Hua Hin is Thailand's oldest beach town resort. Situated on the west coast of the Gulf of Thailand and only 200 kilometers from the capital, Bangkok, it offers the ultimate getaway destination for the city's elite. Hua Hin also near to Cha-am. Both two towns are approximate 25 km apart from each other. Hua Hin became popular with the Royal Family following the construction of the southern railway in the 1920's, travel became more accessible and a demand for luxury resorts and hotels grew. The first of these was the Railway Hotel which is now the Sofitel Central, still one of Hua Hin's most popular hotels.
Today Hua Hin is undergoing rapid expansion as Bangkokians and Westerners look this way for a second home, be it a quaint house nestled in the hills or an upmarket condominum with ocean views. Over the past few years, the town has seen countless housing developments spring up, new golf courses constructed, a brand new shopping complex and movie theatre and a boom in local businesses. The charm of Hua Hin is that it still retains its fishing village serenity which is now side by side with the bustling center of a modern luxury beach resort.
The beach in Hua Hin is perhaps the major reason why so many holidaymakers like to come here, for an enjoyable seaside break and to experience everything else the town offers. Hua Hin has a little bit of everything and while some might bemoan that it’s somewhat too busy on weekends and national holidays, it continues to be a well-liked beach destination and draws many visitors from all over Thailand and abroad. Some visitors like to spend all day at the beach, topping up their tan or just escaping from the summer heat. On weekdays it’s usually quiet, but come the weekend large numbers of Thais descend on the town and the beach.
The main attraction of Cha-Am is the long and beautiful beach. You can sunbathe or stay under the shade of the big pine trees, you can go ride a jetski or just do nothing but relax!
Popular water sports in Cha-Am include riding the banana boat and renting a jetski. There is no parasailing, windsurfing or water-skiing. It's also possible to go horse riding (but there are not as many horses as on Hua Hin beach), or to rent a bicyle or a motorcycle and ride along the beachfront or go exploring the countryside.
Santorini Park Cha-am
this is destined to be a new shopping hit and a nice addition to the offering in the Cha-Am and Hua-Hin area. Santorini Park Cha-Am consists of several zones for shopping, relax and food, activities. Their website mentions the Rest Area, Shopping Area, Theme Park Area and Activity Area. The fact sheet also mentions a weekend art market.
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The Venezia Huahin
The Venezia, a new destination of Hua Hin, Cha-am. Thailand’s first and the biggest shopping complex in Venice style. A unique travel landmark and shopping experience destination.
The Venezia Hua Hin has brought you the only experience that you will be never found in Thailand with some major magnificent Venice’s symbolic landmarks i.e. St. Mark’s Square and Bell Tower, world famous tourist attraction landmark of the Venice, into the shopping project in Hua Hin, Thailand. These iconic landmarks will be one of major activities areas which located the main entrance of the Venezia project. Another symbolic place of the Venice,of course, – The Grand Canal – will be routed for more than 200 meters deep into the heart of the shopping village with the Gondolas service floating same as in the atmosphere of the Venice, Italy.
Walking through this faux village located on Petchkasem Road between Soi Hua Hin 30 and 40, is like stepping back into time; a nostalgic time capsule that affords visitors a glimpse of the seaside town’s “good old days”.
A great outing for the family, their website bills it as “a living museum... not just unique architecture, but a place of lively memories. At Plearn Wan, we think back to the place in times past, and imitate that period in the lifestyle of the people, in food, drink, architecture, language, etc.”
On weekends the highlight is Nang Klang Plaeng, the open-air cinema showing old classics. It’s so easy to lose all sense of time at Plearn Wan, that only walking out through its doors shocks you back to reality.
Elephants or Chang in Thai language, are a really big part of the Thai culture. They have played an important role in Thai history: nation, religion and royal affairs. From the beginning of Thai history, the elephant image was displayed on the Thai flag.
The Hua Hin elephant village is located several kilometers from the central point of Hua Hin. A butterfly garden is located opposite Klaigungwon Palace, 3km north on town center.
HuaHin Railway Station
Built in the reign of King Rama VI, the station is one of Thailand's oldest railway stations. In addition, it is one of the country's most beautiful train stations with unique architecture. Its most striking feature is the splendid Royal Waiting Room constructed in the Thai architectural style. The room was relocated from Sanam Chan Palace in Nakhon Pathom Province during the reign of King Rama VI. Hua Hin Night Market The most colorful spot in Hua Hin during the night, the market offer a wide array of food, drinks, deserts, memorable souvenirs; all kinds of freshly-prepared dishes. Famous are Pad Thai, Hoi Thod, fresh seafood, Indian roti bread, coconut ice cream, etc. (the list is endless) This market will delight visitors wishing to savor the real taste of Hua Hin
Cicada Market is created as a medium of connection to artists, creators, designers, tourists, students and community through integrating culture and arts with lifestyles. As an art market with atmosphere of Hua Hin, Cicada Market is a source of contemporary art in various fields, including the invention of handmade decorative items, fashion clothes, collective secondhand items and SME products with innovative ideas to be displayed and sold in open-style mat and shop. Moreover, open eyes and open mind with creative activities, workshops and exhibitions such as performances, dance, music, fine arts from university, community theatre and various artists.
HuaHin Floating Market
Located about 5km from the city on Soi Hua Hin 112, the Hua Hin Floating Market is the latest addition to the ever growing list of attractions that Hua Hin has to offer.Although it is not really a floating market, it is still a very pleasant way to spend a few hours. Named after well known districts of Petchburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan provinces, this colonial themed market features a large man-made lake with more than 140 food outlets and souvenir shops, scores of boat vendors serving up delicious Thai food and live performances.
Occupying a total area of 40 rai, the floating market is well connected with bridges but if you are too tired to walk, take a relaxing boat ride to explore the market. Besides Hua Hin Sam Phan Nam Floating Market, I findHua Hin Floating Market more photogenic as the sun sets. So if you want to have some serious shopping, this is a place to consider.
The floating market is open seven days a week. During the weekend the opening hours may extend slightly.
Monday to Thursday : 09.00am. – 07.00pm.
Friday to Sunday : 09.00am. – 08.00 pm.