Plenty more to do
Among the most notable is Pala-U waterfall, where clean mountain water cascades down several tiers amid impressive old growth jungle. Pala-U is located in the far southern reaches of Kaeng Krachan National Park (and included in our coverage of the park). While the bulk of Kaeng Krachan is most easily visited from Phetburi, Pala-U is a fairly simple 70-kilometre ride west of Hua Hin along Route 3219.
Also reachable as a long daytrip from Hua Hin is Sam Roi Yot National Park, located some 50 kilometres to the south. For detailed coverage on Phraya Nakhon Cave, among other attractions, accommodation and travel info, see the Sam Roi Yot main page.
Golfing is the main reason why many visit Hua Hin, which boasts a dozen (and counting) golf courses in the scenic countryside to the west of town. While we’re not big into golfing, we’ve heard that Springfield Royal Hills and Black Mountain are two of the highlights. Jack Nicklaus designed the former, while the latter includes a five-star resort and water park. Or you could stick close to the city by playing a round at Royal Hua Hin, the area’s original course. Several local travel companies with offices around town can arrange all of your golfing needs.
The water off Hua Hin is not the best for snorkelling, but boat trips down the coast remain a popular activity. For 1,850 baht per person, Mai Thai does a leisurely paced tour in a large wooden boat and provides several opportunities for fishing. Competitor Hua Hin Discovery runs a speedboat tour for 2,700 baht per person, allowing for a few more stops but no fishing.
While both go to Monkey Island in Sam Roi Yot National Park, Hua Hin Discovery allows you to hop off the boat and hike to the spectacular Phraya Nakhon Cave. Both tours also cruise through a bay where pink dolphins are sometimes spotted, and leave time for swimming and a buffet lunch. Mai Thai’s tour runs from 08:00 to 16:30 while Hua Hin Discovery embarks at 09:30 and returns to the Khao Takiab area at 15:30. Mai Thai also offers a game fishing program for 2,500 baht per person.
Bookable through any of the bazillion travel agents in town, other tourist-driven activities include hot-air balloon rides, jetskiing, parasailing, elephant camps, cooking classes, muay Thai and amusement parks.
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
These tours are provided by Travelfish partner GetYourGuide.
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