Looking for itinerary ideas for Hua Hin? We’ve planned your next trip to this lovely, resort seaside town not far from Bangkok. There are ideas for couples and families. Read on for more…
Day 1: Sunrise, pool-side relaxing, night markets
It’s the first day of your vacation. The kids are excited and perhaps this means everyone will be up early. Take advantage of this time, head to the beach and watch the sunrise. Kids will love paddling in the shallow water. The waves are virtually non-existent, so there’s no chance of a wipe-out. You’ll see lots of other families out enjoying sunrise over the ocean. You might catch a glimpse of a monk walking along the beach and local fishermen casting their nets. Kids will also be intrigued by the beached alien-like jellyfish.
You’re on a beach vacation, so after your hotel breakfast, we recommend spending a day by the pool or at the beach. There are lots of family-friendly hotels in Hua Hin – The Holiday Inn Vana Nava, The Hyatt, The InterContinental, The Marriott are all worth checking out. The Hyatt, Marriott and InterContinental are located beach front, so it’s easy to go back and forth from the pool to the beach throughout the day. The Holiday Inn is located more inland and you’ll need to take the shuttle to the beach, however it’s located right next to a water park with its own beach and wave pool – jellyfish free!
After a day at the pool we suggest heading to one of the night markets. Our favourite is Cicada. It’s popular but has a laid-back feel. Lots of the stall vendors are local craftspeople and entrepreneurs. There’s live music, performances, and a lantern-lit food area with entrees, mains and desserts cooked-to-order. There’s also the Tamarind market and the Hua Hin Night Bazaar.
Day 2: Kai Buri National Park day trip
After a day of resting and relaxing by the pool it’s time for a day trip to Kai Buri National Park. With over 68% of people rating it Excellent on TripAdvisor, it’s is definitely worth a visit. It’s as close as you’ll get to a safari in Thailand. You will see buffalo, deer, birds and elephants roaming the park in their natural habitat. You might have to wait while an elephant crosses the dirt road in front of the car or you might be lucky enough to see an elephant taking a bath in the waterhole. Make sure all camera batteries are charged for this day-trip. Bring out your inner National Geographic photographer. It’s time to get snapping.
It’s recommended that you arrive later in the afternoon to see the elephants. You can book transfer and guides through the park. You can send an enquiry to the park direct here, or do some google searching to find your own transfer. If you have a car, you can drive direct to the park and then pay 800 baht to rent a rent with a driver and a guide. Each person also pays a 200 baht entrance fee into the park. From Hua Hin to the park it is about 1 1/2 hours by car.
Day 3: Splash in safety at a water park
Take the family to a water park. If the kids need something more exciting than the hotel pool and if it’s jellyfish season, we recommend a visit to a water park. There’s Black Mountain Water Park and Vana Nava Water Jungle. Both water parks have slides, lazy rivers, infinity pools, a pool bar, and kids’ attractions. Black Mountain Water Park has a lagoon that you can go wake boarding. Vana Nava Water Jungle has an underwater photography studio. Black Mountain is located about 15 minutes from the centre of Hua Hin. They have a free shuttle service. Vana Nava is right next to the new Holiday Inn. If you stay there, free access to the park plus towel, locker and 2 designated cabanas are included.
Day 4: Shopping, kids’ club and massages
For the last day of your stay in Hua Hin, you might want to fit in some shopping. For daytime shopping, we recommend Market Village or Blu Port Mall. If you have little ones, Blu Port Mall has Whaley Port, which is a fun interactive playzone. There’s also an arcade area for teens. If you are staying at the InterContinental Hua Hin, the mall is located directly across the road.
You might want to spend your last day in Hua Hin making the most of the weather and catching those last sun rays by the pool. If that’s the case, you can fit in shopping and dinner at one of the night markets. Perhaps your hotel has a kids’ club. The Marriott, InterContinental, Hyatt and Holiday Inn Vana Nava all have kids’ clubs. End your vacation the right way- the kids in the kids’ club and you getting a well-deserved massage.