Hua Hin itinerary – The perfect weekend

Written by Maria Aardal

August 11, 2017

Hua Hin itinerary – Explore this magical place in just one weekend

Hua Hin is a city in Thailand, just about two and a half hour drive south of Bangkok. The city is known for its resorts and relaxing environment. While the city is known as a quite “touristy” place, it still has a lot to offer. It is located on the coast of the Gulf of Thailand. I have put together a perfect Hua Hin itinerary for a weekend. This itinerary is all about relaxing, experiencing and exploring.

Hua Hin is great for families, couples and backpackers. There is something for everyone. If you are backpacking this would be a perfect place to get started, to kind of dip your toes into Thailand, before fully embarking on your journey. You can get over your jetlag, get used to the heat and the culture in a relaxing environment.

Day 1 of your Hua Hin itinerary:

Start of your day slowly with a good breakfast, make sure to eat well and drink some extra water as you are going to be in the hot sun a lot. Put on some light and comfortable clothes, and pack lots of water and sunscreen.

Monkey Mountain

Your first stop is going to be monkey mountain, which is exactly what it sounds like, a mountain with lots and lots of monkeys. To get to monkey mountain you can take one of the characteristic Tuk Tuks, or you can go by a “normal” taxi if you prefer. On the way there you drive by a harbor with beautiful colored boats, and lots of interesting scenery.

Tuk tuk hua hin itinerary

Taking a tuk tuk up the mountain was definitely an unforgettable experience. It drives you quite far up the mountain and I was definitely questioning whether we were going to make it up the hill, or roll backwards down right into the fresh fish marked below. If you are short on time this is the one thing you have to make space for on your Hua Hin itinerary.

Khao Takab Temple

At the top you can walk up to a beautiful temple, the Khao Takab temple. The temple is believed to hold a tooth of Buddha himself. There are quite a few stairs to get there, but it is definitely worth the walk. The view from the top is stunning. The temple is surrounded by bells, and if you donate money to the temple you receive a stick and you walk around touching and ringing all the bells with a thick stick, this is supposed to bring you good luck.

At this point I must admit I was a bit disappointed as I had still only seen two monkeys, but boy should I have known what was coming. At the bottom of the stairs you can follow a sign down a small hill, to the “feeding area”. Here I promise you, there will be monkeys. Everywhere you look you will see monkeys. There are lots of super cute baby monkeys sitting on their mothers laps or hanging under their tummy.

Feed the monkeys

There is a small hut where you can buy food to feed the monkeys. You pay and get a big bucket of corn, banana and so on. The lady who worked there was very nice and helpful, she shows you where to stand and how to feed them. All the monkeys knows what is going on, and they come running. They literally surround you and climb on top of each other to get the most food. Standing in the middle of what can only be described as a monkey pile can be a bit intimidating, but I experienced it as very safe.

hua hin itinerary monkey mountain

Be aware though, as the monkeys are wild animals and they can bite. Follow the lead of the one who works there, and listen to the instructions. While the monkeys does not often bite, they do however steal. Be very careful to bring any bags, especially plastic bags as they often contain food, which the monkeys have learned. Monkey Mountain is one of the most famous attractions in Hua Hin and that is for a good reason. Standing there while the monkeys surround you, getting that up close with wild animals is not something you get to do everyday.

Relax on a beach

Spend the afternoon relaxing on the beach. The beach in Hua Hin is beautiful and a great place to spend a sunny afternoon. Work on your tan while enjoying a cocktail or two. After a morning at monkey mountain you are going to be tired and need a few hours to relax before heading out for new adventures. Lie on the beach and take a refreshing swim in the blue ocean. The beach is long and it is very different depending on where you are.

If you want to lie on the beach and relax, or sit with your feet in the sand while enjoying a cocktail at one of the many bars on the beach you should stay close to the resorts. Further down the beach is it more local, that is where the local fishermen stay, and keep their boats. Going there is definitely also an experience and something worth exploring, but not exactly the right environment if you just want to lie on the beach and tan.

Explore the night market

In the evening you should go to the huge night market. You can travel there by tuk tuk or by other transport that your accommodation might offer. The night market is huge, it covers two whole streets. It is perfect for soaking up the culture, eat local cuisine and shop for bargains.

There are so many options for food at the market, there are street food carts everywhere and a huge selection of restaurants. Everywhere you turn you see fruit, huge fish and you will definitely smell some interesting stuff.

hua hin itinerary market

If you need to practice your bargaining skills, this is definitely the place. From all the little stands you will hear “special price for you” and so on. Bargaining is a huge part of the Thai culture, and especially if you are not a local. They know how to work tourists and make anything seem like a great offer, you must learn to see the value in things and spot fraud. You can find some amazing treasures here if you look closely. You can also find souvenirs for way cheaper than the typical tourist shops.

Be aware of scams and fake products. No, sorry that Louis Vuitton purse for 10 euros is not the best offer of your life, its just a fake. If you do not mind having some fake Adidas clothes and other brands this is no problem, but if you are looking for real brands, this is not the place for you. The night market is a great place to experience local culture. Talk to the sellers, enjoy local food and buy local products.

Day 2 of your Hua Hin itinerary:

Walk around and explore the city

Spend the morning exploring the streets of Hua Hin. I would recommend going to “walking street” and start from there. There are so many hidden secrets, and so much to see. If you want to experience more of the local culture you should walk towards the ocean, here the streets are so small a tuk tuk can barely pass. This is a great way to explore new places and get a little lost. There are so many small streets that it feels like you are in the middle of a maze.

This also a great way to find amazing local street food. You see carts everywhere, with seafood, meat and veggies. If you are brave you might also try a cricket. The street food is a lot cheaper than in restaurants, and it is the perfect way to get a taste of authentic Thai food.

If you want to get some shopping done, walking around you will see tons of great offers. There are especially many tailors where you can get perfectly fitted clothes for a very low price.

Eat by the waves of the ocean

For supper I would recommend one of the restaurants by the ocean. The restaurants are built on poles over the ocean which is just amazing. You can smell the sea and listen to the waves break under you while enjoying amazing food. The view is breathtaking, and so is the food. You should definitely try to go there in time to watch the magical Thai sunset. I recommend trying the seafood, it is fresh and fantastically prepared.

Party in Walking Street

After supper you should explore the walking street at night. The famous bar street of Hua Hin. The further you walk the more bars appear, and it seems never-ending. Everywhere you look there are amazing happy hour offers and drinks so cheap you can not believe it is real. The nightlife of Thailand in general is something to experience and the one in Hua Hin is no exception. Walking street is a must for any Hua Hin Itinerary.

The melting of locals and tourists is something to see. You see the older european men with the younger Thai women. You see the local “lady boys”. Every time a man walks by the bar the women who work there scream, sing and dance to attract their attention and make them chose that exact bar, I found this very amusing and interesting to watch, as it is so different from what I am used to in Norway. The bars are door to door, even though most of them do not have doors, they are simply open to the street. You find relaxed bars and hyped clubs right next to each other, and worth a mention is that almost every single place has a pool table.

Meet amazing locals

The locals who work there are so kind and most love to chat. If you come back to the same place they greet you and recognize you. I would definitely recommend “the Nice and Easy bar” if you are looking for the relaxed bar scene. It is close to the beginning of the walking street. The people who work there are so kind and they made me feel at home right away. I also love the fact that they had games like “thee in a row” that you can play while enjoying a nice cocktail.

If you are looking for something more in the club scene I would recommend “Panama”. If you are looking for a real party this place is amazing. The music is great and they have good deals on drinks. The walking street does however close a bit early, and when I went to Panama I was still drinking when they closed. This turned out to be a great thing as I got to know some of locals. The ladies who worked there came and talked to me while I finished my drink. They then insisted that I come with them to the next party.

They then took me to another club, which I unfortunately do not know the name of. It is one of the few places that stay open late, and it is not in the main bar street. The locals I met were extremely friendly and including. They made sure I was okay and having a good time. When it is time to head home you can always try out the local scooter taxis, I thought that was so much fun and the perfect ending to a night out.

Have you ever traveled to Hua Hin, or would you like to experience the place? Would you like to try this Hua Hin itinerary?

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16 Comments

  1. Bee

    Looks like Hua Hin was a lovely vacation and pretty much provided everything essential for a perfect holiday. Great tips on nightlife activities, and that monkey pile looked crazy!

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    • bothpathstravelers

      Yes, it is amazing. We definitely recommend it. The nightlife and monkey pile was definitely the highlights šŸ™‚

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  2. Eddie

    Great tips on a balance between relaxing on the beach, food, and night scenes! I really love exploring the local scene and food culture, especially in night markets. Hua Hin sounds like you can find anything you want to do!

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    • bothpathstravelers

      There is something for everyone. It has the reputation of a resort town, but even backpackers can have so much fun there.

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  3. Danijela WorldGlimpses

    Hehehe, you made me laugh with that Tuk Tuk ride up the hill. Good thing you did stay on, I mean, it doesn’t look like there’s any trailer fence or something similar in the back. šŸ˜€ But what an adventure, right! It seems that the monkey mountain was worth it. šŸ™‚

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    • bothpathstravelers

      Haha, yeah tuk-tuk rides can be quite interesting. It is definitely a must while traveling Asia, not like anything elsewhere.

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  4. Adrenaline Romance

    The “tuktuk” you featured here looks very similar to our multicab jeepneys here in Cebu, Philippines. They’re okay in roads, but they groan, moan, and scream when they have to climb an incline. Throwing buckets of bananas to a gang of monkeys—outstanding! LOL! šŸ˜€

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    • bothpathstravelers

      I googled the multi cab jeepneys and it does seem like the same concept. It is probably not the safest, but so much fun though šŸ™‚

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  5. Julz

    WE went to Hua Hin as a week end trip from Bangkok once. It was nice but so many Scandinavians (am Danish). We stayed at the Sheraton and my little girl loved it as she could jump in the pool from the garden of the room. The night market was nice.

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    • bothpathstravelers

      There are definitely a lot of Scandinavians there, especially in the bar street you find a lot of Scandinavian middle-aged men. It can be so much fun to watch Scandinavians on vacation though. Even if I am Scandinavian myself šŸ˜‰

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  6. Flavio

    This looks so cool. I didn’t have the chance to visit this part of Thailand. The Tuk Tuk rides are definitely experiences you can’t forget. That monkey pile is funny. I can see you had a great time there. šŸ™‚

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    • bothpathstravelers

      It was amazing, the monkey pile was so much fun. It is not often you get to be that close to wild animals.

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  7. My Travelogue by Bhushavali

    I’m yet to explore the eastern countries. I really have to visit Thailand and when I plan, I’m make sure to visit Hua Hin as well. The monkeys are so adorable! I think I’ll get a bit scared to feed the monkeys standing like that!

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  8. Paula - Gone with the Wine

    I have yet not been to Thailand, even though I have heard so much good things about it and I have some good thai friends. Hua Hin is definitely a familiar place from my friends’ photo albums and I would love to visit there someday. Looks like you guys had a great time!

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    • bothpathstravelers

      Thailand should definitely get a place on your bucket list, it is truly amazing!

      Reply

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