Hua Hin has long been a popular destination in Thailand, thanks to its proximity to the capital and its history of being the Thai royal family’s choice for an island destination. Up to this day, it continuously attracts a steady number of tourists who prefer a more laid-back holiday outside Bangkok’s bustling streets.
From historical sites to natural beauties, water sports, and relaxing dining venues, discover what this seaside resort can offer as we feature 5 things you can do in Hua Hin, Thailand.
Spend an afternoon in the Hua Hin Hills Vineyard
Although Thailand is a tropical country, there are a few locations in the countryside that are conducive to wine-making, and one of them is the Hua Hin Hills Vineyard.
Situated in the remote area of Hua Hin, the Hua Hin Hills Vineyard, which changed its name to Monsoon Valley Vineyard in 2017, is a 560-acre piece of land that offers incredible wine-tasting and dining experiences.
It was founded in 2001 by Chalerm Yoovidhya, an entrepreneur with the vision to create the Thai wine culture. Today, the grapes in Monsoon Valley are grown in three different locations: Monsoon Valley Vineyard, Tab Kwang Vineyard, and Chiang Mai Vineyard. They welcome visitors who want a tour of the vineyard and experience wine and food first-hand.
Aside from the open-top jeep tour, you can also opt to ride mountain bikes to explore the vineyard. After the tour, visitors can enjoy the wine-tasting and meals that are created for the ultimate vineyard experience.
If you’re not interested in touring the vineyard, the meals served in their in-house Sala Bar & Bistro are worth visiting as well. What is better than enjoying a nice afternoon with a glass of wine in one hand and a delicious serving of food in another, right? The bistro also has a stunning view of the vineyard which adds to the relaxing atmosphere while you’re here.
Opening Hours: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM Daily
Enjoy the water adventures in Vana Nava Water Jungle
For travelers with kids, a water park is the ultimate travel destination! And in Hua Hin, you have the Vana Nava Water Jungle where you can spend the whole day enjoying the different waterslides, pools, and obstacle courses in the park. There are also lots of restaurant and shopping options to choose from so expect it to be a fun day not just for the kids but the whole family as well!
The Vana Nava Hua Hin is Hua Hin’s number 1 water park and Asia’s first water jungle. It has 19 rides in total, with some being extremely thrilling even for the adrenaline junkies. Even with world-class facilities, their number one priority is safety. When visiting the water park, you will see marshalls supervising the rides to ensure everyone is not just having fun but is safe too.
Some crowd favorites are ‘The Abyss’ and the Aqualoop. You’d have to try them out to find out why they are the top favorites of water park goers. Half a day is enough to try out all the rides but if you want to go back and repeat some, a whole day is great too. Plus, it’s a nice destination to cool off from the heat. Just remember that it can get really crowded during the weekend so if you want to have the waterpark all to yourself, choose to go on a weekday instead.
Have some tea at the McFarland House
If you’re not the adventurous type and would rather enjoy some downtime by the beach, an afternoon tea in McFarland House might just be your best choice.
Cr: McFarland House
McFarland House at the Hyatt Regency Hua Hin is a beachfront bar that serves mouthwatering modern European cuisine as well as signature cocktails infused with Thai flavors. It’s a great venue for a meal any time of the day with its surrounding lush trees and greenery that make for an excellent stop whether you’re up for a delicious breakfast or brunch on a weekend.
Cr: McFarland House
They also have healthy wellness options for those who monitor closely the food they eat. With 180-degree views of the Gulf of Thailand, it’s easy to see why the McFarland House is recognized as one of the best restaurants in Hua Hin. Aside from an excellent serving of delicious food, having an incredible beach view is one of the best features that keep tourists all year long.
Opening Hours: 6:30 AM – 10:30 PM Daily
Hike to the Pa La-U Waterfall
The Pa La-U Waterfall is located in Kaeng Krachan National Park but is a few kilometers away from the main park. It remains one of the premier natural attractions in the area and is open all year long to visitors.
Getting to the top can be a bit of a climb, especially for older visitors or those with health issues. But for people who have experienced hiking, it can be as easy as a walk in the park. Don’t forget to appreciate the surroundings because there are a lot of different plants and animals to see.
There are several rest stops along the way so keep a lookout for small pools with marine wildlife and take a few minute breaks to recharge and continue with the climb.
Once you get to the top, you’ll be greeted with an incredible view of your surroundings, including neighboring Burma. Take it all in, you made it!