What Else To Do In Hua Hin

    TEMPLES:

    Wat Huai Mongkol
    ‘Wat’ is the Thai word for ‘temple’.
    The Buddhist Huay Mongkol Temple was home to the well-known monk Luang Phor Thuad (1582-1682) and also features his biggest statue which was commissioned by Queen Sirikit.
    The temple is very popular among Thai tourists because of legendary Luang Phor Thuad’s enlightenment and ability to perform miracles.
    Many wear amulets with his image because thez believe it gurantees safety in times of distress.
    Opening hours:
    Daily from 05:00h to 22:00h.
    Currently admission is free (subject to change).
    Contact numbers: +66 (0) 3257 6187, +66 (0) 3257 6297
    How to get there:
    Take Petchkasem Road (Highway 4) towards Prachuap Khiri Kahn, then take Highway 3218 and continue for about 15km.

    Khao Takiab Temple
    This temples is the most popular around Kaho Takiab, with a very colorful Chinese Buddhist temple which is home to many large statues on a platform facing the sea.
    A walk to the top of Chopstick Hill will reward you with spectacular views of Hua Hin and the sea, be sure to have proper shoes as the stairs are steep.
    The location is commonly also referred to as “Monkey Mountain” because many macaques have made these grounds their home. Though used to tourists, they are still wild and might grab anything you have out of your hands, including food, handbags and cameras, so be careful, especially when visiting with children.
    Opening hours:
    (N/A)
    How to get there:
    The temple is located about 6 km South of Hua Hin City Center right next to Khao Takiab beach.
    Best is to take a TukTuk or a taxi.

     

    CAVES AND WATERFALLS:

    Pala-U waterfalls
    This spectacluar waterfall is set within unspoiled rain forest with plenty of wildlife, especially gibbons and rare bird species, in the Kaeng Krachan National Park and has 16 (!) levels.
    The 3rd level has a large pool suitable for a refreshing swim and can be reached after a short trek through the jungle.
    About 100.000 tourists visit this spot every year.
    The admission fee is 400 THB for adults.
    Opening hours:
    (N/A)
    How to get there:
    Pala-U waterfalls are located about 60km west of Hua Hin, close to the Border to Burma.
    From Hua Hin take the Pala-U road (3218) to the traffic lights. Keep straight on that road (3219) for 50 km.

    Phraya Nakhon Cave
    An outstanding, mysterious and mystical landmark of Thailand which is definitely worth seeing, even if you might have to put some effort into getting there.
    The cave was named after the ruler of the city state of Nakhon Si Thammarat who discovered it 200 years ago when a gale forced his ship ashore.
    The cave consists of 2 sinkholes whose roof has fallen in, letting in the sunlight.
    In the middle is a Thai-style pavilion that was specially built for the visit of King Rama V in 1986.
    Opening hours:
    (N/A)
    How to get there:
    Phraya Nakhon Cave is about 45 minutes drive south of Hua Hin in the Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park.
    First drive to Bang Pu village located by the beach.
    Then either rent a boat that takes you to Laem Sala Beach (150-200 THB/person) or talk a 30 minutes walk above the hill to the beach.
    From there it’s 430 steep and uneven steps, so make sure you have proper shoes.

     

    PALACES AND VIEWPOINTS:

    Maruekhathayawan Palace
    This seaside summer palace was constructed by King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) in 1923 as a place of relaxation in a serene, natural environment in comfort.
    Also referred to as ‘the palace of love and hope’, this is one of the most beautiful royal palaces in Thailand.
    Admission is 30 THB for adults and  15 THB for children.
    Opening hours:
    Daily from 08:30 am. – 04:00 pm.
    Contact Tel. 0 3247 1005-6
    How to get there:
    The palace is located midway between Cha-am and Hua Hin in the Petchaburi province.
    Best is to take a taxi or hire a driver.

    Khao Hin Lek Fai Viewpoints
    This spot is also known as ‘Flintstone Hills’ and will probably offer you the best panoramic view over Hua Hin and the Gulf of Thailand.
    Though open all day, the best time to visit is early morning or sunset.
    There are several viewpoints ito different directions, best is you try them all out.
    Also, there are a few temples on the way from Hua Hin to the lookout spots that you might consider visiting as well while you’re there.
    Opening hours:
    All & every day
    How to get there:
    The viewpoints are located about 3km west of Hua Hin city center.
    Follow Chomsin Road, cross the railway tracks and keep going straight.
    You can either go by taxi or walk or even cycle if you are fit – please note that the climb is quite steep.

     

    FUN 4 KIDS:

    Hua Hin Safari & Adventure Park
    This park offers quite a variety of activities and entertainment, including elephant trecking and polo riding, elephant, snake and crocodile shows as well as more action-oriented ATV driving and apparently also paintball.
    The admission fee / price depends on the activity you choose.
    Opening hours:
    Daily from 08:00h to 17:00h
    Contact Tel. +66 (0) 8 9810 1351, +66 (0) 8 1441 1627
    How to get there:
    From Sanae Beach Club, drive Soi 101 and turn right, then follow the signs that say “Hua Hin Safari & Adventure Park”.
    The park can also organize pick-up.

    Black Mountain Water Park
    A state-of-the-art modern water park featuring a 17m high tower with 9 different sliders, a wave pool, a lazy river, a beach pool and a kids pool.
    All equipment satisfies highest safety standards and the area is monitored by trained life guards.
    Prices are 900 THB for adults and 450 THB for children.
    Opening hours:
    Daily from 10:00h to 17:00h
    Contact Tel. +66 (0) 3261 8444, +66 (0) 9 0446 6129
    How to get there:
    The water park is located about 10km south of Hua Hin city center.
    Drive to Hua Hin Soi 56, take the road that winds around the back of the railway station and then follow the signs.

    Vana Nava Hua Hin Water Jungle
    This is Asia’s first Water Jungle. It features a wide variety of water-fun related installations including different slides, pools and rivers set within a tropical jungle with 200.000+ living species from all over Thailand expanding over an area of 3.2 hectares. the water jungle also offers additional game areas for kids and a choice of dining and day and night entertainment options as well as shops and massage spas.
    Opening hours:
    Water Jungle zone 10:00h – 21:00h
    Adventure zone 10:00h – 23:00h
    (Subject to change)
    How to get there:
    Van Nava is located opposite Hua Hin Soi 114.

     

    MARKETS & HANDICRAFT:

    Hua Hin Artist Village (Baan Sillapin Hua Hin)
    Also known as Baan Sillapin Hua Hin, this original arts center was established in 1998 on an area of 1.6 hectares in the hills just west of the city center and is the base for the Hua Hin artist group and home to the town’s most famous artist Tawee Kesa-ngam.
    The center hosts large arts and antiques galleries as well as artist studios and a coffee and gift shop.
    The center also offers painting and sculpting classes.
    Opening hours:
    Tuesday – Sunday 10:00h – 17:00
    Contact Tel. +66 (0) 3253 4830, +66 (0) 87167 3895
    How to get there:
    From Hua Hin Petchkasem road, take Chomsin road inland, then take road 3218.
    The artist village is about 4km on your right.

    Hua Hin Sam Phan Nam Floating Market
    Covering 16 hectares, this is the biggest floating market in the area with about 190 shops in total of which about 40 are on boats, offering local food, handicraft and souvenirs.
    Its architecture is inspired from different historical sites in Hua Hin.
    Explore the floating market either on foot, by boat, with a pedalo or on a miniature railway.
    Openin hours:
    Daily 10:00h – 23:00h
    Contact Tel. +66 (0) 3290 0111
    How to get there:
    The floating market is located on Hua Hin Soi 112, very close to Hua Hin Railway Station.

    Chat Chai Market
    A colorful market where locals go to buy their food and daily groceries.
    Goods offered include all kind of exotic varieties of fish and seafood, as well as fresh veggies from local farmers, spices, fruits, desserts and flowers, but also garments and fabrics.
    Opening hours:
    Daily from 04:00h to 19:00h
    How to get there:
    Chat Chai Market is located on Sa Song road close to Hua Hin Soi 72 (Dechanuchit Alley).
    By car, take Hua Hin Soi 70 and the turn right into Sa Song road.

    Cicada Market (Weekend Market)
    An open air market that brings together art, handicraft and lifestyle to promote Hua Hin as an art destination.
    Cicada Market  has 4 different sections:
    Art a la Mode focuses on clothes, decoration, home wear and handmade accessories.
    Art Indoor offers paintings, sketches and sculptures.
    Art of Eating is an open-air food court.
    Art of Act features an amphitheater as a stage for local and other artis or groups, be it music, dance, pantomime or other performances.
    Opening Hours:
    Fri – Sat 04:00 pm. – 11:00 pm. and Sun 04:00 pm. – 10:00 pm.
    Contact    Tel. 0 3253 6606, 08 1880 4004
    How to get there:
    Cicada Market is located on Khao Takieb-Hua Hin Road or Hua Hin Soi 87, at the entrance to the Hyatt Regency Hotel and before Sasi Theatre.

     

    GOLF:

    Hua Hin is a prime destination for Golf in Asia, offering many courses to choose from.
    Below is a list of the options nearby for your reference:

    The Banyan

    COURSE: Par 72, 18 Holes
    LENGTH: 7,361 Yards
    OPENED: 2008
    DISTANCE FROM TOWN: 7km
    DESIGNER: The Golf East Company
    FACILITIES: Clubhouse, pro shop, restaurant, driving range,  property.
    http://www.banyanthailand.com/golf/golf-club

    Black Mountain
    COURSE: Par 72, 18 Holes LENGTH: 6,508 Yards
    OPENED: 2007
    DISTANCE FROM TOWN: 14km
    DESIGNER: Phil Ryan
    FACILITIES: Clubhouse, pro shop, restaurant, driving range, chipping and putting greens, property.
    http://www.blackmountainhuahin.com/golf/

    Imperial Lake View
    COURSE: 2x Par 72, 36 Holes LENGTH: A&B 6,915 Yards, C&D 7,216 Yards
    OPENED: 1993
    DISTANCE FROM TOWN: 21km
    DESIGNER: Roger Packard
    FACILITIES: Clubhouse, pro shop, restaurant, driving range, chipping & putting greens
    http://www.imperialhotels.com/imperiallakeview/default-en.html

    Kaeng Krachan
    COURSE: Par 72, 27 Holes LENGTH: 6,427 Yards
    OPENED: 1990
    DISTANCE FROM TOWN: 58km
    DESIGNER: Cherd Boonyaratavej
    FACILITIES: Clubhouse, pro shop, restaurant, driving range

    Majestic Creek
    COURSE: Par 72, 27 Holes LENGTH: 6,961 Yards
    OPENED: 1993
    DISTANCE FROM TOWN: 25km
    DESIGNER: Dr. Sukitti Klangvisai
    FACILITIES: Clubhouse, pro shop, restaurant, driving range & practice green.
    http://www.majesticcreekcc.com/

    Palm Hills Golf Club
    COURSE: Par 72, 18 Holes LENGTH: 6,678 Yards
    OPENED: 1991
    DISTANCE FROM TOWN: 12km
    DESIGNER: Max Wexler
    FACILITIES: Clubhouse, pro shop, restaurant, driving range, practice green, property.
    http://www.palmhills-golf.com/golf_home.php

    The Royal Hua Hin
    COURSE: Par 72, 18 Holes LENGTH: 6,678 Yards
    OPENED: 1942
    DISTANCE FROM TOWN: 0km
    DESIGNER: O. A. Robins
    FACILITIES: Clubhouse, pro shop, restaurant, driving range, practice green
    http://www.santiburi.com/huahin/index.html

    Seapines
    COURSE: Par 72, 18 Holes LENGTH: 7,305 Yards
    OPENED: 2010
    DISTANCE FROM TOWN: 7km
    DESIGNER: Royal Thai Army
    FACILITIES: Clubhouse, restaurant & pro shop
    http://www.seapine.in.th/suanson/en/

    Springfield Royal Country Club
    COURSE: Par 72, 18 Holes + 9 LENGTH: A&B 7,063 Yards
    OPENED: 1993
    DISTANCE FROM TOWN: 22km
    DESIGNER: Jack Nicklaus
    FACILITIES: Clubhouse, pro shop, restaurant, driving range, practice greens, spa
    http://www.springfieldresort.com/golf/index.html