Hua Hin is popular with Thai people as a weekend break, especially arriving from Bangkok to take pleasure in the beaches and Hua Hin golfing. Hua Hin villas are very popular for all visits to Prachuap Kirikan.
The holiday makers of today are following in the footsteps of the kings of the past. The resort was discovered in the early 1920s by King Prajadhipok a getaway from Bangkok. The village became a royal resort for Siam's nobility and upper class. King Prajadhipok built his Klai Kangwon Palace in 1928.
Klai Kangwon is now the full-time residence of the current king and is not open for commoners, although the outer palace grounds are open for walkers and joggers from 4pm to 7 pm daily who are requested to bring two forms of photographic ID and pocketless clothes.
Songtiews run the same route around Hua Hin all day. Car rental is also available. But Hua Hin is really a place that is best seen on a bicycle with flat lands and cool sea breeze there certainly is a lot to see.
Kao Takeab is worth a visit. You will see the whole of Hua Hin and the beach by going up to the top of the mountain, one of the highest parts of Hua Hin. It's a great place to watch the sunset and the food on Kao Takeab is excellent.
The Hua Hin beach runs from one side of Hua Hin to the other, but is interrupted by Khao Takeab at the south of the beach. If you make it over the wall and to the other side, you'll find a nice beach, and further on, Suan Son, a beach used by the Thai army that demands a charge for entry.
Activities such as ATVs, horse riding, go-kart, and kite boarding are available, and at night there are two night market selling food and clothes.
The favourite market is in the middle of Hua Hin, and is tourist oriented. The one favoured by the Thais is called the Grand Market so-called because and is in the parking lot between Grand Hotel and San Paulo Hospital. Grand Market is diverse and inexpensive but closed on Mondays and Thursdays.
There's lots to eat in Hua Hin. Restaurants close to the beach and on Kao Takiap are tourist orientated, and authentic Thai food sellers are on Phetkasem Rd along the way to Kao Takiap. For cheap food, check out the night market.
For Hua Hin nightlife, the downtown is very international, and to relax, Hua Hin is home to some of the finest spas in Thailand where you can get an expert Thai massage. Popular Cha Am Beach is nearby.
A number of Hua Hin Villas hug the beach; others are based around the town centre, all catering to the modern holiday maker in search of comfort and privacy, in a holiday destination with plenty to see and do.