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, and there are many things to do in Hua Hin!
This travel guide include the following parts: Traveling – How to get here, Living – Where to stay, Eating – the best restaurants, Exploring the best things to do in Hua Hin!
Traveling – How to Get To Hua Hin?
As a matter of fact, 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. For my Hua Hin travel guide, I highly recommend Hua Hin Cab. I’ve used them twice and of course enjoyed the experience, as they are very reliable, come on time and the cars are comfy!
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. In other words, this is the place to go to forget about the world for a few days. Relaxing is take the top spot among all things to do in Hua Hin, so why not stay in the best place?
Beautiful design, great service and a fantastic variety of accommodations, it’s a gem in paradise. In fact, it’s a highlight of my Hua Hin travel guide!
Aleenta is located about 40 minutes away from the town, and you can find most things to do in Hua Hin right here. This location makes the Aleenta secluded enough to get away from the crowds and enjoy the peace of the tropic.
Altogether, it’s perfect for a Hua Hin travel guide. The beach is wide an long and almost empty, and overall it’s a lovely place for long afternoon walks. The best time is when the tide has taken the waves away!
Is there anything lovelier?
Focused on traditional Asian bungalows, every detail of this place was well thought-out. As a result, here you’ll become intoxicated with beautiful design, great service, and an undeniable personal touch. Also, 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. I had to include all these wonderful details in my Hua Hin travel guide. 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 multiple in-house restaurants and a cool beach club. You can find many of the top things to do in Hua Hin here, and it’s one of the ultimate Hua Hin travel guide spots. In addition, its food makes it essential on this Hua Hin restaurant guide!
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, because the hotel is split in two by a road.
A boutique hotel with modern design in mind, the look is, in fact, undoubtedly Asian. All rooms are comfortable and some include small balconies overlooking the many sides of the hotel. On the whole, from here you can overlook all the things to do in Hua Hin.
Essential Entry for the Hua Hin Restaurant Guide…
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, and it’s altogether the highlight of this Hua Hin restaurant guide! To summarize, grabbing a meal here is one of those unmissable things to do in Hua Hin.
The beach club is surely one the favorite spots to chill by the beach. Overall, you’ll be surrounded by a stylish, yet very relaxed environment here, the kind you’d expect here!
The Putahracsa is on the outskirts of Hua Hin town, which means is near the more touristy side. In spite of its location, the quiet approach of this beach hotel wasn’t compromised.
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 fell in love with its ocean-inspired design. Above all, we loved the many shades of blue to match the ocean. It’s a beautiful hotel with a very cool bar and visiting should be on your Hua Hin travel guide!
Let Us Sea is a particularly good choice for travelers with a strong grip on ecology, as they follow an “eco-chic” guideline regarding their hotel. The hotel is built 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. Overall, eating here is a must of things to do in Hua Hin.
For my full HUA HIN HOTEL REVIEW CLICK HERE!
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. One of the unmissable things to do in Hua Hin: try 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 White 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, for the ultimate experience of things to do in Hua Hin. Lounge atmosphere, comfy sunbeds and some fabulous rosé made for a magical culinary and beachside experience.
Starring 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 Hua Hin travel guide!
The Tea House has an interesting variety of teas from all over the world. The baristas know each of the beverages they prepare. Additionally, it’s evident they love what they’re doing and they’re happy to answer your questions. The service makes a world of difference, putting the place high up on things to do in Hua Hin.
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. 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 – Thai Backyard
Furnished in nature, the beautiful Neem Trees Thai Bistro feels like a trendy friend’s backyard. Also, their Thai food is scrumptious and very authentic.
This bistro and backyard has a pretty interesting take on fusion food. It’s a great place for brunch with some friends or drink coffee and go deep into conversation.
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. It’s one of a kind!
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. Here can go for some sun and cocktails by the water, relaxing with 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 very Instagram-friendly views of the resort town. 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. The largest national park in Thailand, this place has downright magical flora and fauna. It’s also the best place to see the local palm trees, birds, martens, and even monkeys. You’ll certainly find yourself enthralled with your surroundings!
Further away, 60 km away from town, you can find Sam Roi Yot National Park. Overall, this is an impressive wonder of nature!
Here, you can do some bird-watching or enjoy some of the lovely and nearly unspoiled beaches. Another lovely option is visiting 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. In short, the fauna is a definite plus to Hua Hin!
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 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.
Ultimately, this is a destination for those who want to get in touch with nature. As a result, there are plenty of ways to do this!
Bangkok and Hua Hin are 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!
Planning a trip to Thailand?
Coupled with this Hua Hin travel guide and Hua Hin restaurant guide, this Southeast Asia country is a personal fave! For the best hotels in Hua Hin, check out my HUA HIN BOUTIQUE HOTEL REVIEW and read about our lazy days in our HUA HIN ALEENTA RESORT.
If you’re planning on staying in Bangkok, AKYRA THONGLOR is the best boutique hotel I would recommend.
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