Hua Hin Holidays

With three miles of pristine sand and swaying palms to enjoy, holidaymakers tend to spend their days along the city’s waterfront. Our handpicked hotels vary greatly in shape and size and are all situated on the beach. 

Live like a king In elegant Hua Hin. From the earliest days of the 20th century, when word spread about the beyond-sublime sweep of soft white sand at the end of the new train line from Bangkok, members of Thailand’s royal family began to spend every summer in this balmy retreat. They built ornate palaces and stylish villas set in the tropical forest, sponsored a golf course and super-smart hotel, and generally helped to create an atmosphere of old-world sophistication that still distinguishes Hua Hin from other seaside playgrounds.

Sojourns here are about leisured ease. You can spend all day on a sun lounger with pool service as standard, curl your toes into the sand between dips in a sparkling sea or perfect your putt on manicured greens. Perhaps you’d like to step back in time with a visit to a 100-year-old Royal palace built entirely from wood or discover a newer aspect of Hua Hin in the vineyards of a boutique winery. After dark, the focus moves to grown-up dining in waterfront restaurants or browsing the stalls of lantern-lit night markets in search of exquisite handicrafts or the perfect plate of grilled lobster.

Talk to us and we’ll help create your dream holiday in Hua Hin, whether you’re a golf aficionado or travelling with the family.

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Get to know Hua Hin and those important practicalities when planning your perfect holiday.

Capital
TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT +7 hours

CURRENCY

Thai Bhat

FLYING TIME TO DESTINATION

Bangkok 11½ hours

RELIGION

The most common religion in Thailand is Buddhism

LANGUAGE

Thai; over 73 languages are spoken throughout Thailand

Where is Hua Hin?
Hua Hin lies on the north-western shores of the Gulf of Thailand, around three hours by road from Bangkok, making it popular with local urbanites and foreign visitors alike. This proximity to the capital means you’re unlikely to use its small airport unless you’re catching the once-daily flights to and from Chiang Mai – a handy option if you want to head straight for the beach after an adventure in the north.

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Beaches
Hua Hin is known to have some of Thailand’s more traditional and peaceful beaches and, from the moment you arrive, you’ll notice a real love of the sea from the locals – particularly in the resort’s local cuisine, as a host of seafood restaurants line the golden beachfront. The main beach stretches over three miles from the rocky headland at the centre of town and finishes in Khao Takiab, famous for its stunning Buddhist temple. Found on a platform facing the sea, this extremely colourful Chinese temple is an absolute must-see.

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Royal and railway history
For a taste of Hua Hin’s royal history, visit the Maruekatayawan Palace, designed by King Rama VI in 1923 and set among beautiful oceanfront grounds. An intricate example of traditional raised Thai architecture and crafted purely from teak wood, the palace takes pride in its status as the longest golden teak palace in the world. Centara Grand, which was once Hua Hin’s famous Railway Hotel, serviced the Hua Hin Railway Station. The station offered the first direct link to the seaside from Bangkok – a new and exciting way to spend the weekends away from the heat of the city.

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Food & drink
If you really want to be immersed in Thailand’s culture and savour traditional local dishes, head down to The Pier to sample a taste of the local delicacy – steamed crab. Alternatively, explore the colourful Hua Hin Night Market where you can try a number of spices and flavours from a multitude of food stalls. Wine enthusiasts should take the time to visit Hua Hin’s Hills vineyard, Moon Valley Wines, located 25 miles west in a scenic, vine-covered mountain valley. 

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