If you follow me on Instagram then you know it’s no secret that Hua Hin holds a special place in my heart. It has been my home-away-from-home twice now. And I have to say, I love it even more than Atlanta!

To sum up the town of Hua Hin: it is a low-key, family beach town about 3 hours south of Bangkok. It houses one of the Royal family’s vaction homes, hundreds (if not thousands) of delicious seafood restaurants, beautiful beaches, mountains, and themed parks (for the kids). 

No, there are no beach-side cliffs and emerald waters like you’ll see in Phuket or Krabi, but what you get in Hua Hin (that you won’t in Phuket) is a sense of community. Everyone, both Thai locals and foreign expats, in Hua Hin is friendly and treats you more like one-of-their-own, instead of a money-spending tourist. 

The prices here are VERY reasonable and are not inflated just because you are a frarang (foreigner). 

Whether you like to hike, lay out on the beach, or party at the bars, Hua Hin offers something for EVERYONE! 

Ok, I know what you’re thinking: “Did Hua Hin Tourism pay her to say this?” And no, I wish! Haha. I just feel like it is a town that truly gives you a well-rounded experience of Thailand: culture, great food, and beaches. 

So, if you do decide to visit, here are a few of my FAVORITES by category: 

Places to eat

Baan Khun Phor
The most popular food court among the locals that offers a variety of food stalls. Everything from seafood to pizza, Thai to ribs. It’s super affordable and a fun time!
Tamarind Market
Much like Baan Khun Phor, Tamarind is an outdoor food court that is much smaller and little more hipster. The food is a little pricier than Baan Khun Phor but the atmosphere is much more inviting.
Esaan Station
If food courts aren’t your thing, and you want to try some delicious Thai food, then this is your place! This restaurant is on the corner of Soi 94 and has some of the best Esaan food. Try it all!
Vegan Hua Hin
For those of you that stick to plants, Vegan Hua Hin offers a LARGE menu of both Thai and Western food. All of which are delicious!

Bars

Vana Nava Sky Bar
If swanky cocktails with an AMAZING view are your thing, then Vana Nava is for you! Located at the top of Holiday Inn, this place offers boutique cocktails with an ocean view.
Binta Baht
If you want a more “down-to-earth” kinda scene, Soi Binta Baht is full of dive bars with great drink prices. You can’t go wrong in this area.

Tours

The BEST and only tour worth taking is with Feast Thailand. The local tour guides are knowledgable, full of fun, and give you a treat for your taste buds! I recommend taking one of their tours on your first day. It will enhance your dining experience for the remainder of your trip.

Viewpoints

Hin Lek Fai
This is the best place to see all of Hua Hin. AND you get to see lots of furry friends 🙂 If you go around 6pm you will get to witness something reaaaal special. A local from town comes to feed the monkeys every night! It’s truly a sight to see.
Khao Tao
If you’re up for the trip, Khao Tao is just a 15 min motorbike ride south of Hua Hin. It is home to a giant sitting Buddha statue, and home to an amazing view of the ocean.
Hua Hin Pier
Sunsets at the pier are absolutely magical! I’m not usually a morning person, but a view like this is worth waking up for.

Transportation

Green Songteaw
This green guy will take you from Koh Takieb to Hua Hin Airport and everywhere in between. Prices start at 10 baht! Just hop on until you get to your destination, then hit the buzzer and pay your fee. It’s that simple.

If you are visiting Thailand, I seriously suggest stopping by Hua Hin. I promise, you will fall in love!

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