March 13, 2017.
Tags: Hua hin
Hua Hin is the perfect getaway town to experience one of the many splendid beaches that Thailand has to offer. Besides lounging in your holiday home and relaxing by the pool, there’s an abundance of great restaurants, markets and sights to see. There’s a little something for everyone here – this charming beach town has much more to it than meets the eye. While places like the Hua Hin Railway Station or Water Park are high on tourists’ to-do-lists, there are some lesser-known but just as exciting sights that you simply must explore. Here’s a list of Hua Hin’s best kept secrets which will make your visit to this charming town unforgettable.
Everyone knows about the Hua Hin Night Market. While it’s certainly beautiful, try something different with the retro vibes of Hua Hin Tique walking street. Trendy, cozy and beautifully decorated, you will love kicking back at one of the beer gardens while the bands play. If you like your vintage cars, Hua Hin Tique is filled with them! There’s plenty of entertainment for both adults and children such as the animal shows, outdoor movies, pedal boats and splendid restaurants.
Hua Hin Hills Vineyard is a 45-minute drive away from the town center. The gorgeous hillsides provide plenty of beautiful photo opportunities – take a tour of the vineyard and savor the delicious tapas, wines and snacks.
Hua Hin has a thriving art scene and is home to some of Thailand’s best painters and young artists. Cicada Market is itself a mesmerizing display, where the lights and gardens come together to form a majestic backdrop for all the paintings, portraits, sculpture and photography. Thrift shoppers – this is the best place to pick up goods for a bargain. Whether you’re after authentic souvenirs, handicrafts, clothing, accessories or furniture, Cicada Market is where you go when you’re in the know!
Take the hint – Hua Hin’s best kept secrets are its vintage markets and Plearnwan is one of them. This wonderful throw-back to the early 1800’s is filled with Thai-Chinese architecture, perfect for spending a day shopping for handicrafts, souvenirs and gifts. Insider tip – this is where you’ll find some of Hua Hin’s best street food!
If you feel like reliving the gorgeous Grecian island of Santorini in Thailand, step into this amusement park. For thrill seekers, the rides will get your heart pumping while the Ferris wheel gives romantics a beautiful view overlooking the town. There are boutique shops housing international and local brands, plenty of restaurants and entertainment for children like the water park and haunted house. Whip your cameras out – photo opportunities are endless at Santorini Amusement Park.
Not to be confused with Koh Tao – this gorgeous reservoir has secluded, sandy beaches and a quiet fishing village for those that want a tranquil escape. Relish the natural surroundings of the old-style village or enjoy kite-surfing and romantic walks along the beach. Sai Yai and Suan Son are the standout beaches that have delightful seafood restaurants along the bay. Fresh water lakes, Buddha statues and a gorgeous beach: only 15km away from Hua Hin, visiting Khao Tao Reservoir is a must.
This is one of Hua Hin’s best kept secrets for animal lovers. Try something different from the zoo and visit Camel Republic to see Arabian camels, goats, giraffes and variety of exotic birds. There are rides that both children and adults can enjoy like the Sky Fly and Flying Macaw.
On Khao Takiab (Chopstick Hill) sits a 20 meter Golden Buddha statue overlooking the sea. The hill itself is a spectacular viewpoint for basking in the splendid sea. There are plenty of monkeys around, so be prepared!
Can’t shake the itch for some good jazz on your trip? Visit the Saxophone Lounge, Hua Hin’s best kept nightlife secret. Wednesday nights are particularly great – audience members can jump in for an impromptu jam with the band! We recommend getting a table since this place is very popular with expats and locals alike.
This café is hidden deep inside Hua Hin Soi 29. The name says it all – it’s filled with trees, ferns and other plants. Despite it’s quiet and secretive locale, the fresh seafood, craft beer and splendid coffee are among the best in Hua Hin. A must-visit if you’d like to experience Hua Hins’ burgeoning café culture.
Hua Hin isn’t the best city for party animals and doesn’t offer the same thriving nightlife as Phuket, Koh Samui and Krabi. While Beach Road has plenty of bars, Lotus Sky Bar is a class above and is perfect for a romantic evening out with your partner. The view overlooking the town is stunning – enjoy sunset with cocktails for something memorable.
Why take a Thai cooking class when you have the Foodies Food Tour? Savor 25 handpicked tastings which give your insight into the various flavors of Thai Cuisine. This 3.5 hour tour includes a trip to the Chat Chai fresh produce market, which is in itself enticing enough before you even start the tour. Simply a must-do for all foodies!
Most tourists visiting Hua Hin will be well-versed about the stunning skylights in Phra Nakhorn Cave. Khao Daeng viewpoint though is a little out of the way, but it’s just as special. Since it’s not as well-known, it’s also more private and secluded. Lace up your hiking shoes to get to the top and embrace the enchanting views. We recommend climbing to the summit for sunrise to watch the mountains come alive in the evening.
When you stay in Hua Hin with Rentals for the Holidays, we set you up to have an unforgettable holiday. Our team will accommodate any of your needs and provide you with insider tips with more exciting things to do in Hua Hin!