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Hua Hin is touted as Thailand’s original beach holiday resort, as popular with Bangkok locals as it is with international visitors. There’s more to Hua Hin that just beaches though. Lapped by the waters of the Gulf of Thailand and situated less than 200 kilometers from Bangkok, Hua Hin is a heady blend of lively markets, long stretches of beach, bustling nightlife, and plenty to see and do. If you’ve only got three days in Hua Hin, here’s how to spend it.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Nature Lover
  • Beach Goer

12 Places

3 City Tips

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12 Places

Day 1

Hua Hin Bike Tours

Sightseeing Tours, Equipment Hire, Bike Tours

Hua Hin Railway Station

Railways

Mrigadayavan Palace

Architectural Buildings

Hua Hin Night Market

Flea & Street Markets

Day 2

Chopsticks Hill (Khao Takiab)

Sacred & Religious Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Lookouts

Huay Mongkol Temple

Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Natural History Museums

Pala-U Waterfall

Waterfalls

Cicada Market

Art Galleries

Day 3

Hua Hin Beach

Beaches

Sea Harmony Eco Cafe

Restaurants

Monsoon Valley Vineyard

Wineries & Vineyards

Elephant Bar

Restaurants

Kirsty S's City Tips

  • While it’s less popular among budget backpackers, there’s a good choice of inexpensive hostels and guesthouses in Hua Hin, so if you’re an independent traveler, don’t rule it out.
  • Although it’s relatively warm and dry for much of the year, the best time to visit Hua Hin is usually from November to May, when it’s almost guaranteed to be sunny every day.
  • As Hua Hin is focused on tourism, expect to bargain with stall and shop owners for a better deal. A smile and a sense of humor will go a long way when it comes to haggling.
    Day 1
  • Hua Hin Bike Tours
    Sightseeing Tours, Equipment Hire, Bike Tours
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    Kirsty S Says:

    When you get to Hua Hin, it’s a good idea to acclimatize yourself by getting to know the area, and what better way than on a cycling tour? Hua Hin Bike Tours are hugely popular, and rightly so. They offer high standard group tours and don’t mind customizing to better suit your interests. They also rent bikes for independent cyclists and will recommend routes for you.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • For those not so keen on an early start, the company also offer afternoon/evening options for some of their tours.
    • Hua Hin Bike Tours are located along Phetkasem Road, in the B-Quik parking lot.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 48 Outdoor Activities in Hua Hin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Khao Sam Roi Yot bike tour with Gae 10/10/2018
    • Hua Hin bike tours 07/10/2018
    • Hua Hin Bike Tours
    Address:
    15/120 Phetkasem Road
    In the B-Quik parking lot
    Hua Hin 77110
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 81 173 4469
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Hua Hin Railway Station
    Railways
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Indulge in a low-key afternoon by taking a trip to the Hua Hin Railway Station. This traditional and highly unique train station was built during King Rama VI’s reign and is only a short distance from the center of town. The colorful wooden buildings are traditionally Thai in design and make for a fascinating wander around – plus it’s a fantastic photo opportunity.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • It is actually possible to get the train to Bangkok down to Hua Hin Railway Station, although it takes a lot longer than traveling by road.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 11 Transportation in Hua Hin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice, old architecture 17/10/2018
    • Outstanding architecture 15/10/2018
    • Hua Hin Railway Station
    Address:
    Prapokklao Rd.
    Hua Hin 77110
    Thailand
    Other:
  • Mrigadayavan Palace
    Architectural Buildings
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    Kirsty S Says:

    The Mrigadayavan Palace was built during the same period as the train station so is similar in architectural design. This grand royal palace is set on an immaculately manicured lawn fronting the picturesque Cha Am Beach. Today, the residence has been arranged into a walk-through museum, with royal artifacts and vintage photographs on display. Well worth a look.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Be sure to dress respectfully when you visit by ensuring shoulders and knees are covered.
    • Photography isn’t permitted in some of the palace’s rooms so check before snapping away!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 25 things to do in Cha-am
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting architecture 24/09/2018
    • Palace With Beautiful Architecture 19/09/2018
    • Mrigadayavan Palace
    Address:
    1281 Phetkasem Rd
    King Rama VI Army Camp
    Cha-am 76120
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 32 508 444
    Hours:
    Thu - Tue
    8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    Other:
  • Hua Hin Night Market
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Kirsty S Says:

    After 6:30pm, head over to the Hua Hin Night Market – essentially just one street that’s lined with stalls selling various items, including clothes, arts and crafts, DVDS, plus cheap and tasty food. In particular, this night market has a great selection of seafood restaurants, so get yourself some well-earned tasty Thai food before going for a browse around the stalls.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • You’ll find the Hua Hin Night Market between Petchkasem Road and the railway line.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 57 things to do in Hua Hin
    • Market for art lovers 21/10/2018
    • Typical night market 17/10/2018
    • Hua Hin Night Market
    Address:
    Soi Dechanuchit
    Hua Hin
    Hua Hin 77110
    Thailand
    Other:
  • Day 2
  • Chopsticks Hill (Khao Takiab)
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Lookouts
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Khao Takiab Mountain (or Chopsticks Hill) is a must-see during your time in Hua Hin. You’ll be rewarded with jaw-dropping, panoramic views of the area, and get to hang out with the monkeys that call this place home. It’s a great hike up, and there’s a much-revered temple at the top.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Take a stroll along nearby Khao Takiab Bay, which is easily missed if you don’t know it’s there.
    • While the monkeys here may seem cute, they’re also talented thieves. They’ll take anything not nailed down in an attempt to find food, so keep your belongings zipped up!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 57 things to do in Hua Hin
    • A little bit messy... 11/10/2018
    • Eerily cool 07/10/2018
    • Chopsticks Hill (Khao Takiab)
  • Huay Mongkol Temple
    Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Natural History Museums
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Wat Huay Mongkol is home to the world’s largest statue of the Buddhist monk, Luang Phor Thuad, who was revered for his enlightenment and ability to perform miracles. The statue is set within a huge park with a pond in its grounds, and there are several places to buy refreshments.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Huay Mongkol Temple is a sacred site and therefore attracts many pilgrims and other visitors. It’s particularly busy on weekends and religious holidays.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 57 things to do in Hua Hin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Really beautiful and calm! 11/10/2018
    • Visit to Huay Mongkol Temple 03/10/2018
    • Huay Mongkol Temple
    Address:
    Thap Tai
    Hua Hin 77110
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 32 576 297
    Other:
  • Pala-U Waterfall
    Waterfalls
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    Kirsty S Says:

    A good way inland, but along the same highway as Huay Mongkol Temple, the Pala-U Waterfall in the stunning Kaeng Krachan National Park is a real treat. It has a number of levels you can climb up and flows into a creek that stretches out to the Burmese border. You may want to stop at the third level to go for a refreshing dip in the large pool of water here; from this point on the climb gets pretty steep. The surrounding forest is over a thousand years old and is abundant with all kinds of fascinating plants and wildlife.

    Good for
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Like all national parks, there’s an admission fee, which is collected at the park’s entrance.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Kaeng Krachan
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Pa La U waterfall 15/08/2018
    • Challenging and rewarding hike to the top 22/07/2018
    • Pala-U Waterfall
    Other:
  • Cicada Market
    Art Galleries
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    Kirsty S Says:

    The emphasis here is on music and art as much as the usual food and shopping you’ll find at typical Thai night markets. An open-aired affair, the market is a hub of local artistic talent with a fun and relaxed atmosphere. As well as the crafts market, you’ll find an art gallery and a beer garden, and there are various live music and dance performances here too.

    Good for
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • You’ll find the market along Phetkasem Road, about halfway between Hua Hin town and Khao Takiab.
    • Ensure one of your three days is over the weekend, as Cicada Market is only open on weekend evenings.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 57 things to do in Hua Hin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Buzzing! 19/10/2018
    • ok 19/10/2018
    • Cicada Market
    Address:
    83/159 Nong Kae-Khao Takiap Rd
    Nhongkae
    Hua Hin 77110
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 99 669 7161
    Hours:
    Fri - Sun
    4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • Day 3
  • Hua Hin Beach
    Beaches
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    Kirsty S Says:

    It’s been a busy few days so if you haven’t managed to squeeze in any serious beach time yet, now is the time to do just that. There are a number of beaches in the Hua Hin area but the beach of the town’s namesake does the trick just fine. It’s a great place for sunbathing, swimming, people-watching, and indulging in a spot of water-sports.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • Head south along the beach where the sand is fine and powdery and the sea is calm and clear.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 57 things to do in Hua Hin
    • Lovely Beach! 20/10/2018
    • Nice but not clean 19/10/2018
    • Hua Hin Beach
  • Sea Harmony Eco Cafe
    Restaurants (Cafe, Asian, Thai, Fusion)
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    Kirsty S Says:

    If it’s fresh and organic food you’re after, a visit to the Eco Cafe is a must. With ingredients plucked literally from their backyard, and the incredible amount of time and skill that goes into preparing each dish, you won’t regret stopping off here for lunch.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • Book ahead with this one as the cafe's popularity means it gets very busy!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 641 restaurants in Hua Hin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great choice for families 07/10/2018
    • Fantastic food and friendships. 04/10/2018
    • Sea Harmony Eco Cafe
    Address:
    8/10, Takiab 6
    Nong Kae
    Hua Hin 77110
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 85 109 2680
    Price range:
    US$ 1 - US$ 11
    Hours:
    Thu - Tue
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Monsoon Valley Vineyard
    Wineries & Vineyards
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Covering an expansive area of lush Thai countryside, this vineyard is situated around 37 kilometers from Hua Hin town center and is home to the award-winning Monsoon Valley label. Stick around for an early dinner washed down with a recommended glass of wine, before making a beeline for the bar for more wine-tasting delights.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Hire a taxi or songthaew to the vineyard and plan to spend at least half a day here.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 57 things to do in Hua Hin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Rude 20/10/2018
    • Wine tasting 19/10/2018
    • Monsoon Valley Vineyard
    Address:
    1, Moo 9, Baankhok Chang Patana, NongPlup, HuaHin District
    Hua Hin 77110
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 81 701 0222
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
    Other:
  • Elephant Bar
    Restaurants (Bar, Wine Bar, Cafe)
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    Kirsty S Says:

    This restaurant is a great place to treat yourself to a few drinks amid sophisticated surroundings. Part of Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas, Elephant Bar is all 1920s colonial charm, with its marble tables, dark timber floors, leather armchairs, and old-style ceiling fans. Relax to the sound of live jazz and enjoy a cocktail or two among the bar’s plush surroundings.

    Good for
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Be aware that there’s no live music on Sundays.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 641 restaurants in Hua Hin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Hidden in a corner. 19/10/2018
    • Chill zone 18/10/2018
    • Elephant Bar
    Address:
    1 Damnernkasem Road
    Centara Grand Hotel Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin
    Hua Hin 77110
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 32 512 021 ext. 620
    Price range:
    US$ 12 - US$ 30
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 1:00 AM
    Other:
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