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Hua Hin with kids

Hua Hin is one of the best places to go on vacation. It has golden sand dunes, big coconut palms, a blue ocean, breezes, cool fruit smoothies, and people with tans who don’t care about anything. People from all over the world dream of going to this place. Does that sound heavenly to you? If this is the kind of trip people most want to take on vacation, they’ll be glad to know it’s not a fairy tale in Thailand. As if that wasn’t enough of a reason, everything is very cheap.

The huge size of the exotic country is just one more thing that makes it a good place to go on vacation. Because Thailand is so big, it has different climates in different parts of the country. This means that no matter when you go, there will always be summer in at least one part of the country. If you’re lucky, you’ll end up in a place with picture-perfect beaches, just like you had hoped for your relaxing vacation.

Hua Hin is the magical place you don’t know about.
For a trip like this, beautiful Hua Hin stands out as one of the most magical places on earth. It will grab your heart with its simplicity and light mood, and you might not want to leave on the set day because it is so different from all the busy cities where people party until morning, where there is noise and where there is smoke.

The town is not very big, and it is less than three hours by car from Bangkok. However, it has a beach that is both beautiful and well taken care of, and it is more than 10 kilometers long! Most people agree that this beautiful stretch of beach is on one of the cleanest and most beautiful beaches in Thailand. It also has a lot of restaurants, cafes, shops, and places to stay, so you won’t have any trouble finding what you’re looking for.

The Beaches

On the beaches of Hua Hin, there are water activities like banana boats, diving, jet skis, and paragliders for people who like to live on the edge. Snorkeling and fishing are also great ways to relax and clear your mind while on vacation. Other beaches in Thailand have similar things to do in the water.

When talking about beaches, this is the right time to mention that Hua Hin has some of the most popular beaches, both for tourists and for locals, who like to go there to soak up the sun and relax. It’s not surprising that the king of Thailand chose to build his summer house on an island with white beaches, clear turquoise water, colorful fish, and the ultimate feeling of freedom and peace. So, if it was good enough for the king, it must also be good enough for us.

And as for the king, the fact that Hua Hin is close to the royal palace is what keeps it so beautiful and keeps it from becoming a hub for parties, noise, and strip clubs like it does on other islands. Unlike what happens on other islands, this doesn’t happen here. Because of this, there are fewer groups of young people in the town and more families, honeymooning couples, and other people looking for a peaceful and relaxing vacation.

So, what are you going to do during the day in Hua Hin?

If you get tired of the beautiful beaches, the water sports you can do there, and the relaxing massages, you can enjoy a variety of other attractions and activities, such as a trip to the spectacular nature reserves, a cruise to the nearby islands, a visit to the waterfalls, and a hike to some of the most special observation points in Thailand. Well, if you get tired of those things, there are many other things to see and do, such as going to the beautiful nature reserves or the water sports facilities. Hua Hin is the best place to go on vacation if you want to enjoy both the excitement of the city and the peace of nature.

Some of the best things to do in Hua Hin

Taking a boat to the islands
There are a few small islands near Hua Hin. One of them is called Kho talu. Kho Talu is thought to be the least touristy island in the area because it has great diving spots and beaches that haven’t been changed. When you go to the island, it’s a good idea to bring a good book, a mat, and some sunscreen so you can relax for a few hours while getting some vitamin D and peace and quiet.

The Hutsadin Elephant Foundation takes care of an elephant farm that helps rehabilitate them.
The experience includes going for a walk with the elephants in the jungle, swimming with them in the river, and feeding them bananas and other fruits. If you care about animal rights, you should know that visitors can ride elephants at this farm, which is different from other rehabilitation farms in Thailand (without a saddle).

Water parks
Near the city, there are a number of great water parks where kids of all ages can have fun. Take for example the great water parks Vana Nava Hua Hin Water Jungle and Santorini Water Fantasy. Both of these parks have both kid-friendly and very scary slides. In addition to the resort, there is also the Black Mountain Water Park, which is a great place for families to spend time together because it has both a large wave pool and a lake where you can water ski.

Safe natural areas
The largest park in Thailand, Kaeng Krachan National Park, is a good place to get a feel for real Thai money. If you want to learn more about the area, you can even spend the night at the local campground. It takes about an hour and a quarter to drive to the park from town. It is thought to be beautiful in a spectacular way. Another reserve called Sam Roi Yot is about three quarters of an hour away by car. It has canals, caves, and a mysterious temple. This reserve isn’t as big as the others.

journeys on bicycles
There are a number of suggested cycling routes throughout the city. Some of them are meant to be taken as part of a group tour led by a local guide who will talk about the historical landmarks and rumors about them along the way. In the same way as a tour bus, but without the bus.

Cooking classes
A unique chance to try Thai food and learn how to make some of the country’s most loved and well-known traditional dishes. The workshop will start with a trip to the local market, where people will buy the things they will need. Then, the participants will make the dishes themselves while the local staff watches. The workshop will end with a celebratory meal, where people will take photos of things that look good on camera. The whole meeting will last for three quarters of a day.

What’s more?
As was already said, it is a more well-known town that caters to a specific group of people. Thai families from higher classes also take vacations in the area. Also, the nightlife in this town is geared toward this group. Because of this, there isn’t as much to do at night as there is on other Thai islands. Most of the nightlife happens on the streets of Bintabhat and Selakam, where there are lively bars, dance and karaoke clubs, live performances, and mostly quiet ladyboy shows.

Since there is so much to see and do, you should definitely take the whole week off to enjoy your vacation. Still, a lot of visitors only plan to stay there for the weekend. However, most of them end up falling in love with the area’s unique charm and decide to stay longer. In this situation, there might not always be a guest room available at the first place they chose to stay. If you don’t want to make the same mistakes they did, plan ahead for a longer stay and book the right place to stay!

How to get to Hua Hin from Bangkok? by train from the Central Train Station, which should take about five hours and cost about 700 baht; It takes about three hours and costs about 200 baht to get there by bus from the southern bus station, or you can rent a car. However, the roads in the area aren’t great, so it’s not recommended that people who aren’t from there drive on them.

Train Bangkok - Hua Hin ฿ 223–1,452 3h 20m – 4h 25m
  • →  2nd Class Fan seats only 07:30, 07:50, 19:30, 19:50
  • →  2nd Class AC seats only 08:05
  • →  1st Class Sleeper 14:45
  • ←  2nd Class AC seats only 02:22, 16:00
  • ←  Class 3 AC 02:20
  • ←  2nd Class Fan seats only 01:15, 02:50
  • ←  2nd Class Sleeper AC 00:45, 01:15, 01:45, 04:05, 04:15, 04:55, 06:05, 06:29, 23:45
  • ←  2nd Class Sleeper Fan 01:15, 04:05, 04:55
  • ←  1st Class Sleeper 01:45, 04:15, 06:05, 06:29
  • ←  2nd Class Ladies Only 06:05
  • ←  Class 3 Fan 12:00
Bus Bangkok - Hua Hin ฿ 316 4h
  • →  VIP 24 06:00, 08:20, 14:20, 18:30
  • ←  VIP 24 09:00, 12:00, 13:30, 15:00
Van Bangkok - Hua Hin ฿ 230–500 3h – 4h
  • →  Van VIP 9pax 09:00
  • →  Regional 14pax 06:00, 06:10, 06:30, 08:30, 09:30, 10:00, 10:10, 12:00, 12:10, 12:30, 14:00, 15:30, 17:10, 18:00
  • ←  Regional 14pax 07:00, 08:00, 09:00, 10:00, 12:00, 17:00, 17:30
  • ←  Van VIP 9pax 15:00
Bus Suvarnabhumi Airport - Hua Hin ฿ 355 4h
  • →  VIP 24 06:30, 07:30, 08:30, 09:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30, 17:30, 18:30
  • ←  VIP 24 06:00, 07:00, 08:00, 09:00, 10:00, 11:30, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 18:00
Taxi Don Mueang Airport - Hua Hin ฿ 2,500–13,200 2h 40m – 2h 50m
  • →  Mercedes E Class
  • →  Mercedes S Class
  • →  Toyota Alphard
  • →  Comfort Plus 3pax
  • →  MPV Comfort 4pax
  • →  SUV Comfort 4pax
  • →  SUV 4pax
  • ←  Comfort
  • ←  Mercedes E Class
  • ←  Mercedes S Class
  • ←  Toyota Alphard
  • ←  Comfort Plus 3pax
  • ←  MPV Comfort 4pax
  • ←  SUV Comfort 4pax
  • ←  Economy
  • ←  SUV 4pax
  • ←  Van 9pax
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