About Hua Hin beaches
Since the days when Thailand’s much-revered royalty had their palatial holiday escape built here in the 1920s, Hua Hin has been a popular beach resort with many Thais. In recent years the number of international hotels has increased as Hua Hin has emerged as one of Thailand’s most popular beach holiday destinations.
There is over 4km (2.5 miles) of sandy beachfront within the resort of Hua Hin and its surrounds; plenty to keep most holidaymakers happy. There are stalls selling fresh seafood and drinks as well as sun loungers and sunbeds. A variety of watersports is also available.
Beyond the beach:
Keen golfers will be more than happy in Hua Hin as the region is developing a reputation for catering to golfing enthusiasts as it is home to the highest density of world class golf courses in Thailand. The Royal Hua Hin Golf Club (www.golfhuahin.com/royalhuahin.htm) boasts regal connections and was the country’s first golf course when it opened back in 1924. It was expertly designed and is still very playable today. An elephant polo tournament is sometimes held in Hua Hin in September, a spectacular event that is a reason in itself for visiting.
Hua Hin’s beaches are a fun place for younger holidaymakers to hang out. They can take a swim in the calm sea followed by a pony ride along the sands. There tends to be less surf here than in some Thai beach resorts with swimming usually safe all year round. Some hotels have dedicated facilities for children, including children’s clubs and crèches.
The protected Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park is an excellent day trip option from the resort of Hua Hin. This swathe of limestone scenery offers its own sprinkling of beaches and hiking opportunities, as well as food stalls for those looking just to relax and take in the nature and the views.
For a seafood splurge head for the All Seasons Restaurant (www.all-seasons-restaurant.net). Enjoy the fruits of the labours of the local fishermen. Highlights include the likes of kingfish, crab and squid, most of it caught locally.