Things to do in Hua Hin – Hua Hin includes modern shopping malls, night markets, beautiful beaches, water parks, incredibly huge statues and many other things to do.
Over 100 years ago, when The Royal Family decided to have their vacation home built next to the beach in Hua Hin, Hua Hin consequently became the primary vacation spot for the wealthy of Bangkok and the like. Today, there are two Royal Palaces with countless of seaside villas, condos and 5-star luxury resorts along the coastline.
Sam Phan Nam Floating Market
On the Sam Phan Nam Floating Market, you will find about 193 shops of all different kinds selling local food, handmade products and souvenirs. You can stroll through the heart of the floating market on foot and by boat using paddles.
Alternatively, you also have the opportunity to tour the floating market on a miniature railway. If walking, it takes about 30 minutes to walk around in one circle, or longer if you stop to shop or eat.
Plearnwan – Phearn Wān
This is a retro village offering quaint shops, snacks, photo studio, artist shop & eateries. It felt like a living museum that takes you back to the 50s.
The entrance of Plearnwan is very cool and unique looking. You can’t miss the large wooden entrance when you drive past.
At the back are different theme parks like shops where you can pay to play some games. Great for the kids.
I think the food and snacks are the main highlight at Plernwan.
If you’re into golf, Hua Hin is a paradise for golf lovers with two of the best golf courses in Thailand.
Black Mountian Golf – is a 27-hole, award winning golf resort located in the foothills 12 kilometers west of Hua Hin.
Royal Hua Hin Golf Club – is an 18 hole course, and one of the oldest courses in Thailand located right in the city center.
Hua Hin Beaches
Most of the beaches in and around Hua Hin are wide and long with relatively shallow depth. The current is mild, and it is safe to swim for everyone for most parts of the year.
Do keep in mind that there are no lifeguards around the beaches. If you are swimming in the sea, make sure you have someone with you, but for the most part, it is safe. Just don’t go too deep and stay away during the rainy season from August to October because the sea is usually rougher.
Khao Takiap Beach, is another nearby beach to consider, which is south of the city.
The 7 Kings of Siam Statues
This is one of Hua Hin’s latest attractions, the 7 Kings of Siam Statues. Made out of bronze and measuring almost 14 meters tall are the impressive statues of the previous Kings of Thailand. Below each statue is a plaque with the name of the King and the period of reign.
The historical 7 Kings of Thailand are an important part of Thai history. A good place to visit to get a quick history lesson of the 7 Kings of Thailand.
With over 1,000 brand name fashions, beauty shops, electronics, food court, restaurants and a movie theater, Bluport is a modern shopping complex designed for both locals and westerners, from young to old.
About a 15 minute drive north of Bluport is another shopping mall called Market Village. This is the first large-scale shopping mall with a movie theater and an entertainment complex in Hua Hin. It also provides similar services to Bluport.
Baan Silapin Artists’ Village
About 5km away from Hua Hin Center is an artist village. It’s home to about 15 local artists who work and produce everything inside the shop. You can find large galleries of art, antiques, sculptures, artist studios, coffee and gift shop.
Every artwork you see on display is up for sale. Not only you can buy the artwork, Baan Sillapin is the main place for art and craft classes.
King Rama VI (6) constructed the palace in 1923 as the summer home for the Royal Family. The architect was an Italian who built this Thai-Victorian palace next to the sea.
Today, the Royal Family no longer resides in this palace; it is now a tourist attraction where anyone can come visit. If you would like to see how the Royal Family used to live and went about their daily life, come check out this Royal Palace and get a glimpse of what it’s like to live as the Royal Family of Thailand 100 years ago.
Hin Lek Fai Mountain Viewpoint
Want the best view of Hua Hin? Search no more, Hin Lek Fai Mountain Viewpoint is the best seat in the house.
There are about six viewpoints overlooking the city. Not only is it a great spot to have an overhead view of the city, it is also a great spot to watch the sunrise and sun set. But be careful if you go there after sun set, as it can get a bit dangerous at night going up and down the mountain.
The Cicada Market was open as an art market with an artsy atmosphere. The market contains artwork for sale by local artists, designers, and students. You will find all sorts of items for sale here, such as handmade decorations, live music, fashions, collectibles, secondhand items as well as top-notch street food. Even if you don’t plan to buy anything, just coming here for the food is worth a visit.
Hua Hin Night Market
Located in the heart of the city and a few blocks from the beach is Hua Hin Night Market.
You will find some of the best seafood restaurants in town right here, as well as other products or produce you would expect to find in a Thai night market from fresh seafood, fruits, massages, and fashions.
If you are in Hua Hin, you should definitely check out the night market and try the local seafood restaurant or at least walk through the night market once.
The restaurants serve a broad variety of Thai dishes, international dishes, especially barbecue seafood like fish, lobsters, snappers, seabass, cotton fish, squid, oysters, and king prawns.
About a 1-hour drive and 60 km west of Hua Hin is one of Thailand’s national parks named Pala-U Waterfall. This national park is one of the biggest in the country and it is next the Myanmar border.
There are 16 levels of waterfall, if you reach the top level you will be rewarded with a view over Thailand and looking over to Burma. The water is crystal clear and filled with large fish, it is an untouched natural habitat hidden away far from the industrialized world. It feels like you are back in time seeing how things used to be 100 years ago.
There are at least three major water parks in Hua Hin & Cha-am. The first is Vana Nava Jungle Water Park offering dozens of water slides and artificial waves.
Then you have the Black Mountain Water Park about 15 minutes away from central Hua Hin and spreading over 40,000 square meters. It offers nine different water slides, a wave pool, artificial waves and a huge infinity pool. Catering to both adults and children these water parks will not only cool you off but also give you an enjoyable experience.
The last water park is located in Cha Am called Santorini Park Waterventures. It is located in the same area as the Santorini Park.