Hua Hin is known for its perfect weather. When most of Thailand is ankle deep in water, Hua Hin is relatively dry. People are walking the beach as the sun rises and enjoying cocktails alfresco as the sun sets.
Most people don’t want to spend their beach vacation indoors watching in-room movies as the rain taps on the sliding balcony glass doors. Hua Hin is a beach resort town that holds the title for one of the lowest rainfall measurements in all of Thailand.
Not only is the weather warm the water is too the during the dry season from December to February water temps hover around 28 degrees Celsius.
During December rainfall is at its lowest, however tides are at their highest, which can eat away at the beach, but if you’re staying at one of the beachfront resorts, you can retreat to the luxury of the pool with views of the beach.
March to June marks the hot season in Hua Hin. Air conditioning will become a close ally during these months. Temperatures can reach 34 degrees Celsius. Spend the mornings having a leisurely buffet breakfast and head out in the afternoon when the winds pick up and the temperature begins to drop. Ice cold beers and sodas are definitely a must when poolside.
The wet season is from July to November, which seems like an eternity, but in Hua Hin you barely notice the wet season. Often you might wake to grey skies and rain, but as the afternoon comes the skies clear and it’s time to get your favourite lounge chair poolside and get back to working on your summer tan. Temperatures are still high an hover around 33 degree Celsius.
During the wet and dry season humidity is high. It hovers around 80%, which can make sightseeing tough. We recommend doing sightseeing late afternoon or early evening.
October is the wettest month, but with wind speeds picking up it is the prefect time to enjoy water sports in Hua Hin. If you’re interested in trying kitesurfing or sailing, check out our previous posts. Even if you’re not into kitesurfing, the view of all the kites along the beach is impressive and adds a lot of character to the beach-scape.
Source: Holiday Weather
The best time to visit:
If you’re planning a family getaway over Christmas, Hua Hin wins. With rainfall at its lowest, you are 99.9% guaranteed sunny, dry, hot days from December to February. Alternatively, if you’re on a budget, travel in October, the wettest month, as room rates will be lower, but the chance of rain will be even more so.
The best parts to visit:
Hua Hin is relatively small. There are some great family resorts lining the beachfront. A few blocks behind the resorts is the main road that you can easily get taxis from to get to malls, markets, and other tourist spots.
You’ll pass through Cha-am Beach first if you’re coming from Bangkok. Cha-am is less touristy, more quiet, laid-back and less developed.
As you keep driving, you’ll get to the centre of Hua Hin. You’ll see the shopping malls – Market Village and Bluport Mall and all the well-known resorts – The Sheraton, Marriott, Hyatt, Holiday Inn, and InterContinental. Head directly inland from the city centre, you’ll be able to explore a vineyard. Read more here.
As you head a little further south along the beach you’ll see a small headland with a temple, Wat Khao Takiap that you can add to your things-to-do-in-Hua-Hin list. Heading further south, you’ll come across a golf course. Read more about it here. Finally, the Pran Buri National Park, which is a great day-trip you can take with the family and explore the mangrove forest on foot or by bike, swim at the beach and take a boat ride.
The best way to get there:
This is a topic we dedicated an entire blog post to; you can read it here. But to save you time, our recommendation is getting a private car to take you from the airport or from Bangkok direct to your hotel in Hua Hin, especially if you are travelling with 3 or more people. It will work out to be the same cost of taking the bus or train, but will be far more comfortable.