Nestled on the Gulf of Thailand, the southern seaside resort of Hua Hin offers ample to do, see, and experience while enjoying your escape from the city. Where limestone boulders meet turquoise waters and streets brim with a vibrant mix of culture, Hua Hin grew from an idyllic fishing village into a bustling weekend getaway destination. From morning beach strolls and challenging hikes that lead to cascading waterfalls to sampling wine while admiring elephants grazing in the distance, Hua Hin boasts a wealth of activities for both a peaceful and action-packed getaway. If you’re looking for some inspiration for your weekend on the Gulf, here are our Top 10 Places in Hua Hin you should visit.
10 Places in Hua Hin you should visit
Seenspace Hua Hin is a modern, beachfront venue that offers everything from chilled cocktails by the swimming pool to boutique shopping and delicious lunches. The outdoor shopping mall is the first of its kind in Hua Hin and is rated as the place to be during high season. With views of the vast ocean from comfy loungers to craft beers and free wine tastings, Seenspace is at the top of our list of attractions.
2. Khao Hin Lek Fai
Hin Lek Fai Hill offers panoramic views of Hua Hin and the Gulf of Thailand and makes for epic sunrise or sunset walks. The hill, known as Flinstone Hill, is steep and challenging and great for those looking to break a sweat either by foot or on a bicycle. Alternatively, renting a moped is an easier way to get to the top. Once there, people are greeted by the resident monkeys as they choose which path to take. Different routes offer different views to the south or north of the town, all of which are spectacular and definitely worth the trip.
3. Wat Huay Mongkol
The statue of Luang Phor Thuad at Wat Huay Mongkol is a popular attraction among locals and tourists. At almost 40 feet high, Luang Phor Thuad, who was a famous monk in Thailand, can be seen from a distance and is simply inspiring in its size and popularity. The park-like setting attracts crowds every weekend and offers a spiritual experience in that Luang Phor Thuad was revered for his ability to perform miracles and those that seek safety often wear his amulets.
4. Pala-U Waterfall
Pala-U Waterfall is set within the sublime Kaeng Krachan National Park, which borders Burma and is the largest national park in Thailand. Just a short drive from the center of Hua Hin, Pala-U offers the perfect opportunity to reconnect with the great outdoors. The short hike through the dense rain-forest is worth the sweat once the waterfall is reached. Surrounded by lush forest, an abundance of wildlife including a variety of species of butterflies, and the serenity of nature, this is one attraction not to be missed.
5. Hua Hin Divers
A weekend escape from the city can be both peaceful or adventurous, and those thrill seekers looking for an action-packed getaway without traveling too far will certainly love Hua Hin Divers. With PADI courses, SSI Dive courses, and snorkeling tours, there are plenty of options to explore the sublime marine life in the Gulf of Thailand. The courses and tours are kept small, promising attention-to-detail and island locations such as Koh Sing, Koh Talu, and Koh Sarng, where the water is clear and abundant with turtles, sting-rays, and vibrant coral.
6. Cicada Market
Variety is the spice of life and a visit to Cicada Market proves just that. This famous weekend market in Khao Takiab has grown over the years and is now the place to be on a Friday or Saturday evening. With an eclectic array of local cuisine, art, crafts, and fashion, it’s no wonder the market attracts crowds of locals and tourists alike. The atmosphere is vibrant, the food stalls brim with hungry tourists, and the stage lights up from about 20:30 with live entertainment and a Thai cultural play.
7. Monsoon Valley Vineyards
Hua Hin Hills and Monsoon Valley Vineyards certainly go against the grain as they create award-winning wine outside of the traditional landscape. With innovation, creativity, and a passion to produce quality wine, Monsoon Valley is one of our top 10. Activities vary from sampling wine and sumptious cuisine to mountain biking and admiring the elephants as they traverse their natural setting. The picturesque vineyard is an ideal spot for a romantic afternoon or a family luncheon, with unsurpassed food, quality wine, and an excellent atmosphere.
8. Black Mountain
Renowned for its championship golf course and thrilling water park, Black Mountain is the top destination for a fun family afternoon or a morning round for the avid golfer. Set in the foothills of the forested granite mountains to the west of central Hua Hin, this is the ideal spot to escape the bustle for a short time. Apart from golfing and visiting the water park, Black Mountain boasts a luxurious spa with a variety of treatments to choose from as well as a wakeboard park, yoga, tennis, and a restaurant.
9. Phraya Nakhon Cave
Those looking for a magical experience can travel further afield to Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park where the mystical Phraya Nakhon Cave is nestled on the shores of a bay. The journey to Laem Sala beach begins with a long-tail boat or by foot over the hill. Once there, the steep ascent to the entrance of the cave can be rather challenging and takes about 30 minutes. At the top, the descent into the cave is easy and leads to the famous royal pavilion, hidden inside the cave, that has been photographed by many. At a certain time of day, sunshine pours into the cave illuminating the pavilion, adding a sublime mystery to the limestone cave and temple.
10. KBA Hua Hin
Water enthusiasts will absolutely love the opportunity to challenge themselves on the Gulf of Thailand which boasts epic wind at certain times of the year, perfect for a three-day kitesurfing course. KBA Hua Hin has been around since early 2000 and boasts experienced instructors that go the extra knot. KBA offers lessons for different levels as well as equipment and kites for rent or purchase, ensuring that their students have everything needed for an unforgettable experience. This action-packed sport combines thrill, action, and skill and definitely challenges a kitesurfer as they are propelled across the water by the powerful wind that hits the Gulf.