3D2N Hua Hin itinerary

 

Located a few hours away from Bangkok, Hua Hin’s popularity has been growing with international tourists for the past few years. Apart from offering many beach resorts, Hua Hin offers a lot more in terms of attractions and theme parks for the family, nature for the adventurous and interesting aspects of Thai culture as well!

About Hua Hin

Hua Hin is split into 3 parts: Hua Hin (town), Cha am and Khao Takiab. Hua Hin is the main town, which is also the most touristy, Cha Am is less touristy and has a laidback culture and Khao Takiab has many independent boutique resorts.

Getting there

From Bangkok you can hire a private taxi from about 2,000baht (80sgd). If you’re travelling in a smaller group or would like a cheaper option, there are public buses, minivans and trains that take you to Hua Hin at prices as low as 200baht (8sgd) to 400baht (16sgd). If you would like some comfort at a lower price, special express trains from Hua Lamphong station take about 3 hours 25 minutes and cost about 412baht (16.60sgd) for a trip with a snack and a meal! A drive to Hua Hin generally takes about 3 hours so it depends on which option you prefer and what is convenient for you!

hua hin station

Getting around

If you are travelling within one area, you can choose from motorbikes, trishaws, tuktuks or songthaews (trucks with 2 benches for passengers to sit on). Songthaews are the most economical way to travel around while tuktuks and trishaws are considered “private” transport so they cost a bit more. For travelling further distances, you can ask your hotel if they provide any tour or driver services for hire before heading down or you can hire a driver online too! I had hired a driver from the hotel during my recent trip to Hua Hin as after comparing prices, that was the cheaper option and it turned out to be pretty good too!

Accommodation

Sea-cret Garden Hua Hin

sea-cret garden hua hin

If you’re looking for a bit of luxury and are willing to splurge on accommodation, you can check out Sea-Cret Garden Hua Hin which is located in Cha-am. The accommodation here comes in the form of poolside villas supposedly for 2, including a rooftop dining and/or barbecue area. A night during low season (1 May- 30 September) costs 3,799baht (152sgd) for weeknights and 4,299 baht (172sgd) for weekend nights and public holidays. A night during high season (1 October- 30 April) costs 4,499 baht (180sgd) for weeknights and 4,999 baht (200sgd) for weekend nights and public holidays). As the compound is quite large, they even have a golf cart to drive you from the main entrance to your villa.

sea-cret garden hua hin

Sea-cret Garden Hua Hin
Address: 497 Moo 3 T. Hinlhekfai A.Hua Hin Prachubkirikhan 77110
Website: http://theseacretgardenhuahin.com/index.html

Asira Boutique Hotel Hua Hin

asira boutique hotel

However, if you are looking for a cheaper option with comfort and accessibility, Asira Boutique Hotel is a nice place to stay in. This hotel is located 5 minutes from Hua Hin railway station by car or 15-20 minutes by foot. There are also quite a variety of food options and convenience stores in the area, and even a massage place opposite the hotel too! They have a few different types of rooms ranging from deluxe rooms to suites for families. A typical weeknight at a deluxe room here costs 2,500 baht (100sgd) and 2,900 baht (116sgd) for weekends. During my recent stay here, the receptionists were really helpful with arranging tours for us on the spot and provided useful recommendations as well.

asira boutique hua hin

What really made me decide on staying here wasn’t just the convenience and the price, it was also the availability of the lounge bed in the balcony which was enjoyable in the cool weather!

Asira Boutique Hua Hin
Address: 4 Damrongrat Rd.,(Soi Hua Hin 51), Hua Hin, Prachuap Kirikan 77110
Website: http://www.asirahuahin.com/index.php

Itinerary

Day 1 Afternoon

After arriving in Hua Hin at noon, there is a good amount of time to visit all the theme parks that are clustered in the same area. The theme parks are also rather small so it’s easy to cover all or at least most of them in one afternoon depending on how long you spend at each one!

Santorini Park

santorini park

Santorini Park, like its name suggests, is a model of Santorini in Greece. It’s a great place for photographs and the environment is very relaxed as well. There are also rides (mainly for children) and souvenir shops around. There was a Miffy exhibition and cafe during my visit there so it was nice getting to see aspects of Thailand added to some of the Miffy exhibits and food. Out of all the theme parks, Santorini Park has the most food options (which isn’t a lot) so eat here if you can or maybe before this!

miffy santorini park

Santorini Park
Address: Khao Yai, Cha-am District, Phetchaburi 76120, Thailand
Entrance fee: 120 baht (4.80sgd)
Opening hours: Monday-Friday 9.30am-6.30pm, Saturday-Sunday 9am-6.30pm

Camel Republic

camel republic hua hin

Camel Republic is a Moroccan themed park. The bright colours and the architecture make the area very photogenic and provides great backdrops for your photos too. The rest of Camel Republic is like a mini zoo where you get to feed animals and/or interact with them some at an extra fee (~15-30 baht). The entrance ticket includes one free pack of carrots to feed the camels with. Children even get to ride on the miniature ponies around the theme park too.

camel republic hua hin

Camel Republic
Address: Cha-am, Cha-am District, Phetchaburi 76120, Thailand
Entrance fee: 150 baht (6sgd)
Opening hours: Monday to Friday (except Wednesday) 8am-6pm, Wednesday 10am-6pm, Saturday to Sunday 8am-6.30pm

Swiss Sheep Farm

swiss sheep farm

This is probably called Swiss Sheep Farm because of the mountain in the background and the decor making the place look a bit like Switzerland (but I have never been to Switzerland so I am making generalisations here). The entrance ticket includes one round of sheep feeding. If you are afraid of goats, approach the enclosure with caution because the goat can run out of the enclosure and terrorise people by eating the grass they just collected from the staff. Apart from sheep, there is a little train you can take to explore the small premises and there is also a 3D museum in the compound as well. There are also more animals that you get to feed and interact with at an extra fee too. My personal opinion is if you have been to Primo Piazza in Khao Yai you can give this place a miss because they are about the same and Primo Piazza is better maintained.

swiss sheep farm hua hin

Swiss Sheep Farm
Address: Khao Yai, Cha-am District, Phetchaburi 76120, Thailand
Entrance fee: 120 baht (4.80sgd)
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10am-7pm, Saturday to Sunday 9am-7pm

The Venezia

the venezia hua hin

This theme park is known as Little Europe and the way it is decorated is like the different parts of Europe. Overall, I would say this is a nice place for photos but there isn’t very much to do here. Most of the shop spaces are vacant and the park was quite empty (which is great for photo taking). There is also a mini zoo which I didn’t visit because I had seen many animals at the other amusement parks before this.

the venezia hua hin

The Venezia
Address: 1899 Phet Kasem Rd, Tambon Cha-am, Amphoe Cha-am, Chang Wat Phetchaburi 76120, Thailand
Entrance fee: 190 baht (7.60sgd)
Opening hours: 10am-8pm daily

Mrigadayavan Palace

mrigadayavan palace

If you’ve had enough of theme parks, you can visit Mrigadayavan Palace in Cha-am to learn more about King Rama VI’s seaside palace. This palace’s architecture is made to suit the environment of it being built by the seaside and you are able to see a few rooms of the palace as well. Please note that you should be properly dressed or you will have to borrow a sarong or shirt at the entrance before going in.

Mrigadayavan Palace
Address: 1281 Phetkasem Rd | King Rama VI Army Camp, Cha-am 76120, Thailand
Entrance fee: 30 baht
Opening hours: 8.30am-4.30pm daily, closed on Wednesdays

Day 2

Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park

phraya nakhon cave

The highlight of this national park is Phraya Nakhon cave where sunlight shines in on the shrine built in the cave making it an awe-inspiring sight. More details can be found in my previous post here, visiting Phraya Nakhon Cave can take about half a day or less depending on how fast you climb and hang around there.

Khao Takiab Monkey Temple

khao takiab

Khao Takiab is known as Chopsticks Mountain and the Monkey Temple at its peak is a good place to see Hua Hin’s scenery from an elevated height. Just remember to wear long pants or long shorts at least or else you can borrow a sarong from the temple to cover up before you enter. Also, there are many monkeys in the area which can be quite aggressive so do not eat and walk around in the area too.

Inu Cafe

inu cafe hua hin

If you like dogs, you can visit the Inu Cafe to eat and to play with Shiba Inus. More details can be found in this post here.

Inu Cafe
Address: 10 21 8 Naebkehardt Rd, Hua Hin, Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand
Opening hours: 11am-8pm daily, closed on Tuesdays
Website: https://www.facebook.com/inucafehuahin/

Day 2 Evening

Dinner at Jek Piek Coffeeshop

jek piek coffeeshop hua hin

This place is famous for their sukiyaki hot pot which is served in a traditional clay pot with charcoal in the stove. We had ordered the pork option and everything was seemingly simple but tasted really good when we ate it.

jek piek coffeeshop

Another food item that was delicious is the glass noodles with prawn. The glass noodles were really soft and the prawns were crunchy too. Be sure to be here before 6pm if you want to avoid a long queue or food being sold out.

Jek Piek Coffeeshop
Address: 69/7 Phet Kasem Rd, Tambon Hua Hin, Amphoe Hua Hin, Chang Wat Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand
Opening hours: 5pm-7.30pm daily

Day 3

Plearn Wan shopping village

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For a taste of what life was like in the 1950s, this is the place to visit. There is also a variety of food sold here and some shopping can be done too with souvenirs and toys being sold in this shopping village. This place tends to be more lively and crowded at night too.

Plearn Wan Shopping Village
Address: Phetkasem Road (between Hua Hin Sois 38 and 40), close to Klai Kang Won Palace
Opening hours: Monday-Thursday 10am-10pm, Friday 10am-12am, Saturday 9am -midnight, Sunday 9am-10pm

Klai Kang Won Palace

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Klai Kang Won palace is the summer residence of King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) and other members of the royal family. When the palace is not occupied, it is open to the public to visit but there is a need to get a permit from the Royal Household Office.

Klai Kang Won Palace
Address:  4, Tambon Hua Hin, Amphoe Hua Hin, Chang Wat Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand
Opening hours: 8.30am-3.30pm daily (when the palace is not occupied)

Lunch at Ku Rotee Chaachuck

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Ku Rotee Chaachuck is said to sell the best rotee and cha yen (Thai iced tea) in Hua Hin. This was recommended to me by a local but I haven't gotten to visit yet so it's on my list for my next visit!

Ku Rotee Chaachuck
Address: Naebkehardt Road, Hua Hin Soi 51, Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110
Opening hours: 1pm-12am daily (closed on Wednesdays)

Night Markets

Cha-Am Night Market

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This night market is held on Wednesdays near the train station and there are a variety of food stalls along with items such as clothes, electronics etc. This market is mainly catered to the locals so it is nice to walk around and explore too.

Cha-Am Night Market
Location: Narathip Road
Opening hours: Wednesdays 5.30pm-10pm

Hua Hin Night Market

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The Hua Hin Night Market opens at about 7pm so it is nice to visit if you would like to have seafood for dinner or you can just walk around to get souvenirs, snacks or to shop for a bit.

Hua Hin Night Market
Location: Petchkasem Road
Opening Hours: 6pm-11pm ( Best time to go after 7pm)

Cicada Night Market

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Image source: https://thailand-guide.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Cicada-Market-Edi-Hua-Hin.jpg

Cicada Night market is a weekend night market that has a nice ambience for people to chill and do a bit of shopping. The items sold here are more unique and more arts and crafts are sold here as compared to Hua Hin Night market.

Cicada Night Market
Location: Suan Sri, Khao Takiab (on Phetkasem Road)
Opening Hours: Friday-Saturday 4pm-11pm, Sunday 4pm-10pm

 

So that's all for information combined from my recent trips to Hua Hin. Hua Hin's a laidback place so you can reduce the number of places and activities as you please too. Hopefully this help you in your trip planning or entices you to visit!