Top things to do

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 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 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…
Top Choice Thai in Hua Hin

Jek Pia

Once just a coffee shop, this 50-plus-year-old restaurant is one of Hua Hin's top culinary destinations. The late mother of the current owner invited her favourite cooks to come join her and it's now a gourmet food …
Top Choice Thai in Hua Hin

Baan Khrai Wang

The palm trees, flower garden, historic wooden beach homes and the sound of the surf make the setting at 'The House Near the Palace' pretty much perfect. For many, it's a place to lounge with coffee and coconut cake…
Top Choice Chinese in Hua Hin

Koti

This Thai-Chinese restaurant, opened in 1932, is a national culinary luminary. Thais adore the stir-fried oyster with flour and egg, while foreigners frequently aim for the đôm yam gûng. Everyone loves the yam tá-la…
Historic Building in Hua Hin

Mrigadayavan Palace

With a breezy seaside location 12km north of Hua Hin, this summer palace – Phra Ratchaniwet Mrigadayavan – was built in 1924 during the reign of Rama VI. Set in a beautiful garden with statuesque trees and stunning …
Gallery in Hua Hin

Baan Silapin

Local painter Tawee Kasangam established this artist collective in a shady grove 4km west of town. The galleries and studio spaces showcase the works of over a dozen artists, many of whom opted out of Bangkok’s fast…