Hua Hin is a seaside resort on the Gulf of Thailand, around 2.5 hour’s drive South from Bangkok. Once a quiet fishing village, it grew into a fashionable escape for local residents of Bangkok around the 1920’s Hua-Hin Beach, popular for kite surfing and other water sports, is the main stretch of sand, lined with high-end hotels and seafood restaurants. In downtown Hua-Hin, you can find the popular open-air ‘Night Market’. Besides the Thai craft stalls, you’ll also find an art gallery, beer gardens and live music, plus excellent sea-food restaurants.
Hua Hin is one of the top regions in the whole of Asia for a golf holiday with internationally recognized courses, such as ‘Banyan’, ‘Black Mountain’ and ‘Springfield’. For non-golfers, there are top-quality spa experiences to be found, ranging from luxury treatments to holistic wellness programmes, medical spas and traditional Thai massage. Some of the best wellness resorts in Hua-Hin include ‘Chiva Som’, ‘Barai’ and ‘Evason’. The popular ‘Monsoon Valley Wine Vineyard’ is nestled in a beautiful valley, located 45 minutes from downtown Hua Hin. Visitors can enjoy new latitude wines and tour the vineyard by jeep or elephant.
‘Sam Roi Yot’ (‘300 Peak Mountains’) is within a National Park featuring a series of limestone hills. The park is famous for its rich wildlife, mangrove forests, beautiful beaches, limestone islands, trails and viewpoints. It is only 60 km south from Hua Hin. One of the biggest attractions south of Hua-Hin, is ‘Chopstick Mountain’ (or ‘Monkey Mountain’), due to the monkeys that live on it. The mountain is also home to a hilltop temple with sensational views of Hua-Hin and a mystical cave complex.