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How to spend 48 Hours in Hua Hin

by Travelbag on 11 August 2015, 17:08PM

Hua Hin, a popular beach resort, lies in the north of the Malay Peninsula and is a district of Prachuap Khiri Khan Province in Thailand. Blessed with a tropical climate and warm temperatures throughout the year, Hua Hin offers travellers a multitude of wonderful attractions and thrilling activities.

Whether you’re a history and film buff who wants to explore the areas used for filming movies such as “The Killing Fields’, or if you just want to pop on a snorkel and swim with the fishes – there’s something to keep anyone busy here.
The best time to visit Hua Hin is between December and April, when the area enjoys a dry season, and most activities during this time will be open and accepting bookings. The risk with visiting out of peak season is that tour companies may close because of the weather or season.

Here, we’ve put together a brilliant itinerary for spending 48 hours in the region. So you can be sure you’ve seen and done all the amazing things on offer here.

A Walk along Hua Hin Beach

Stretching for some six kilometres southward towards Kao Takiap, where a lovely Buddhist temple awaits to be explored, Hua Hin Beach is a great place to watch the sun rise and build up an appetite for breakfast. Go for a swim or simply walk along the fine sandy beach and look forward to a spiritual visit at the temple.


Butterfly Gardens at Klai Kangwon Palace

After exploring the Klai Klangwan Royal Palace, head across the street to the lovely Butterfly Garden, which features plants collected from all over the country. The garden is simply magical, boasting a wide range of orchids, herbs, and butterfly and bird species. It’s definitely a place you’ll want to take your camera, because where else can you see so many stunning creatures?


A Visit to Pa La-u Waterfall

Hire a car or travel by taxi to the west of Hua Hin. Where you’ll find an evergreen forest, which is home to an 11- tier scenic waterfall that could easily provide the background for Jurassic Park's scary dinosaurs. Rich in plant, butterfly and bird species, the forest is ideal for hiking and bird-watching. Or just relaxing and watching the world go by – your choice!


Kite-surfing at Hua Hin Beach

If you don't fancy hiking or hiring a car, why not return to Hua Hin Beach and try your hand at kite-surfing? The shallow, warm waters and steady north-easterly winds make this an ideal spot. From February to May the area enjoys southerly thermal winds that reach up to 20 knots in the afternoon. From October to January wind speeds average between 15 to 25 knots.


Finish the Day with a Stroll in Hua Hin Night Market

Hua Hin's famous Night Market is located between the railway line and Petchkasem Road. The market springs to life around 6.30pm, when traders begin to set up their colourful stalls. The street food is amazing here and there are plenty of opportunities to find a few gifts for family and friends back home. You'll also find some of the town's best seafood restaurants in the market area, with fish caught locally (expect nothing less!).


Sail to Sam Roi Yod National Park

It’s day two! So make the most of your visit, and start early in the day. There are several different boat trips on offer at Huan Hin-Pranburi. Cruise the Gulf of Thailand in a traditional boat, have a refreshing dip in the water, go fishing or simply save your energy for Sam Roi Yod National Park, the trip's ultimate destination. Bring a bag of peanuts or some fruit so you can feed the park's greedy little monkeys.


Wine-tasting Tours

Choose an afternoon tour to the Hua Hin Hills Vineyard and combine your trip with a wine-tasting session. Most vineyards are located approximately 45 km west of Hua Hin, so you may prefer to book a tour with a mini-van operator instead. The scenic mountain valley boasts loamy sand and slate soil ideal for Rhone grape varieties, which the locals turn into their Monsoon Valley wine label for export and domestic use. Wine-tasting tours cost 1,500B to 2,100B, which includes return transport, the wine-tasting and a 3-course meal. For a cheaper, shorter option, just do the wine-tasting for 290B, which buys you three glasses of wine, and the beautiful scenery.


Cycle to Khao Hin Lek Fai Hill

Khao Hin Lek Fai Hill is only three kilometres west of Hua Hin district and therefore easily manageable by bike. There's a lovely public park on top, great for picnics and total relaxation, and the views over the resort are pretty spectacular.


An Evening Stroll to Hua Hin Railway Station

Arguably Thailand's most beautiful railway station, this wooden building was once the royal pavilion in Sanamchan Palace in the Nakhon Pathom Province. It was moved to Hua Hin in 1968 to become one of the world's most romantic railway station buildings. There's always something interesting to watch and it's a great place to soak up Hua Hin's atmosphere before turning in for a nightcap.


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