The Ultimate Guide To Hua Hin, Thailand
Hua Hin is a stunning resort area located on the western coast of Thailand. Known as the “Royal City of the East” because of its history as a retreat for Thai monarchs, it’s an ideal destination for family travellers.
We love Hua Hin for many reasons – its delightful beach town vibe, excellent accommodation options, and easy drive from Bangkok. So if you’re looking for something exactly like this, keep reading to plan your Hua Hin holiday.
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When to visit Hua Hin
The best time to visit Hua Hin is during Thailand’s dry season, which runs from November through March-April. During this period, temperatures are generally mild, and rainfall is minimal. December and January tend to be the busiest months for tourists, so planning ahead is recommended if you want to avoid crowds.
That being said, the last time we were in Hua Hin was September and we had no issues with the weather. It was a little bit muggy, but the sun was out, and we only got the occasional evening shower.
Our main recommendation is that whenever you happen to be in Thailand, give Hua Hin a go, and don’t let the weather put you off.
How to get to Hua Hin
Hua Hin is easily accessible from Bangkok by car or train. The drive takes about 3-4 hours and there are several bus services that make the journey regularly throughout the day. If you’re taking a train, there are several options available with different class levels offering varying levels of service and comfort.
We hired a driver (you can pre-book a transfer from Bangkok airport to Hua Hin) and the drive took a little under three hours along good highways. If traffic is bad, it can take up to four hours though.
Alternatively, a public bus runs between Chatuchak Bus Terminal (near the famous Chatuchak Markets) in Bangkok to central Hua Hin. This bus takes 4-5 hours and will cost around $20 AUD per person.
A train also runs from Bangkok Train Station, in the centre of the city, to Hua Hin. Again, this journey takes around four-and-a-half hours and tickets cost between $5 and $50 AUD per person – however I’d recommend paying extra for first class as some classes are cramped and not air-conditioned.
Whichever option you take will be an adventure for the children, but I’d recommend thinking about how confident you feel navigating the children through a busy train or bus station. It can definitely be part of the fun, but the easier option is to pre-book the transfer.
Where to stay in Hua Hin
Hua Hin has so many excellent places to stay, it can be hard to choose. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach resort, an intimate boutique hotel or something else entirely, this beachside town really has it all. From five-star luxury resorts to budget guesthouses, this coastal city is sure to provide the ultimate escape. However, being a family travel blog, we’re all about accommodation that really caters to the young ones and makes travel easy for the whole family.
We particularly like the Hyatt Regency and the Anantara Hua Hin for more resort-style accommodation. For villas, the Yana Villas Hua Hin are fantastic.
However, for more options, we’ve put together this guide to the best places to stay in Hua Hin. Make sure you have a read.
Things to do in Hua Hin
Hua Hin has some amazing things to do if you’re looking to get out and about (though do make sure you build plenty of beach and pool time into your itinerary!) Here are some of our favourites.
Sam Roi Yot National Park and Praya Nakhon Cave
A trip to Sam Roi Yot National Park and Praya Nakhon Cave is a must-see. This private tour offers a fantastic opportunity to explore the beautiful scenery and natural wonders of Thailand.
Starting with a visit to the park, you’ll have the chance to hike through lush forests and discover hidden waterfalls. You’ll also get to see the famous Phraya Nakhon Cave, which is home to a stunning royal pavilion and surrounded by breathtaking views.
The tour is perfect for families, with a knowledgeable guide who will make sure you have a great time and learn all about the area’s history and wildlife. You’ll even get to enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant before heading back to Hua Hin.
Overall, this tour is a great way to spend a day in Thailand, and a perfect opportunity for families to experience the country’s natural beauty together. Click through to book the national park and cave tour from Hua Hin.
Vana Nava Waterpark
Vana Nava Waterpark is a popular destination for water lovers of all ages. This thrilling park boasts over 20 water rides, including Thailand’s largest water slide, a wave pool, and a lazy river.
Admission prices vary depending on age and time of day, with adult tickets starting at around 1,000 baht ($30 USD) and children’s tickets at around 600 baht ($18 USD). The park also offers a range of amenities, including lockers, showers, and dining options.
Overall, Vana Nava Waterpark is a must-visit attraction for anyone looking for a fun and refreshing way to beat the heat in Hua Hin. Make sure you book your Vana Nava tickets before you go.
Wildlife watching in Kuiburi National Park
Looking for a fun and educational adventure for the whole family? A private tour of Kuiburi National Park is a fantastic choice. Led by an experienced guide, you’ll have the chance to explore the park’s diverse ecosystem and observe some of Thailand’s most majestic wildlife, including elephants, gaurs, and deer.
The tour is perfect for families with kids of all ages, with plenty of opportunities to learn about the animals and their habitat. With convenient hotel pick-up and drop-off, and a tasty lunch included, this tour is a must-do for any nature-loving family.
Cruise along the Pranburi River
If you’re looking for a fun and relaxing activity for the whole family, a river trip at Pranburi is the perfect choice. This tour offers a leisurely boat ride along the peaceful Pranburi River, with stunning views of the surrounding countryside and mangrove forests. You’ll also have the chance to stop and explore a traditional fishing village, where you can learn about local culture and try some fresh seafood.
With a knowledgeable guide and comfortable transportation, this Pranburi river tour is a great way to spend a day in Hua Hin and make some unforgettable family memories.
Explore the ancient city of Phetchaburi
The Petchaburi Temple Tour is a fascinating and educational experience that’s perfect for families visiting Hua Hin.
Led by a knowledgeable guide, you’ll explore some of Thailand’s most beautiful and historic temples, including the iconic Wat Mahathat Worawihan and the stunning Khao Luang Cave Temple. Along the way, you’ll learn about Thai culture and history, and see some amazing examples of ancient architecture and art.
With convenient hotel pick-up and drop-off, and a delicious local lunch included, this Petchaburi tour is a great way to immerse your family in the rich culture of Thailand and create lasting memories.
Explore Hua Hin by night on a Tuk Tuk
Get ready for a fun and unique experience with the Private Hua Hin By Night Tour via Tuk Tuk.
This tour is a great way to explore the city of Hua Hin after dark, with visits to some of the city’s most famous landmarks and attractions, such as the night market, the Hua Hin railway station, and the Khao Takiab temple. You’ll travel in style in a traditional tuk tuk, which adds an extra element of excitement to the journey.
With a knowledgeable guide to show you the sights and give you insights into local culture and history, this tuk tuk tour is perfect for families who want to see a different side of Hua Hin and make some unforgettable memories.
Temples, Floating Markets, and a Vineyard
You heard that right – Hua Hin is a wine region! (And you all know how much I love wine regions)
This Private Hua Hin Day Tour is a fantastic way to experience the best of Hua Hin in one fun-filled day. You’ll visit some of the city’s most iconic landmarks, including the stunning Wat Huay Mongkol temple, the lively Sam Chuk Market, and a local vineyard where you can sample some delicious Thai wine.
With a knowledgeable guide to show you the sights and provide insights into Thai culture and history, this tour is perfect for families who want to learn and explore together. The comfortable transportation and delicious lunch also make this tour a hassle-free and enjoyable experience.
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