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Hua Hin is Thailand’s original holiday resort. Its popularity dates back to the Twenties, when the Thai royal family built their summer palaces here, as a way to escape the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. King Rama VI even had a railway line built, so he could travel down without sailing across the Gulf of Thailand. As the city is just 120 miles southwest of Bangkok, Hua Hin holidays remain a popular choice with those living in the capital today – but during the week, you’ll mostly have the place to yourself.

Since Hua Hin getaways were originally designed for Thai aristocrats, the area has maintained an authentic feel, which some other beach resorts have gradually lost. It’s a place where the city meets the sea, and tradition and tourism blend seamlessly. The long, sandy beach has plenty of space for sunbathing, but you’ll probably find that you spend most of your Hua Hin holiday exploring the fascinating streets and cultural sites.

For starters, the beautiful Mrigadayavan Palace is a prime example of classic Thai design. But there’s a twist – owing to the court’s Italian architect, this royal residence also has a distinctly European vibe. Light, airy and wooden, the 18-building palace is surrounded by immaculate, shaded gardens and has stunning ocean views. Meanwhile, Hua Hin railway station is one of the oldest in the country, and certainly one of the prettiest – the ornate royal waiting room is definitely worth a visit.

But Hua Hin’s authenticity isn’t just about the architecture. As the majority of restaurants’ customers are Thai, the cuisine here is exceptionally traditional and packed with flavour. Thanks to its location right on the Gulf of Thailand, the city is particularly famous for its fresh seafood. No Hua Hin holiday would be complete without dining in one of the city’s overwater restaurants. Perched on stilts in the central section of the beach, these time-stamped eateries are an integral part of life in Hua Hin – and the food is delicious.

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Things to do in Hua Hin

Historical Hua Hin has plenty of cultural attractions. Built in 1924, Mrigadayavan Palace is a must-visit – tours are available, or you can explore on your own. Just be aware that, since it’s a royal residence, you’ll need to wear respectful clothing covering your shoulders and knees. You can also visit Thailand’s oldest railway station, and the Spanish-style Phra Ratchawang Klai Kangwon Palace – but as this is still an official royal residence, it’s not always open to the public.

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Somewhat surprisingly, Hua Hin is also a golf hub. There are 10 courses here, all within a 30-minute drive of the city centre. Black Mountain is the most famous. This 27-hole course has been awarded ‘Thailand’s Best Golf Course’ seven times, and has won ‘Best Championship Course’ in Asia twice.

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Food plays a big part in any holiday to Hua Hin. The predominantly-Thai clientele means that the cuisine is authentic and delicious. And, thanks to the lack of rain, there are loads of markets and al fresco restaurants here. Take a tour around Hua Hin night market, eat at one of the famous stilted restaurants on the beach, or dine outside under the stars.

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Sunbathing and watersports

Hua Hin Beach is great for families, with gently sloping sands, shallow waters and mild currents. There’s also a huge range of watersports on offer here, so adrenaline junkies will be in their element. You can try everything from water-skiing to banana boating to jet-skiing. But Hua Hin Beach is most famous for its kitesurfing. The steady breeze blowing across the Gulf of Thailand provides perfect conditions, and there are several kite schools dotted along the beach if you want to give it a try.

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The beach here is great for activities but, if you want a quiet spot to curl up with a book, Hua Hin may not quite fit the bill. As you’d expect from a beach nuzzled up against a city, it’s often fairly busy. So, if you’re looking for a peaceful spot to unroll your towel, consider heading north to Cha Am. Just a 30-minute drive up the coast, Cha Am’s sands are fringed by greenery, have fewer people, and generally offer a more tranquil experience.

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Hua Hin hotels

As Thailand’s first ever holiday spot, Hua Hin is somewhat famous for its hotels. There’s a real spectrum of options here, ranging from budget-friendly bases to all-out luxury resorts. In-keeping with the city’s history, Centara Grand Hua Hin is probably the most iconic. Originally called the Railway Hotel, this beachfront retreat first opened its doors in the Twenties, just as Hua Hin was transforming into an escape for the Bangkok elite. Since then, it’s been renovated several times and evolved into a five-star resort, arguably one of the best in all of Asia.

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Equally extravagant, Anantara Hua Hin has a prime spot on the beach. The first Anantara resort in the world, this beautiful hotel led the way for dozens more across Thailand and beyond.

You’ll find that most luxury Hua Hin hotels have a beachfront postcode, while the more budget-friendly options are tucked further back, peppered among the city’s traditional streets.

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Best time to visit Hua Hin

Hua Hin is one of the driest areas in the whole of Thailand. With such little rain, there’s never a bad time to go on holiday to Hua Hin. But November to February is the best time to visit, when you can expect low humidity and balmy temperatures in the high-twenties. Thanks to the great weather, though, this is also peak season – the city will be quite busy and hotels are often more expensive.

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If you want to avoid the crowds, March, April and May make great alternatives. The humidity will be higher, but you can look forward to long, sunny days and fewer people. Watersports fans should book their Hua Hin holiday between October and May, when the winds are best for activities like kitesurfing.

If you’re travelling around on your Thailand holiday, try to time your Hua Hin trip to be midweek. The weekends can get very busy with city slickers from Bangkok, while Monday to Friday is much quieter.

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Things to do

Things to do in Hua Hin

Historical Hua Hin has plenty of cultural attractions. Built in 1924, Mrigadayavan Palace is a must-visit – tours are available, or you can explore on your own. Just be aware that, since it’s a royal residence, you’ll need to wear respectful clothing covering your shoulders and knees. You can also visit Thailand’s oldest railway station, and the Spanish-style Phra Ratchawang Klai Kangwon Palace – but as this is still an official royal residence, it’s not always open to the public.

Show More
Show Less

Somewhat surprisingly, Hua Hin is also a golf hub. There are 10 courses here, all within a 30-minute drive of the city centre. Black Mountain is the most famous. This 27-hole course has been awarded ‘Thailand’s Best Golf Course’ seven times, and has won ‘Best Championship Course’ in Asia twice.

Show More
Show Less

Food plays a big part in any holiday to Hua Hin. The predominantly-Thai clientele means that the cuisine is authentic and delicious. And, thanks to the lack of rain, there are loads of markets and al fresco restaurants here. Take a tour around Hua Hin night market, eat at one of the famous stilted restaurants on the beach, or dine outside under the stars.

Show More
Show Less

Beaches

Sunbathing and watersports

Hua Hin Beach is great for families, with gently sloping sands, shallow waters and mild currents. There’s also a huge range of watersports on offer here, so adrenaline junkies will be in their element. You can try everything from water-skiing to banana boating to jet-skiing. But Hua Hin Beach is most famous for its kitesurfing. The steady breeze blowing across the Gulf of Thailand provides perfect conditions, and there are several kite schools dotted along the beach if you want to give it a try.

Show More
Show Less

The beach here is great for activities but, if you want a quiet spot to curl up with a book, Hua Hin may not quite fit the bill. As you’d expect from a beach nuzzled up against a city, it’s often fairly busy. So, if you’re looking for a peaceful spot to unroll your towel, consider heading north to Cha Am. Just a 30-minute drive up the coast, Cha Am’s sands are fringed by greenery, have fewer people, and generally offer a more tranquil experience.

Show More
Show Less

Hotels

Hua Hin hotels

As Thailand’s first ever holiday spot, Hua Hin is somewhat famous for its hotels. There’s a real spectrum of options here, ranging from budget-friendly bases to all-out luxury resorts. In-keeping with the city’s history, Centara Grand Hua Hin is probably the most iconic. Originally called the Railway Hotel, this beachfront retreat first opened its doors in the Twenties, just as Hua Hin was transforming into an escape for the Bangkok elite. Since then, it’s been renovated several times and evolved into a five-star resort, arguably one of the best in all of Asia.

Show More
Show Less

Equally extravagant, Anantara Hua Hin has a prime spot on the beach. The first Anantara resort in the world, this beautiful hotel led the way for dozens more across Thailand and beyond.

You’ll find that most luxury Hua Hin hotels have a beachfront postcode, while the more budget-friendly options are tucked further back, peppered among the city’s traditional streets.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit Hua Hin

Hua Hin is one of the driest areas in the whole of Thailand. With such little rain, there’s never a bad time to go on holiday to Hua Hin. But November to February is the best time to visit, when you can expect low humidity and balmy temperatures in the high-twenties. Thanks to the great weather, though, this is also peak season – the city will be quite busy and hotels are often more expensive.

Show More
Show Less

If you want to avoid the crowds, March, April and May make great alternatives. The humidity will be higher, but you can look forward to long, sunny days and fewer people. Watersports fans should book their Hua Hin holiday between October and May, when the winds are best for activities like kitesurfing.

If you’re travelling around on your Thailand holiday, try to time your Hua Hin trip to be midweek. The weekends can get very busy with city slickers from Bangkok, while Monday to Friday is much quieter.

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