Travelling to an exotic locale is a dream trip for many people, but if you are looking more for a relaxing vacation at the beach than taking hiking trips through small villages, then going to Hua Hin, Thailand may be more to your liking. While it is still in exotic Thailand, the area is teeming with modern structures, and it is located close enough to Bangkok to allow you to take in both the city life and rich history of the area. Here are some of the things you should try to do when taking a holiday in Hua Hin.
Travel to Monkey Mountain:
The more formal name for this popular site is Khao Takiab, which translates to ‘Chopstick Mountain,’ but it has been given the moniker of ‘Monkey Mountain’ because of the monkeys that live there. When you visit, don’t feed the monkeys. Be sure to keep your belongings close at hand because the monkeys have a reputation for being a bit naughty.
At the top of the mountain is a Buddhist shrine, which is a pagoda style structure at the top of a flight of stairs. At the start of the climb is a large bell and, once you have made the climb, you can enjoy the fantastic views of Hua Hin. There are also stalls at which you can buy food, souvenirs, and other merchandise.
If you want to get a taste of Hua Hin culture, a good way to do so is to visit the Night Market and shop the stalls featuring clothing, art, crafts, and cheap, but delicious, food. The market is located at the centre of the town, close to the rail line, and it starts getting busy around 6:30 every evening. If you want to more to eat than its street food offerings, the market is next to some of the best seafood restaurants in the area. You can try some of the day’s catch before returning to your villa rental in Hua Hin.
Visit Royal Palaces:
Due to its location on Thailand’s coast, Hua Hin became a popular location for Thailand’s royalty to build their summer palaces. Maruekhathaiyawan Palace was built in the early 1920s, and it features golden teak that was once used in the Hat Chao Samran Palace, which was demolished. You can also visit Klai Kanwon Palace, which is still visited by royalty during the summers. Both locations are right on some of the best white-sand beaches in the area.
Go Wine Tasting:
If you want to try some award winning wines while on your holiday, travel to the Hua Hin Hills Vineyard to try samples of their award-winning label Monsoon Valley wines. The 560-acre vineyard is located about 36 km from the centre of Hua Hin. Along with wine tasting, you can also enjoy some fine dining while you’re touring the vineyard.
Hua Hin is a good mixture of the old and new, so there are many things to do and see while staying in the area.