his enlightenment and ability to perform miracles, many believe that the amulets created in his image guarantee safety in times of distress. Read More...
8Khao Takiab Khao Takiab
- Opening Hours: 05:00 – 22:00
- Location: From Phetkasem Road (Highway 4, heading to Prachaub Kirikhand), take Highway 3218 and continue about 15km.
- Tel: +66 (0)32 576 187, +66 (0)32 576 297
One of the biggest attractions in Prachuab Kirikhan province, Khao Takiab translates as ‘Chopstick Mountain’ although you may hear it being referred to as Monkey Mountain due to the monkeys that live on it. The mountain is also home to a hilltop temple with sensational views of Hua Hin. The start of the hike up to the temple is marked by a large bell and a flight of stairs up to the main shrine, a pagoda-like structure. Read More...
Many visitors to the region take time to visit this interesting national marine park. The mountains and wetlands contain an abundance of wildlife, including barking deer, crab-eating macaques and serow, an Asian goat-antelope. One of its most popular attractions is Tham Phraya Nakhon, a cave with a hole in its roof that allows a shaft of light to shine upon a Thai-style pavilion built for King Rama V. Read More...
10The Venezia Hua Hin Cha Am
- Location: 60km south of Hua Hin, in Guiburi, Prachaub Kirikhand
- Tel: +66 (0)32 821 568, +66 (0)32 646 293
The Venezia is the newest theme shopping and attraction village in Hua Hin, following the growing popularity and undeniable success of other similar weekend destinations in Thailand. Palio in Kao Yai was probably one of the triggers for such epidemic frenzy for pretty villages, followed by the beautiful Santorini Park in Hua Hin and the now famous Asiatique in Bangkok. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 10:00 - 23:3
- Location: 1899 Petch Kasem Rd. (Sai Tai), Cha Am, Petchburi 76120
- Tel: +66 (0) 3244 2823-5, +66 (0) 2930 5191-5 Ext 113, 114, 117