Baan Silapin (Tues-Sun from 10:00-17:00): Artist collective founded by local painter Tawee Kasangam that features the work of dozens of Thai artists. On weekends there are casual workshops for adults and kids.
Hua Hin Railway Station (always open??): Built in 1926, the Victorian building is often referred to as the most beautiful train station in Thailand.
Hua Hin Arts and Crafts Centre (daily, 11:00 - 18:30): This old home exhibits the work of many contemporary Thai artists as well as old furniture and many pictures depicting Hua Hin’s past. Admission is free.
Marukatayawan (Mrigadayavan) Royal Palace (Thu-Tue, 08:30-16:30): Just 12km north of town, this seaside palace was built during the reign of King Rama VI and consists of 18 interlinked teakwood buildings; it’s breezy, bright and absolutely gorgeous. A must see for those who like historical buildings and detailed wooden architecture. As it is a royal palace, visitors need to cover arms and legs (i.e. no shorts, tank tops, etc.).
Phraya Nakhon Cave (daily, sunrise - sunset): A short but challenging trek through the jungle leads you to a spectacular site where nature and craftsman have collaborated. The Kuha Karuhas Pavilion was built inside the cave where the cave’s ceiling had long ago collapsed, allowing the sunlight to beautifully illuminate the pavilion. To see the pavilion in full glow, make sure you are inside the cave between 10:30-11:30. Don’t forget your camera, bring drinking water and wear sturdy shoes (flip-fops are not suitable).
Ratchaphakdi Park (Mon-Fri, 07:00-18:00 / Sat-Sun, 07:00-20:00): A tribute to Thailand’s most revered kings, each of the seven monarchs are cast in bronze, standing 14m tall and facing east, hence, morning visits provide the best photo opportunities.
Wat Khao Takiab (daily, early-18:00): Chinese-Thai temple on top of Takiab Hill (77m) with great views over the gulf and Hua Hin city. There is also a 20m tall standing Buddha on the north side of the hill, best viewed from the south end of Hua Hin Beach.
ECO / NATURE ACTIVITIES
Boat Tours (Whale & Dolphin watching; daily, book in advance): From Sep - Dec, the Gulf of Thailand is home to the critically endangered Bryde’s whales. These gentle giants feed on the abundant sardines and their unique feeding process ensures significant viewing opportunities along with an entertaining interplay as seabirds try to steal sardines from the whales’ mouths before the whales snap their jaws shut. Another endangered species, the Irrawaddy Dolphins, are also frequently spotted during whale watching tours. Contact our concierge (activities desk) to book a whale-watching trip with one of the certified conservation groups that runs informative tours.
Namtok Pa La-u (daily, 08:00-18:00):Lush rainforest surround this 11-tier waterfall that is located in Thailand’s largest national park, Kaeng Krachan. Visitors can hike up to the 7th tier of the waterfall before the jungle becomes too dense and steep; along the way you can see a variety of wildlife including birds, butterflies, and, if you are lucky, perhaps elephants or a leopard.
Sam Roi Yot National Park (daily, sunrise - sunset): About 60km south of Hua Hin, this is Thailand’s first marine national park, encompassing beaches, mangrove forests, the name sake 300 (Sam Roi) limestone hills and the country’s largest wetlands. For bird enthusiasts, the estimated 300 bird species that come and go throughout the year make this a must visit destination. While here, check out the Phraya Nakhon Cave mentioned above (cultural section).
Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand & Elephant Refuge(daily, tours begin at 10:00, book in advance): One of the few places in Thailand you can ethically see and interact with animals while also helping to support ongoing education and protection of wildlife. The WFFT collaborates with Mahidol University and the National Parks Department to provide care and rehabilitation for injured and abused animals including (but not limited to) bears, elephants, gibbons, monkeys and tigers.
This is the perfect half or full day activity for families. Contact our concierge (activities desk) to book your tour.
SPORTS & RECREATION
Hua Hin Beach: a 5km long stretch of fine white sand, very shallow at low tide and calm most of the year; perfect for families with small children as well as water sports enthusiasts. Do watch for jellyfish that are prevalent during the monsoon (Sep-Nov).
Sai Noi Beach: about 15km south of Hua Hin in the Khao Tao area. The beach here is tranquil, pine-fringed and much deeper so better for swimmers but still suitable for SUP and kite boarding.
Kite boarding / surfing: There are numerous schools and shops that cater to this hugely poplar sport. Hua Hin’s beach has the ideal conditions for both beginners and expert kiters; weather conditions are best Nov - May but you can generally catch wind all year long.
SUP (Stand Up Paddle Boarding): Hua Hin’s long, flat, shallow beach is great for SUP enthusiasts and beginners; there are even groups that specialise in SUP for kids, woman and yoga!
Golf: Nine top-level courses are within a 15 - 30 min drive of the resort.
Banyan Golf Club
Black Mountain Golf Club
Lake View Golf Club
Majestic Creek Country Club
Milford Golf Club
Palm Hills Country Club
Royal Hua Hin Golf Course
Sea Pines Golf Course
Springfield Royal Country Club
True Arena (daily 06:30 – 21:00): For serious sports enthusiasts, you are a short drive or quick jog from professional grade tennis courts, FIFA regulation football pitches, a jogging trail, multi-sport complex for basketball, volleyball, futsal or badminton and a 1,500 square metre clubhouse with state of the art strength and cardio equipment. This is truly a world-class fitness centre that rivals professional training centres anywhere on the planet!
BluPort (Sun-Thu, 10:00 - 21:00 / Fri, Sat & Holidays, 10:00 - 22:00): Large modern shopping complex featuring an international grocery store, department store, independent stores and boutiques, cinema complex, playground zone for the kids and a huge selection of food, from food court to sit down restaurants.
Cicada Market (Fri-Sat 16:00 - 23:00, Sun 16:00 - 22:00): Outside in a park like setting with lots of trees, live music and a relaxed atmosphere, this market features locally designed clothes, arts and crafts, an interesting assortment of food stalls and even a bar.
Grand Market (Wed-Sun evenings): In contrast with the main night market, you will find more locals here and you might find the selection more varied and the environment more interesting.
Hua Hin Night Market (every evening): This is the main (tourist) night market in the center of town with the usual mix of t-shirts and trinkets side by side with made to order roti as well as fresh seafood stalls.
Tamarind Market (Fri-Sat 16:00 - 23:00, Sun 16:00 - 22:00): Next to and essentiallyan extension of Cicada but with fewer trees, less handicrafts and with a slightly greater focus on food.
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