Thailand is often thought of as an exotic and beautiful destination for travel, and for good reason. All you have to do is take a look at the steady growth in tourism over the past couple of years, and it’s clear that the secret is out and tourists are discovering just what this country has to offer. In 2017, the country welcomed 35 million tourists, which has caused things such as hotels, shopping centers, restaurants, and even airports to expand in order to keep up.
While there are those popular destinations in Thailand such as Bangkok and Phuket, there are many that are less talked about yet offer just as much in terms of beauty, awe, and culture. To top it off they tend to be a little quieter in terms of the number of tourists, which is ideal for ex-pats who just want to be able to enjoy the serenity of the country or even first-time travelers who don’t want to fight the crowds.
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One of the little known areas is Hua Hin, which is often described as the countries “original beach resort”. Here we’ll take a look at all things Hua Hin and give you a real taste of the area.
Explore Apartment Rentals Rather than Hotels
If you plan on visiting for a long-stay, which is incredibly popular in Thailand, you’re going to want to think outside the box when it comes to accommodation. Rather than book into a chain hotel, apartments are the perfect solution for a long stay Hua Hin.
When you rent an apartment, you’ll have the luxury of additional space including a separate living and bedroom area, a kitchen so you can prepare your own meals when you choose, amenities in the apartment complex, and some of the best locations out there. Not only that but places like Rental for the Holidays offer very competitive rates, which are quite often cheaper than staying in a hotel.
Get a Taste of the Wildlife
One of the must-see attractions while in Hua Hin is the Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand Rescue Centre and Elephant Refuge. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience to see more than 500 animals. You’ll find a huge variety of birds, loris, macaques, gibbons, tigers, bears and, of course, the elephant rescue program. The center is located approximately 45kms west of Hua Hin, so a simple day trip.
Get a Taste of the Local Cuisine
One would be remiss to visit Hua Hin and not sample the local cuisine, which is filled with lively, bright, and fresh ingredients. Not only can you try out different restaurants on your own, but there are also guided foodie tours that will take you on a “food journey”.
Get Out and Cycle
If you’re wondering about the best way to get around Hua Hin and discover the sights, attractions, and history, you’re going to want to grab a bike and get peddling. Cycling is actually the perfect way to tour Hua Hin, including the outlying areas. You can create your own itinerary, or again sign up for a guided tour and travel with others.
A Few Tips to Ensure a Fabulous Trip
These are just a few tips that will help ensure you have a fabulous trip to Hua Hin.