There’s a little town a few hours South of Bangkok that appears to be on the rise for tourists, backpackers, and retirees alike. It isn’t entirely an undiscovered location in Thailand (tourism is the primary money maker), but it continues to hold on to its small town feel, uncrowded beaches and exceptional friendliness!
To get to Hua Hin we took a 9 hour bus ride from Phuket. The first thing we noticed as we rolled into town, was that it really was a small and slow-paced town. It isn’t so slow though, that they don’t have a red light district, an impressive bar scene and night markets to attract locals and tourists every night of the week! Hua Hin is a place where retirees and backpackers can both feel at home in the same city.
Hua Hin is slower paced, so if you are looking to see famous attractions and do excursions every day I would not recommend going there. The best way to describe it is, A great escape from the chaos of Bangkok and a natural stop if you are traveling between Bangkok and Phuket. Hua Hin is a great place to relax and lay on the beach during the day and has no shortage of bars and things to do at night.
Here are a few things to check out while in Hua Hin:
The Night Market:
The Night Market is the most happening place in the city! There are tons of street vendors, food, bars, entertainment and shopping. Things can be rather pricey, but it can be a fun place to haggle and work on your bartering skills.
Hua Hin Beach:
A lot of people work there way down to Hua Hin from Bangkok with the intent of working on their tan and doing some kite surfing or jet skiing. The beach in Hua Hin is nothing compared to Phuket or Koi Samui; but you will have no trouble getting comfortable!
Waterfalls, Vineyards, and Local Stores:
There is a Waterfall outside of town that some people like to go to. From the pictures it didn’t look like that great of a waterfall so we didn’t go. There is also a Vineyard outside of town, but the hostel we were staying at said that they aren’t always ready for tours and you need to call to see if they are available. Sounds like it could be cool but we opted not to do it. The Local Stores are fun to hang out in for awhile, until you start to lose your mind from too much shopping. They have a lot of cool art and types of food though and it would be a shame not to take a look inside a couple of them.