Hua Hin is Thailand’s original beach resort as it’s aristocratic roots date back to 1911 when the railroad arrived from Bangkok and some in the royal family built vacation homes here. By the mid-1920s it was a full-fledged resort town for the Bangkok-based nobility with a golf course and a seaside hotel.
Today, Hua Hin is no palm-fringed castaway island. Instead, it’s a mix of city and sea with lively markets, golf courses, water sports, varied cuisine and good accommodations. The beach has white powder sand and the water is relatively clean and clear, although we did observe jelly fish warnings.
The core of Hua Hin is a collection of restaurants, cafes and shops mixed in with sleazy bars, ramshackle guesthouses and massage parlors. The narrow streets are fun to wander and discover new places to browse or eat. I was amazed to find an actual vegan restaurant which was decent – Hua Hin Vegan Cafe and Wine. Our favorite cafe was The Social Salad. Although not fully vegan or even vegetarian it offers many tasty organic vegan options with a percentage of the profits going to local community projects including tree planting.
The best part of our stay in Hua Hin was our free suite with 2 balconies overlooking the beach. Truly lovely resort with many pools, good food and great accommodations overall. Since Rob has been travel hacking for years we were able to transfer some of our SPG (now Marriott) hotel points to an airline, with this transfer we were given a week free stay at a Marriott hotel category 1 through 4. We were able to cash in our free week at the Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa. Marriott points always come in handy and the Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card offers 75K points and an additional 3 free nights stay (through the link above,upon doing a minimum amount of spending) plus a bunch of other upgrades, another free night, etc., It has been very helpful to us in our travels.
Overall Hua Hin was an average resort town with average beaches. If it wasn’t for our amazing and free accommodations I am sure we would have been underwhelmed. Thailand’s south has much better resort towns – Koh Tao and Koh Samui are perfect examples.