The Hua Hin Railway Station is one of the country’s most beautiful train stations marked by its meticulous details in architecture. Built in the reign of King Rama VI, the station features a Royal Waiting Room with Thai architectural style, a room which was relocated from Sanam Chan Palace in Nakhon Pathom province during the reign of King Rama VI.
The train station is located at the top (west end) of Damnoern Kasem Road, Amphoe Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan
Situated in the Hua Hin centre between the Petchkasem Road and the railway line, the market basically encompasses one street that comes to life from 18:30 onwards, when traders line the street with their stalls selling various apparel, crafts, art, CDs, DVDS and cheap, tasty food – generally what you might expect from a Thai market.
Opening Hours: Best time to go after 19:00
3) Santorini Park Cha-Am
The Santorini Park in Cha Am is a 40 minutes drive away from Hua Hin . It’s an amusement park where shopping , food and art are integrated.
The parl’s archiecture resembles the white washed buildings of Santorini in Greece with a dash of contrasting vibrant colors like blue,green and purple.
Operation Hour :
Mon – Fri : 10am – 7pm
Sat – Sun : 9am -8pm
4) Cicada Market
Cicada Market is all about art, handmade crafts and good times. With an open-air market concept, it brings together Hua Hin’s artistic talents and those who wear ‘freedom of expression’ on their sleeves. Besides the crafts market, you’ll also find an art gallery, beer garden and live music.
Open only on weekend evenings, the market is usually packed with weekenders from Bangkok. It is located on Phetkasem Road, about halfway between Hua Hin town and Khao Takiab.
Opening Hours: 16:00-23:00 (Friday, Saturday), 16:00-22:00 (Sunday)
Location: Suan Sri, Khao Takiab (on Phetkasem Road)
5)Plern Wan Shopping Village
Plearnwan Hua Hin is Thailand’s first eco vintage village. It was built in late 2009 to recapture to recapture the classic charm of old Hua Hin. Plearn means enjoy and wan refers to yesteryear in Thai language. It is described as a “Center of joy and happiness … stop the past in order to tell the various tales of Hua Hin in the past … toward present” on its website.Plearnwan is a theme of wooden buildings which includes shopping arcades of two storey old style building. Entrance is FREE for all visitors but you have to pay for parking (located next to the building).Plearnwan is another project built for tourism in Hua Hin like many others in this beach town. You can tell the success of Plearnwan by the amount of visitors and the shops opened in this village.
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00 (Mon-Thurs), 10:00 – midnight (Fri), 09:00 – midnight (Sat), 09:00 – 22:00 (Sun)
Location: Phetkasem Road (between Hua Hin Sois 38 and 40), close to Klai Kang Won Palace
The summer seaside palace, often referred to as “the palace of love and hope is located midway between Cha-am and Hua Hin. It was built in 1923 under the royal command of King Rama VI using golden teakwood from the demolished Hat Chao Samran Palace.
Opening Hours: 08:00-16:00
Location: 9km south of Cha-Am at the Camp Rama VI military compound
7) Wat Huay Mongkol
The Wat Huay Mongkol temple complex located some 15 kilometers west of Hua Hin is famous for its enormous statue of one of Thailand’s most famous monks, named Luang Phor Thuad,a legendary southern Thai monk revered for his enlightenment and ability to perform miracles. Many believe that the amulets created in his image guarantee safety in times of distress. The statue, set within a park-like setting that attracts many visitors each weekend, was commissioned by HM Queen Sirikit and is the first thing you see when approaching Hua Hin from Highway 4 (heading to Prachuab Kirikhand). Sitting in the meditation pose, it looms overhead once you arrive on the worship ground.
Opening Hours: 05:00 – 22:00
Location: From Phetkasem Road (Highway 4, heading to Prachaub Kirikhand), take Highway 3218 and continue about 15km.
Meaning ‘Chopstick Hill’ in Thai, Khao Takiab is a fishing village suburb just 10 kilometres outside of Hua Hin. The Area is defined by its premier attraction the mountain that sits at the top of the road, here you can expect a sensational panorama and a bit of monkeying around – the mountain is home to quite a few monkeys.
Achieving the perfect balance between relaxation and recreation, visitors can take full advantage of the crisp white and relatively secluded shore line where watersports, beachside dining and some serious sun lounging are the order of the day. The beauty of Khao Takiab is that you can avoid the tourist trappings of Hua Hin while still being just a ten minute drive from the vibrant seaside town.
9)Khao Sam Roi Yot
Khao Sam Roi Yot’s dramatic backdrop of endless limestone peaks festooned in lush greenery inspired its name (Khao Sam Roi Yot means ‘the mountain with three hundred peaks’). Covering an area of nearly 100 sqkm along the coast, approximately 60km south of Hua Hin, Khao Sam Roi Yot is as close as it gets to Krabi Province’s dream-like seascapes in the south of Thailand.
Phraya Nakhon Cave
Not to be missed, though, is Tham Phraya Nakhon, a cave with a hole in its roof that allows a perpendicular shaft of light to shine upon a Thai-style pavilion built for King Rama V – one of its most popular attractions.
Hemmed in on three sides by steep limestone mountains, the cave entrance is about 430 metres uphill from Laem Sala Beach. Inside, the expansive cove houses the lone Thai-style pavilion dedicated to King Chulalongkorn (Rama V). Set directly under two large shafts, where sunlight beams through in early morning, the pavilion appears rather mystical and all together surreal. The best time to go to catch this perfect ‘downlight’ is 10:30.
To get to the cave, take a 20-minute long-tail boat ride to Laem Sala Beach and hike another 30 minutes up a steep, forested trail. From the parking lot, you can also hike about an hour along a steep cliff trail, overlooking the picturesque coast.
Location: 60km south of Hua Hin, in Guiburi, Prachaub Kirikhand
10)Kaeng Krachan National Park
Kaeng Krachan was declared as a national park on 12 June 1981. Covering an area of 2914 km² it is the largest national park in Thailand. The park is located in Phetchaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan Provinces, bounded by the Tanintharyi Nature Reserve along Myanmar’s border to the west. The park is not only part of the rainforest area north and south of the park in Thailand, but also part of a huge continuous rain forest complex deep into Myanmar covering 30,000 km².
Kaeng Krachan National Park is famous for dense morning mist covering the park with hill tops sticking above mist cloud around December-March, creating a spectacular view.