In Thailand there are the beautiful beaches of Phuket, the resorts and breath-taking islands of Koh Samui and the fantastic scenery around the area of Krabi and Phi Phi Island. However in a lovely peaceful and tranquil setting located on the West coast of the country is Thailand’s oldest beach resort and traditional royal resort called Hua Hin.
Hua Hin is a favourite get away location for weekends and short-breaks by the Bangkokians (Bangkok residents) who in 2.5 to 3 hours can be winding down from the hard-working and hectic city life style and cooling off by the Gulf of Siam. Foreigners have also started to opt for the sea side resort of Hua Hin which still hangs on to the pleasant charm and ambience of a Thai town, in fact some foreigners like it enough to make it their home. There are things to see and do of plenty in and around Hua Hin, but here are just a sample.
Entrance to Baan Tawee Suk Guesthouse
There is plenty of accommodation and at various budgets, but Centrally located in the town of Hua Hin is the clean, comfortable and very affordable guest house called Baan Tawee Suk (บ้านทวีสุข). A lot of hard work, effort and care has gone in to the presentation of this new guest house that we recently stayed in on the last visit to Hua Hin, including the interior and exterior paint work with it’s elegant cream finish. The people who run the guest house are very nice, friendly and helpful. The rooms are well equipped with a fridge, (very handy to keep your drinks in and return to after a trip out wandering around the town in the heat), a television, showers with hot and cold water and a nice balcony outside where you can pull up a chair sit down, relax and read a book in the Hua Hin sunshine. Baan Tawee Suk has both air-conditioned and fan only rooms for rent.
Comfortable rooms of Baan Tawee Suk Guesthouse
The guesthouse has a grand style entrance with beautiful shiny and pristine tiled flooring, it is also equipped with a drinks machine, table and chairs with reading material and an area to catch up with your emails. Don’t forget to take your shoes off and leave by the front door before going to your room in typical polite Thai style. All in all we had a lovely stay at Baan Tawee Suk and were very impressed with friendly service, cleanliness and the general nice feeling throughout our stay there.Baan Tawee Suk will set you back about 700 baht (£14.00) for a double room and 500 baht (£10.00) for a single room, with a slight fee variation between air-condition and fan only rooms. The guest house is situated at 43/8 Poonsuk Road in Hua Hin that is บ้านทวีสุข 43/8 ถนนพูลสุข อำเภอหัวหิน which is a smaller road off of Dechanuchit Road. I give the address in Thai so that you can show a Taxi driver as I have found in my experience that Thai words written in English can give many variations (depending who is spelling it) and can become confusing for both Thais and foreigners and when trying to say it from how it is spelt in English can usually lead up the lost in translation path and blank looks. E.Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire about bookings.
Night time view of Baan Tawee Suk Guesthouse
For The Football: If you are a football fan and want to keep in touch with the premier league whilst away, then pop on down to Billy’s bar and Restaurant. Billy’s is one of the longest running foreign owned bars and Restaurants in Hua Hin. Billy does his best to accommodate everyone as the last time I was in Hua Hin he had one television set up for the live premier league action and another set at the back of the bar for the Rugby supporters. Billy a proud Scotsman who after spending time in the North Sea and then Mexico finally settled in Hua Hin, Thailand is also well versed on his football and we all sailed on down the memory football lane as football followers like to do occasionally, whilst watching the live game of course. Billy’s Bar is located in the Hua Hin Bazaar very close to the Hilton Hotel. Not just for football, they do some top food as well and all the family will enjoy. Here is a link to Billy’s Bar and Restaurant with photos and a map. http://www.frangipani.com/huahin/billy1.htm
Maali with regular breakfast customer and Hua Hin resident Trevor Hutchinson brother of the late Chelsea star footballer of the 1970’s Ian Hutchinson.
Family Dining: Hua Hin has a very wide range of dining places serving both Thai, western and other cuisine. Near enough opposite the fine Baan Tawee Suk guesthouse is Maali’s place which is actually set inside another guest house called Top Marks. Maali does the most fantastic home cooked food and a superb breakfast whether your preference is Thai or Western, I know so many people who love their Thai food the rest of the day, but start the day with one of Maali’s cooked English breakfasts. Maali lived in the UK for 7 years before returning to Thailand and certainly perfected the art of cooking an English breakfast and of course her English is brilliant, Maali is a very hard-working and delightful lady.
The tastiest Thai food in my opinion can be found at the markets. If you visit the old market located in front of the Grand Hotel known as The Hua Hin Grand Night Market on Petchkasem road next to the San Paolo Hospital on soi 86 there is a place on the right hand side as you walk in called Far Mui. This is an excellent little market restaurant with great food, good prices and good service. Three of us had a great meal for 400 baht (£8.00) and the meal included Beef Green Curry, Gang Gari Gai yellow Chicken curry, Kana moo grorp chinese cabbage with crispy pork, chicken fried rice, Phak chup bang thot… vegetables in batter, 3 bowls of boiled rice and 3 Pepsi drinks. The Grand Night Market opens every Wednesday to Sunday approximately 5.00pm until 11.00pm, but is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. The other great market is The Hua Hin Night Market at the intersection of Dechanuchit road and Petchkasem road (soi 72) and occupies about two blocks consisting of tasty food stalls each side of the street. This is a great place to go mad and sample the local cuisine and in between your food stops are plenty of market stall shops to grab your attention. The Hua Hin Night Market opens about 5.00pm and continues until midnight.
Places To Go:
Khao Takiab known as chopstick mountain is located about 4kms south of Hua Hin. You can follow the road up to the top where the temple is situated and take in the beautiful views. Don’t forget to buy a bunch of bananas (no not for you), but to feed the many Monkey’s that live there in the temple grounds. Make sure you only let the Monkey’s have the bananas as they are brilliant thieves and will take anything (and darn quick as well) especially food. Note the Giant Golden Buddha Statue against the cliff at the bottom a long-standing symbol of Khao Tagiab. There is actually not a lot of need to travel outside of Hua Hin as the children will love the horse riding along the beach, you choose the horse you like or that is suitable for your size and ability and the jockey will be there to guide you and make sure the trip is safe. This service runs from about 7.00am – 6.00pm and costs 200 baht for 15 minutes (approx £4.00), 300 baht for 30 minutes (approx £6.00) and 600 baht for 1 hour (approx £12.00).
Food is everywhere in Thailand
Not exactly traditional Thai, but the world evolves is the fairly new Market Village Shopping Mall that is equipped with just about everything. Actually I must say as shopping malls go and I do detest shopping malls then this is not bad. There is no way in England would I enter one and I make no apologies for that either, I turn in to a very grumpy man if anyone even dare attempts to start dragging me along. However the one in Hua Hin has a nice big book shop I can get lost in for a couple of hours, does some great coffee and also has a cinema, where I watched a Thai history movie about King Naresuan (king of the Auyutthaya kingdom from 1590 – 1605) a great and much revered Monarch of Siam in days gone by and I enjoyed this immensely. The kids will enjoy Market Village as it is basically a one stop entertainment complex combining shopping, market stalls, cinema, bowling, restaurants, you name it and it’s there, you can even buy an automobile on the way out, if you have any money left of course.
Getting Around: Hua Hin is not that big an area so a tuk-tuk (small motorised vehicle) or a trishaw can be handy for little stop offs here and there. I usually get to know a driver a bit after a couple of trips and stick with him or her and they tend to look after you better on fare then. If you barter with the driver always do it with a smile on your face it will benefit you greatly. If you are in a small group you can even hire them for a town tour around. You can find these forms of transport all over town and will hear the familiar expression many times of ” tuk-tuk sir” ”taxi madam” you can’t miss them.
One of the many types of Taxi transport in Hua Hin
Keeping in touch with home: Whether keeping in touch with loved ones back home whilst away, keeping up with the business or you just have some research work to do online, then the MK INTERNET Cafe is the place to go. Well equipped, very private, clean and tidy and at only 30baht an hour it is a must visit…. highly recommended. The MK INTERNET CAFE is based opposite the Tanawit condos in the centre of town.
The MK Internet Cafe Hua Hin
Golf Lovers: Not my passion, but if Golf is your passion and I know a lot of people love it, then Hua Hin is your location. There are 8 golf courses in Hua Hin and the surrounding area and one of them is The Royal Hua Hin Golf Course the oldest course in Thailand built-in the 1920’s. For those wishing to take up the sport a lot of the Golf courses in Hua Hin actually provide Golf lessons.