Hua Hin is a small beach resort which is located about 125 miles southwest of Bangkok. It is located on the west coast of the Gulf of Thailand. The city has a population of 60 thousand people and is home to the summer palace of the King of Thailand. Due to this fact there is high security with lots of cops. It is also a popular getaway for people from Bangkok.
Hua Hin has one of the lowest rain falls in Thailand. Together with a lovely sea breeze, the resort attracts visitors all year round. Unlike most beaches in the country however, you won’t find bright lights and all night action here. The small beach resort is mostly a family resort area with (night) markets, shops and boutiques and multicultural restaurants and bars.
Tourists will overall mostly visit Hua Hin for its many sand beaches and relatively clean sea. Other popular activities are kite-boarding, walking, cycling, go karting, horseback riding, water sports and golf. Tourists can also visit the temples of Khao Takiab, feed the monkeys, ride an elephant and enjoy the sunset on the Kao Takiab Bay.
Travelers to Hua Hin must have a valid passport and visa. American citizens don’t need a pre-arranged visa. You can buy your visa for a stay up to 30 days after arrival on the airport. If you arrive by land or sea, you will only get a visa for 15 days. The regulations for visas for Thailand change regularly, so inform before you go there. The best period to visit the beach resort is the cool season from November to February.