Top Things To See and Do in Hua Hin, Thailand
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Home to heritage sites, natural beauty spots and a variety of first-class restaurants, the city of Hua Hin makes for a great day out.
Hua Hin Night Market
If you are desperate to see Hua Hin through the eyes of someone local, head to this night market. Situated at the intersection of Pecthkasem Road and Dechanuchit Road, the market becomes crowded after 6.30pm, and many handicrafts are sold along the streets. Seafood stalls are popular, and the smell of grilled seafood permeates throughout.
This flea market is divided into four areas: Art a la Mode, Art Indoor, Art of Act and Art of Eat. Here, you can buy a range of handicrafts and trinkets. Enjoy a drink in the beer garden
, or sample Thai dishes in the Art of Eat area.
Khao Takiab literally means the Chopsticks Hill, and this tour takes you on a journey to rural Thailand. Walk to the top of the Khao Takiab Mountain to take in stunning panoramic sea views. This hill also is also called Monkey Mountain, as it is home to a number of monkeys. You can also take part in a range of water sports activities, including jet-skiing, parasailing, banana boat rides, kayaking and waterskiing. After all that, grab some seafood from a nearby restaurant
Plearn Wan is a two-storey, courtyard-style building made from wood. This retail centre is full of shops selling vintage clothing. The street snacks in here are local and traditional, with some combining old and new flavours. There are also guesthouses, so you can stay for a night and head back to the shops the next day.
Black Mountain Water Park
Amusement Park, Spa
Founded in 2011, Black Mountain Water Park is home to six pools and nine slides. The slides are suitable for all ages, with the smaller ones designed specifically for children. There is also a spa pool, where you can relax and unwind. Black Mountain Water Park is great for families!
Hua Hin Railway Station
Hua Hin Railway Station is on the southern line, and is one of the most historic train stations in Thailand. The original was constructed in 1910 and rebuilt in 1926. The station is an architectural masterpiece, and the Royal Waiting Room, reserved for the king when he was visiting the town, is especially interesting.
Mrigadayavan Palace is a summer palace that was built in the early 1920s. Here, you’ll find verandas, intricate latticework and high ceilings that allow the sea breeze to enter the building and keep it cool. The palace is constructed out of 1,000 teak wood pillars, which provide mechanical support and prevent seawater intrusion. It’s also called the Palace of Love and Hope.
Wat Huay Mongkol
This temple was built for people to come worship Luang Pu Thuat, a Thai monk. He performed a number of miracles in Thailand, including turning saltwater into drinkable water and saving the crew of a capsized boat. A huge statue of the monk stands at the temple’s centre, and local people often ask it for good luck. Each side of the statue is flanked by an elephant, and it is believed that walking under one of the animals provides better luck.
With its white buildings, colourful window frames and stone paths, this park looks exactly the Greek island of Santorini. There is also an amusement park, shops and food halls. Enjoy live music, or come here on the weekend to buy souvenirs at the art and flea markets.
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These recommendations were updated on January 8, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.