Hua Hin was Thailand’s original beach holiday resort destination. Nestled between mountains and the sparking waters of the Gulf of Thailand, the former fishing village of Hua Hin became a popular getaway for the king and members of the Thai royal family in the late 1890s. They built palaces along the coastline and each year would make the journey from Bangkok on a procession of elephants.
Today Hua Hin is part of what is known as the Thai Riviera and offers a refreshing break from the bustle of Bangkok. This idyllic town, just a short drive from the capital city, boasts miles of pristine beaches, nature reserves brimming with wildlife, and a wealth of outdoor activities to mesmerize travelers of all ages.
Step into a world of white sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, and world-class golf courses – all framed by a backdrop of ancient temples, bustling night markets, and mouth-watering Thai cuisine. Whether you’re seeking relaxation or adventure, Hua Hin offers something year-round.
Hua Hin’s enchanting vibe has drawn visitors from far and wide with its laidback charm and historical significance. For those seeking a glimpse into the past, Hua Hin Railway Station is a popular attraction that takes you back to the early 1920s, during the reign of King Rama VI. As one of Thailand’s oldest railway stations, it shows a unique architectural style perfect for photography enthusiasts.
Another must-see is the Maruekhathaiyawan Palace, a magnificent teakwood palace built in 1923 and once a royal residence. Explore its elegant corridors, marvel at the intricate carvings, and stroll through its lush gardens. This stunning palace is a testament to Thailand’s rich history and offers a glimpse into the opulence of the past.
As you wander through Hua Hin’s cultural landscape, prepare to be awestruck by one of its most stunning landmarks, the Khao Takiab Temple. Perched atop a hill that offers panoramic views of the glittering sea, this temple is a must-visit destination for travelers seeking spiritual enlightenment and natural beauty. Once you arrive at the temple, immerse yourself in its serene atmosphere as you gaze upon the numerous Buddha statues that call it home. But be sure to look out for the temple’s other inhabitants – mischievous monkeys that the locals consider sacred.
No trip to Hua Hin is complete without a visit to the local markets, where you’ll find an array of mouth-watering street food, souvenirs, and stalls. Head to Hua Hin Night Market and be greeted by a lively atmosphere bursting with colourful stalls offering endless treats and trinkets. Enjoy the savory flavours of pad Thai and tom yum, and other delectable street foods as you soak in the buzz of this bustling market.
For a more artsy vibe, check out Cicada Market, where contemporary artworks, unique home decorations, stylish clothes, and souvenirs abound. This popular spot is a creative hub where locals and visitors alike come to explore, shop, and connect.
Aside from Hua Hin, the seaside town of Pranburi offers stunning natural wonders for travelers looking for a peaceful and relaxing getaway. Located 30 kilometers from Hua Hin, Pranburi is famous for its beautiful and unspoiled beaches, where you can enjoy a quiet day in the sun and take in the stunning view of the Gulf of Thailand.
If you love spending time with nature, visit the Pranburi Forest Park, which has a vast mangrove forest teeming with a variety of wildlife, including monkeys, crabs, shrimps, kingfishers, and other coastal birds such as oriental plover, mangrove whistler, and the brown-headed gull.
For beach lovers who want some tranquility, Pranburi Beach is a perfect spot to unwind. It is also famous for its fresh and delicious seafood. The local fisherfolks bring in the catch of the day, which you can enjoy at one of the many beachside restaurants.
Don’t miss the opportunity to discover the stunning towns of Hua Hin and Pranburi. Book today with Wyndham for the best Hua Hin holiday packages.