Hua Hin

Golden Buddha, Chopsticks Hill (Khao Takiab)Hua Hin, Thailand.
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Hua Hin Beach, just a few hours by car, train or bus from Bangkok, is one of the most popular beaches in Thailand. The beach itself is a long, flat stretch of sand that slopes gently into the ocean, and it's surrounded by a small town with plenty of hotels, resorts and guest houses as well as places to eat and drink.

Getting Around Hua Hin

Hua Hin proper is small enough that you won't need anything more than two feet to get around.

If you want to venture to further beaches or to surrounding sites, consider renting a car or motorbike.

Getting to Hua Hin

Hua Hin is very easy to get to from Bangkok. There are daily trains from Bangkok's Hua Lumpong Station that take about three hours. There are also multiple government buses each day from Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal and from Victory Monument (minibusses).

Where to Stay

Hua Hin is full of accommodations from five-star international chains to inexpensive guest houses. During high season make sure to make reservations in advance so you have a better selection to choose from.

What to Expect

Hua Hin attracts lots of local tourists and lots of Europeans, and during high season the beach can be packed. Around town, there are probably as many German and Italian restaurants as there are Thai ones.

What to Do

If you're not lounging on the beach or your resort's pool, consider horseback riding!

In Hua Hin, there are always horses available for rent and guides who will lead you if you are not an experienced rider. You can also hike up the nearby mountains or travel a little farther to one of the country's prettiest national parks, Sam Roi Yot.