10 Best Things to Do in Hua Hin, Thailand

Experience the best of Hua Hin, Thailand! Visit these top tourist attractions in Hua Hin and have fun in one of the country’s top tourist destinations. Featured photo of Hua Hin by siraphol/stock.adobe.com.

The exotic Hua Hin District of Thailand is a premier weekend destination for people living in the busy city of Bangkok. Its breathtaking beaches and spectacular attractions are a great escape from the tiring hustle and bustle of the capital. 

Historically, Hua Hin has always been the go-to vacation destination of the Thai people especially the Thai Royal Family. This is the time when the iconic Klaikangwon Palace was constructed to serve as the summer residence of Thailand’s former kings. Even to this date, this idea is manifested by countless residents of Bangkok. 

Aside from its world-class beaches, Hua Hin District is also known for its heavenly seafood dishes. Due to its close proximity to the ocean, the district is extremely rich in marine and aquatic life and at the same time blessed with numerous sights and sceneries to die for! All in all, Hua Hin also proves to be worthy of its recognition as one of Thailand’s premier and world-class tourist destinations. 

So, are you ready to explore the beautiful district of Hua Hin? Let me help you as we discover the 10 Best Things to do in Hua Hin! 

Spoil Yourself at the Hua Hin Night Market  

Visiting the Hua Hin Night Market first will be one of the best things to do during your vacation especially if you’re planning to stay for days. The night market is filled with countless selections of apparel, toys, souvenirs, and of course, heavenly Thai street foods! Aside from letting your eyes have a feast on all the good stuff around, you can also practice your Thai language while bargaining great deals!

Exploring the Hua Hin Night Market  is one of the best things to do in Hua Hin, Thailand
Hua Hin Night Market  | Photo by Krista/Flickr under creative commons

The Hua Hin Night Market is also home to some of the city’s best-tasting seafood restaurants, most of them also double as bars so if you’re looking for a nice place to hang out then here it is!

Chill Out at the Iconic Hua Hin Beach 

Next up, we’ve mentioned that Hua Hin city has long been a summer destination for the residents of Bangkok and even the royal family, right? And they fall in love with Hua Hin over and over again because of its breathtaking beaches. One of those beaches and probably the most beautiful is the iconic Hua Hin Beach. 

Chillin' in the iconic Hua Hin Beach is one of the best thi ngs to do in Hua Hin, Thailand
Chillin’ in Hua Hin Beach | Photo by day2505/stock.adobe.com

With its white sand shores and crystalline waters, Hua Hin Beach has become the go-to beach destination for people who are craving a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. There are countless world-class hotels and restaurants near the beach so I’d say check them out! 

Chill Out at Black Mountain Water Park!

Aside from exploring the beautiful Hua Hin Beach and spoiling yourself at the Hua Hin Night Market, the next best thing to do is chilling out at the Black Mountain Water Park! It is a large water recreation park famous for its multitude of slides and attractions that are perfect for your Hua Hin adventure. 

Black Mountain Water Park | Photo credit to facebook.com/Blackmountainwaterpark

With over 4 hectares of fun and wet adventures waiting for you, spending a day here at Black Mountain will definitely be worth it. Oh, and don’t forget to try sliding from the top of the 17-meter tower along with nine (9) complex slides and a fun wave pool to level up your experience! 

Cast Yourself Away at the Khao Takiab Hill and Beach 

Peace and serenity are what await you when you visit the calm and pristine waters of Khao Takiab Beach. Walking along the white sand beach gives you a chance to appreciate Thailand’s rural side filled with scenic and breathtaking views of the ocean. Of course, you also can’t miss its biggest attraction, the majestic Khao Takiab Hill. 

Khao Takiab Hill
Khao Takiab Hill in Hua Hin | Photo by Tore Bustad/Flickr under creative commons

Aside from lazing off at the beach, you can also engage in watersports activities and tour around the area which is surrounded by ancient temples like the famous Wat Huaymongkol. 

Score Great Deals at Cicada Night Market 

There’s no better place in Hua Hin to find an extensive selection of art and cultural products than Cicada Night Market. Hailed as “Hua Hin’s Art Market”, tourists flock to this open-air themed market to immerse themselves with Thailand’s culture and tradition. 

Hua Hin Cicada Night Market
Hua Hin Cicada Night Market | Photo by Tony Lin/Flickr under creative commons

The Cicada Night Market is divided into four (4) sections namely: Art a la Mode, Art of Act, Art Indoors, and the Art of Eating which is obviously everyone’s favorite! The Art of Eating is an alfresco food court offering all kinds of treats and delights from savory Thai street foods, fries, pasta, burgers, pizzas, anything! There’s also a separate section for bars and beer gardens for those who are looking for a good time. All of these while listening to a live music performance! 

Fall in Love with the Pala-U Waterfall and Kaeng Krachan National Park 

One of Hua Hin’s famous landmarks is the Pala-U Waterfall which is located at Thailand’s largest nature preserve, the Kaeng Krachan National Park. Pala-U is a beautiful waterfall with 16 fun and exciting levels that tourists are free to trail on! The lower levels are relatively easy to climb but the upper ones are challenging and require courage and skills. So, are you ready to take on the challenge?

Kaeng Krachan National Park 
Kaeng Krachan National Park  | Photo credit to thainationalparks.com

The waterfall is a mesmerizing scene to appreciate so taking a picture with it in the background is definitely a must. Before reaching the majestic Pala-U Waterfall, you must trail across a tropical jungle full of towering trees, rock formations, colorful butterflies, birds, and also monkeys! 

Be Closer to Nature at the Pranburi Mangrove Forest 

The Pranburi Forest Park is another way for you to be closer to nature and appreciate it at its absolute best. The forest is composed mostly of large mangrove trees that house rare species of wildlife. The forest is also near the Pranburi River which is a major river in Thailand and largely contributes to the thriving ecosystem of the forest 

Pranburi Mangrove Forest
Pranburi Mangrove Forest | Photo credit to thainationalparks.com

One of the main attractions in the park is a kilometer-long boardwalk that lets you traverse the depths of the forest. Just a casual walk along this bridge makes you appreciate the beauty of nature and at the same time, indulge yourself with an unlimited supply of fresh air!

Visit Hua Hin Hills Vineyard

After all the fun and exciting adventures you took on, you deserve to relax and unwind. Visiting the Hua Hin Hills Vineyard will give you that relaxing experience by touring you around the vineyard that produces Thailand’s best-tasting wines. 

Hua Hin Hills Monsoon Valley Vineyard - on eof the top tourist spots in hua hin
Hua Hin Hills Monsoon Valley Vineyard | Photo by Josef Knecht/wikimedia under creative commons

Tourists are free to witness the process of making Thailand’s premier wines and of course, participate in wine tasting events you’ll surely enjoy. Oh, and bringing home a few would be a good idea, too!

Tour Around the Royal Maruekhathaiyawan Palace 

Ah, the “Palace of Hope and Love” should definitely be on your list of the best things to do in Hua Hin. This served as a summer seaside palace for the Thai Royal Family because they loved Hua Hin so much. The city became their summer destination every time they wanted to escape the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. 

Royal Maruekhathaiyawan Palace
Royal Maruekhathaiyawan Palace | Photo by Nick Halliwell/Flickr under creative commons

The Royal Maruekhathaiyawan Palace is popular for its splendid architecture that perfectly depicts the brilliance of the Lanna Kingdom. It consists of three (3) groups of buildings that are all worth seeing and appreciating. 

Check Out Thailand’s Santorini! 

Finally, checking out Thailand’s version of the iconic Santorini, Greece is also one of the best things you could do during your visit to Hua Hin. The city’s Santorini Park Cha-Am is an aesthetically pleasing outdoor park that is perfect for those looking for a cultural and gastronomic adventure! 

The huge park consists of five (5) zones that cater to all kinds of fun and exciting activities. There’s the Park Zone, Rest Zone, and the Village Zone which is all about displaying the famous Greek village’s splendid architecture. All of these buildings double as boutiques so aside from taking photos with them, you should also try to score great deals from more than 140 shopping boutiques in the Santorini Park Cha-Am! 

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