POSSIBLE THINGS TO BRING?
Light weight and something you can maybe lock up, when left in room or traveling. Light clothing for sure, good quality sandles or walking shoes. Maybe a small medkit just in case. Camera of some kind. Baseball or frisbee. Also saw some people playing soccer (football) on the beach. Sunscreen and sunglasses are a must if you are like me, and burn easily.
Local bus to Khao Takiab
This green locas bus go to Khao takiab, You can get in the bus at Hua Hin market in central of the town ( at the junction of Dechanuchit Rd across Sra Song Rd near night market area , you can notice 7-eleven shop ) or you can wave your hand along the way when you see the bus coming along … ;-)
The bus service at 6.30 am to 7 pm in each 15 min. (7 baht all distance)
Walk to fish pier in the early morning
Sometimes I walk to fish pier in the early morning to see life style of the fishermen, they just got back in the morning from a night in the sea, smell of fresh sea food and great scene of the sea along walkway of the long pier into the sea is such a nice moment, a good spot to take pictures too. At front of the fish pier there's a fresh seafood market which I've seen lot of locals come to buy fresh seafood directly from fishermen. It's only in the early morning ..
My last visit I got into Hua Hin in monsoon period I couldn't see those scene of fishermen I usually see, everything gone quiet, you can view some photos in my travelogue page.
Before reaching the temple of Hua Hin southern beach, you will cross a (reasonably) lovely fishing village where you can watch the people working on their boat or cleaning their nets.
It may change soon as Condo and Resort Building are in strong expansion in Hua Hin and around
Hua Hin- My Home Away from Home
"Hua Hin's World Famous Beach"
Hua Hin is known for three things. First, this is where the King has his summer palace and now spends most of this time. That really is not that important to the average tourist, but it does make Hua Hin somewhat nicer and more classy that other beach resorts in Thailand (Phuket, Pattaya).
Second, Hua Hin is known for one of the longest and nicest beaches in Thailand. The white sand squeeks under your feet. The surf is gentle and the beach is perfect for long walks in the morning and at sunset. Horses are for hire on the beach.
Third, Hua Hin is known for six world class golf courses in the area. It is a golfer's paradise and has something for everyone.
"Hua Hin Hotel"
Hua Hin offers everything from 5-Star Luxury Hotels to Basic Beach bungalows and tons of condo rentals. I rarely stay in a hotel because I own a place on the beach, but many of our family and friends will stay at one of the hotels near us so we have a good feel for the hotel scene.
On the high end, I've recommended Sofitel. It is an old style colonial hotel with beautiful lawns and verandahs. It has great access to the city and a breakfast brunch that is not to be missed. We also enjoy the afternoon tea at the "library". Sofitel was also used extensively as the French embasssy in the Killing Fields. The only draw back is that the beach around Sofitel is rocky, but one just needs to walk about 100M south and the beaches are sandy and nice. Enjoy
On the boutique end, I recommend Baan Bayan which is south of the city near the Marriott. The hotel is a converted Thai beach house. It is pretty quiet, but good access to the beach and easy to get into the city. The suites are nice with open air sitting out areas, but the windows were open and my wife complained about the sun shining into the room early in the morning. The teak floors are heaven for your feet (no shoes upstairs!).
On the less expensive end, I recommend Sailom Hotel. It was very popular with the Thai's but now seems to cater to European snow birds. Sailom sits on a nice part of the beach and again is a short tuk tuk ride into the city.
"Things to Do"
To some people Hua Hin is rather quiet as compared to other beach resorts in Thailand. Having said this, there is a lot to see beyond the beach and golf. We've enjoyed the Palau Waterfalls about 50 KM west of the city and the Teak Palace (north of the city). We also recommend the day tour to the caves at San Roi Yat national park (you need to go with a guide which can be booked at any number of shops in Hua Hin). We also recommend the Military Beach just south of the city.