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Paradisiac Hua Hin is only three hours away from Bangkok by car, and worth the road trip! It is a resort town most frequently visited by Thais trying to get away from the big city. Like many beaches in Thailand, this beautiful place is fairly touristic – but with the many things to do in Hua Hin, you shouldn’t let that stop you. In my Hua Hin travel guide, I will show you all my favorites spots that will ensure you get an amazing vacation here. Additionally, I’ve included a small Hua Hin restaurant guide!

Hua Hin offers 5km of beautiful Andaman Sea beach, as enchanting as more internationally recognized Thai destinations. It’s also full of lovely boutique and small luxury hotels. 

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Traveling – How to Get To Hua Hin?

Hua Hin is roughly a 3-hour drive away from Bangkok, and it’s very easy to get here from there. Many shuttle services will get you to town from the city. I highly recommend Hua Hin Cab, which I’ve used twice and rather enjoyed the experience. They are very reliable, come on time and the cars are comfy!

You can also book this transfer and skip the lines!

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The busy streets of Hua Hin

Living – Top 3 Boutique Hotels in Hua Hin

Aleenta Hua Hin

With 25 villas/bungalows stretching between the Aleenta and the beach, it’s the perfect spot to unwind. This is the place to go to forget about the world for a few days. Relaxing is the ultimate local activity, so why not stay in the best place for it?

Beautiful design, great service and a fantastic variety of accommodations, it’s a gem in paradise.

Aleenta Hua Hin
Welcome to paradise!

Aleenta is located about 40 minutes away from the town, which makes it secluded enough to get away from the crowds and enjoy the peace of the tropic.

The beach is wide, long and almost empty, and overall it’s a lovely place for long afternoon walks. If you’re looking for the best time, it’s when the tide has taken the waves away!

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Enjoying the wide beach

There’s Nothing Lovelier!

Focused on traditional Asian bungalows, every detail of this place was well-thought-out. Here, you’ll become intoxicated with beautiful design, great service, and undeniable personal touch. The food is among the most delicious of this Hua Hin restaurant guide, with a lot of variety. You can easily eat here for days without getting bored, and I recommend adding it to your Hua Hin travel guide!

I particularly loved their natural juice options and their romantic dinners for two at the beach, which quickly became a staple of this Hua Hin restaurant guide. The hammock in our bungalow and the infinity pool quickly became our favorite spots!

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A tropical dream
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Swimming with a view

Want to know more about the Aleenta? Read all about it in my Hua Hin Hotel Review and Hua Hin Travel Story. Book your stay HERE!

Putahracsa Hua Hin

A very hip and modern boutique hotel on the edge of the resort town with truly amazing food in their multiple in-house restaurants and a cool beach club. Putahracsa is undoubtedly one of the ultimate local spots, and its food makes it a Hua Hin travel guide essential!

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 beachside: the hotel is split in two by a road.

Putahracsa Hua Hin
Just by the beach and with the Hua Hin pier in the background

A boutique hotel with modern design in mind, the look is undoubtedly Asian. The rooms are all comfortable and some include small balconies overlooking the many sides of the hotel. Book your stay HERE!

Essential Entry for the Hua Hin Restaurant Guide…

Putahracsa’s food was particularly fantastic, and I’d recommend visiting their restaurants even if you’re not staying here. The hotel’s bakery is a highlight of this Hua Hin restaurant guide!

When you’re looking to chill by the beach, their beach club is surely one of the favorite spots in town. You’ll be surrounded by a stylish, yet very relaxed environment here, the kind you’d expect here!

The Cozy Reception Putahracsa
The cozy reception
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Oceanside beach club & restaurant, a darling of this Hua Hin restaurant guide

The Putahracsa is on the outskirts of Hua Hin town, which means it is near the more touristy side. Still, the quietness wasn’t affected.

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’s Sea Hua Hin Al Fresco Resort

Although we didn’t stay at Let’s Sea, its beautiful ocean-inspired design made us add it to the Hua Hin travel guide. What we loved the most were the many shades of blue to match the ocean. Vsiting this beautiful hotel with a very cool bar should be on your to-do list!

Let’s Sea is a particularly good choice for eco-travelers, as the hotel follows an “eco-chic” guideline. The hotel is built to make the most out of natural light, avoiding excessive use of artificial ones. Their food is fresh and local, and they make a point to choose mindful food providers. You can book your stay HERE!

For my full HUA HIN HOTEL REVIEW CLICK HERE! Also check here for the best Rooms Hua Hin!

Eating – The 5 Best Restaurants in Hua Hin

White Lotus Sky Bar – Eat among the Stars

A breathtaking rooftop overlooking the Hua Hin beach, White Lotus sits atop the local Hilton. You can’t miss trying out one of their specialty cocktails with the immensity of the ocean. 

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. They also offer an interesting choice of international beers. In all, it is the perfect spot to start the evening, also dining at the Chinese White Lotus restaurant.

Book your stay at the Hua Hin Hilton HERE!

Chinese Whitel Lotus restaurant
Hua Hin from above

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. Lounge atmosphere, comfy sunbeds and some 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.

Oceanside Restaurant
Love the vibe, food & wine of this place

The Tea House – Heaven for Tea Lovers

Just as its name would suggest, the super cool and French-inspired Tea House is perfect for tea lovers. Visually stunning and a treat to the senses, it’s a must-visit!

The place has an interesting variety of teas from all over the world. It’s evident that the baristas love what they’re doing and they’re happy to answer your questions. This incredible service makes a world of difference!

1d+ Day Artist – An Artistic Playground

Outdoorsy and fun, 1d+ Day Artist is a place for fresh meals and drinks, in a heavily artistic background. It is perfect for foodies and travelers always on the lookout for delicious food and unique photo ops. Enjoy their all-day breakfast or fantastic lunch options!

Neem Trees Thai Bistro – Thai Backyard

Furnished in nature, the beautiful Neem Trees Thai Bistro feels like a trendy friend’s backyard. Thai food here is also scrumptious and very authentic.

A great place for brunch with friends or just to drink coffee and have great conversations, this bistro with a backyard has a pretty interesting take on fusion food!

Exploring – Top 5 Things to Do in Hua Hin!

1. Night Markets

No Hua Hin travel guide is complete without mentioning the town’s night market. Vibrant and full of local colors and flavors, it’s 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 floating shops are connected by wooden walkways. One of a kind!

If you’re going to Hua Hin, I recommend a visit to Bangkok, a city full of incredible markets. Check out this Bangkok by Night Tuk Tuk Tour: Markets, Temples & Food!

Exploring the streets of Hua Hin
Exploring the streets of Hua Hin
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So much inspiration

2. The Beach Clubs

As Hua Hin is an entirely beach-focused destination, another unmissable Hua Hin restaurant guide experience is visiting the local beach clubs. Go for some sun and cocktails by the water, relaxing with the sound of the waves and the salty smells of the sea. My favorites are Oceanside and Let Us Sea.

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Under the stars

3. The Temples & Buildings

A few interesting local buildings are worth a visit, like the Klai Kangwon Palace, an early 20th-century palace where the Thailand royal family still spends their summers. Buddhist temple Wat Huay Mongkol is also in the vicinity, and here you will find a giant statue of the famous Thai monk Luang Phor Thuad.

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The best pineapple guy in town, unmissable in this Hua Hin restaurant guide!

8 km outside of Hua Hin town stands the hill of Khao Takiab, home to a few Buddhist temples. Since it’s high up, the area also offers some very Instagram-friendly views of the resort town. Sunrises here are truly beautiful. You can reach this place from town on many buses – and it’s also a great place to try out some local cuisine!

Discover the main Bangkok temples on this Flexi Walking Temple Tour: Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Wat Arun!

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.

If your time is limited and you want to treat yourself to a beautiful ecotourism destination, you should visit the Kaeng Krachan National Park. The largest national park in Thailand, this place has downright magical flora and fauna. Here, you can see the local palm trees, birds, martens, and even monkeys. You’ll find yourself enthralled with your surroundings!

60 km away from town lies Sam Roi Yot National Park, quite an impressive wonder of nature! Here, you can do some bird-watching or enjoy some of the nearly unspoiled beaches. The natural caves with stalactites and stalagmites are also well worth a visit.

If you’re looking for a fully eco-friendly experience, you can take a cruise to the park and either swim in its clear waters or feed the monkeys! You might see the local dolphins jumping around and playing on the sea in the nicest days. So much incredible fauna!

Experience the adventure by booking this Hua Hin: Tree Top Adventure Park Admission Ticket!

5. The Sea & the Islands

Hua Hin and its surroundings are a great place to catch up on your fishing. Some companies will pick you up directly from your hotel and take you fishing, and there are options depending on the type of experience. You can of course also take a boat to explore what the sea and the islands have to offer. Ultimately, this is a destination for those who want to get in touch with nature, and there are plenty of ways to do this!

Bangkok and Hua Hin are the perfect combination of big city life and relaxed beach vibes. I hope you found my travel guide useful and that you will enjoy my sweet spots as much as I did!

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Romantic dinner by the beach, a highlight of our Hua Hin restaurant guide

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  1. OMG, the pool at Putahracsa looks amazing. I would love to travel here so I appreciate the great tips on where to stay, eat and play. I feel like I got the insiders scoop!

    • TWSL Reply

      Thanks for reading, Sarah! I hope you decide to plan a trip to Hua Hin soon! 🙂

  2. Wow! I love the layout of your blog. Your pictures are amazing! This for me would be like a dream come true! Just travel and share the experience. Thank you so much for sharing. I hope to one day be able to do this too! <3

    • TWSL Reply

      Thank you so much Yesenia! I hope one day you go to Hua Hin – you won’t regret it!

    • TWSL Reply

      Even the most touristy places have their own authentic charm! 🙂

  3. Neil Alvin Nicerio Reply

    Wow! Thanks for sharing such informative article. I do hope you visit the Philippines too. 🙂 You’d surely love the white sand beaches here.

    • TWSL Reply

      The Philippines is high up on my bucket list! Thank you for reading 🙂

  4. I really want to visit Thailand. A friend of mine visited last year and raves about it and it looks so beautiful. Thanks for these insights!

    • TWSL Reply

      Thailand is most definitely worth the hype! Thank you for reading, Marie! 🙂

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