Hua Hin is a lovely place to relax by the beach and enjoy the good life but with its growing popularity has attracted crowds from all over the world. If getting away from the crowds or spending some time in the solitude of nature is something that you need then Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park is the place to visit. Located about 60 kilometres away from Hua Hin, Khao Sam Roi Yot is a stunning location that is Thailand’s first coastal National Park. The area is called Khao Sam Roi Yot or “Mountain of 300 peaks” because of the massive limestone cliffs that are intermingled with mangrove forests and beaches. The limestone formations dot the topography of the area, but it hasn’t been confirmed if there are in fact 300 peaks! Once you pay the 200 baht entry fee, there is a wealth of places to choose from including, beaches, caves, canals, jungles and trails.
Sam Phraya Beach CampsiteIf camping on a tropical beach is on your bucket list, Sam Phraya beach has it all. It is 5 km north of the national park headquarters and it features a campsite where you can rent a tent for 3 people for only 210 baht. There are some other basic facilities in the area such as a restaurant that is open from 7am to 9pm but other than that this not your average tourist beach. You will have plenty of room to enjoy the beach and if you stick around for the sunrise from the sea, you’ll have seen why this place is worth camping at.
Laem Sala Beach and Phraya Nakhon CaveLaem Sala beach is accessible by boat or via a trail. This beach also has a campsite or some bungalow options for travelers to stay in. This is an excellent spot for a quick getaway as it feels secluded from the rest of the world but it is actually not that far away from Hua Hin. The main highlight of this area is not Laem Sala but the Phraya Nakhon Cave. This cave has beautiful pavilion called Phra Thinang Khuha Kharuhat that was built for King Rama V’s visits to the area. There are two sinkholes in the cave and one of them is situated above the pavilion, which means that at certain times of day the light shines through the sinkhole and bathes the golden pavilion in sunlight. This stunning image is worth visiting flying to Thailand for!
Go Birdwatching on a Marsh Boat Ride Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park is home to some 300 species for birds and a rare black antelope called the Serow. Many of the birds can been seen around Thung Sam Roi Yot Marsh, which is Thailand’s largest freshwater marsh. A great way to cover as much marshland as possible is by boat. The Khao Daeng Canal starts at Khao Daeng Temple and there are passenger boats there that can take visitors on 1.5/2 hour-long cruises. It’s a really nice way to cap off a day trekking through the jungle.
Phu Noi BeachPhu Noi Beach is also known as Dolphin Bay, so it is very clear what the beach is best known for. Wild pink and grey-nosed dolphins swim in the bay and the area around the beach has a few restaurants, ATMs and hotels. If you want to go back to civilization for bit before returning to the park for camping, it is a good idea to go here. They’ve even got a night market out here for to keep things interesting when the sun goes down.
If you want to make multiple trips to Sam Roi Yot National Park and other spots around Hua Hin, book a long-stay property with Rental For The Holidays. So store that camping equipment away for the days you’ll be chilling in Hua Hin in your very own apartment.