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9 Best Places & Attractions To Visit In Hua Hin, Thailand

Hua Hin was Thailand’s first seaside holiday destination, with the country’s first resort, the Railway Hotel, built here over 90 years by the Royal Family

A sunny day at Hua Hin Beach Thailand
A sunny day at Hua Hin Beach, Thailand

The beauty of Hua Hin was discovered by railroad engineers in 1909 and as the railroad was completed, connected Bangkok to Malaysia and Singapore, it became a destination where wealthy Bangkok residents built their holiday homes, and soon became known internationally.

The Railway Hotel is now the Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin, and while the hotel has grown significantly over the years, the original building still stands. At the centre of town, it’s a great place to stay.

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 Hua Hin remains a great destination for families, with long white sandy beaches, safe swimming and plenty of fun activities. Here are 9 activities for kids in Hua Hin:

1. Visit Wat Hua Hin Buddhist temple in Hua Hin (also known as Wat Ampharam)

Group of golden statues of Buddha at Wat Hua Hin Buddhist temple
Group of golden statues of Buddha at Wat Hua Hin Buddhist temple

Light some incense and pray for good fortune at Wat Hua Hin, built during the reign of King Chulalongkorn (King Rama V)

2. Take in the sights, sounds and smells of Chatchai market

Chat Chai market it the Hua Hin District
Chatchai market it the Hua Hin District

The Chatchai market sells everything from fresh vegetables, all manner of seafood to local handicrafts and school uniforms. Be sure to quench your thirst with a fresh coconut, usually around 20 Baht ($1).

3. Visit historic Hua Hin Railway Station

The historic Hua Hin Train Station
The historic Hua Hin Railway Station

The Hua Hin Railway Station opened in 1911 and still holds its colonial charm. Be sure to take a selfie outside the old Royal Waiting Room, a grand-looking building that was used to welcome the King and his court when they visited the town.

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4. Go for a horse ride along the beach

Happy kiddo riding a horse at Hua Hin Beach
Happy kiddo riding a horse at Hua Hin Beach

At the entrance to Hua Hin’s main beach area you’ll find a selection of ponies and horses available for hire for a walk or a trot along the white sandy beach.

5. Get a few thrills at Vana Nava Water Jungle Hua Hin

Vana Nava Water Jungle Hua Hin
Vana Nava Water Jungle Hua Hin

The  Vana Nava Water Jungle is one of the largest water parks in Thailand, which also boasts the largest and longest water slides in Thailand. As well as the thrills, there are water play areas for littlies and a unique ‘Aquacourse’, a course of ropes and challenging obstacles, combined with water guns.

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6. Step back in time with a visit to Mrigadayavan Palace

Mrigadayavan Palace
Mrigadayavan Palace

The Mrigadayavan Palace was the Summer Palace of King Rama VI. The Palace is currently being restored to its former glory, and there are lots of interesting artefacts on display throughout the sprawling complex. NB: Wear clothes that cover your shoulders and knees.

7. Taste food from all over Thailand at Cicada Market

Thai food stands at Cicada Market
Thai food stands at Cicada Market

Browse through stalls selling arts and crafts and take in some live music at Cicada Market. This upscale market opens at 4pm on Friday and Saturday nights, and it’s very family friendly.

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8. Get an ice cream at Plearn Wan

Plearnwan

Plearn Wan is a two-storey wooden ‘vintage village’ that is a bit like Thailand’s answer to Coney Island. There’s plenty of ice cream stands upstairs and souvenir shops downstairs, as well as a Ferris wheel for the littlies.

8. Have lunch at Hua Hin Beach

Happy couple enjoying their lunch at Hua Hin beach
Happy couple enjoying their lunch at Hua Hin beach

Grab a deck chair and have lunch on the beach at one of the many cafes and restaurants on Hua Hin Beach, and wriggle your toes in the sand as you eat. They all serve the same thing (Thai favourites such as Pad Thai, BBQ seafood, pasta, burgers or fries).

9. Visit the Hua Hin night market

Hua Hin Night Market
Hua Hin Night Market

Taste some BBQ seafood and pick up a few souvenirs. The night markets stretch over two blocks, a few blocks down from Hua Hin Railway Station, and they’re a blast to the senses, a kaleidoscope of colour and cacophony of noises.

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