Hua Hin activities
Visitor to Hua Hin will still sense this special atmosphere and old world charm. Besides sun-filled days on the mile-long beach there are leisure activities for the whole family from watersports to golf.
The area around the town let's you discover fabulous parks and peaks, caves and waterfalls. It is an ideal starting point for your adventure trips.
In the evening the winding roads with a great variety of shops make a great stroll. And the restaurants built on stilts into the sea offer superb seafood in the legendary and unsurpassed preparation of the Thai cuisine.
Hua Hin has all the ingredients for a very special holiday experience for the whole family.
Hua Hin beach stretches about 4 kilometers from the town center to Khao Takiab. Hua Hin beach is well know for its spectacular sunrises. Hua Hin beach is newer overcrowded and you can always find a quiet little spot. The white sand makes it one of the best beach streaches in on the Gulf of Thailand.
Hua Hin name (Hua Hin - head stone) is derived from the rock formations that can be seen on the beach in front of the Sofitel Central Hotel.
For those who are a little more adventurous, pony rides can be taken and for those simply relaxing there are plenty of deck chairs, sun loungers and beach umbrellas available for a small hourly charge.
Further south of town, behind Khao Takiab there is Suan Son beach. It is named after the numerous pine trees that fringe the beach. This is a popular spot for locals not very often visited by westeners.
Hua Hin and the west coast of the Gulf are becoming well known for windsurfing and para-sailing with strong northeasterly winds and clean offshore waters. Equipment can be rented from the main hotels
If you require more speed you can try water skiing or the jet ski. Both sports will give you a real adrenalin rush. You can have lessens under a qualified instructor. f you want family fun than you can try ride on banana boat This a great fun filled experience. You can enjoy exiting bumpy ride on board big banana boat. The pulling speed scooter will twists and turns in the water trying to throw you off.
The elephant camp is located 4km south of Hua Hin. On arrival at the elephant camp you will meet the elephants. Then you have the chance to buy bunches of bananas and feed elephants. You can watch the elephants taking their daily bath in the stream before beginning to demonstrate logging techniques used in the jungle. You will be surprised by their strength and clever team work.
Then you can climb on board the back of an elephant and ride through the jungle to visit a nearby village. This elephant ride takes about 1.5 hour for round trip, included a stop and visit the village. This is an unforgettable elephant ride. After the elephant ride you may have your lunch at the camp.
Thai Boxing in Hua Hin can be watched in two locations where weekly fight nights are held. On Sundays and Thursdays at the Grand Sports Arena, in front of the Grand Hotel. On Tuesdays and Fridays you can go to Mr. Chop Rawee's Thai Boxing Garden, located on Poonsuk Road, behind the Temple, near City Beach Hotel. Both venues are open to the public from 9.00 p.m. on fight nights and tickets are about 300bath at the Grand Sports and 250bath at the Thai Boxing Garden.
Usualy 5 matches are held on every night, till around 11:30. To announce each fight as well as each fighter, both GS and Thai Boxing Garden offer English speaking hosts too. During the whole evening they will explain a little about Muay Thai basics and rules and regulations of the fights.
Discover the secrets of Thai cuisine. Learn how to blend spices, identify herbs and produce an exquisite Thai meal from the experts.
There are some good cooking schools in Hua Hin. Some courses emphasize hands-on practice while others are "watch and eat" sessions. They will teach basic skills that will enable you to make your favourite dishes at home.
A trip to the traditional open-air market is part of the total learning experience so they learn how the fresh ingredients are selected. Discussions also offer insight into fascinating Thai culinary traditions.
All the good hotels in Hua Hin with a Thai restaurant can probably arrange a class for you. Cooking schools run by major hotels are on average more expensive, but meals are generally included. Some schools even offer sessions on how to select menu and order at restaurants.
Hua Hin has many local markets, the most popular one being the night market in the center of town. It opens daily from around 6pm till late and offers all sort of food, clothing, and wooden carving for tourists. This market is visited by many tourists and therefore prices are a bit higher that other local markets.
Chat Chai day market is just along from the night market and is mostly undercover. Here you can buy fruit, vegetables, fish, and meat at local prices. It is fun to stroll around the dim aisles that make up the market complex.
The weekend market at the Grand Hotel runs from Thursday to Sunday and offers something different again. Here you can shop for clothes, books, plants, toys, pets and tropical fish. This is another evening market starting at around 6pm.
Possibly the best and the largest market in Hua hin is at Pae Mai on Tuesdays (across the railway next to the driving range). This one gets very busy and is extremely popular with the locals, here you can get anything; fresh produce, clothing, motorcycle accessories, electrical appliances, tools, household items and much more. It is well worth a visit.
In the Khao Takiab area there is sea food market open daily early in the morning. You can buy here fresh or ready cooked food.
Take a stroll down to the fishing pier to watch the boats coming in with their daily catch, you can also sample some of this fine seafood at some of the local restaurants in the area. This area is the old fishing village that Hua hin once was, a must for photographers.
There are no big shopping malls in Hua Hin. Most of the shops are small and privately owned. Many of these are located along the roads near the Sofitel and Melia hotels.
For local handicrafts, the Hua Hin Bazaar, about 100 meters west of the beach, should be your first stop.There are hundreds of items in the shops with everything from shells and wood carvings to dried fish.
All along Naresdamri Road up to Chomsin Road there are shops and tailors and restaurants. There are several silver shops on Chomsin Rd. There are many tailor shops in Hua Hin offering very competitive prices on western suits and dresses made from a wide variety of cloths. Suits can be made in 24 hours and the prices are very competitive.
The recently opened Rashnee Silk Village on Naebkehard road is worth a visit. The place re-creates the ambience of a traditional Thai silk weaving rural village, there is a history of silk display, silk making processes and a general effort to increase awareness about Thai silk and its origins. On the way back to Bangkok it is worth to stop at one or both factory outlets near Phetchaburi. You can buy there mainly cloths produced on export to Europe at discount prices.
Charlie Banana's Go Kart track is situated opposite Hua Hin's newly opened international airport on the main highway to Bangkok.
It is only one of twelve tracks in Thailand. The track itself is set amidst a splendid backdrop of mountainous views approximately 500 meters from the beach.
The track is 750 meters long with a high speed banked curve and a highly challenging layout. It has complete with full pits facilities, floodlighting, beer garden and catering facilities.
Karts to suit drivers of all levels including children. The are single and double karts, which allow driving for an adult with child.
Instructors are on hand if required and safety equipment is provided. They will advice on which kart is most suitable for each driver, from the 5,5 HP engine for beginners to the more powerful 13 HP for drivers who like speed.
Read the safety rules before you venture out on the track.
Charge for renting kart is 400 Bath for 15 minutes ride.
Taxis or tuk tuks should charge around 100 Bath to take you to the track, which is open from 11am to 7pm everyday. Corporate or group events can be booked at special rates.
You can book times on 032 520 145.