I was just wondering if you could tell me if there are any nice beaches between BKK and Hua Hin? We would like to have 2 or 3 days at a beach area before we head home. We don't really want to go to the more popular areas because of the time and distance from BKK. If we can go by bus of train to one of these areas that would be fine. I've read that Hua Hin is a nice little fishing village and has a reasonable beach, but if there is anything around that area also, that would be fine.
My husband would also like to know which is a good zoo to visit.He has been told the one in Chaing Mai is alright, but your knowledge would be appreciated.
#1 Red has been a member since 22/5/2006. Posts: 46
I'll just jump in ahead of exacto with a couple of suggestions;
Your only real option for beaches between Hua Hin and Bangkok are those around Phetburi -- and I wouldn't categorise any of the beches around there as being particularly outstanding, Cha-am, Chao Samran and Puk Tian are all very popular with Thai weekenders, but these beaches see precious few western visitors -- mainly because the beaches are not very good.
Further south though, around Prachuap Khiri Khan and particularly Bang Saphan Yai, there's some great beaches...though that's in the opposite direction!
Lastly, if you're expecting a "nice little fishing village" at Hua Hin, prepare for a bit of a surprise! Hua Hin is a very developed resort and condo area -- it is pleasant enough, but quaint little village it is not, rather it's a very popular tourist destination -- especially amongst Europeans travelling with kids.
#2 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,789
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I'd completely agree with Somtam that there really aren't any good beaches until you get as far south as Hua Hin. And as he says, Hua Hin is a fully developed resort area. It is a long section of beach, so if casual walks on the beach during the day and hitting ethnic food restaurants at night sounds good to you, then Hua Hin is an excellent spot. It isn't all that far from Bangkok either, so getting to/from should be easy enough. Have a nice time.
On the zoos issue, I haven't visiting a zoo in Thailand in 20 years, so I can't make a personal recommendation. However, my friends who live in Chiang Mai think the zoo there is pretty good, and particularly recommend the panda exhibit there, although you have to pay an additional charge to enter. Apparently feeding time is the best time to visit, which I think they said was around noon or so. Cheers.
I used to live south of Hua Hin in a place called Ban Khao Takiab. It is the place where the hilltop temple with the standing Buddha splits the beach. When I lived there no guest houses existed, but there may be some now. On the south side of the beach from Wat Khao Takiab (where the standing Buddha is) is a great stretch of virtually empty beach. It's not great for snorkelling as it's very shallow, but it is (or was) quite clean and very quiet.
I'd also suggest that if you'd like to go somewhere nice and unique for a couple of days, the place called Khao Sam Roi Yot (Three Hundred Mountaintops), about 1 hour south of Hua Hin by songthaew, is quite nice. It's a national park with some bungalows, some great walks with fantastic views, a super beach, and one spectacular cave that is well worth seeing. Like I said, it's not far from Hua Hin, and the landscape around the area makes it worth the trip alone. I think that this is the area where much of The Killing Fields was filmed ... lots of very fine karst topography. Not many tourists go there.
Otherwise, you might give Cha-am a shot, but don't go on a weekend. It's closer to Bangkok ... about 2 or 2 1/2 hours south of BGK.