Welcome to our Hua Hin Info page!
There are many articles already on the Internet regarding the history of Hua Hin. So, in this article, we will focus more on recent improvements in Thailand’s most up-and-coming holiday resort.
If you visited Hua Hin 10 or 12 years ago or more, you will already know just how much has changed in the popular beach town of Hua Hin. Back then, there were no new shopping malls. The only mall available was the old Thai shopping mall opposite Hua Hin Police Station. That mall is though still trading today. The Market Village shopping was under construction though being about 11 years old. It is however still a very popular mall with foreigners and Thais.
Hua Hin’s newest shopper’s paradise is the brand new Blu Port mega shopping mall. It is stunning, very popular and offers a huge range of restaurants and shops such as, massage, spas, clothes, music, souvenirs, home-ware and electronics. You can even buy cars and motorbikes there.
There were only 2 hospitals available 12 years ago, which are Sao Paulo Hospital and Hua Hin Hospital. Now, we have the new Bangkok Hospital here in Hua Hin too. It has an excellent reputation for healthcare, especially with foreign expats and tourists.
Roads and infrastructure were not so good back then either. But, now new roads have been installed in many areas throughout the town, making access much easier and quicker to get around. Road flooding also used to be an issue. This has also been improved too although, during extreme monsoonal downpours, even the widest drainage systems struggles to cope with the incredibly heavy monsoon rains.
Hua Hin has been well documented as a golfer’s paradise. There are 10 top-class courses like Black Mountain and The Banyan. And, now the new Sea Pine golf course with its beautiful beachfront sea views has been added to the list.
Hua Hin though is not only known for its golf. There are lots of fitness centres sprinkled throughout the town. The latest new five-star True Arena fitness complex is beautiful. It offers a 25 metre rooftop infinity swimming pool with stunning panoramic views; 12 professional tennis courts; 2 Fifa-grade football pitches, 4 badminton courts; basketball court; squash courts; luxury gymnasium; restaurant and even a sports shop.
Running, road cycling and mountain biking clubs are available too along with fishing trips, and kiteboarding attracts world-class kite surfers to the beaches. The Intercontinental Hotel in Hua Hin holds the annual kite-boarding world championships.
Eating out and drinking from the basic Thai street stalls to mid-range restaurants and on to five-star dining is world famous in Hua Hin. Eating on the streets with all the Thais is a great way to immerse yourself in the culture. The food is inexpensive, fresh, healthy and delicious. If you prefer to treat yourself, you can dine at for example fine hotels like the new Marriot Hotel, The Hilton, The Hyatt, Centara, or Chiva Som’s luxury resort. Hua Hin’s newest hotel Holiday Inn in Khao Takieb, which has incredible 360 degree views of Khao Takieb and Hua Hin.
Some of the main attractions in Hua Hin are the Hua Hin Night Market with its amazing selection of food, drinks and huge selection of souvenirs; the Grand Market with its great selection of food, music and clothes; Cicada Market is a newer market with its arts and crafts for sale along with the great entertainment and shows; Sam Phan Nam Floating Market is also new as is the luxury Mahatsamutr Blue Lagoon and Country Club offering a huge range of sports.
Not quite so new of course, are the beautiful Kaen Krachan, Sam Roi Yod and Pala-U national parks. All 3 of the parks are breathtakingly beautiful. At Pala-U national park, you can swim with schools of fish in the cool river water. Wild elephants are frequently spotted in the late afternoon coming out of the jungle to walk along the road. Make sure you take your camera!
Bangkok’s bustling city centre is easily drivable and just over 2 hours’ drive north of Hua Hin. The city is world-famous and needs no introduction. Or, if you like boat travel, you can now sail across the Gulf of Thailand to visit the resort of Pattaya. Pattaya is completely different to Hua Hin with its colourful, busy, city streets and is famed for its wild nightlife.
The selection of what to do in Hua Hin and the surrounding areas such as Hua Hin Vineyards, Wat Huay Mongkol Temple, Black Mountain Water Park, Vana Nava Jungle Water Park, Santorini Water Park, Baan Sillapin Artists Village, Plearn Wan Museum, Hutsadin Elephant Riding, Hua Hin Zoo, monkey watching, paintball camps, Thai kick boxing camps – is endless.