Hua Hin has that tropical climate, beautiful beaches, unspoiled forests. Colourful night markets, fantastic & famous food, you’ll discover something new every day and meet great people. Whatever you dare to experience apart from kiting, you will not be able to forget.
Hua Hin is one of eight districts of Prachuap Khiri Khan Province, in Thailand. It is 199 km southwest of the capital Bangkok.
The Kingdom of Thailand, also called the Land of Smiles, has about 68 million inhabitants. Of this, 8 million live alone in the capital Bangkok.
Climate and temperature
Hua Hin has a tropical climate with high humidity and occasional rain. But weather is very pleasant and can be enjoyed all year round.
Generally, the best time of the year to visit Hua Hin is in the cool season from November to February with fresh winds coming from the northeast.
For those who like it hot, from March to May, weather becomes warmer, especially in upper Thailand. April and May are the hottest months.
The rainy season (although it doesn’t rain every day) is from June to end of October with September being the rainiest of all. For those who don’t appreciate rain, be advised that the rain in Thailand usually comes in short but sharp bursts. It doesn’t usually drizzle for long periods of time.
The water temperature is around 28ºC, making neoprene unnecessary (although it is recommended a lycra and pants because there are jellyfish and the sun is very strong)
In the months of December and January, thanks to the north wind, temperatures at the beach goes down. (Many of the locals use neoprene)
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Hua Hin Beach offers two reliable wind seasons in one spot, but even so are light wind conditions.
- Mid December to mid January – The wind comes from the North East and vary from 10 up to 20 knots.
- March to mid April – Wind speeds vary from location to location but can range from 15 to 20 knots. The Hua Hin area receives the best thermal breezes in Thailand during this time.
Mid May to mid October, are the rainy months and during days of stormy weather, these can create winds up to 40 knots. When a storm appears on the horizon, remember that winds can change really fast. These conditions can get very dangerous!
Kitespots Around Hua Hin
The beach of Hua Hin is about 5 km long and during the summer season. With South wind and low tide, the beach is 50 – 100 m wide. With plenty of space on the beach, it is ideal for learning and practising kiteboarding.
On this stretch of beach you have be aware of jetskis, horses, fishing boats, the occasional banana boat and people swiming. Jellyfish can also be a problem in Hua Hin at certain times of the year, usually around May to November, Pants or lycras are recommended. Hua Hin is a very sunny city, put some suncream and take care of your eyes.
- Hua Hin North – The authentic city with its long sandy beaches is well known as the no.1 Kitespot in Thailand. You’ll find best windy conditions here!
- Hua Hin South
- Ko Pha Ngan – Island South of Hua Hin
- Ko Samui
- Pranburi – South of Hua Hin
Pros and cons in Hua Hin
Long beach for kitesurfing
The water temperature is mostly warm (December and Januar is a bit cold)
Without wind, many other activities can be done
The quality of the waves is not good
With North wind, dirty water
Hot and humid climate
Learn how to kitesurf
In Hua Hin you will learn kitesurfing with light wind. There are a couple of schools with which you can iniciate and you will find great teachers to learn in a safe way.
Need to buy something new at the kitesurf shops?
There are not many kiteshops in Hua Hin, but you can find them here, so don’t miss this post.
For many Thailand visitors and Hua Hin in particular, the expectation is of lazy days spent around a pool or on the beach. But there is a lot more to do during the day and night. Tours, markets, sports, and much more are on the list.
Read more about all the acivities where you can participate.
Where you can find an accommodation?
Almost every month a new hotel or guest house opens in Hua Hin. So you will have a full range of options such as luxury five star accommodations through condominiums to pensions.
Search for hotels and accommodations.
The best restaurants in Hua Hin
You can find an enormous selection of restaurants serving dishes from all over the world, including Italy, Scandanavia, Switzerland, Japan, Korea, India and Mexico.
Have a look to some of the best choices here.
Want to have a drink or party with friends?
The first thing to bear in mind is that Hua Hin does not have the wild nightlife that you can find in Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket or the islands. But there are plenty of bars and atractions after a nice day.
Find the nearest party place, bar or disco here.
Good to know
- Always take care of your belongings, no matter where you are, people can be very kind, but you cannot trust
- You can find reliable internet in almost all hotels and restaurants. When you are staying long term, make sure that your apartment or residence provides internet. Mobile plans are limited and expensive
- Always handle the price, you can even get 50% of the original price
- Thai is the official language and not many people speak English and not all tourist places or restaurant menus are written in English
- Time reference: GMT +7
- Religion: 95% of the country’s population self identified as Buddhists
- Electricity: 220V AC. Power outlets most commonly feature two-prong round or flat sockets
- The currency is the Thai Bath (THB). It comes in denominations of coins: 1, 5, 10, 25, 50 satang and 1, 2, 5, 10 Bath and bills: 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000 Bath
How to get to Hua Hin
- Taking a taxi from Bangkok to Hua Hin (distance about 220 km) is possible. You may nagociate the price and after negotiation should cost around 2,000 Baht
- Private taxi from Hua Hin to BKK Airport should be in 1,700-2,000 Baht, and you can book them around town. A few are located outside the post office, and others are along the main street Petch Kasem Rd.
- Taxi to or from Pattaya around 3,000 Baht
Non Stop Coaches to Hua Hin
There are buses from Bangkok and other major cities direct to Hua Hin and others which pass through the city with other destinations. The coaches are very comfortable, with air conditioner and washroom.
- There are non-stop coaches direct from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (269 Baht) and from Bangkok Southern Terminal (150 Baht) to Hua Hin and Vice versa.
Taking approximately 3.5 hours in moderately Bangkok traffic. Arrives at the main bus station of Hua Hin on Petkasem Rd beyond Soi 94.
Buses runs from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport all day from 07:30 – 19:30
Buses from Bangkok Southern Terminal to Hua Hin runs at 6:00, 8:20 and 14:20
Price and times are from November 2016
- From Bangkok: Mo Chit, Sai Tai Mai, and Rangsit have regular minivans to Hua Hin. They leave from the terminals about every 20 minutes and take around 3.5 hours. Buses run from 04:00 – 22:00. When you buy the ticket make sure it says where you want to go. The journey can be quite long because they stop to load people when they have space on the way to Hua Hin
- Don’t fall at “The Scam” – The driver can stop somewhere in the city (short distance from the bus station), shouting at foreigners that it’s the “final stop”. He only tells foreigners to get off and won’t let you stay even when local Thais tell you “this is not the final stop”. A RodSongThaew (like a tuk tuk) waits to transport you the last few hundred metres of your journey for an outrageous 150 Baht
Trains are an easy way to get to Hua Hin, most of the routes stops here and the train station is right in the centre of the city. Trains go very slowly coming from Bangkok, and is also sometimes delayed so the 3 hour road time to Hua Hin stretches to 4 or 5 on the train.
They leave Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong and Bang Sue railway stations 10 times daily between 08:05 and 22:50. Returning from Hua Hin to Bangkok, only two trains in the afternoon are available.
- The Hua Hin Ferry service has been started and subsequently cancelled no less than three times in the past two years
- On 1 January 2017, a passenger ferry service, Hua Hin – Pattaya – Hua Hin, is scheduled to begin operation
Getting around in Hua Hin
The best way to explore Hua Hin is by foot. The city center is quite concentrated and the downtown area includes many shops, restaurants, bars, supermarkets, a large fresh market, night markets, banks, hotels, hospitals, pharmacies and a post office.
Mobilize by car or motor bike
Motorcycle rentals are readily available. Hua Hin is very flat, and motor bike is a good way to get around locally.
Rental cars are available at Suvarnabhumi Airport and various locations throughout Bangkok or Hua Hin. But beware, driving in Thailand (especially Bangkok) can be very chaotic and challenging for those unfamiliar with the area and driving conditions.
If you decide to rent a car, you can do it at the best price using this search engine:
Mobilize by bus or taxi
In Hua Hin there are quite a lot of upscale tourists and prices are sometimes adjusted upwards.
- Motorcycle taxis – Available throughout the city. Negotiate price beforehand (normally cost starts from 30 Baht)
- Auto taxis – Often parked along Petchakasem Road and at other key locations. Most are ‘private’ cars. Negotiate price beforehand
- Tuk tuks – 3 or 4 wheeled, open sided taxis are available almost everywhere. Negotiate price beforehand (normally cost starts from 100 Baht)
- RodSongTaews (green or white: 2 bench pickup truck) – They run frequently along Petchakasem Road and through Hua Hin City Center. Runs the same routes all day and cost are 10 Baht during the day and after 7:00pm 15 Baht. You can get on or off at any point. Just wave the green truck as it approaches to get on and ring the bell when you want to get off
- RodSongTaews (orange: 2 bench pickup truck) – Runs the same route all day and cost are between 10 and 20 Baht. Primarily travel along Petchakasem Road and through the center of Hua Hin
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|Hua Hin Police Station||032 533440-1|
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|Tourist Authority of Thailand||032 471005-6|
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