Looking for what to do in Hua Hin for the day? Need ideas and advice about Hua Hin when visiting for the first time? Read on for ways to spend your time in this laid-back resort town by the sea.
We’ll take you through a whole day with ideas for morning to sundown. Keep reading for the best ways to get around Hua Hin and our recommendations. There’s advice for first-timers to Hua Hin and some suggestions for what to do when visiting with kids.
A day in Hua Hin: Suggestions, Ideas and Advice
Breakfast & Brunch:
If breakfast is not included at your hotel, here’s our list of recommendations:
1. A Beachside Luxe Brunch at McFarland House – a Sunday brunch spot by the sea in a beautiful open-air renovated house, with healthy breakfast options, smoothies and juices.
2. A Full English Breakfast at Father Ted’s Irish Pub and Steakhouse – eggs sunnyside up, baked beans, white toast, grilled tomatoes, black coffee, bacon and sausages – all the favourites stacked on one plate.
3. A French-style Breakfast at The Baguette Hua Hin – a great selection of danishes and pastries with gluten-free options.
4. A Laid-back Cafe-style Breakfast at Sea Harmony Eco Cafe – you’ll feel as though you are on a beach vacation when you dine here. Try the all-day breakfast with a cup of coffee in this relaxed, homey cafe. There’re also vegetarian and vegan options.
5. A Kids-Eat-Free Breakfast at Vana Nava Holiday Inn Resort – enjoy an extensive and healthy buffet breakfast with views of Hua Hin and the Gulf of Thailand. Find out more about the kids eat free dining options here.
Go Poolside – read, relax, enjoy the morning sun, take a dip, walk along the beach, and repeat. When the pool bar opens, swim up and place your order.
Take a sailing lesson followed by lunch on the beach at the club’s casual and friendly open-air restaurant. Read more about the club and all it has to offer here.
Take a kitesurfing lesson. Kids as young as 8 can take a lesson. Read more about the lessons, and packages here.
Grab a Coffee:
Hua Hin has some great coffee spots, and more are popping up. Read our coffee lovers guide to Hua Hin to find the brew that suits you here.
Continue lounging by the pool and finish that summer novel you’ve been meaning to read for the last three summers.
Escape the heat and head to one of the malls – Hua Hin Market Village, or BluPort Mall. Bluport Mall has a special area for kids called WhaleyPort. It’s great for toddlers to teens with different zones to suit different age groups. It’s ideal for a rainy day activity. Read more about it here.
Visit one of the water parks. Black Water Mountain or Vana Nava Water Jungle. Grab lunch there too and spend the afternoon sliding and swimming. Vana Nava has an infinity pool with a swim up bar for adults and a massage pavilion for some added luxury to your waterpark experience. They have also opened a new kids’ zone that is especially for little ones to splash and play. Read more about the waterparks here.
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Go to Vana Nava Sky bar for the view and a city feel. Head to Azure Bar for beachside romance. Get coastal bar hopping recommendations in Hua Hin here. If you’re interested in craft cocktails, glass decks, and sweeping rooftop views of Hua Hin read more here.
Dine on the beach at the Beachcombers BBQ with your feet in the sand as you sip chilled white wine and wait for your freshly grilled seafood to arrive. Grab dinner at one of the night markets as you shop. Sample grilled seafood skewers, Thai omelettes, fried banana fritters, and mango sticky rice.
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The Night Markets:
Cicada and Tamarind are newer and have a more designer and artsy feel to them. You can buy souvenirs, local designers’ creations and artworks there. The Grand Night Market is a classic Thai-style street market with all the usual souvenirs, T-shirts and clothes with lots of great seafood restaurants to choose from.
Travelling around Hua Hin:
Get around fast and quick, stop at all the places you want to see, and maybe discover some more along the way.
Where to hire: Rent Al’s in Cha-am and Hua Hin comes highly recommended. The bikes are well maintained and you can rent a scooter for around 200 baht a day. However, they have seasonal discounts, and discounts for long-term rentals.
Advice: There’s lots of stories floating around the Internet about people being ripped off by companies. Before you scoot off, take photos of the scooter and show that you are documenting the condition of bike to the staff. If there are any existing scratches or dents, make sure there’s a record of it in the paper work. Rent through your hotel or through a recommended vendor.
You’ll need an International Drivers Permit. The police often stop riders to check for this document. Make sure you’ve got the license that says you can ride a motorcycle.
Taxis in Hua Hin are a little different, most are like getting in someone’s private car. You’ll see stands set up along the main road near hotels, and markets with signs advertising tours.
Most don’t have meters and will set the price. Some of the taxis are private cars and others are like a truck with that’s been retrofitted with benches in the back that you can sit on. It’s open air. These ones are better for short trips. Most will charge between 100 – 150 within Hua Hin. So expect to pay about 100 baht if you’re going from your hotel to the night markets.
If you want to do a day-trip, organise a driver for the day. Here’s a trusted company that often pops up on TripAdvisor with rave reviews: Hua Hin Taxi Service.
If you need info on transport from Hua Hin to Bangkok, read our guide here for our top transfer recommendations.
For daily hire of a taxi, expect to pay around 2000 – 3000 for about 8 hours.
Hua Hin First Time Advice:
- Stick to the shore. Go for early morning and early evening walks.
- Take advantage of sailing and kite surfing activities. Hua Hin is known for its prime wind conditions. Hua Hin has a sailing club that’s suitable for all ages. And there are very reputable kite surfing schools in the area too. They have all the best equipment and follow strict safety procedures.
- Stay at a hotel or resort with a nice pool, as during jellyfish season (June to October) you won’t be able to swim in the ocean. During the hottest time of the year (March to April), spend the day by the pool and go to the markets at night for shopping and dining.
- Get a private car transfer from Bangkok to Hua Hin. When travelling with 3 or more people, it’s more economical, comfortable and faster than the train.
- Visit Hua Hin to relax, spend time by the beach, do a bit of shopping and visit some of the excellent night markets. Unwind in this laid-back resort town. Keep it low-key. Eat fresh seafood by the beach.
Our advice for for families vacationing Hua Hin:
Go to the waterparks, visit an elephant foundation, enjoy paddling in the shallow water on the shore, build sandcastles, have dinner at the night markets, stay at a resort with a kids’ club and enjoy some me-time. For more ideas about what to do with kids in Hua Hin, read our suggestions here and here.