There are lots of things to see and do in Hua Hin when travelling with teenagers and kids. If you’re looking for free things to do, cheap things to do or adventurous things to do, read on.
Take advantage of the sailing and kite surfing activities in Hua Hin with its prime wind conditions. Your teenagers can learn new skills while on vacation and get some great exercise too. See the elephants at an ethical sanctuary. Go on an Indiana Jones adventure into a cave with a skylight and a beautiful Thai pavilion. Spend the day at a waterpark. Visit the night markets for dinner and souvenir shopping. Meet some cheeky monkeys on top of a hill near a temple. Go on an ATV adventure and learn some military tactical skills.
#1 Take a sailing lesson in Hua Hin
This one is not free, but it’s a great experience for anyone and any kid. Lessons are included in the boat rental fee at the Sailing Club Hua Hin. There are 3 different stages for each course. You can have a look at the pdfs on their website to see everything that is covered and what your child will be capable of at the end of each stage. It’s pretty comprehensive.
Lessons are in English, French or Thai and sailors as young as 8 can take lessons.
Membership fees are structured to suit locals and travellers. You can become an annual, monthly, half-day or full-day member or you can just join for 2 hours. For non-members, 2 hours boat rental + tuition costs ฿1500 and a full-day is ฿3000. Great for non-sailors. You can find more detailed information on their website.
#2 Take a kitesurfing lesson in Hua Hin
Hua Hin is a great location to learn to kite surf or kite board. The main kite season runs from October to May, however Hua Hin has prime wind conditions and many people kite surf all year round. You can check wind speeds to see realtime conditions and decide on the day if you will have a lesson or not.
Prices are similar too. For a 3-day course expect to pay around 11,000 baht. For a one-day lesson group or private expect to pay 4,000-8,000 baht. Most lessons are 2 1/2 hours long per day. Both schools cater for absolute beginners and kids from age 12 can take lessons.
#3 Go to the 4d art exhibition For Art’s Sake in Hua Hin
For Art’s Sake is an exhibition taken to the next level, where you and your family become part of the art. You can tell your kids that it’s okay to play with the walls here.
Most of the artworks are designed for people to interact with where you can photograph yourself in the art. There are some 3D works that are intended to be looked at and admired. Because the works are highly interactive, some will be closed for general upkeep and renovation from time to time.
It costs 300 baht for adults and 200 for kids. It’s open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The busiest times are 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Go early in the morning or early evening to avoid the crowds. If it’s busy, you might feel rushed and pressured to take your pictures quickly.
#4 Get some food vouchers for the Cicada Markets in Hua Hin
Cicada Markets is a fun and busy open-air market on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 4:00 pm. It’s extremely popular. You can shop and eat there. The food is cooked to order and is delicious. You can get all the Thai favourites plus meat skewers, fried food, coconut ice-cream, fried banana fritters, and more. Go for the food and stay for the shopping and live music.
When you enter the food area, you’ll see people buying food and drink vouchers. Whatever you don’t spend, you can return for your cash back on your way out.
Give your teenagers 500 baht worth of vouchers and let them explore the night market.
#5 Spend the day at Vana Nava Water Jungle Hua Hin
This water park is new, fun and has some really adventurous and adrenaline pumping waterslides. In addition to all the waterslides and pools, there’s rock climbing and an obstacle course. You’ll need dry clothes to use this part of the waterpark.
Rent a cabana for the day by Coconut Beach that looks out over the wave-pool and use it as a place to nap, read or as the family meeting point.
While your teenagers are sliding and splashing, head over to the massage pavilion for a quick 30-minute massage or indulge in the hour-long hot coconut oil massage.
If you stay at either Holiday Inn Resort Vana Nava Hua Hin or InterContinental Hua Hin Resort your get free and unlimited access to the water park. The Amari Hua Hin has a waterpark accommodation package with day-pass access for adults.
#6 Visit Phraya Nakohn Cave for a real adventure in Hua Hin
After an initial hike, a stroll along a secluded beach and one final hike, you’ll arrive at a cave, most people say, looks straight out of an Indiana Jones film.
Be prepared to sweat. It gets really hot. Bring bug spray. Wear long pants if you can. Wear good hiking shoes. Bring a spare pair in case yours get wet. Bring your swimmers to cool off at the beach. Buy extra water at the beach restaurant. You can walk from the gate.
If you walk from the gate, the hike is divided into two parts. Part one is before the beach and part two is after the beach. If you take the boat, you’ll skip part one of the hike.
For some people the boat is not worth it. The sun hits the cave around 10:00AM – 10:30AM depending on the season.
It’s located in Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, about an hour from Hua Hin, and is the main attraction.
It costs 200 baht to enter the park. This includes the access to the entire park, the cave and the beach.
The busiest times are between 11:00AM – 1:00PM If you get there around 8:30AM you’ll be the first in the cave. You can grab breakfast at the restaurant on the beach.
#7 Feed the monkeys at Chopstick Hill in Hua Hin
Chopstick Hill is all about the view and the monkeys. You can take some incredible pictures of the Gulf of Thailand from this mountain inhabited by cheeky monkeys that cannot be trusted. After taking in the view and making sure a monkey doesn’t take your ice-cream, you can explore the temple and do some shopping at the stalls. This place is a fun distraction for kids old and young. You can access it from the beach or get a taxi there for about 300 baht oneway.
#8 Stay at a family-friendly resort in Hua Hin
Stay at a family-friendly resort in Hua Hin where there’s enough to keep teenagers entertained, so you can sit back on your poolside lounge chair and relax. Holiday Inn Vana Nava Hua Hin is located right next to a water park, which guests have unlined access to. There’s also a kids’ club for younger kids, there’s a rooftop pool that’s great for older kids and families. The views are stunning. If you’re looking for kids’ clubs in Hua Hin for younger kids and almost teens, read about the best ones in Hua Hin here.
#9 Go go karting in Hua Hin
Spend an afternoon racing each other on the outdoor track at Go Kart Hua Hin. The course and karts are a bit worn, but when you have active teenagers with energy levels that need to burned, this won’t matter. For groups of 5 or more you can do 10 laps of qualifying against the clock and then enjoy a 20-lap race with each other.
#10 See a movie at Bluport in Hua Hin
Bluport Hua Hin Resort Mall is a great place to visit if you need a break from the beach, waterpark and resort pool. Spend a morning, or afternoon wandering, eating and watch a movie while you’re there. Movie tickets in Thailand are cheap and the theatres are high quality and comfortable. The mall also has promotions and deals especially for tourists.
#11 Take a family cooking class in Hua Hin
Cooking classes are a great way to spend an afternoon in Thailand. The food culture is strong, diverse and super tasty. Cooking starts at all ages. Get your teenagers involved and let them cook up a Thai storm in the kitchen when you get back. Check out cooking classes in Hua Hin, read reviews and find the course that fits your family.
#12 Visit the elephant foundation in Hua Hin
The Hutsadin Elephant Foundation is 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.
#13 Go on an ATV Adventure in Hua Hin
Ride an ATV through the jungle of Hua Hin and meet a bunch of monkeys at the end. Do the tour at 4PM to avoid the heat. It’s a great way to end the day before heading off to the night markets.
You can book the ATV tour Siam Milsim. They also offer military simulation games with zombies and other fun twists. You’ll get to experience a real mission, but in a friendly, fun and positive environment.