Experience the natural beauty of Hua Hin
Khao Takiab literally means the ‘Chopsticks Hill’, and this tour takes you a journey to rural Thailand. When you walk to the top of the Khao Takiab mountain, you would be attracted by the stunning panoramic sea view. This hill also is also called ‘Monkey Mountain’, as it is the home of a huge number of monkeys. Besides, water sports activities, including jet skiing, para-sailing, banana boat rides, kayaking and water-skiing, are all available. If you are looking for food after the exciting water sports, the seafood is quite famous in Khao Takiab.
An safari adventure in Hua Hin
Hua Hin Safari is an adventure village consisting of various nature trails. They offer a great view of the town and a valuable experience of interacting with wild animals. This adventure park offers elephant trekking, horse carriages and polo, to name but a few activities. In the elephant trekking, you can ride around the jungle and mountains. It is a unique and exciting experience which you can share with your friends after travelling in Thailand. What’s great about the safari tour is that they offer free pick up at your hotel, but make sure you make a booking in advance.
Opening hours: depends on reservation
The 1950s in action
Plearn Wan is a two-story, courtyard-style building made from wood. This shopping center imitates the people of the 1950s, with shops selling vintage clothings. The street snacks in here are local and traditional, and some of which are a combination of old and new Thai cuisine, such as tong muan sod which is a sweetened pancake. There are also some unique guesthouses where you can stay for a night and continue your shopping experience the next day.
Opening hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily
Plearn Wan, Hua Hin, Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan, +66 0325203112
Water park designed for the whole family
Founded in 2011, the Black Mountain Water Park attracts locals and tourists to have fun in playing water sports. There are six pools and nine slides, all with different themes. They are designed for all ages, but the slides are designed for teenagers who are looking for excitement. For a children’s adventure, the smaller slides are designed with greater protection. Finally, the elderly are also welcomed to visit the spa pool, where the bubbles are relaxing and refreshing. This is surely a great place for families.
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
1 Moo 2,Tambon Hin Lek Fai Hua Hin 77110,Thailand, +66 32618444
An East-meets-West architectural style
Hua Hin Railway station is on the southern line, and is one of the most historic train stations in Thailand. The original station was constructed in 1910 and was rebuilt in 1926. The red wooden outlooks replicates the Victorian movement, adding Thai influences. In this station there is a Royal Waiting Room which was for the king when he was visiting the town. The station also has a great contrast with the contemporary hotel nearby, which highlights the diversity of the Thai architecture.
Opening hours: 7 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily
Hua Hin Railway Station, Western End of Damnernkasem Road, +66 032511073
Summer palace for the royal family
Maruekathaiyawan Palace is a summer palace which was built in the early 1920s. This is another example of the typical hybrid architectural style of Thailand. It uses of verandas, latticework and high ceilings which allow the sea breeze to enter the building and keep it cool. The whole palace uses 1,000 teak wood pillars for mechanical support and to avoid seawater intrusion. The palace is also called ‘The Palace of Love and Hope’, which symbolizes the hope that the king and his wife can live with hope and love.
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
The religious history of Hua Hin
This temple was built to worship one of the most famous monks in Thailand, named Luand Phor Thuad. He has performed miracles in Thailand, like turning salt water into drinkable water and saving the crew on a boat journey. Locals believe that building a huge statue can protect them and their families. The status is 12 meters high and ten meters wide. Locals visit the Mongkol to ask for good fortune, health, luck and happiness. Each side of the statue has a huge elephant, and you need to walk under the belly of elephant for better luck.
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 5 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Wat Huai Mongkol, Thailand, +66 032576187
Greek architecture in Thailand
Santorini Park is an Oriental vision of Greece. The white walled buildings, colorful window frames, and stone-paved paths all resembles the Mediterranean nation of Greece. There is an amusement park with exciting rides such as the G-Max giant swing. The village zone adopts Greek island architecture and houses more than 140 shopping boutiques and food halls. In the activity zone, live music is performed, and weekend art and flea markets are also located here, where you can buy souvenirs at a reasonable price.
Opening hours: Mon-Thur 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri-Sun 10 a.m.-10 p.m.