18 Hua Hin attractions not to be missed
Hua Hin may not be the most widely known tourist destination in Thailand, but this city attracts a large number of local tourists, who often come here to relax on weekends or holidays.
So what to see in and around Hua Hin?
Numerous monuments of historical heritage; natural beauty; tours dedicated to culture and art; exquisite and exotic cuisine will make you fall in love with this amazing tropical resort.
Khao Takiab Mountain
Mount Khao Takiab.
About 7 kilometers south of Hua Hin, the majestic Khao Takiab – Monkey Mountain – protects the southern town beach. To the 272-meter summit stretches a steep, winding road – it passes through the famous seafood market and leads to the temple Wat Khao Takiab.
The peculiarity of its architecture is a combination of Siamese and Chinese style. From here you have a beautiful view of the city. At the foot, on the edge of the beach is a tall statue of a standing Buddha, which is often photographed by tourists.
Care should be taken with the local monkeys – they can bite, especially if you tease them. In addition, you should not carry plastic bags or containers with drinks – near the temple there is a special area where you can buy food and snacks.
Address: Wat Khao Takiap 123, 55 Nong Kae-Takiap, ตำบล หนองแก อำเภอ หัวหิน ประจวบคีรีขันธ์ 77110.
Hat Sai Beach and Khao Tao Hill
Khao Tao Hill.
The next hill after Khao Takiab is Khao Tao or Turtle Mountain. It protects the idyllic little cove where the beach Hat Sai swiftly juts into the sea, offering unique opportunities for deep sea swimmers.
A small resort hotel and a couple of restaurants are located here. On weekends, the beach and the bay are crowded with vacationers, but on weekdays there is serene peace and quiet.
On the north side of the hill, in front of a small natural grotto is Wat Tham Khao Tao – a number of Buddhist and other sculptures in artificially created concrete “cave”. Continuing on, you can see even more colorful shrines and climb the steps to the statue of Buddha on the hill.
If you are traveling on foot or by motorcycle, just follow the direction of the foot of the hill from the beach to the temple. But if you go by car, you’ll have to take a long way around the reservoir.
GPS coordinates: 12°27’20.8″N 99°58’44.0″E.
Cicada Market.| Photo: lin Judy(快樂雲) / Flickr.
The popular Cicada Market, located 3.5 km to the south, is much larger and more interesting than the Night Market in downtown Hua Hin. It is an amazing mix of food stalls, stores, theater performances, arts and crafts, and fine arts.
It’s not just a bustling shopping area, but rather a place where shopping becomes a true pleasure. Many artisans come here to sell home decor items or handmade clothing.
Here at the tables you can taste the national cuisine of Thailand and other Asian countries. Live performances take place on stage from 8:00 a.m., and street musicians are everywhere.
Address: Cicada Market, ซอย หนองแก-ตะเกียบ Nong Kae, Hua Hin, Prachuapkhirikhan, Thailand.
Friends of Wildlife Foundation of Thailand – Animal Rescue Center and Elephant Nursery
Friends of Wildlife Foundation of Thailand – Animal Rescue Center and Elephant Nursery.
The center, located 45 km west of Hua Hin, cares for more than 500 animals including bears, tigers, gibbons, macaws, loris and birds.
There is also an elephant rescue program in which elephants, unchained, live their normal lives here. A visit to this center is far more interesting than those elephant and tiger tourist traps advertised in many Hua Hin tours.
The center offers visitors the opportunity to learn about elephants and the history of their rescue during tours with full access to the animals. Elephants can be seen walking and bathing throughout the day. Visits to the center are allowed strictly by opening hours.
Address: Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand (WFFT), Tha Mai Ruak, Phetchaburi, Thailand.
Phra Ratchaniwet Mrigadayavan Palace is located on the windy seashore 12 km north of Hua Hin. It was erected in 1924 during the reign of Rama VI.
The teak complex, consisting of 18 interconnected buildings, is built on stilts and decorated with tall windows with shutters and patterned carvings. The palace is surrounded by a beautiful garden with majestic trees. From here you have a stunning view of the sea.
Address: Mrigadayavan Palace, 1281 เพชรเกษม Thanon Phet Kasem, Tambon Cha-am, Amphoe Cha-am, Chang Wat Phetchaburi 76120, Thailand.
Artist Village Baan Silapin
Artist Village Baan Silapin.
This artistic village was founded by local artist Tawee Kasangam in a shady grove 4 km west of town.
The galleries and studios showcase the work of more than a dozen artists, many of whom have chosen the quieter atmosphere of Hua Hin with its picturesque mountain and sea scenery over the bustling Bangkok.
Address: Huahin Artist Village, 3218 Hin Lek Fai, Hua Hin, Prachuapkhirikhan, Thailand.
Viewpoints on the slope of Khao Hin Lek Fai Mountain
View from the slope of Khao Hin Lek Fai Mountain.| Photo: Heiko S / Flickr.
On a hill just west of town, a winding road takes you up to a whole complex of lookouts from which you have a good view of Hua Hin and the bay.
The closest viewpoint to the parking lot is Viewpoint #4, located directly across from the statue of King Rama VII, and Viewpoint #5, at the end of a rocky path lined with cacti, offers the best panoramic view of the city.
Monkeys along the road and in the parking lot are waiting for treats – they’re not as aggressive as their counterparts in the Monkey Mountain, but you should still be careful when interacting with these animals.
Address: เขาหินเหล็กไฟ 527/3 ตำบล หัวหิน หัวเหล็กไฟ Tambon Hua Hin, Amphoe Hua Hin, Chang Wat Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand.
City Beach Hat Hua Hin
City beach at Hat Hua Hin.
Hua Hin beach is a not too long stretch of bay – a coastal strip of white sand washed by calm grayish-green waves. This beach with a long shallow water is more suitable for strolling along the shore and sunbathing than for swimming. Tourists are advised to beware of jellyfish, especially during the rainy season.
The busiest stretch of beach is opposite the Hilton and Centara Grand hotels. A restaurant delivery service provides food for groups of tourists nestled in the shade of sun loungers. On Wednesdays, the beach is empty as staff members clean it throughout the day. Pony rides along the beach are particularly popular with holidaymakers.
The southern part of the beach stretches to the popular tourist hill Khao Takiab, which is decorated with a huge statue of Buddha. It seems that there are many more high-rise resort buildings than coconut palms.
However, on weekdays you can still find quiet corners to relax or walk around. The northern part of the sandy beach is separated from the rest of the coastal area by a beautiful Chinese temple and structures on stilts along Naresdamri Road, which may soon be demolished – at high tide, some parts of the buildings are completely flooded.
Address: Hua Hin Beach Naret Damri Alley, Hua Hin, Prachuapkhirikhan, Thailand.
Ratchaphakdi Park | Photo: Nikodemus Karlsson / Flickr.
Beautiful bronze statues of Thailand’s most revered kings, 14 meters high and weighing 30 tons each, tower above the park against the backdrop of a magnificent mountain landscape south of the city. The $22 million project was undertaken by the military government after the coup as a tribute to the monarchy.
The seven kings – Ramakhamheng, Naresuan, Narai, Thaksin, Buddha Yodfa Chulalok (Rama I), Mongkut (Rama IV) and Chulalongkorn (Rama V) – from different Thai kingdoms were chosen to represent the most significant periods in Thailand’s history and to embody the powerful monarchical power without which the country cannot prosper.
Address: Rajabhakti Park, Phet Kasem Road, Nong Kae, Hua Hin, Prachuapkhirikhan, Thailand
Hua Hin Railway Station
Hua Hin Railway Station | Photo: Clay Gilliland / Flickr.
Built in 1926 on the site of a former station, this red-and-white symbolic building is considered the most beautiful train station in Thailand. It is designed in the “gingerbread house” style of the Victorian era – with lots of carved wooden posts and trim.
Since Hua Hin owes its prosperity to the railroad, the station is a true source of pride here. This is why souvenir copies of the station buildings are sold all over town.
Address: Train Station Library, Hua Hin, Hua Hin, Prachuapkhirikhan, Thailand.
Jao Mae Tub Tim Chinese Temple
The Chinese temple is built in a picturesque place on one of the towering coastal stones – “stone head” (Hua Hin also translates as “stone head”). From here you have a beautiful view of the sea.
Address: Jao Mae Tub Tim Shrine, Selakem Road Hua Hin, Prachuapkhirikhan, Thailand.
Klai Kangwon Palace
Klai Kangwon Palace.
Klai Kangwon is still the official royal palace, so it is almost always closed to tourists. From Pecthkasem Road, you can see only a small part of the building from the back.
Address: Klai Kangwon Palace, Hua Hin, Thailand.
Hua Hin Night Market
Hua Hin Night Market | Photo: Masaru Suzuki / Flickr.
If you want to immerse yourself in local life for a while, the Night Market is the right place for you. It is located at the intersection of Pecthkasem Road and Dechanuchit Road.
After 6:30 pm the market gets especially crowded. Seafood stalls are the most popular and the smell of grilled seafood spreads throughout the market.
Here you can also try tasty local dishes such as Thai pancakes or sticky rice with mango from the street vendors.
Address: Hua Hin Day Market, Hua Hin, Prachuapkhirikhan, Thailand.
Hua Hin Safari & Adventure Park
Hua Hin Safari & Adventure Park.
Hua Hin Safari & Adventure Park on the outskirts of Hua Hin is a vast village of animals and exciting shows. The elephant treks along the many nature trails offer spectacular views of the town.
Tourists are also given the unique opportunity to interact with the wild animals. Elephants can be ridden through the mountains and jungle.
Entertaining shows with the animals, elephant or horse-drawn carriage rides, ATV rides, paintball and other activities – all this will give you an unforgettable experience of visiting the park.
Address: Hua Hin Safari & Adventure Park, Thap Tai, Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand.
Plearn Wan Market
Plearn Wan Market | Photo: Heiko S / Flickr.
Plearn Wan is a two-story wooden building with a patio in a retro style. The mall is styled like the 1950s and many of the stores sell vintage clothing.
The street snacks here range from local to traditional, and some are a combination of old and new Thai cuisine, such as Tong Muan Sod sweet waffles.
Plearn Wan has a number of quaint guest houses where you can stay overnight to enjoy a shopping spree the next day.
Address: Plearnwan, Phet Kasem Road, Hua Hin, Prachuapkhirikhan, Thailand.
Black Mountain Waterpark
Black Mountain Waterpark.
This water park, which opened in 2011, attracts a large number of water sports enthusiasts among locals and tourists. Vacationers are offered six pools and nine slides of different themes.
The entertainment is designed for visitors of all ages. Teenagers who love speed and extreme sports will love slides with steep slopes and turns, as well as wakeboarding. For younger children are designed safe slides and attractions.
Older people will appreciate the whirlpool, which has a pleasant, relaxing effect. Black Mountain Water Park is a great place for a family vacation.
Address: Black Mountain Water Park หินเหล็กไฟ 2 หินเหล็กไฟ หัวหิน Prachuapkhirikhan, Thailand.
Wat Huay Mongkol Temple
Wat Huay Mongkol Temple.
The temple was built to worship one of Thailand’s most revered monks, Luand Phor Thuad. He had a miraculous gift of turning salt water into drinking water and saving sailors on dangerous voyages.
Local residents have erected a huge statue 12 meters high and 10 meters wide in the hope of protecting themselves and their families from all disasters. They ask the statue of the monk for happiness, health and good luck.
On the sides of the monument are large statues of elephants. There is an interesting omen: the one who passes under the belly of the elephant, waiting for good luck.
Address: Huay Mongkol Temple, Thap Tai, Hua Hin, Prachuapkhirikhan, Thailand
Santorini Park is a kind of Eastern view of Greece. The white walls of the buildings, the colorful window frames and the stone paved paths are all reminiscent of the features of the Mediterranean style.
There is an amusement park with exciting rides. There are more than 140 boutiques and food pavilions in the area stylized as Greek island architecture.
The entertainment area has live music, and on weekends there are arts and crafts markets and flea markets where you can buy original souvenirs at a reasonable price.
Address: Santorini Park Cha-am, Khao Yai, Cha-am, Phetchaburi, Thailand.
Attractions in Hua Hin
Klai Kang Won Palace Temple complex Wat Huai Mongkol Stylized entertainment complex PlearnWan Hill Chopsticks Waterfall Pa La U Resort Hua Hin Charity reserve fund Hutsadin Elephant Yoga Center Kiriya Yoga in Huahin
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Klai Kang Won Palace
Klai Kang Won Palace is the summer residence of King Bhumibhol Adulyadej (Rama IX) and other royalty. Klai Kang Won, which means “far from worries”, named for peace and tranquility, is located on a secluded stretch of Hua Hin beach.
Klai Kang Won Palace is designed in the traditional Spanish style. Set in a picturesque setting, the palace complex consists of four main buildings. The two-story “Phra Tamnak Piem Suk” with its beautiful Roman garden, sundial, and pathway that leads to the beach is the residence of the king and queen. All members of the royal family are housed in separate buildings that showcase different architectural styles, from modern Thai to European.
When the palace is not occupied it is open for tourists from 08:30 to 15:30, but you have to get a permit to be able to visit it.
Wat Huai Mongkol Temple Complex
Wat Huay Mongkol is a temple complex located about 15 kilometers west of Hua Hin and is famous for its huge statue of one of the most famous Buddhist monks in Thailand called Luang Pu Tuad.
This place is very popular among Thai people who come here to pay homage to the monk and ask for attention, health, good luck and happiness. This statue is about 12 meters high and 10 meters wide. It can be seen from afar because it towers above the trees.
The temple complex has a Buddhist temple, a statue of King Thaksin the Great on a horse and stores where you can buy Buddhist charms. There are also several restaurants where you can buy Thai food. Wat Huay Mongkol has lakes, waterfalls, streams, bridges, a number of pavilions and many shady spots. The whole complex is located in a park area, so it is very good for relaxation.
Wat Huay Mongkol is a very peaceful and serene place to visit.
Coordinates : 12.45981700,99.94478000
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PlearnWan, a stylized entertainment complex
PlearnWan is an outdoor “living museum” in the style of yesteryear, where memories come to life. Walking through this artificial village located on Petchkasem Road is like taking a step back in time.
The two-story wooden complex is stylized with old-fashioned store houses. There are stores and cafes that offer a variety of vintage goods, retro clothing, toys, and homemade food. The music store offers recordings of pop singers from the 50s and 60s. And a pharmacy offers herbs, roots and other blends that were once used to treat the sick. One cafe sells traditional Thai-style coffee, and another vendor tempts with crispy pancakes stuffed with grated coconut, corn or coconut jam. Numerous food stalls offer a variety of Thai desserts made from old recipes. On weekends, an outdoor movie theater shows old classics.
This wonderful place welcomes guests every day from 10.00 to 22.00. It’s so easy to get lost in time at PlearnWan that once you leave it, it’s very hard to come back to reality.
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Chopsticks Hill is this picturesque corner of Thailand belonging to the provincial town of Khao Takiab, relatively recently included in the sphere of international tourism.
Khao Takiab is located just 7 kilometers from the town of Huahin. Its geography is quite simple: the city is located mainly on a hill and the main road runs through its center. On this road there are various hotels, bars and stores, which is very convenient for guiding tourists. There are two quiet beaches on either side of Chopsticks Hill that are good for relaxing.
The most famous attraction Khao Takiab is the temple Wat Huay Mongkol, where there is a large statue of a revered monk. The hill is also home to many monkeys, so you should expect to see them here. Locals keep them as pets.
Khao Takiab will provide a more tranquil retreat with a chance to spend a busy evening in Huahin.
Coordinates : 12.51621100,99.98208400
Pa La Ou Falls
The Pa La Ou Falls have sixteen levels and stretch for two hundred meters. The waterfall does not have a powerful water flow, it is rather a small river that periodically falls from one stage to another. But Pa La U boasts an extremely picturesque environment. Enclosed from the outside world by an evergreen rainforest, Pa La Ou attracts many exotic birds and colorful butterflies.
One of the attractions of the waterfall is a huge number of schooling fish, catching them here is strictly prohibited. But it is allowed to feed them, from which the population of fish grows every day.
Pa La Ou can be reached by traveling sixty kilometers west of Hua Hin. There is a fee (approx. 200 Baht) to enter the waterfall.
Hua Hin Resort
Hua Hin is the oldest resort in Thailand, located on the west coast of the Gulf of Thailand, a favorite vacation spot of the royal family.
In addition to the traditional beach holiday in Hua Hin you can go kitesurfing, visit local attractions – the railway station, which is rightly considered the most beautiful station in Thailand, through which the city began to develop and became a resort, the temple Wat Hua Hin – the main temple and monastery of the city. In terms of architecture it is unremarkable, but its importance is that it is a temple, a cemetery and a crematorium at the same time.
See the show elephants who draw in the sand, play the harmonica and give massages, you can in the entertainment park Hua Hin Safari & Adventure Park. Here you can ride quad bikes, visit the show snakes and crocodiles.
Temple Wat Huay Mongkol is considered the most sacred place near Hua Hin. It attracts Buddhist pilgrims.
Also worth a visit are the floating markets of Hua Hin, the national park, Palau Falls, vineyards, cave complex, and the mountain of monkeys.
Coordinates : 12.56861100,99.95777800
Hutsadin Elephant Charitable Foundation Sanctuary
Hutsadin Elephant is a charity sanctuary-fund that cares for elephants and gives them every opportunity for survival.
The foundation depends on donations from local businesses and the general public. In addition to generous donations, the foundation also provides the opportunity to ride and feed the elephants to anyone who makes a small donation.
Located in the forest, the foundation provides an ideal habitat for the elephants where they continue to develop and breed.
It is open to the public every day from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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Kiriya Yoga Center in Huahin
Kiriya Yoga is a yoga center located in Huahin City that teaches private yoga classes based on pranayama and chakra opening techniques.
The founder of this type of yoga is considered to be the Indian saint Lahiri Mahasaya. It is believed that these methods were passed on to him by the Himalayan saint Babaji Maharaj, who had attained immortality and coined the term “Kriya Yoga”. Paramahansa Yogananda is the most famous representative of this school.
Yogananda described Kriya Yoga as follows: “the yogi mentally directs the flow of vital energy up and down around the six spinal centers (cerebral, occipital, thoracic, lumbar, sacral and coccygeal plexuses) corresponding to the twelve astral signs of the Zodiac, the symbolic Cosmic Man. Half a minute’s circulation of energy around a person’s sensitive spinal cord causes subtle progress in their evolution Half a minute’s kriya equals a year of natural spiritual development.”
Kiriya Yoga Center invites you to learn kriya yoga Monday through Friday.
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