HUA HIN DESTINATION } THE PERFECT SLOW-LIFE ESCAPE
For over a century, Thailand’s royals have been zipping off to Hua Hin to get away from it all. Bangkokians in-the-know soon followed in their footsteps, drawn to the surrounding natural parks, serene beach life and some of the country’s best seaside restaurants. From world-class golf courses and elegant palaces to crystalline waterfalls and jungle-clad mountains, Hua Hin’s surroundings can take weeks to fully explore.
NEARBY SIGHTS AND ATTRACTIONS
Hua Hin Beach
The peaceful, Five-Kilometres-long beach is ideally suited to long jogs, romantic walks, horse riding and kitesurfing during the day. At night, visitors should make sure to watch the moon rise, an unforgettable Hua Hin experience. The hotel is located just 100 metres from the beach. Beach access is via a quiet private road belonging to the resort.
Klai Kang Won Palace
“Klai kang won” means “far from worries” in Thai. The seaside retreat was built in a European architectural style in the 1920s by King Rama VII. It is still used by the present monarch, King Rama IX.
This beachside palace was formerly used as a summer residence by King Rama VI. Designed by an Italian architect and built of golden teak, it is both charming and perfectly suited to beachside living thanks to its use of natural ventilation and elevated pavilions.
Located at the southern end of Hua Hin Beach, the temple-topped hill of Khao Takiab is well worth climbing for its scattering of Buddhist shrines and panoramic views.
Khao Sam Roi Yod National Park
“Khao Sam Roi Yod” translates to “The Mountain with 300 Peaks,” an apt description for the jagged, jungle-clad outcrops running through the park’s 24,500 acres of marshlands. The waterways are home to a large variety of waterfowl species while the limestone masses contain three popular caves: Phraya Nakhon, Kaeo and Sai. Phraya Nakhon Cave is the most dramatic as it contains a pavilion, built in 1890 by King Rama V, which is showered with light from a small crevice tens of meters above it.
This beautiful, 16-tier waterfall is in the middle of a rich and fertile virgin forest, located about 60 kilometres west of Hua Hin’s town centre. Cool off in one of its many pools and listen to the Gibbons hiding in the 1,000-year-old trees around you.
Kaeng Krachan National Park
Thailand's largest national park is located approximately 60 kilometres north west of Hua Hin. The park, which extends towards the Burmese border to the west, is characterised by forested hills and pristine waterways. The major focal point is the Kaeng Krachan Dam, a 58-metre-high and 760-metre-long structure that dominates a scenic reservoir.
Royal Hua Hin Golf Course
The first golf course in Thailand, built in 1924, is set among Hua Hin’s rolling coastal hills. The renowned 14th hole offers an exotic glimpse of a Buddhist temple halfway up a densely wooded slope.
Hua Hin Night Market
This bustling market is chockablock with street food, souvenirs, clothing and general goods. Beyond the shopping, the lively atmosphere alone makes it well worth a visit.
Cicada Market is created as a medium of connection to artists, creators, designers, tourists, students and community through integrating culture and arts with lifestyles. As an art market with atmosphere of Hua Hin, Cicada Market is a source of contemporary art in various fields, including the invention of handmade decorative items, fashion clothes, collective secondhand items and SME products with innovative ideas to be displayed and sold in open-style mat and shop. Moreover, open eyes and open mind with creative activities, workshops and exhibitions such as performances, dance, music, fine arts from university, community theatre and various artists. Opened every Friday, Saturday from 16:00 hrs to 23:00 hrs and Sunday 16:00 hrs to 22:00 hrs.
Hua Hin is home to six world-class golf courses, which are all within a 15 to 30 minutes' drive from Loligo Resort Hua Hin.
- Springfield Royal Country Club
- Palm Hills Golf Club
- Majestic Creek Country Club
- Imperial Lake View Golf Club
- Royal Hua Hin Golf Course
- Milford Golf Club
- Black Mountain
- Banyan Golf Club
- Beach walks and jogging
- Horse riding on the beach
- Elephant trekking
- Kitesurfing (seasonal)
- Thai cooking classes in the garden
- Thai massage classes for couples