Hua Hin, Thailand

I turn 30 at the end of this year. I have been waiting for this moment since I was 14 and have always had at the back of my head that I would do something spectacular. Teenage me had dreams about quitting my adult job and life, showing a big middle finger to society and disappearing somewhere more exotic than India. Teenage me didn’t really know much about adult responsibilities and this evil thing called money.

However, teenage me is the reason I have quit many jobs and showed the middle finger to the world and gone somewhere more exotic than India. Adult me realised that in between two foreign escapes, there has to be at least one corporate stint. Someone has to replenish the treasure chest after all. But 30 will soon be here and in a bid to do something different/grand, I decided I indulge my itchy feet hopefully in a way that doesn’t break the bank. And instead of doing one long backpacking trip (don’t worry, that plan hasn’t been called off just yet), I will travel every now and then to add up to a grand 30th year.

I am not running around like a headless chicken though. I have a plan. I want to see 30 new places before my 30th – even if it means an area of Bangkok I haven’t yet visited. I also intend to document it here so that I can look back on it and say ‘Wow, I actually did those things!’. See, in many ways, I am still teenage me.

First trip on the list was to a coastal town in Thailand called Hua Hin. I found out that my Japanese retiree of a neighbour moved from Japan to Hua Hin because it has a reputation of being a resort city – complete with healing sea air, warm beaches and rainbow coloured cocktails with parasols on them. So far, we’ve seen virgin islands, scandalous party towns and a metropolitan, sky-scraper filled locations. Hua Hin had a completely different vibe.

We had an extended weekend and most of what we know about the place, we learnt when we were there. We decided to stay at a garden resort some distance from the city and it was a choice we really enjoyed. Hua Hin has a very laid back atmosphere and all around us we could see big houses and older people. We found out that it was converted from being a quiet fishing village to a relaxing seaside resort thanks to the patronage of the Thai royal family who used Hua Hin as a getaway from Bangkok. The current king of Thailand lives there now and I can see why.

When your introduction runs to 500 words, you know it’s time to turn to pictures and let them do the talking! 🙂 Having quickly found out that taxis were a rip off, we decided to hire a bike and went exploring.

Hua Hin
Welcome to Hua Hin
Garden Resort
Our accommodation – a garden resort!
Pool at Garden Resort
The inviting pool at the Garden Resort (aka, sun bathing and deck chair reading station)
Hua Hin Beach
Hua Hin Beach. Word to the wise, it is a long beautiful walkable beach. We decided to walk all the way to Cicada Night Market. However, after dark, there are no lights. You have to rely on the moon and stars (we got lucky). Also, the beach is riddled with Jelly Fish blobs. We careful if you choose to do what we did.
Cicada Night Market
Cicada Night Market – There was a free jazz concert on the occasion of the King’s Birthday.
Performance at Floating Market Hua Hin
Performance at Floating Market Hua Hin
Hua Hin Floating Market (2)
Hua Hin Floating Market
Goats at Floating Market
I ain’t afraid of no goats (at the floating market!)
Fish and Geese at Hua Hin Floating Market
Some friendly (aka scary) Geese and koi at the Hua Hin Floating Market
Hua Hin Postboxes
Old fashioned letter boxes at Hua Hin Floating Markets. They are still functional.
Huay Mongol Temple
After a long and scary ride down the highway, we reached the impressive Huay Mongol Temple. Absolutely magnificent and a bit terrifying.
Gold Leaf Offerings at Huay Mongol Temple
We observed an interesting ritual. People purchased gold leaves. Made a wish and then pasted it on the statue.
Huay Mongol Temple Sign
Funny sign at the Huay Mongol Temple
Huay Mongkol Temple
At the exit of the Huay Mongkol Temple

Baan Sillapin Artists Village

On the way back, found an interesting Artists Village with working artists. It was such a peaceful place.

Hut at Baan Sillapin Artists Village
One of the huts at the Baan Sillapin Artists Village
Sculpture at Baan Sillapin Artists Village
My favourite sculpture at the Baan Sillapin Artists Village in Hua Hin
Hiking at Hua Hin
We also saw a little hill that we climbed without really knowing where we were going. There was an arrow pointed down this trail saying ‘View Point’. We had to explore.
Hua Hin Views (4)
Our first view at the view point.
Hua Hin Views (5)
When we reached the top, we saw we weren’t alone. Someone was already there enjoying the view. She made a light call when she saw us.
Hua Hin Views (3)
We had some return chatter from the woods on the left. Within 5 minutes, the hill was full of monkeys from different tribes. We were terrified and exhilarated at the same time. Since there was no obvious escape route, we made like trees, put our phones away and enjoyed the views. Woods on one side, city and sea on the other!
Hua Hin Views (1)
The city and sea views. You’ll be happy to hear we made it back alive. Only to find out that you can buy a bucket of food for the monkeys and feed them. We also found out that there were 7 more view points which included ledges on top of a cliff. We visited all of them.
Hua Hin Railway Station (2)
The old Hua Hin Railway Station is truly a must-visit . It is the same as it has been since it was first erected.
Hua Hin Railway Station (3)
The ticket booth at the Hua Hin Railway Station
Hua Hin Railway Station (5)
A model train at the Hua Hin Railway Station
Hua Hin Railway Station (1)
The waiting room at the Hua Hin Railway Station
Hua Hin Railway Station (4)
You can only travel two ways on this track
Khao Takiab Beach
Our last night on the Khao Takiab Beach at Hua Hin. That hill you see is called Monkey Hill by the locals.


And it’s only 2.5 hours away on a bus!

9 thoughts on “Hua Hin, Thailand

  1. Did you already go to Chiang Mai? Oh my god, I am going to hate-love you if you have or are planning on going! This is awesome! I hope you get 30 places this year. I am turning 35, may be I should make a list of 35 places!

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