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While the primary attraction in Hua Hin is the beach, there is a great deal more to see.
Hua Hin is an old and well-preserved city, with a great deal of charm. From the colorful train station to the nearby floating market, there is much to do.
Here are 12 attractions you won’t want to miss.
One of the major Hua Hin landmarks, Klai Kang Won Palace is the summer home of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX.
The brightly painted wooden buildings of the Hua Hin Railway Station and royal waiting room not far from the center of town are worth a look and a photo, even if you don’t take a train.
Located on Petchkasem Road in the center of town, the market comes to life late in the day (best time to go is after 7 p.m.) and offers a bustling market filled with trinkets, souvenirs clothing and more. But the real gem here is the street food and drink, both delicious and cheap.
The Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is a great way to observe everyday Thai life. Sample Thai desserts and coffee, seasonal fruit and a great deal more—all pawned from a flotilla of local boats.
Kaeng Krachan National Park, which includes waterfalls and a reservoir lake, is a bounty for those who want to commune with nature. From rainforests to granite formations and caves, visitors will see a variety of wildlife.
The animal park houses several enclosures that feature deer, as well as gibbons and macaque monkeys, some of which are roaming free.
With an art gallery and open-air amphitheater, Vic Hua Hin is an outdoor complex dedicated to contemporary art and culture.
Known locally as Monkey Mountain (though it translates as “chopstick mountain”) for the packs indigenous monkeys who live here, Khao Takiab offers a great view of the ocean and Hua Hin. Hike up to a temple for one of the best views, getting a great look at rural Thailand along the way. Up top, you can play with the monkeys. Just don’t feed them—or turn your back. They are pretty good thieves.
Also in Khao Takiab, Wat Huay Mongkol is home to a massive Buddah statue, it also houses the largest statue in Thailand of Luang Phor Thuad, the well-known Thai monk, who was said to be able to perform miracles. Souvenir amulets of the monk are found all over town, said to guarantee safety in tough times.
Cicada Market is an open-air facility that offers art and handmade crafts of all kinds. Music and dance performances are held most Friday and Saturday evenings, starting at 5 p.m.
This 1950s-style courtyard building offers a variety of period-style shops that sell one-of-a-kind souvenirs and clothing accessories. There’s also a 20-room inn, a cinema and a food court.
Not unlike the Greek islands, Santorini Park offers whitewashed buildings with deep-blue accents and stone pathways—even the domed towers. There’s an amusement park, with a 40-meter Ferris wheel, a two-decked carousel and bungee jumping. An assortment of shops and restaurants will keep you entertained afterward.