Paradisiac Hua Hin is only three hours away from Bangkok by car, and it’s certainly worth the road trip! It is a resort town most frequently visited by Thais trying to get away from the big city. This beautiful place is fairly touristic – but you definitely shouldn’t let that stop you from planning your Hua Hin visit! In this Hua Hin travel guide I will show you all my favorites spots that will ensure you get an amazing vacation in this vibrant little city.
This sweet Malay Peninsula destination offers 5km of beautiful Andaman Sea beach. It has some truly enchanting boutique and small luxury hotels.
Traveling – How to Get To Hua Hin?
Hua Hin is roughly a 3-hour drive away from Bangkok. There are numerous shuttle services that will get you to town from the city. I highly recommend Hua Hin Cab, which I’ve used twice and really enjoyed, as they are very reliable, comes on time and the cars are comfy!
Living – The Best Boutique Hotels in Hua Hin
Aleenta Hua Hin
With 25 villas/bungalows stretching between the Aleenta and the beach, this is the perfect spot to unwind and forget about the world for a few days. Beautiful design, great service and a fantastic variety of accommodations, what’s not to love in this little gem in paradise?
This place is located about 40 minutes away from Hua Hin. This makes it secluded enough to really get away from the crowds and enjoy the peace of the tropic. The beach is wide an long and almost empty. A perfect place for long afternoon walks when the tide has taken the waves away!
Focused on traditional Asian bungalows, every detail of this place was well thought-out, with beautiful design, great service and an undeniable personal touch. The food is varied and fantastic. You can easily eat here for days without getting bored. I particularly loved their natural juice options and their romantic dinners for two at the beach! The hammock in our bungalow and the infinity pool quickly became our favorite spots!
Putahracsa Hua Hin
A very hip and modern boutique hotel on the edge of the resort town with truly amazing food in their different in-house restaurants and a cool beach club. The Putahracsa offers comfy rooms overlooking the sea or the infinity pool. When you’re booking your place here, make sure you get a room at the beach side, as the hotel is split in two by a road.
A boutique hotel with modern design in mind, the look is undoubtedly Asian and modern, without skipping a beat. The rooms are comfortable and can include small balconies overlooking the different sides of the hotel.
Food at Putahracsa was particularly fantastic, and I’d honestly recommend visiting their restaurants even if you’re not staying here – they even have their own bakery! The beach club is for sure the favorite spots if you want to chill by the beach in a stylish, yet very relaxed environment!
The Putahracsa is on the outskirts of Hua Hin town, which means is near the more touristy side But, thankfully, without compromising the more quiet approach one would expect from a beach hotel.
You can read more about this design gem and my other favorite boutique hotels in Hua Hin in my Hua Hin Hotel Review Post.
Let Us Sea Hua Hin Al Fresco Resort
Although we didn’t stay at Let Us Sea, we really fell in love with its ocean-inspired design, with a lot of different shades of blue to match the gorgeous hues of the ocean. Beautiful hotel with a very cool bar!
This place is a particularly good choice for travelers with a strong grip on ecology, as they follow an “eco chic” guideline regarding their hotel: they built the place to take the most advantage of natural light and thus avoid excessive use of artificial one. Their food is fresh and local, and they make a point to choose mindful food providers.
Eating – The Best Restaurants in Hua Hin
White Lotus Sky Bar – Eat among the Stars
A breathtaking rooftop overlooking the Hua Hin beach, this place sits atop the local Hilton. You can’t miss the experience of trying out one of their specialty cocktails with the immensity of the ocean!
Admittedly the prices are a bit steeper than your usual local bar. But the White Lotus Sky Bar’s view of the Gulf of Thailand makes up for the bigger bill. Aside from cocktails, they also offer some international beers. The perfect spot to start the evening and if you want to stay, you can also find the Chinese Whitel Lotus restaurant here.
Oceanside Restaurant – The Hip Beach Side Oasis
The Putaracsa Hotel’s beach club mixes the beautiful colors of the sea with a delicious and shellfish-filled menu. The lounge atmosphere, the comfy sunbeds and the fabulous rosé made for a magical culinary and beachside experience.
With an open and very luxurious look and design facing the sea, the Oceanside Restaurant is a great place to unwind after a full day walking around the town. It definitely adds to part of your general relaxation experience in Hua Hin.
The Tea House – Heaven for Tea Lovers
Just what its name would suggest, the super cool and French-inspired Tea House is perfect for tea lovers. It is visually stunning and a treat to the senses. You should definitely add to your list of things to do in Hua Hin!
They have a really interesting variety of teas from all over the world. Their baristas really know each of the beverages they prepare. Plus, they clearly love what they’re doing and they’re happy to answer your questions. This really makes a world of difference.
1d+ Day Artist – The Artistic Playground
Outdoorsy and fun, this is a place for fresh meals and drinks, in a heavily artistic background. 1d+ Day Artist is perfect for foodies and travelers always on the lookout for delicious food and unique photo ops. It’s a great place to enjoy their all-day breakfast or some fantastic lunch options.
Neem Trees Thai Bistro – The Thai Backyard
Furnished in nature, the beautiful Neem Trees Thai Bistro feels like a trendy friend’s backyard. Their Thai food is scrumptious and very authentic.
They have a pretty interesting take on fusion as well. Neem Trees even have great options to go to brunch with some friends or even drink some coffee and go deep into conversation.
Exploring – The Top 5 Things to Do in Hua Hin!
1. The Night Markets
No Hua Hin travel guide is complete without mentioning the town’s night market. Vibrant and full of local colors and flavors, this is the spot to visit for your souvenir shopping. The Sam Phan Nam Floating Market is also pretty impressive. While conceptually similar to the regular night market, the entire thing stands on piers, and the different floating shops are connected by wooden walkways. It’s really one of a kind!
2. The Beach Clubs
As Hua Hin is an entirely beach-focused destination, another unmissable experience is visiting the local beach clubs. Here can go for some sun and cocktails by the water, relaxing by the sound of the waves and the salty smells of the sea. My favorite beach clubs in town are Oceanside and Let Us Sea.
3. The Temples & Buildings
There are also a few interesting local buildings that are worth a visit, such as Klai Kangwon Palace. It is an early 20th century palace where the Thailand royal family still spends its summers every year. Buddhist temple Wat Huay Mongkol is also located in the vicinity. Here you will find a giant statue of the famous Thai monk Luang Phor Thuad.
8 km outside of Hua Hin town stands the hill of Khao Takiab, where a few Buddhist temples are located. Since it’s high up, the area also offers some really Instagram-friendly views of the resort town. The sunrises here are truly beautiful. There are buses that will get you there from town – and it’s also a great place to try out some local cuisine!
4. The National Parks
Nearby national parks include the majestic and mangrove-filled Pranburi Forest Park, a protected area that feels straight out of a film. However, if your time in the area is limited and you want to treat yourself to a beautiful ecotourism destination, you should visit the Kaeng Krachan National Park. It is the largest national park in Thailand; this place has a downright magical flora and fauna. It’s also the best place to see the local palm trees, birds, martens and even monkeys.
Further away, 60 km away from town, you can find Sam Roi Yot National Park. It is another impressive wonder of nature where you can do some bird-watching or enjoy some of the lovely and nearly unspoiled beaches, or even some of the natural caves with stalactites and stalagmites. If you’re looking for a fully eco-friendly experience going there, you can take a cruise to the park and either swim in its clear waters or, even more exciting, feed the monkeys! In nicer days, you might see the local dolphins jumping around and playing in the sea.
5. The Sea & the Islands
If you’re in the area and have time to spare, Hua Hin and its surroundings are also a great place to catch up on your fishing. There are a few companies that will pick you up directly from your hotel and take you fishing, and there are different options depending on the kind of experience you’re looking to have. You can of course also take a boat to explore what the sea and the islands have to offer.
Bangkok and Hua Hin is the perfect combination of big city life and more relaxed beach vibes. I hope you found my Hua Hin Travel guide useful and that you will enjoy my sweet spots as much as I did!
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