Located on the west coast of the gulf of Thailand Hua Hin has been popular with the Thai elite ever since King Rama V built a summer palace outside the town. The cream of Thai society followed and built many luxury residences .Shrewd investors realised the potential of the region and as Hua Hin expanded other attractions such as golf courses and top quality hotels sprang up to cater for the influx of well heeled visitors. During the week the town carries on much as any other beach resort but at the weekends the Jaguars and BMW's are very much in evidence. Unlike many other tourist towns Hua Hin has avoided brassy beer bars and nightclubs and as such is more appealing to families with its slower pace of life. The beautiful sandy beaches remain largely uncrowded even in the high season.
As Hua Hin is an upmarket destination it is no surprise that the top end of the market is well served. There is a plethora of 5 star hotels including such names as Marriot, Sofitel and Hyatt Regency all vying for your trade against the many top quality resorts. Accommodation is expensive especially at peak times. Most budget and midrange options are in town occupying multistorey buildings in the old shophouse district. It is an atmospheric setting with cheap tasty food nearby but you'll have to 'commute' to the beach, either by walking to north Hat Hua Hin (best at low tide) or taking a bus ride to the southern end of Hat Hua Hin.
The town has several markets. The largest being Pae Mai market held on Tuesdays and located opposite the railway station. It's a miscellaneous market selling everything from car accessories and clothing to fresh food produce and souvenirs. It is a popular and busy market as is the night market in the centre of town which starts at 6pm. This market is aimed more at the tourist and tends to be more expensive .Other markets of note include the undercover Chat Chai market which is predominantly food led and in Khao Takiab an early morning fresh seafood market.
Khao Takiab is the most popular beach located 7 kilometers south of town. Its calm shallow waters make is ideal for children. Rarely crowded, the best spots are found at the back of the large hill that juts out into the sea. On top of the hill is a temple and an opportunity to enjoy the magnificent views of the area. An even more secluded beach is Suan Son which is blessed with shady pine trees and a cooling breeze. Originally owned by the army as a retreat for veterans the beach has many seafood restaurants.
Hua Hin is one of golf's best kept secrets. The region has several championship courses, all beautifully maintained and offering a challenge to both amateurs and seasoned players.
Located in the centre of town is the Royal Hua Hin golf course with breath taking views of the Gulf of Thailand. Blending seamlessly into the local terrain is the Palm Hills Golf Club which has hosted the Thailand World Pro Am tournament. Boasting a very impressive clubhouse is the Springfield Royal Country club with its attractive landscaped course and well appointed water hazards. Fees are very reasonable when compared to courses in the West and the game can be played all year round.
Every June the town hosts an international jazz festival which attracts thousands of musicians and fans from around the globe. The artists rotate their performances between two stages in central downtown. Usually, but not always, held in June the festival offers jazz workshops and sales of instruments, books and sheet music.
For people who fancy time away from the beach and want to have an adventure then head for Kaeng Krachan National Park. These adult only treks consist of trekking deep the jungle and include one or two nights camping. Accompanied by experienced instructors it is a survival course where all meals are eaten in the wild and there are no frills or luxuries. Definitely for those who dream of being an intrepid explorer and definite not for those who enjoy their creature comforts.
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