Hua Hin

200km south of Bangkok, in the northern part of the Malay peninsula in the Gulf of Thailand sits the stunning district of Hua Hin. A favourite of the Thai royals who built stunning summer palaces here, the long white beaches, high end hotels and quaint little seafood shacks really set the scene for this tropical paradise.

From pretty warm to hot all year round, the dry season (December–April) kicks things off before the monsoons arrive in mid-May. These ease between June and August before the heavy rain begins in September and continue right through to November.

About a 3 hour drive from Bangkok, travel options vary. You could self drive, catch the bus (or a coach with many tour operators), but if you fancy trying something different, make your way to Pattaya and catch a ferry or private sea taxi - sea conditions dependent. Alternatively, there's a train that goes from Bangkok to Singapore and stops off in Hua Hin. Makes things nice and simple.

A popular spot for golfers, Hua Hin is fast becoming one of Thailand's premier golfing destinations. It's also popular if you're into water sports, particularly kite surfing.

With great infrastructure, superb food and drink and plenty of entertainment, its no wonder Hua Hin is such a popular beach destination, and given how much cheaper and easier it is to get to from Bangkok than the southern islands, it makes sense to book your next trip now.

Hua Hin climate ℃