Hua Hin, Thailand
Hua Hin is a beautiful coastal city in Thailand. It is about two and a half hours drive south of Bangkok and a popular resort with Thai people from Bangkok.
Hua Hin has a pretty five kilometre long beach and there are plenty of activities to enjoy beside sunbathing, snorkelling and swimming. There’s kitesurfing, jetskiing, golf courses, spas, caves, peaks, waterfalls national parks just outside the town. The town itself is clean with plenty of shops and amenities making it one of Thailand’s most popular places to live.
There is another beautiful beach at the south of the city that is quieter and more relaxed than the main beach. Overlooking the beach there is a mountain with a Buddhist temple at the top. The stunning views make the walk to the top worthwhile.
In the evenings the winding roads have a variety of shops, restaurants and nightlife establishments that make for an interesting and relaxing stroll. And the seaside restaurants built on stilts into the sea offer superb seafood at very affordable prices.
Things to do in Hua Hin
Kitesurfing or kiteboarding is incredibly popular in Hua Hin and there are plenty of kitesurfing schools that provide lessons and all the necessary equipment. Hua Hin is one of the best beaches in Asia for kitesurfing because there is excellent wind just off shore with flat water and a wide white sand beach with lots of sun.
Maruekatayawan Palace was designed by His Majesty King Rama VI in 1923 and it is a beautiful example of classical Thai architecture. It prides itself for being the longest golden teak palace in the world. There are also three stunning wooden pavilions that face out to sea. The palace is open to the public everyday from 8am to 4pm. The palace is a must-see in Hua Hin as if gives visitors a glimpse of Thailand’s royal history.
Khao Hin Fai (Flintstone Hill)
Offering stunning views of Hua Hin, Khao Hin Lek Fai (aka Flintstone Hill) has four lookout spots that offer views in various directions of Hua Hin and Cha-am to the north. The climb to the top of the hill is steep but well worth it. There are plenty of food and drink vendors and a collection of peacocks at the top.
Hua Hin night market is an absolute must-see for any visitor to Hua Hin. It is situated in the centre and opens around 6pm. The majority of the stalls shut down at about 11pm but several food vendors often stay open until the morning. This fantastic bustling market provides insight in to the Thai way 0f life and there are many stalls in small restaurants that sell freshly cooked Thai food. The market is a great place to shop for clothes, handicrafts, souvenirs and much more. There are also live street musicians to enjoy.
Hua Hin has some of the best golf courses in Thailand. There are eight world class courses that are all a short drive of the centre of town. Hua Hin’s golf courses are in perfect condition and are ideal for both novice and more experienced golfers who enjoy a challenge. The courses are at their busiest during the weekends of the high season (December to March) and on national holidays. All of the golf clubs offer stunning tropical scenery with mountain and/ or sea views. A caddie is provided in the price but it is customary to tip about 300 baht after a round.
Hutsadin Elephant Foundation
The Hutsadin Elephant Foundation is a non profit organisation that cares for and supports Elephants that have been abandoned by their owner because of old age, ill health or being unable to continue to work. The aim of the foundation is to care for these elephants so they can live a life that is full and pain free. The staff at the foundation are paid local Thai people and foreign volunteers. The Sanctuary is open everyday to visitors from 7am to 6pm. There are many activities including feeding, washing and walking with elephants. Visitors are given a talk about the history of the foundation and the histories of the elephants at the sanctuary. It is possible to trek on an elephant bareback or walk beside the elephant in the beautiful surroundings of the sanctuary.
Living in Hua Hin
Hua Hin is an affluent town in Thailand with plenty to offer expats. However, it is also very affordable. There is no shortage of accommodation to suit all budgets. Many people come to Thailand to train to be an English teacher so they can stay in this beautiful country long term. Hua Hin is home to WECI Language Institute who run a 4-week intensive TEFL course that is licensed by the Ministry of education Thailand. WECI provides a job guarantee for degree holders and accommodation and airport transfer is included. They also provide Thai culture and language classes, as well as a cultural trip to some of Hua Hin’s attractions.
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