Located around 200 km south of Bangkok, Hua Hin is a beach resort town that belongs to Prachuap Khiri Khan province. It has an area of 911 km² with only one beach (Hua Hin Beach), though the beach is much less developed than either
Considered the oldest beach resort in Thailand, Hua Hin was the summer residence of choice for the Thai Royal family. Today, Hua Hin is still a favourite weekend getaway with Thais from Bangkok and foreign tourists.
In addition to water sports and beach activities, Hua Hin is also great for sightseeing, shopping and eating. The resort is known for its wide variety of food, from cheap local street vendors to fine international restaurants.
While popular beach destinations like Pattaya or Phuket have a vibrant gay nightlife, the gay scene in Hua Hin is almost nonexistent. However, there is a small gay community. Many gay businesses have opened over the last several years although a few Gay Bars and Gay Massage Spas have remained.
Hua Hin is about an easy 3-hour drive from Bangkok. Many Bangkok taxi drivers are happy (with prior arrangement) to take you to and collect you from Hua Hin (usually around 2,000-2,500 baht each way) or alternatively book a private limo service.
The train station in Hua Hin is right in the city centre, but taking a train from Bangkok can take up 6 hours.
Nonstop VIP buses from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport offer direct transfer service to Hua Hin and vice versa.
There are several options to get around Hua Hin. “Songthaew” (pickup truck) runs the same routes all day, and the price depends on where you are going to. Motorcycle taxis and tuk-tuks are also available, but agree on a price in advance.
Royal Summer Palace (Klai Kangwon Palace) – Built in 1929, this Spanish-style seafront summer palace features beautiful architecture and an extensive garden. The Thai Royal Family still resides here on occasions.
Mrigadayavan summer palace – Built in 1923, the royal complex is comprised of three charming beachside groups of wooden pavilions used as a summer palace by King Rama VI.
Hua Hin Railway Station – This historic train station is Hua Hin’s most famous landmark and a major tourist attraction.
Pa La-U Waterfall – Located about 60km west of Hua Hin, this scenic waterfall is located within a forest where many kinds of birds are found.
Ploenwan – a theme city under a nostalgic concept offering classic Thai food and snack stalls and shopping, located opposite from Klai Klangwon Palace.
Night Market – popular shopping market where visitors can enjoy local seafood cooked on the spot.
Butterfly Garden – Hua Hin’s first butterfly and herbal garden featuring local plants from all over Thailand.
Khao Takiab – located 14 km from Hua Hin, this hill offers nice views of the city and is home to Buddhist temples.
Cicada Market – a charming marketplace offering contemporary art handicrafts.
Phraya Nakhon Cave – historic sight with a “throne” build during King Rama V’s reign, 58km south of Hua Hin
Hua Hin has a wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets and tastes, from larger luxury hotels and private villas to boutique budget resorts and bungalows.
For our list of recommended hotels in Hua Hin, visit our Gay Hua Hin Hotels page.