Hua Hin is a great destination for kids, find out why…
Affordability, perfect weather, loads of kids activities, great food and even better hotels– there are lots of reasons to visit Hua Hin with the family. Scroll down the list to find out why you should go to Hua Hin on your next family vacation.
This list of 10 reasons will answer the question: Why should I go to Hua Hin with the family?
#1 Hin Hin is close to Bangkok
Hua Hin is an ideal family destination in Thailand, especially if you’re looking for somewhere close to Bangkok. After a 2-to-3-hour drive from Bangkok, depending on traffic, you’ll be at your resort by the sea and getting ready for dinner at the night markets followed by some shopping.
For families travelling to Hua Hin, we recommend private car, especially with little ones.
Before you plan your trip from Bangkok to Hua Hin, take the traffic into consideration. If you leave on a weekday morning, be prepared for peak-hour traffic. Leaving early on a Saturday or Sunday morning to get to Hua Hin form Bangkok will definitely get you there within 3 hours. If you’re getting a transfer, there are lots of service stations to make a pit-stop along the way. You can pick up an Amazon coffee and some snacks from 7/11 to keep you and the family sustained. There’s a few Starbucks along the way, too. You could also catch the train to Hua Hin.
#2 Hua Hin is loved by the royal family
Hua Hin has an interesting history that is rooted in royal history. The Thai Royal family has had their summer residence in Hua Hin that dates back to the early 1900s.
Lining the drive to Hua Hin you will see the love and adoration the people of Thailand have for their beloved royal family members both past and present. Elaborate gold picture frames adorn the main road and overhead bridges.
Get a glimpse into royal culture and add a layer of intrigue and interest to your family trip to Hua Hin.
#3 There’s affordable and fun accommodation in Hua Hin for families
The Holiday Inn Vana Nava Hua Hin Resort is a family adventure-land in Hua Hin. The resort offers affordable and ultra-modern accommodation for families. There are kid-themed rooms, swimming pools, and an awesome water park right next door plus one of the best kids clubs in Hua Hin with a ballroom, obstacle course and daily activities and crafts.
For something along the beach that is luxe but still family-friendly, the InterContinental Hua Hin Resort has villas, rooms and suites decked out with luxury amenities and finishes to make your family vacation in Hua Hin extra special. There’s a large pool area with shallow ares for little ones to paddle with direct access to the beach. There’s also a kids club with plenty of activities to inspire curious minds.
#4 The night markets in Hua Hin are great for families
Hua Hin, for it’s size, is a night-market mecca where you’ll find great food, entertainment and lots to buy. A quick google search will pull up the most popular – Cicada Markets, Tamarind Markets and the eponymous Hua Hin Night Market.
The Cicada and Tamarind markets are located next to each other and share similarities – modern, new, trendy, with local designers, sellers, artists and makers with relaxed outdoor seating illuminated by lanterns strung between trees. Both markets are set up in a designated market area.
The Hua Hin Night Market has popped up between buildings along the streets and lanes of the town. It has more of an urban feel to night.
All are family friendly, but if you have older kids that might want to do a bit of their own shopping and wandering, the Cicada or Tamarind markets would be better options.
#5 Hua Hin Beach is family-friendly
There are no halfpipes at Hua Hin beach. The waves are small, there are sandbars, and the water is shallow.
While it is great for paddling, be careful of jellyfish, especially during the rainy season from June to October and be extra cautious directly after it rains.
Hua Hin beach is a place for a family walk and a paddle plus kids can have fun spending the morning counting large moon-like jellyfish.
#6 Hua Hin is low-key, relaxing and ideal for families
With a population of about 65,000, the Hua Hin district has a charming, seaside town feel to it.
The beach is not overly developed. The night markets are busy yet have a local atmosphere. The shopping malls are designed with the proximity to the coast in mind. So, when you shop you’ll still feel like you are on vacation and not back in the city.
#7 Vana Nava Water Jungle is one of the best activities in Hua Hin for families
There’s lots for families to see and do in Hua Hin, one of the best and most fun would have to be Vana Nava Water Jungle. Rated highly on Google this water park is the newest in Hua Hin and offers something for everyone and every age.
If you’re looking for adventure and thrills, you’ll find it on the Abyss and the Boomerang. If you’re looking for something more relaxing, pick up a tube and head to Coconut Beach or the Lazy River.
For toddlers there’s Vana Wonderland. With over 500 square meters of spray and splash pools, an octopus slide and 10 attractions, little ones will be entertained all day.
Teenagers will love all the water slides plus the Aqua Course, Chang Surf Zone and the Ropes Course.
For guests staying at the Holiday Inn Vana Nava Resort, entry is free and unlimited for the duration of your stay.
#8 There are lots of animal activities for kids in Hua Hin
Kids love animals. And in Hua Hin there are some great opportunities. Kids will love the Hatsadin Elephant Foundation— a great place for kids to get up close and personal with elephants that have been through a lot in their life and are now enjoying retirement.
You don’t have to buy a pony, you can rent one for your little one. Along the more populated stretches of the beach, near the InterContinental Hua Hin and Hyatt. You’ll see horses big and small trotting along the beach with jockeys trying to sell you a ride. It’s popular with kids. The jockey usually walks along side the horse holding the reins while excited parents take pics. For fifteen minutes, expect to pay around 200 baht.
Chopsticks Hill or Monkey Mountain is worth a visit. You’ll be able to mix in some culture with the temple visit with an incredible coastline view plus some super cheeky monkeys who love snacks and ice-cream.
#9 There are some great rainy-day activities in Hua Hin for families
Hua Hin has mostly sunny weather all year round, however there will be the odd rainy day or two. For families there are some rainy day activities that are worth checking out.
Whaley Port, located on the 3rd floor of Bluport Hua Hin Resort Mall, is an interactive kids playground. Little ones will love playing in the swimming-pool sized ball pit and crawling through the ocean-themed kids gym at the Play Port. Older kids can head to the Game Port where old-school arcade games have been given a modern facelift. To experience all of the attractions we recommend going on the weekend. Admission is cheaper on weekdays – 240 baht for the first hour; 150 baht for the next hour. On weekends it’s 290 for the first hour and 180 for the following hour. Parents are charged 50 baht on weekdays and 80 baht weekends for the first hour and the same for the following hour.
For Arts Sake is another great rainy day activity in Hua Hin for families. It’s a 4D art museum where you are invited to become part of the art. It’s great fun for all ages and you can easily spend a few hours there.
Whaley Port and For Arts Sake are also great places to visit when you need a break from the sun in Hua Hin.
#10 Sunrise is spectacular in Hua Hin and a great family activity
Kids are early risers and, in Hua Hin, it’s not a problem. Just head to the beach for an early morning walk, stroll, run, or paddle. Take the kids in their pjs and join the other Thai families taking selfies, splashing, and smiling. If you go early enough, you’ll see fishermen casting their nets, monks draped in orange fabric, and alien-like jellyfish beached on the shore.
There are lots of reasons you should visit Hua Hin with the family.
And one more reason, just because…
#11 It’s always sunny in Hua Hin
Hua Hin is known for having low rainfall. So, expect to have mostly sunny days when visiting. Definitely an added benefit when travelling with kids is not having to find something to do when it’s raining. You can check out the average rainfall here.
For a beach resort that is close to Bangkok, Hua Hin is an ideal destination for families looking for beach, sun, good food and activities that won’t strain the bank account. It’s a family destination in Thailand worth exploring.