Travel Thursday: A Heritage Beach Town, Hua Hin
Travel Thursday: A Heritage Beach Town, Hua Hin
Have you ever been to Hua Hin, an original weekend getaway town and a destination of holiday homes for Thai residents? This week, Travel Thursday by List Sotheby’s International Realty, Thailand will bring you to Hua Hin, the popular and fascinating seaside town of Thailand!
Located in the south of Bangkok, Thailand, Hua Hin a timeless, serene and charming beach town on the Gulf of Thailand is home to luxury international branded resorts such as Marriott, Hyatt, Hilton, Intercontinental and many more. Hua Hin has been a popular weekend retreat for Thai residents for a long time since 1920s, when the southern railroad line to Malaysia’s border was completed. When you visit Hua Hin, you might see some beautiful heritage Thai houses dotted the beach as a tell-tale sign that this lovely town was once the favorite vacation place for the royal family and the upper class in the past.
Hua Hin is different from other beach towns in Thailand, it is peaceful and quiet with a lot to offer. Here are the top things to do in Hua Hin that we would like to recommend to you:
Visit a White and Soft Sandy Beach in Hua Hin
Taking a stroll on the long beautiful Hua Hin beach is a must when you visit Hua Hin, a famous resort town. If you stay at any of the beachfront resorts or residences, you will enjoy the private access to the clean beach with 24/7 high security as a privilege. If you are a one-day-trip traveller who wishes to enjoy the Hua Hin sea breeze, visiting some nice seaside cafés and restaurants are a good choice.
Here are some shortlists of beachfront cafes and restaurants we would like to recommend to you;
Golf Courses in Hua Hin
Other than beaches, Hua Hin has long been a favourite destination of golfers. It is actually is home to the very first golf course in Thailand. You can choose to tee off at any of these fantastic courses we picked out:
- Banyan Golf Club Hua Hin
An award-winning international 18-hole, par-72 golf course in Hua Hin with the spectacular mountain and stunning ocean view designed by Thailand’s number one golf course architect. This golf course was designed to suit all handicaps with six tee boxes for different challenges at every hole for golfers to select. The golf club also provides the latest GPS technology golf cart with multiple languages. (read more, click here)
- Black Mountain Golf Club Hua Hin
Set in a valley in Hua Hin surrounded by huge black granite rock mountains, creeks and natural ambiences, Black Mountain Golf Club Hua Hin, a 27-hole, par-72 was hosted many international golf challenges and received many international awards. Black Mountain offers generous fairways for the shorter hitters that become narrower for longer tee shots. The greens are large with many pin positions that provide different degrees of difficulty. (read more, click here)
- Royal Hua Hin Golf Course
Established in 1924, Royal Hua Hin Golf Course is the oldest golf course in Thailand. Located close to Hua Hin downtown, only 5 minutes’ drive. The 18-hole, par-72 traditional old British design golf course is offering an excellent view of Hua Hin beach and city centre, it is a course that you should play at least once when travelling to Hua Hin.
Visit Asia’s First Water Jungle at Vana Nava Water Jungle
A short ride from Hua Hin City Centre is the Vana Nava Water Jungle, one of the best water parks in Thailand and Asia’s First Water Jungle. This water park offers the tallest manmade mountain-waterfalls in Asia, fountains, lazy river, world-class thrilling lines and slides, rock climbing, surfing, high-technology facilities and an underwater studio. This place offer activities for all age groups, suit up and get into the water!
Harvest the Grape at Monsoon Valley Vineyards
Monsoon Valley Vineyards is the one and only vineyard in Hua Hin. Nestled in the beautiful valley near Kuiburi National Park on over 700 Rai (110 hectares), around 45 km. from Hua Hin city centre. It is home to over 20 breeds of grapes. If you have a chance to visit Hua Hin around March-April, do not miss the Monsoon Valley’s Harvest Festival! This vineyard also offers a range of activities including a vineyard tour, mountain biking and wine safari tour.
Visit Thailand’s first National Marine Park, Khao Sam Roi Yod National Park
Khao Sam Roi Yod National Park is the endless high-rise limestone peaks with Thailand’s largest freshwater marshes, mangrove forest and beaches. Visitors will enjoy the natural trails to Khao Daeng Viewpoint with over 355 species of birds and other wild animals such as deer and monkeys. The trail will lead them to the peak to enjoy the 360 ° views of the first national marine park and the gulf of Thailand. The main highlight of this park is Phraya Nakhon Cave where the iconic royal pavilion, Phra Thinang Khuha Kharuhat which was built in 1890 for King Rama V’s visit. The Phraya Nakhon Cave with Royal Pavilion is also the iconic symbol of Prachuap Khiri Khan province.
Catch the Sun in Hua Hin
Back to the city centre, this lovely beach town has many places to indulge in the sun and the views of the city! Khao Hin Lek Fai is one of the best places to enjoy the sunrise and the pan views of Hua Hin town with the beach as background or visit the highest bar in town and step out to the observation sky deck at Vana Nava Sky Bar on 27th floor of Holiday Inn Vana Nava Hua Hin hotel to enjoy the sea breeze, ocean view and the light from Hua Hin town at night.
Shop Around Hua Hin
From the local market to the big shopping malls, whether you look for street local food, handmade souvenirs or brand name items, Hua Hin has a place for you to shop them all!
- Chat Chai Market and Hua Hin Night Market
Situated in the heart of Hua Hin, close to Hua Hin railway station, Chat Chai market is the original market in Hua Hin operates only in the morning while the colourful Hua Hin Night Market, located next to Chat Chai market opens at night. Hua Hin Night Market is a well-known place for tourists who look for souvenirs and try some fresh seafood and local street food. If you come to the market before dawn, do not miss to visit Hua Hin railway station, one of the most beautiful and the oldest railway station in Thailand which was built in the reign of King Rama VI.
- Cicada Market
Cicada Market or Weekend night market (opens Friday – Sunday from 4-11pm) is unlike other night markets in town. This market offers art-related products such as paintings, handcrafted works, creative products, home decor and many art pieces and delicious food. You may hear music from a live band and see some live street performance during you are strolling around the market.
- Shopping Malls
Hua Hin is a small town but still has places for entertainment complex and shopping lovers. Market Village, the first shopping mall in town and Blúport Hua Hin Resort Mall offers you high-quality products, fashion and lifestyle entertainment.
For those who look for a holiday home or a retirement destination with branded hotels operators, Hua Hin might be your answer. Hua Hin does not only provide you with a variety of attractions but also the safety and a convenient lifestyle with low crime rate, international hospital services and international education institutions. List Sotheby's International Realty Thailand, an expert in Thai property and the winner of Thailand's Best Real Estate Agency 2020 Award by Dot Property Thailand will be more than welcome to assist you for those who wish to buy a property or invest here.
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