Top 5 Things to do in Hua Hin
I’m a Bangkok expat totally obsessed with Hua Hin. After an exhausting week of cramming into the Skytrain and fighting through shopping malls, there’s honestly nothing better than getting out of dodge and hitting the beach. Hua Hin is a sleepy but charming seaside town ripe with activities from golf to hiking and snorkeling. The beautiful surrounding countryside attracts tourists and locals from far and wide. The best way to take in the city is to walk around at your own pace and leisure, there are plenty of lovely hiking trails to explore as well! Just be careful and prepare for potential knee pain during hiking or afterwards, because the ground can get a bit rocky and uneven! Just make sure you have the correct equipment and safe walking shoes. However, the best part is it’s less than a three-hour drive from the busy capital, so you can access all these awesome activities right on your doorstep. With so many favourites, creating a list of my top 5 things to do in Hua Hin was a tough ask, in any case here’s the list:
Go on a wine tour.
It doesn’t get much more relaxing than an afternoon at Hua Hin Hills Vineyard. Daily tours through the scenic grapevine trails start at only THB 1,500, including return transport, a three-course meal and a lot of vino. It can also make for a fun family outing, with elephant rides, bottle painting and an educational eco-tour that’s perfect for kids. Hua Hin Hills is around 45 minutes by car from the town centre.
Peruse the Night Bazaar.
It’s easy to spend an entire evening strolling up and down this downtown market. From thick prawns nestled on ice to street vendors tossing up crab curry and fried mussel omelet, the Night Bazaar is undoubtedly the best place to get a taste for all the local seafood. If there’s still space in your stomach at the end of the night, head over to Il Gelato for a couple scoops of creamy Italian ice cream.
Explore by motorbike.
Hua Hin has lots of neat hideaways on its outskirts, but a set of wheels is essential for getting there. But for those who want to stray away from the main beach, renting a motorbike is certainly worth it to discover the smaller, lesser-known waterfronts. I always end up on a secluded beach called Sa Noi (pictured above) or Suan Son Pradipat, and both are quiet and peaceful.
Eat German food.
Believe it or not, Hua Hin’s got the best (and it sure seems like the most) German restaurants out of anywhere else in Thailand. My personal favourite is a café and delicatessen shop on Srasong Road called All in Hua Hin. Their schnitzel is served up on Bavarian blue-and-white diamond tablecloths, not to mention they make a mean traditional gurkensalat (cucumber salad) and homemade spätzle too. The restaurant even has a delicatessen with take-home sausage, cheese and imported German beer. A few more solid recommendations for German dining are Saiboo, TK Roadhouse and Maya’s Bistro. TripAdvisor also has a nice list here.
The best view of Hua Hin is on Chopstick Hill, but be forewarned: there’s a lot of feral company up there. The monkeys of Khao Takiab are known for their cheekiness, so it’s best not to bring any food or shiny objects on this trek. Apparently, the little rascals even know how to open up soda bottles! It’s impossible to blame them, though. They certainly add to the ambience.
Now it’s over to you – been to Hua Hin? We want to hear from you! Share your experiences with us, let us know if you visited any of the places in our top 5 things to do in Hua Hin, or leave us your very own list!