Friday, November 23, 2018

[Travel/ Food Guide] Itinerary to Hua Hin (华欣), Thailand (泰国) 2018.

Hua Hin needs no further introduction, the place is especially popular for Malaysian tourists travelling to Bangkok; it is now accessible directly from Kuala Lumpur by flight or Penang by train. But the popular way is to the beach town is to travel by road... from Bangkok. It's easy to find a travel agencies which offer such services, or any Taxi drivers would be able to offer a day trip there. It typically takes 4 hours to reach Hua Hin from Bangkok. There are plenty things to see and places to visit but our recent trip there was rather hectic and we did not get to explore much. Below is the list of places that we have been to (for a 2D1N trip):

1) Santorini Park Cha-Am
Address: 555 Moo 3 Khao Yai, Cha-Am, Petchaburi, 76120, Thailand.
Business Hours: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm on weekdays, 9 am to 6:30 pm on weekends.. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: +66 32 772 955
Admission Fee: THB 150 with 1 complimentary Game

Santorini Park is known to be one of the must-visit places in Hua Hin but the place is not exactly located in Hua Hin... probably a little outskirt and approximately half an hour drive from Hua Hin town. The admission ticket costs THB 150 per pax though it used to be THB 50 when it was first introduced. The park got its name from its signature white hue... which resembles the famous holiday destination in Greece; in the park, it houses many shops and restaurants. In addition to that, there are also plenty of activities that visitors can partake in.... the entrance ticket entitles one to partake in one of the activities while additional activities would cost more. 

The place is not really big and the walls seem to be a little run down. If you are heading there for a short tour, it might be a little pricey but if you intend to spend the day with children, this place is appropriate. 

2) Market Village Hua Hin
Address: 234/1 Phet Kasem Road, Tambon Hua Hin, Amphoe Hua Hin, Chang Wat Prachuap Khiri Khan, 77110, Thailand.
Business Hours: 10:30 am to 9 pm on weekdays, 10:30 am to 10:00 pm on weekends.. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: +66 32 618 865

Market Village Ground Floor

AIIZ Thailand

Seafood Ramen (THB 110)

Chicken Teriyaki Ramen (THB 99)

Cold Ramen (THB 88)

Urban dwellers would be excited to know about this place- Market Village, it's basically the most happening shopping mall in the neighborhood. The place is pretty sizable with many international brands and worth-checking out food eateries. We had a meal at Hachiban Ramen... pretty decent quality and inexpensive price tags; a cool respite from the sultry hot tropical heat. Visit the mall's website for a complete list of directory.

3) Inu Cafe
Address: 10, 21 Naebkehardt Rd, Tambon Hua Hin, Amphoe Hua Hin, Chang Wat Prachuap Khiri Khan, 77110, Thailand.
Business Hours: 11 am to 7 pm. Closed on Tuesdays.
Contact Number: +66 64 454 4109

Meringue Toast (THB 60)

Passion Fruit Honey Drink (THB 70)

Meet and greet a bunch of canine friends here at Inu Cafe... a dog cafe that houses six cute Shiba Inu. The cafe is located right smack in Hua Hin town but the challenge is to locate the exact unit as its slightly off the bustling path. The cafe allows its visitors to pet and play with the dogs... though they are pretty lazy. Food-wise there is not much item on offer... probably some simple Toasts and Noodles but the real draw is the canine, not the food. 

4) Hua Hin Beach
Address: 1349, Phet Kasem Road, Tambon Hua Hin, Amphoe Hua Hin, Chang Wat Prachuap Khiri Khan, 77110, Thailand (a stone's throw distance away from Dusit Thani Hotel)
Free Admission

A trip to Hua Hin is not complete without a visit to the beach... one of the more happening options is to visit the beach a stone's throw distance away from Dusit Thani Hua Hin. There are plenty of things to do here... you may either laze around or chill out at the benches provided (with purchase of drinks from the vendors) or simply partake in the water activities or even a quick stroll along the beach. To be honest, I did not find the beach spectacular... the one in Phuket is probably better (Andaman Sea).

5) Thanachote Thai Restaurant
Address: Naretdamri Road, Tambon Hua Hin, Amphoe Hua Hin, Thailand.
Business Hours: 12 pm to 10 pm. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: +66 32 511 393

Tom Yum Goong (THB 120)

Stir Fried Squid Eggs (THB 120)

Omelette (THB 70)

Deep Fried Seabass (THB 280)

Pad Thai (THB 60)

Mango Salad (THB 80)

For an authentic home-styled Thai food, check out Thanachote Thai Restaurant near the Hua Hin town. It's a place less-frequented by tourists. Except for the pictures on the wall, the menu is not tourist-friendly with no English description at all. But there is no lack of seafood choices here. We especially recommend the Squid Eggs and Pad Thai. The Chef does it nicely that Squid Egg is crisp on the outside with creamy-soft inside. The Pad Thai noodles come with great texture and flavors; one of the best we had during our trip this time round. It might be a little challenging to locate the place but do try inserting the name on Google and it will lead the way there (an unassuming house along a dark but broad street... off the main road).

6) Hua Hin Night Market
Address: Near Phet Kasem Road
Business Hours: 6 pm till late. Opens Daily.

If I must recommend a place to visit in Hua Hin, it would be the night market. The night market is within walking distance from the Hua Hin Railway Station. It gathers many street vendors with myriad of options available (Halal stalls are aplenty too), whether you are seeking for main or some street snacks.... options are there with wallet-friendly prices. If you are into seafood, the night market offers a great variety of seafood choices as well but be prepared to pay a little more... (you know, the touristy area). The place is also good if you wish to grab some bargains on knick-knacks. 

7) Hua Hin Railway Station
Address: Hua Hin Railway Station, Prachuap Khiri Khan, 77110, Hua Hin, Thailand.
Free Admission for Photo-taking

Hua Hin Railway Station is not particularly a place with many things to do or see... merely an iconic landmark of Hua Hin. Visitors would usually come here to take a photo... especially with the signboard that writes the name of this place. It's crowned as one of the most beautiful railway stations in Thailand and has many historical values in it (one of the oldest railway stations too). We recommend visiting this place early morning to avoid the crowd to make way for your hipstery posts. 

Have Fun Exploring Hua Hin!

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