Hua Hin - Beach in front of the Sofitel HotelHua Hin is a quiet beach resort which is frequented mostly by Thai visitors who spend the weekend there after a stressful week at their offices in Bangkok.

How to get there

Hua Hin is located some 200 km south of Bangkok. The best route is to leave Bangkok via Expressway in the Dao Khanong direction and then go on via route 35 past Samut Sakhon and Samut Songkhram, then join route 4 via Petchaburi in the Prachuab Khiri Khan direction.

Or get on a coach leaving from Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal.

Hua Hin can also be reached by trains on the Bangkok – Surat Thani route.

The Beach

The beach at Hua Hin is very wide and has fine white sand. Unfortunately there are large rocks on most parts of the beach, which are covered with sharp shells. Take care when entering the beach. The beach in front of the Sofitel Hotel is free of rocks and fine for swimming. The sea is usually clean, but during the 2005 Jazz Festival I saw quite a lot of garbage in some areas. I guess it can’t be avoided at that time of the year. Sadly.

Sightseeing

Hua Hin Railroad Station

Monkey at Khao Ta Kiab TempleMonkey at Khao Ta Kiab Temple

Khao Ta Kiab

Temple on a small mountain, located in Baan Khao Ta Kiab, some 5 km south of Hua Hin’s town centre. The mountain is home to hundreds (or more?) monkeys which are nurtured by the monks and the tourists. You can buy food there to feed the animals, but be careful, they can get aggressive.

Events

Every year in June, Hua Hin’s beach is the location of the Hua Hin Jazz Festival.
Hua Hin Jazz Festival

2005 Schedule

 
June 3, 2005
Beach Stage
Park Stage
18:30-19:45 All Star Jazz  (closed)
20:00-21:15 Denny & Friends
21:30-23:00 Randy Cannon
 
June 4, 2005
Beach Stage
Park Stage
18:15-18:45 Grand Opening  
18:45-19:45 Prode Tanapat 18:45-20:00 Jirapan Angsavanande – Pachara Dila
20:00-21:30 John Patitucci 21:15-21:30 Eddie Autobahn
21:45-22:45 Koh Mr. Saxman 21:45-23:00 Stone Head
23:00-24:00 Crescendo  
00:00-01:00 The Infinity
 
June 5, 2005
Beach Stage
Park Stage
17:15-18:30 Mansri 17:15-18:30 Denny & Friends
18:45-20:00 Apartment Khun Pa 18:45-20:00 Prode Tanapat
20:15-21:30 Cannonball 20:15-21:30 Koh Mr. Saxman

Accommodation

Hua Hin

There is a lot of accommodation available at Hua Hin, ranging from cheap but nice bungalows to high-end hotels such as Sofitel, Hilton, Marriott, etc.

Baan Kao Ta Kiab

    Places I’ve stayed:

  • During the 2005 Jazz Festival, I stayed at Lunar Hut Resort, located in Baan Khao Ta Kiab, some 5 km south of Hua Hin’s town centre. The rooms at that place are simple, but equipped with air conditioning, refridgerator, TV, phone and hot water. Would you consider 600 baht per night expensive? 😉 There are also some cute bungalows, equipped similarly, at 750 B per night.
    Contact: Phone 032-536802, 521028; Email: lunarhut@hotmail.com

Pranburi

Pranburi is located some 30 km south of Hua Hin.

    Places I’ve stayed:

  • On the other end of the food chain is the Evason Hua Hin Resort & Spa. Very fine resort, tastefully decorated. Not quite as cheap as Lunar Hut, but maybe the better choice for your honeymoon. 😉 Check their website for more infos.

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