Here are some fresh ideas for 2018 when exploring this seaside town close to Bangkok with kids. It’s always great to have a backup list, plan or itinerary, especially when traveling with kids.
As mentioned in previous posts, Hua Hin is a great seaside retreat from the bustle of Bangkok. If you need some recommendations for a family trip to Thailand and are looking for fun things to do with kids in Hua Hin, you might find some inspiration in the post below. We have also included some recommendations for “Hua Hin with toddlers”.
1. Build sandcastles on the beach
Hua Hin beach is long, flat, and perfect for sandcastles and paddling by the shore with little ones. You can pick up buckets and spades from Bluport or Hua Hin Market Village. Click here for some sandcastle inspiration.
2. Get snapping
Start your kid’s photography career with a kid-friendly digital camera, there are some great designs and affordable options on Toys”R”Us. Get them snapping all the action on Hua Hin beach – kite surfers chopping up the ocean, monks walking along the shore as the sun rises, horses galloping, beached jellyfish and the spectacular sunrise. As an added activity, go and print some of the photos at Market Village, there’s a printing shop on level 2. It might be worth confirming with the hotel if there are some options closer to where you are staying. The kids can then make a scrapbook of their pics one afternoon after a day at the pool.
3. Kitesurfing for adventurous kids and teens
Hua Hin is famous for kitesurfing. If the wind is up, the kite surfers will be out. Hua Hin Kitesurfing offers lessons for kids as young as eight. They have a school located near the Hyatt Hua Hin.
They offer 3-day packages with each lesson being two and a half hours. For kids they offer private lessons, instead of the 2 students per instructor. It costs 11,000 baht, which works out to be about 330 US. It’s definitely more expensive, but if you can afford it, it could be an amazing experience and skill that your kids could pick up on vacation.
If you have any questions before you go, send them a quick email and they’ll reply within the day. You can get all the contact details from their website here.
4. Visit Whaley Port
Great for little ones and older kids on rainy days or when it’s too hot outside. It opened in 2017 and is on level 3 of the Bluport Hua Hin Resort Mall. There’s an entrance fee for kids and parents, click here for details, and is described as an interactive underwater theme park. Kill an hour or two before grabbing lunch at one of the mall’s many restaurants or food court. There’s a Dean and Deluca if you need a coffee fix. Grab some takeaway salads from the salad bar and head down to the beach, or choose to dine in at Japanese, Thai, Korean or Chinese restaurants.
5. Splash in a water jungle
With some of the lowest rainfall in Thailand, Hua Hin is the perfect playground for a water park and can be enjoyed all year round. Vana Nava Hua Hin Water Jungle is a great place to take the family for the day. They have ticket deals on the website and you can book online; you could also ask your hotel concierge for information on the best deals.
To get a real sense of what the water park is like, check out Dr. David’s video on Youtube. It’s 9 mins. The beginning showcases the attractions suitable for teenagers and adults and towards the end you’ll see options for toddlers at the water park. During jellyfish season, June to October, the water park is a great alternative to the beach. Don’t worry about missing out on the beach, sand, and sun, as the water park has it very own beach, complete with white sand shore, a wave machine, coconut trees, and bungalows for rent.
6. Stay at a hotel where kids are important guests
For accommodation that is affordable, try the Holiday Inn Vana Nava Hua Hin. They have Kids’ Club with different activity zones for different age groups. Also kids eat free! See this post for more of the details.
For beachfront luxury, try the InterContinental Hua Hin. They have Planet Trekkers for kids. Both resorts offer great deals for Vana Nava Water Jungle and True Arena Sports Park. The water jungle is great for all ages. True Sports Arena is recommended for older kids.
7. Experience the elephants at Hutsadin Elephant Foundation
It’s located inland from the Hua Hin Night Markets about 10 to 15 minutes by car. Go Monday to Saturday from 9:00 – 1:00 for English speaking guides. It’s best to get the hotel to organise a car or taxi there. You can shower, feed, pet and take a selfie with the elephants. Make multiple visits to see if the maxim is true – an elephants never forgets.
You can go with small toddlers and older kids. It’s a place to appreciate and learn about elephants and to get an insight into the work that the foundation is doing to help care for elephants that have been abandoned by owners due to illness, injury or age. Keep in mind that when you visit that they are not a sanctuary, they are a foundation with limited funds and land. Click here to learn more.