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Top Choice Cave in Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park

Tham Phraya Nakhon & Hat Laem Sala

The park’s most-visited attraction is this revered cave sheltering a royal săh·lah (often spelt sala) built for Rama V in 1890. Scenes of this Khuha Kharuehat Pavilion bathed in streams of morning light (usually sta…
Top Choice Animal Sanctuary in Hua Hin

Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand Rescue Centre and Elephant Refuge

The centre, 45km west of Hua Hin, cares for over 500 animals, including bears, tigers, gibbons, macaques, loris and birds. There's also an affiliated elephant rescue program where the elephants live out their lives …
Top Choice National Park in Pranburi & Around

Kuiburi National Park

Who doesn't want to see herds of wild elephants roaming through the forest or enjoying an evening bath? At Kuiburi National Park's hôoay léuk unit, up near the border with Myanmar, it's almost guaranteed. Wildlife-w…
Top Choice Historic Site in Phetchaburi

Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park

This national historical park sits regally atop Khao Wang (Palace Hill), surveying the city with subdued opulence. Rama IV (King Mongkut) built the palace and dozens of surrounding structures in 1859 as a retreat fr…
Top Choice Beach in Hua Hin

Hat Sai Noi and Khao Tao

The next headland after Khao Takiab is Khao Tao (Turtle Mountain). It protects an idyllic little cove where Hat Sai Noi beach drops off quickly into the sea, providing a rare opportunity for deep-water swimming. A s…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Phetchaburi

Wat Mahathat Worawihan

Centrally located, gleaming white Wat Mahathat is one impressive temple. The showpiece is a 42m-tall five-tiered Ayuthaya-style prang (corn-cob shaped stupa) decorated in stucco relief, a speciality of Phetchaburi’s…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Kaeng Krachan National Park

Panoen Thung Viewpoint

Up at the end of the 4WD-only road, Panoen Thung is refreshingly cool at 960m above sea level. Most visitors are here to see the fantastic mountain overlooks that are ideal for the early-morning 'sea of fog' (tá·lai…
Top Choice Market in Hua Hin

Cicada Market

Vastly better than the city-centre Hua Hin Night Market, this popular place 3.5km to the south is a fun mix of food, shopping and performing arts. It's not a high-sell environment, rather it's a very relaxed shoppin…
Top Choice Thai in Hua Hin

Sôm·đam Tanontok 51

A stand-out restaurant in a great dining neighbourhood, this is real Isan food cooked by a family from Khorat. There's everything you'd expect to find including grilled catfish, gaang orm (coconut-milk-less herbal c…
Top Choice Thai in Hua Hin

Ratama

This restaurant's menu runs Thai omelettes to spicy seafood curries to a great panang curry, but it's famous for duck served in many forms including a bowl of gŏo·ay đĕe·o noodle soup and a plate of fried beaks.We a…