Hua Hin is a pleasant Thai town of winding streets, family-owned shops, friendly locals and great restaurants. It manages to balance itself well between catering to the desires of tourists whilst retaining its authentic charm and culture. Hua Hin is still an important fishing community and the brightly coloured fishing boats can be seen in the local harbour. It became a popular escape from Bangkok for wealthy families and royalty when the railway was constructed along the coast during the 1920s.
Hua Hin offers lovely sandy beaches which are ideal for the usual holiday activities of sunbathing, swimming and watersports. The clear waters make snorkeling and diving in the area a popular choice and fishing charters are also popular. Golf is popular around Hua Hin on the several golf courses which are of international standard. The small town has a market which is a great local experience, as well as a variety of shops. The town also has several tailors shops which are great for getting a hand-made suit, dresses or trousers individually tailored to your own requirements in a couple of days. After dark, Hua Hin has some lively discos and nightspots in the town which are easy to get to on foot or using a songthaew, a hop-on, hop-off taxi service.
The neighbouring town of Cha-Am boasts Thailands longest beach. It is a quiet unspoilt resort with a few local shops and a Jack Nicklaus designed golf course. Further afield is the Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park which translates as the 300 Mountain Peaks. It is a 50km drive south of your Hua Hin holiday rental. It has savannah plains, steep limestone cliffs and several caves and provides for some good animal watching, including seeing schools of Irrawady dolphins passing along the coast. A trip to the Pa La-U Waterfall is a must for every visitor to Hua Hin and many local operators offers trips to this lovely spot where swarms of butterflies can also be seen.
Holiday rentals in Hua Hin experience warm temperatures all year round from 31°C (88°F) in December to 35°C (95°F) in April. The best time to visit is in the dry season between November and April when a few showers may be encountered but are unlikely to spoil your holiday.
Most visitors staying at a holiday rental in Hua Hin will fly to Bangkok (BKK) International Airport. Hua Hin is approximately 200km south of Bangkok and transfers can be made by local bus, train or by hiring a car from the airport. Private charter flights are also available between Bangkok and Hua Hin local airport.