If you've read my previous travel posts, you will realise that most of my travelogues are posted according to places. It is my preferred writing style as I am able to share more pictures and go in detail about my various experiences at that particular place. However, such postings are too time-consuming! Judging from my current schedule, I'd probably need a few years to complete all the cities and attractions that are on queue.

Many have been "complaining" to me that they've been collecting dust while waiting for the travel posts I never had time to complete. Therefore, I will kick off such Travel Guides to provide you guys with snippets of what I did and what you can expect. I will return to my usual magnified post style when I find the time to!



So anyway, my Birthday Trip in September last year was to Hua Hin, a seaside resort city in Thailand little Singaporeans have heard about. A friend recommended this place to me previously, but I always lucked out on the chance to go for a holiday in the Land of Smiles.

Thankfully, I held on to that small hope of visiting and got lucky by winning free hotel accommodation from participating in one of Expedia's Twitter contests! Of course, I booked my flight to Bangkok through Expedia. It's my preferred way of booking hotel + accommodation with no problems. Not sponsored to say this, but I better not gush further about their greatness for fear that my good experience goes downhill. :P

I paid almost SGD$400 per person for round tickets on AirAsia + additional 2 nights stay at W Hotel Bangkok. What I love about Hua Hin - it's not as crowded as Bangkok! Now you know why the Thai locals flock here for a breather during weekend getaways.


Bangkok to Hua Hin

I wrote about how I travelled from Bangkok to Hua Hin in a separate blog post. You can read it here: Getting To Hua Hin, Thailand's Royal Beach Resort, From Bangkok

Taxi

As mentioned in that post, I randomly picked a taxi driver from a line of them and hopped into the cab. My driver, Mr Nu, offered his driving services for my trip, and that was how he became my personal driver for the 2 days I was in Hua Hin.


Amari Hua Hin

This is the hotel I won 2 days stay at! IT WAS WAY BETTER THAN EXPECTED!? Taxi fare from the drop off location to Amari costed ฿120? The ride took about 5~10 minutes.

Everything about the hotel was too beautiful! Didn't expect it to be huge. Furthermore, I scored the pool view room with a balcony overlooking the resort! The place was clean, spacious, well equipped and modern. My room number was 2506. I managed to catch a glimpse of the sea from my room!

First impressions indeed count; I LOVED the luxurious look of the lobby that welcomed me! The pool was awesome - not deep at all, perfect for someone who cannot swim (me). The design was made to look like you're on a beach. However, I did get quite disturbed by an overly PDA couple...

And omg, don't get me started with the vast buffet selection for breakfast! The staff were nothing but warm, helpful and friendly. I bugged them with quite a bit of requests, and they were professional about it.

The only downside to this place is that it's not exactly centrally located? You'll definitely need some sort of transport to shuttle you around.


1) Mrigadayavan Palace

Also know as the Palace of Hope and Love, this was my first stop in Hua Hin. The palace is right next to a beach! I was told that it used to be the summer seaside palace built by their King Rama VI as a getaway location.

Entrance fees are as follows: ฿30 for park, another ฿30 for palace. There was quite a distance from the entrance to the palace, therefore you might want to consider renting a bicycle.

A tip before you visit: there are strict dress restrictions, remember to dress appropriately. Since I went in a sleeveless shirt and shorts, I had to pay additional ฿80 (?) to rent a blouse and sarong.

Inside, I enjoyed the tranquil of the place. The main "palace" was actually standing on large, wooden pavilions. You'll be required to be barefooted to enter. The passageways were open-air concept, therefore it was windy all thanks to the sea breeze. Perfect to take a stroll!

Downside to the "palace" - photography was not allowed! I tried to ninja my way with my mobile camera, but got caught. Sorry FBI, looks like I won't be able to work for y'all. :( Also, most of the descriptions were in Thai, thus I barely understood anything.

Furthermore, there were ongoing constructions during my time of visit and many places were off limits. I got to say though - for a palace completed in 1924, it was pretty well-preserved!

2) Khao Hin Lek Fai View Point

This attraction is definitely worth a visit if you want an AMAZING panoramic view of Hua Hin city. If I remember correctly, I think entrance is free!? There were different viewing points scattered throughout the enormous park, but I only went to 2. Be careful as there are sightings of monkeys here and there.


Risking my life for a photo - I sat at the edge of the rock to capture the photo below! OMG I FROZE IN THE SAME POSITION FOR THE ENTIRE TIME, SO AFRAID THAT I WOULD FALL OFF THE CLIFF!? But dang, did the photos turn out good. Thank you all the Gods there are in the world for blessing my safety!

3) Khao Takiab Temple

My driver had to drop me somewhere further off from the entrance as the road was blocked. Had to walk through a restaurant heading towards the beach before I saw the banner and heaved a sigh of relief - I was at the right place.

I learnt that Khao Takiab means Chopstick Hill. You will see this standing Buddha, said to ward off evil spirits from the sea. Climbed up what seemed like endlessssssssss stairs, but was greeted with a scenic sea view! I assume I was only halfway to the temple though, as I spotted another long flight of stairs far away, which I refused to take a step on due to lack of stamina and time.

4) Hua Hin Beach

Just like any other beach, but they offered pony rides! Initially, I didn't want to ride on the pony and rejected every offer coming my way. However, the people taking care of the ponies were rather pushy! Since there was nothing much to do except to lay around, I went for it. They charge according to time, and I paid ฿350 for a 30 minutes ride. Well, it's not every day I get to do this, so.

There're a couple of bars and restaurants by the beach as well. They also have beach chairs and umbrellas for rent if you need. I wouldn't recommend actually going to the sea for water activities though... The water wasn't as clear as expected.

5) Hua Hin Railway Station

One way to reach Hua Hin is by train. I had plans of taking train rides, either to or from Bangkok! Unfortunately, the train schedule did not match mine and the duration was a tad too long. Nonetheless, I had a mini "photoshoot" by the rail tracks before the train arrived as the backdrop was too pretty!

6) Sam Phan Nam Floating Market

This place wasn't planned in the itinerary, but my day ended earlier than expected so the driver drove me over shortly before they closed for the day. This is the biggest floating market in Hua Hin!

I have no idea why they call it a floating market though... The shops surround a pond and there're no floating market vendors like what you see in Bangkok. I think tourists have to pay entrance fees, but somehow I managed to escape that.

Probably the only reason to visit is for the food. They served this shaved ice dessert drizzled in Thai sweetened syrup and bread with milo toppings! Not bad, not bad at all. I also bought cupcakes from another store.


1) Hua Hin Night Market

A must-visit in Hua Hin, the open air bazaar was lively and bustling. Fantastic place to buy gifts with the variety of products available, and to give local food a try. Do yourself a favour and try the round coconut dessert!

Do have your dinner here if you can! You cannot leave Thailand without trying their seafood. Portions are bigger and cheaper compared to Singapore. Costed ฿1270 for a 700g lobster + fried rice with crab meat + coconut juice! There were a few similar stores selling seafood, but I settled for the yellow one somewhere in the middle.

2) Chatsila Market

Adjoined to the Hua Hin Market, the atmosphere was a complete opposite. I preferred shopping here actually, as the items offered were more unique in comparison.

I wonder how many times of XL that shirt size is.


Street Food

While not the most hygienic, give Hua Hin's street food a try if you have a strong stomach. I wandered around my hotel area looking for restaurants, but they did not appeal much. Was excited when I spotted food vendors by the streets as I have yet to try any at that point during my trip yet! The food was yummy, but I woke up with a horrible stomach ache, sigh.

Unfortunately, I did not get the names of the dishes I'd tried. And how can we forget - when in Thailand, drink their beer! Bought mine at the convenience store nearby as I had no confidence in drinking water offered by the roadside stalls.

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After spending 2.5 days here, I headed back to Bangkok the same way I came. Despite being a relatively small resort destination, there was so much more left to see! Are you visiting Bangkok soon? Why not en route to Hua Hin to relax for a couple of days. Same country, but they offer different experiences. :)

If you've visited the places I'd missed out on this trip, let me know! I would love to hear you share your stories.

89 comments

  1. Hi Joey,
    Thanks for sharing. Just happen I'm going Hua Hin this July, bringing my parents too. Is this place suitable for elderly?
    From: Felicia

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    1. Hey, thanks for leaving a comment. In my opinion, Hua Hin is not as developed with technology as Singapore, therefore it might pose quite a bit of problem for elderly. I remember having to walk a lot & climbed many steps (some were quite steep) while I was there. Of course, there are places you don't have to climb or walk much like at the railway and the markets. If they think they can take it, I say go for it though pace definitely has to be slowed down. Hope this helps!

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    2. Hi, Can you email the driver contact to me at lynntls@yahoo.com.sg
      Thank you

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  2. Hello

    Came across your blog while researching for Hua Hin that our family is going to go.

    Could I ask regarding the taxi fees and how much do you have to pay for the whole of the 2.5 trip?

    Do you also have the contact?

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    1. Hi, thanks for leaving a comment! I didn't pay a lump sum, but I think I paid ~ SGD$60-70 altogether? My drivers were quite trustworthy (the last day my initial driver had something on, so he got his friend to drive me around instead) though they don't talk much. I think I still have their name cards, maybe you want to drop me an email? :)

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  3. Hi. Do you have the email of the driver?

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    1. Hi! My driver doesn't have email, only telephone number and LINE ID. But I think I have his friend's name card somewhere with an email address. That I'll have to check again!

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    2. Can I have his telephone number pls?

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    3. Can I have his telephone number too ? thanks. My email address : eilela_lee@yahoo.com

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  4. Hello, great post! Would like to know how was the weather when u went there? I am planning a trip there this September but google told me that Sept is a raining month. Not sure if its the best time to go there.

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    1. Hello, thanks for leaving a comment! It did rain a bit while I was there... But for awhile or like little rain. I went early September though, and I can't predict the weather, so.... :/

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  5. Hi, thanks for the sharing, wondering if you have the taxi driver number? I hope that the driver could help me when I'm travelling in Hua Hin,

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  6. Hi, do u still have the contact of the driver?

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  7. hi,
    greatly appreciate if u don't mind to share me the driver contact as i going to bangkok by end of the year.. thanks lots.

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  8. Hi, I am gg to Hua Hin this weekend..pls share with me to your driver contact. Thanks you. Yapkatie@gmail.com

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  9. Hi, i am gg to Hua Hin this weekend. Pls share your driver contacts with me. Thaj Thanks you. Yapkatie@gmail.com

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  10. Hi, I am gg to Hua Hin this weekend..pls share with me to your driver contact. Thanks you. Yapkatie@gmail.com

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  11. Hi, thanks for sharing your huahin travel experience. Do you happen to spot any other lower range hotel with good location? And you book your driver from bkk to huahin? Need to provide accommodation for him? And how much? Thanks in advance.

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    1. Hey, hotel wise I am not too sure coz they are all scattered apart... Also, as mentioned in the post, I took a van from bkk to hua hin. You can read it here: http://www.iisjong.com/2015/04/getting-to-hua-hin-thailands-royal.html

      Hope this helps! :)

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  12. Hey Joey

    Thanks for your sharing. I'm looking for some Hua Hin info so came cross your blog! I'm planning a family trip for about 7 to 9 days, with a 2yr old toddler. I'm considering Hua Hin (recommended by a friend), but it seems to me that 7days will be way too long to spend on this place?? Thank you ^^

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    1. Hello! :) Hmmm personally, yes, I feel that 7-9 days is rather long! Unless you want to just relax your days away, I would recommend you include nearby places like cha am into your itinerary. Enjoy your trip!

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  13. Do you also have the contact of the driver?

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    1. Hi hi can I the number the driver in hua hin. Going next month to hua hin.
      My email layhoon1976@yahoo.com.sg

      Thank you

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  14. Hi You dont mind to share the taxi contact?
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    thanks a lot!!

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  16. Hi You dont mind to share the taxi contact?
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    thanks a lot!!

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  17. f you have the taxi driver number? I hope that the driver could help me when I'm travelling in Hua Hin. could help thankyou!

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  18. I m planning a trip from Bkk to Hua Hin about 2.5 days. Need a driver to pick me and husband from Bkk to Hua Hin alight me and the 2nd day pick us from Hua Hin hotel for a day trip and pick us on the 3rd half day to send us back to Bkk airport Don Maeung.

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  19. I m planning a trip from Bkk to Hua Hin about 2.5 days. Need a driver to pick me and husband from Bkk to Hua Hin alight me and the 2nd day pick us from Hua Hin hotel for a day trip and pick us on the 3rd half day to send us back to Bkk airport Don Maeung.

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  20. I m planning a trip from Bkk to Hua Hin about 2.5 days. Need a driver to pick me and husband from Bkk to Hua Hin alight me and the 2nd day pick us from Hua Hin hotel for a day trip and pick us on the 3rd half day to send us back to Bkk airport Don Maeung.

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  21. Hi, great post and recommendations. Didnt know there is such a place near BKK. My family of 7 has planned to go visit Hua Hin after knowing so much from your post. But one of them is a senior over 80 yrs old and walking around would really be quite challanging. Therefore I wounder is there a taxi that could take 7 pax to travel around. It would be great if you could pass me the contacts of the taxi driver for me to make enquires? My email is otouto88@gmail.com.

    Thanks in advance!

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  22. Hi,

    You dont mind to share the taxi contact with me ?

    My email address : eilela_lee@yahoo.com

    Many thanks

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  23. Hi, may I hv the contact number? Thanks. my email address is at hanseechong@hotmail.com. Thanks.

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  24. May I have the contact of the driver? My email is clwm_87@yahoo.com.

    Thanks

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  25. Hi your blog is really informative, travelling to bbk in end dec.. would appreciate if you could drop me an email regarding travelling huahin from bkk! Esp the taxi driver contact? :) you can email me at dexter_mag@yahoo.com.sg

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  26. Hi your blog is really informative, travelling to bbk in end dec.. would appreciate if you could drop me an email regarding travelling huahin from bkk! Esp the taxi driver contact? :) you can email me at dexter_mag@yahoo.com.sg

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  27. May i have the taxi driver contact also? Plant to visit in end of the month with my family. How many days you susgest to stay in Hua Hin? thansk ya......my mail : migwan909@gmail.com

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  28. Can I have the driver contact too ? My email is whitegal87@gmail.com Thank you !

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  29. Can I have the contact of the driver ? My email is whitegal87@gmail.com

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    May I have the driver contact?
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  32. Very good read from your blog! May I have the drive contact too? Thanks in advance. smartyaclm@yahoo.com.sg

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  33. Hi May i have the driver's contact, i'm going to Hua Hin coming Dec. My email address: quintinah@yahoo.com

    Thanks.

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  34. Hi, me and my family planning to go hoaxing. do you mind to share the driver contact number ?bernard608@gmail.com

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  35. Can i have Mr Nu's contact?
    My email is yong.carolyn@gmail.com.
    Thanks.

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  36. Hi, thanks for your sharing would like to have the driver number
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    Thanks

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    Thank you

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  43. Hi can email me the contact and email address of the driver please. My email is chocosins@yahoo.com.sg. Thank u

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  44. Wow so much goodness about the driver, I am gg there in March 2016 , can I have the contact nos too? My email sallyjmms@gmail.com thanks ,
    awaiting for your reply

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    Thank you so much :)

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  46. Hi, Thank you for sharing. Can you please send me the contact for the driver? Thank you.

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  50. Hello thanks for the informative post. i'm planning to go in June, can you please send me the driver contact details to jazzhp@gmail.com? thanks alot :)

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  51. Hello, thanks for the useful information & lovely pics. I'm planning to go there in June. can you please send me the driver contact details at jazzhp@gmail.com? thank you so much

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  53. Hi, can I have the driver contact. My email is julie889@gmail.com. Thank you.

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    Can I have the driver LINE id or phone number or email?
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    Thanks!

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  58. Hi, May I have the driver's contact? Thks in advance.

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    Thank you so much!

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    Thanks!

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  66. Which bkk airport did you take the bus from? Thx

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  67. Which bkk airport did you take the bus from? Thx

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    Thanks!

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