Situated around three and a half hours by road from Bangkok, Hua Hin is a great mainland beach resort if you don’t have the time, or inclination to travel far, to go down to the more southern beaches and islands. You can get to Hua Hin by bus, minivan, and train from Bangkok.
The beach is three kilometres long and sits between two headlands. As well as sunbathing, relaxing, pony rides, and swimming, older kids might like to have a go on a banana boat. Khao Takiab is a small hill on the beach, and there is both great swimming and pretty views nearby. It’s also good to climb the hill and explore the Buddhist temple on top and see the stretching views of the beach, ocean, and town.
The whole family can enjoy elephant rides through the forests and hills just a short way outside of the main town. You can look at this site for more information – http://www.huahinsafari.com/
Boat trips to nearby Sam Loy Yot are popular too. As well as beaches, forests, and caves, you can also feed the inquisitive monkeys that run to meet your boat as it pulls up to dry land. You could also take a boat trip to Koh Singto, which is a great spot for snorkelling. Pa La-U waterfall is also an easy trip from Hua Hin town; it is a very picturesque 11-level waterfall, and there are many birds and butterflies for children to see.
Other attractions within Hua Hin include the beautiful railway station, often said to be the most impressive in Thailand, the European style Royal summer palace of Klai Klongwon, the colourful evening markets, and activities such as golf, fishing, and massages.
Black Mountain Water Park provides a great break from the beaches. It has regular pools, a wave pool, slides, a lazy river, places to relax in the shade … and more! You will find further information on their website – http://www.blackmountainwaterpark.com/
There are lots of places to eat and drink. There are many great seafood restaurants on wooden jetties out over the water – these offer nice views as you eat. There are also plenty of other eateries too that cater to a wide range of tastes. Sasi Dinner Theatre (http://www.sasi-restaurant.com/02_daily_act.htm) is worth considering for a special evening – the family can watch a traditional Thai show and learn more about Thai history and culture whilst enjoying a delicious meal.
Hua Hin is a great option for all the family – it’s no wonder it has been the favourite summer spot of the Thai Royal Family for many years!
Things to Know when Visiting with Children:
- Although the trains are a bit slower than buses, they allow kids more opportunities to walk around and see things from the windows. They also have toilets onboard. Minivans are the fastest option, but they can be cramped and do not have bathrooms.
- Avoid walking up the hills at the hottest times of the day.
- There are lots of tiny sand crabs on the beach. These are harmless, but may worry children.