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Hua Hin City Beaches, Thailand
The white sands and the rock 'Hua Hin' of the city beach
The name Hua Hin means 'rock head' in Thai and the name is derived from the rocky promontory on which stands the renowned but small Chinese temple. Hua Hin city beach stretches for about 5km south of the headland and is flanked with a variety of private beach side houses, condominiums and resort hotels.
The rest of the beach south of Hua Hin beach stretches down to a hill known at Khao Takiab, where the famous monkey temple of Wat Kao Takiab is located. The white sandy beach is wide and long with granite boulders along its length. Although a tempting target for swimming or paddling to, be warned the rip tides and waves can pull or push you against the rock hua hin with fatal force! When we were in Hua Hin through February 2008 a Danish man lost his life when his head came into contact with an unforgiving boulder. The water is considered safe for swimming all year round but there was no official monitoring of the water and no 'flag' system or life guards operating during our month long stay in the height of the tourist season.
Some parts of Hua Hin beach are really tranquil for those wishing to soak up the tropical sun under the coconut palm trees, but in other areas activities such as horse riding, kite boarding and other water activities and sports can also be found for those looking for a little more holiday adventure. Please check your holiday travel insurance before you attempt anything exotic though as exeptions do apply with some insurance companies for things like 'banana' boat riding.
The Hua Hin beach area in front of the Hua Hin Hilton Hotel is a sun bed city of temporary bars and cafe style restaurants, with only a narrow pathway through, where you run the gauntlet of sun bed cum restaurant touts and may even come nose to nose with a horse and rider! Remember the Thai part of the name Thailand means free, which means without control on Hua Hin beach where anything except topless sunbathing goes!
Other beaches around Hua Hin are:
Khao Takiab Beach
Khao Takiab Beach at Khao Takiab or 'chopstick hill'. The beach is 7km south of Hua Hin. The hill above the beach is famous for its hilltop monkey temple. The best spot on this beach is located behind the hill where there are big expanses of beach and calm shallow waters, which are ideal for children. You can take motorcycle taxis, taxis or the local green 'songthaw' pickup bus to Khao Takiab from Hua Hin's town centre.
Suan Son Pradiphat Beach
Suan Son Pradiphat Beach is a beach 'protected' by the Thai Army Welfare office, Suan Son Pradiphat Beach is about 10km south of Hua Hin. A serene and relaxing place to visit with various types of restaurants and accommodation, with quite a few local guesthouses and self-catering bungalows open to the public every day.
Khao Tao Beach
Khao Tao Beach is a small, secluded beach at the foot of Khao Tao hill positioned about 20km south of Hua Hin. The beach is fringed with pine trees and is more peaceful than Hua Hin beach. A landmark of this beach is a large Buddha statue that looks out to sea. Bungalows and small local restaurants are available by the beach.
Sai Noi Beach
Sai Noi Beach, Khao Tao is a small, private beach adorned with white sands and situated at the foot of the hill of the same name.
Pranburi Beach is about 30km south of Hua Hin. The beach itself may not be very spectacular but it's peaceful and the environment oozes a sense of privacy and exclusivity. The beach is now gaining some popularity as a weekend destination among travelers, particularly from Bangkok. In the past, holiday makers preferred to stay in Hua Hin and drive to Pranburi for a one day trip. However, this is not the case today, also accounting for the increased number of chic and boutique resorts springing up in the area. This trend started in about 2002 when Soneva Hotel Group opened its first boutique resort in Pranburi. The resort was a huge success, luring local and foreign investors to follow in its footsteps, yet it still maintains its serenity. Some resorts in Pranburi offer a shuttle service for their customers who want to go to Hua Hin for a night out. Nowadays, Pranburi is a tourist attraction in its own right.
An interesting attraction near Pranburi is the Pranburi Forest Park, which occupies a large area with a 1km pine-fringed beach with mangrove nature trails.
Cha-Am Beach - Known locally as the twin city to Hua Hin but more popular among Thai tourists, Cha-Am beach is about 28km north of Hua Hin. Cha-Am is less developed than Hua Hin but it's picking up its pace to attract more foreign tourists. It is very quiet and relaxing during the week and gets very busy at weekends. There are several fun activities on offer such as jet skis, banana boats and bicycle riding, and there are also plenty of seafood restaurants available here.
This page was built with some aditional information from Siam Property, 162/5 Naresdamri Rd.Hua Hin 77110, Thailand - Tel: 032 532829 - www.siam-property.com - Diagonally opposite the Hilton Hotel, Hua Hin.
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