We’re counting down the 10 best Hua Hin attractions that will make you want to jump on a plane A.S.A.P. When it comes to Thailand, most travelers head to Bangkok and don’t explore beyond that. But the seaside city of Hua Hin just by the Gulf of Thailand is full of attractions sure to give you a serious case of wanderlust.
Here are 10 unique Hua Hin attractions that make the trip totally worthwhile.
1. Chopstick Hill (Khao Takiab)
Head to Chopstick Hill, also known as Khao Takiab, and hike to the striking golden Buddha statue that stands atop the hill. After climbing to the top, reward yourself with sweeping views of Hua Hin’s beaches and cityscape. What makes this Hua Hin attraction exceptionally interesting is that the hill is home to plenty of playful monkeys.
2. Phraya Nakhon Cave
Located inside Prachuap Khiri Khan, this magical Hua Hin attraction is an incredible sight to behold. Inside an elusive cave, see an intricately designed gold and green pavilion. When the conditions are just right, you’re able to witness streams of light shining down on the pavilion through the open ceiling. Seeing the incredible illuminated Thai landmark merits the journey.
3. Cicada Market
Browse through the stalls of Cicada Market to find handmade goods, tasty treats, and artwork. Pick up anything from clothing, accessories or household goods to paintings and sculptures. Stop by the open-air food court to sample local delicacies and classic dishes. Enjoy a beverage in the beer garden while you listen to live music or watch a dance performance. Cicada Market is the perfect way to spend a weekend evening after adventuring around Hua Hin.
4. Santorini Park
Transport yourself to Greece at this Hua Hin attraction. Santorini Park encompasses five zones, each with thrilling roller coasters and rides. This Thai amusement park features a 40-meter high Ferris wheel, G-MAX giant swing, and double-decker carousel. Walk through Santorini Park’s village and admire the whitewashed buildings, colorful windows and doors and cobblestone streets, surrounded by palm trees. An excellent destination for couples or families looking for a day of fun!
5. Pala U Waterfall
Get back to nature with a tour of Pala U Waterfall. This ecotourism option lets you discover lush forests and wildlife in their natural habitat. Stroll the jungle pathways and make your way to a charming waterfall. Then cool off with a dip in a watering hole. Soak away in an emerald pool while checking out cascading waters.
6. Plearn Wan Vintage Village
Step back in time with a trip to Plearn Wan. Wander in the open-air shopping center, boasting shops that look straight out of the 1950s. Find souvenirs, nostalgic goodies and more in the retro shops. After working up an appetite, stop for lunch and grab hard-to-find snacks like Thai sweet pancake (tong muan sod) or a variation of mochi (ka lor jee).
7. Hua Hin Railway Station
This Hua Hin attraction is considered to be the most picturesque railway station in the country. The Victorian-style architecture of this quaint station makes it worth a stop to grab a few #Instaworthy photos.
8. Tham Khao Luang Cave
Make your way down the stairs into the Tham Khao Luang Cave to find an incredible shrine and seated Buddha figure. Sunlight beams down from the cave’s opening onto the shrine for a mystical atmosphere. For easy access, try hiring a private car service for the day.
9. Maruekhathaiyawan Palace (Mrigadayavan Palace)
Feel like royalty for a day with a visit to Maruekhathaiyawan Palace. Originally built in the 1920s, the palace was a seaside retreat for King Rama VI. Tour the landmark and see some of the King’s furniture and prized possessions. Get a taste of how the Thai royal family lived many years ago.
10. Black Mountain Water Park and Wakeboard Park
Have a ‘splashing’ good time on your Thailand vacation with a day at Black Mountain Water Park and Wakeboard Park. A wave pool, lazy river, and nine different slides make up this vast water park. If you’re looking for something with a little more action, head to Black Mountain Wakeboard Park. Text your nerves and challenge yourself with a system that pulls you at 30km/h.
With attractions as awesome as these, Hua Hin is truly an underrated gem in Thailand. So book those tickets now and we’ll see you in Hua Hin!