About Hua Hin
Hua Hin is Thailand’s original seaside resort town and is located only 195 km from the capital city of Bangkok, it is known as the most popular weekend gateway for people who live in Bangkok. Hua Hin offers numerous things to do and sights to see, such as markets, clean beaches, water sports, and temples. The city is also known to provide excellent healthcare, which draws thousands of people to enjoy an incredible holiday while getting medical treatment. The medical centers are equipped with well-trained doctors and the latest medical equipment. There is a wide range of medical procedures performed in the city, and most of the procedure only cost a fraction of the price when compared to other countries. Some of the more popular procedures are cosmetic surgery and cardiac surgery.
One of the most popular attractions in the city is the beach. Although it is popular, the beach is never overcrowded with people. Tourists will easily find a secluded area to relax and sunbathe. The beach is clean, with fine white sand and calm blue water. At the southern end of Hua Hin Beach is the Chopstick Hill, also known as Monkey Mountain. Tourists need to climb about 100 steps, but they can play with monkeys and enjoy a wondrous view over Hua Hin. The night market is also a must-visit. It starts at 6 pm in the Hua Hin center between Petchkasem Road and the railway line. Tourists will find a good selection here, from clothing, art, to tasty food.
Although Hua Hin has an airport, it only serves one direct flight to and from Kuala Lumpur by Air Asia. Tourists can reach Hua Hin from Bangkok by private taxis and the base fare is around 2,000 Baht. Public vans, buses, and trains are available and more affordable. They cost around 200-400 Baht. Songthaew and tuk-tuks are available to get around the city. Taxis are also available, but they are not licensed or metered, so they can be a little expensive.
Citizens of 76 countries, including Australia and Singapore, can enter and stay in Thailand without a visa for up to 90 days. Visa on arrival is available for several countries, such as China and India. Visit your nearest Thai embassy and consulate to check the visa policy.
Hua Hin enjoys a tropical climate with three seasons. November to February is the dry season, which has plenty of sunny days. The hot season is from March to June and the average temperature during this season is 29°C, sometimes rising to 35°C. The wet season starts in July and ends in October, expect moderate to heavy downpours almost every day.
- Local Currency: The official currency is the Thai Baht. 1USD converts to 20.8 THB.
- Money & Payments: ATMs are plentiful, and credit cards are accepted in big resorts and restaurants. Tipping is not necessary but appreciated.
- Local Language: Thai is the local language and many people will understand English.
- Local Culture and Religion: Buddhism is the largest religion, followed by Islam and Christianity. Thailand’s Royal Family is highly respected and admired.
- Public Holidays: Some of the biggest public holidays are New Year’s Eve, Chinese New Year, Makha Bucha, and Songkran.