Great blogs like the ‘Secrets of Hua Hin’ will outline for you the 10 things to do in Hua Hin if you have a diverse array of interests, covering everything from vineyards to markets. For those of you more interested in nature, we have for you a top 10 list specifically for the great outdoors. Take our advice and get out of the city and into the breath-taking scenery and abundant wilderness that surrounds this seaside haven. From hidden temples and monkey islands, there is a lot to see, do and explore. Without further ado, let’s get out‘n’about in Thailand’s most beloved coastal getaway.
1. Phraya Nakhon Cave
The magnificent Phraya Nakhon Cave (within Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park) is one of the most amazing and little-seen tourist attractions in Thailand. The reason: this mystical pavilion is hidden inside an inaccessible cave. Those who do make the arduous trek are rewarded with a stunning vision straight out of a Hollywood movie.
2. Pala-U Waterfall
This waterfall is found on the south side of Kaeng Krachan National Park. The cascade is one of the highest in Thailand with 16 levels. However, it should be noted that going beyond the third stage is arduous and should only be attempted by people with adequate footwear and fitness. Do proceed to the top and you’ll be rewarded with superb views over the foothills and nearby Burma.
3. Horse Riding on the Beach
Horse riding is a highly popular activity in Hua Hin. Picture yourself cantering along the foreshore with a stunning sunset backdrop. Riding is allowed on the main beach, and you can easily pick up a ride outside the Sofitel hotel. You can choose the horse you like (from pony to mare), and if you are a novice, the jockeys will give you basic instruction.
4. Dolphin Bay & Monkey Island
A sea cruise to Dolphin Bay and Monkey Island from Hua Hin is an excellent opportunity to see the local land and marine wildlife of the area up close and personal. If you’re lucky, you might even spy the area’s most famous resident – pink dolphins! On Monkey Island you’ll get the chance to swim in the clear blue water and meet the mischievous monkey residents, who have made this island their home for generations.
5. Bang Tabun River Floating Fisherman’s Village
Bang Tabun is probably the most famous fishermen’s village in the central region of Thailand thanks to its idyllic vista of floating huts dotting the horizon. It’s also one of Thailand’s best-known areas for whale spotting and most prominent spots for cockle production. A boat tour here will show you how this unique community thrives atop the ocean.
6. Khao Daeng (Red Mountain)
Most tourists visiting Hua Hin will leave without hearing about Khao Daeng viewpoint, one of the region’s most remote but unique places. Lack of popularity means that it is tranquil and secluded. Lace-up your hiking shoes to get to the top of the mountain to encounter an awe-inspiring view. If you can, time your visit for either sunrise or sunset for an extra special visual treat.
7. Bueng Bua Wooden Boardwalk
No 10 things to do in Hua Hin list would be complete with mentioning one of the area’s most popular attractions: Bueng Bua Wooden Boardwalk. Also located in Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park is Thailand’s largest freshwater marsh. Here you will find six covered gazebos connected by a wood walkway. The views out over the marsh and grasses with the towering limestone peaks in the background are stunning. Bird watchers will find this place particularly alluring.
8. Khao Takiab (Chopstick Hill)
On Khao Takiab (Chopstick Hill) sits a 20-meter-tall Golden Buddha statue overlooking the ocean. The hill itself is a spectacular viewpoint from which to admire the sea; you would be wise to visit at sunrise or sunset to enjoy the stunning vista. Oh, and there are plenty of monkeys around, so be prepared with snacks and safeguard your valuables!
9. Khao Tao Reservoir
This gorgeous reservoir is only 15km from downtown but offers the perfect spot for a tranquil escape. Savour the quaint atmosphere of an old-style Thai village with an energising walk along its secluded beaches, with Sai Yai and Suan Son being the standouts. There is also seafood dining, freshwater lake exploring, Buddha statue viewing and kitesurfing to amuse intrepid visitors.
10. Kui Buri Safari
Thailand is home to an impressive range of native wildlife. Viewing them is not always easy, that is why an organised safari tour to beautiful Kui Buri National Park is a good idea. With your experienced and knowledgeable local guide leading the way, you’ll be able to trek through the lush forest and spot wild buffalo, elephants and gibbons along the way. All while savouring uninterrupted views over the stunning wilderness scenery.