The seaside town of Hua Hin, meaning “Stone Head”, was named after the rocks at the north end of the powdery sand beach. Hua Hin became Thailand’s first beach resort after a train line was laid in the 1920’s to provide access from Bangkok and King Rama VII established his summer retreat in the area. With a 5 kilometer-long beach that features numerous activities, the laid back and hospitable town of Hua Hin continues to draw both tourists and Thais. In addition to beach fun and games, outstanding seafood restaurants, and a vibrant night market, Hua Hin is well known for having some of the finest golf courses in Thailand, as well as some of the most renowned resorts and destination spas in the world.
Although the water isn’t as crystal clear and the sand may not be as white as the beaches in Krabi and the Andaman Sea; what Hua Hin lacks in natural beauty, it makes up for in character and the lack of young, rowdy crowds. Only three hours’ drive from Bangkok, this is one of favorite weekend getaways in Thailand.
Where to go
Plearnwan is an eco vintage village that features a faux Thai high street in the 1950s for the older generations to recall their good old days and the younger to learn and appreciate traditional culture. Because of that, Plearnwan is so named – Plearn is a combination of “play” and “learn” while Wan is from “wunwan”, meaning good old days.
Two-story wooden shophouses in the heart of Plearnwan are where reminiscences are kept. Plearnwan’s shops are decorated in old-fashioned style with advertisements, film posters, fashion magazines, appliances, and collections which can take you back in time to a nostalgic time.
Plearnwan includes a radio station that entertains you all day long with oldies. Also, visitors can take vintage photos with a drawn picture of Hua Hin Station as a backdrop.
At the weekend, a funfair is held with an outdoor cinema, a Ferris wheel, and a variety of amusing sidestalls and games. Plus, indulge yourselves with dishes at Khao-oon Kaengron, a renowned local restaurant, skewered sweet grilled fish, Thai style noodle rolls, Thai coconut pancakes, ice pops, Thai style soft drink and Thai style coffee.
If you are looking for a vintage hotel, “Piman Plearnwan” would like to welcome you with their colourful retro style guest rooms.
Plearnwan is located on the main street opposite to Klai Kangwon Palace. Mini-bus services from Bangkok’s Victory Monument are available. Just tell the driver that you wish to get off at Plearnwan, opposite to Klai Kangwon Palace. Plearnwan is open from 10.00 to 22.00 from Sundays to Thursdays and until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
For more information, please contact Plearnwan on 03-252-0311-2 or visit http://www.plearnwan.com
Speaking about Hua Hin, the picture of beaches, seafood and the night market surely come to mind. However, many might not even know or expect that, apart from several attractions related to the sea, Hua Hin also house an elephant village which is situated not far its downtown – only 2.5 kilometers away from Phetkasem Road. The one and only elephant village in Prachuap Khiri Khan province offers leisure moments in a superb nature and an experience to play with elephants, the animal known for its intelligence. Not only that elephants are friendly to human, they are also talented in many ways, such as playing sports, creating art works, playing some musical instruments. It is also said that their skills might put us human to shame. There are as many as 20 elephants residing in this elephant village, and in the evening visitors can enjoy authentic Thai Lanna dishes whilst watching elephant shows.
Located at Ban Khao Noi, Hua Hin subdistrict, Hua Hin district, the Elephant Village is embraced by verdant nature and beautiful scenery. The image of tourists on elephant rides may be unfamiliar in Hua Hin communities, neighboring villages or local temples. Riding on an elephant’s back surely offer nice leisure moments of admiring breath-taking views, and mild adventure when ascending hills or wading into the water. To make the most of your time in Hua Hin, do not just pamper yourselves by the seaside, but make sure your travel plans run aground as well.
If interested in paying a visit to the elephant village, visitors can start from Hua Hin downtown and drive along Highway 3219 which leads to Pala-Au waterfall for 2.5 kilometers. Once you find the entrance to Wat Khao Iti Sukkhato on your right, head there for 700 meters. Then you should arrive at the elephant village. Alternatively, you can get on Hua Hin- Pala Au bus or hire a public carrier. For more information, please call 032-251-6181 or 089-900-7837. The elephant village is open from 8.00 to 17.00.
Black Mountain Water Park
Spend a day with us for the time of your life! Black Mountain Water Park is fitted out with the highest quality, modern & exciting equipment, all operated to the highest safety standards. The Water Park, watched over by highly trained lifeguards, boasts a 17 meter high tower with 9 different sliders, also a spectacular wave pool, the lazy river, a beach pool, and kids pool, for all the fun the best water park could offer
Hua Hin Safari
For fun seekers who would like something else in addition to leisure and cannot live without adventure, Hua Hin Safari is definitely the place to visit. It was built to accommodate a vast array of travelling styles, i.e. it suits everything ranging from relaxing weekends to quality family times. Visitors will experience relaxation, leisure, entertainment, thrill and natural beauties in the same time. The reason is because Hua Hin Safari has a great variation in terms of locations and activities, such as elephant rides in a superb natural setting or the zoo where young kids are allowed to feed wild animals. This place also offers outdoor activities, for example ATV drives, paintball games and horse riding. All outdoor activities are always accompanied by our security team to ensure your safety and ultimate fun.
If interested, you will find access to the place straight forward. Hua Hin Safari is located not far from Hua Hin downtown, so it takes only 5 minutes’ drive. Alternatively, there are free shuttle bus services for tourists which also take you there in 5 minutes. For further information, please contact the following phone numbers: 089-810-1351 or 081-441-1627, fax 032-21-1012, or visit the website http://www.huahinsafari.com.
If you are unsure of how to make a reservation visit the how to book page. Thank you very much and hope you have a safe trip.