If you have a car or motorbike, you will find Khoa Sam Roi Yot National Park an interesting place to visit. It is around 60km from Hua Hin.
The small 98 sq km park is on the Gulf of Thailand.
The park is best known for its limestone pinnacles that rise 650 m high.
The parks wetland provides a sanctuary for migratory birds and it is home to many other animals.
Close to 80km south of Hua Hin is the another beach town called Prachuap Khiri Khan.
There you will also find Khao Chong Krajok ( Mirror Tunnel Mountain) named after the hole through the side of the mountain that appears to reflect the sky.
At the top of the mountain is Wat Thammikaram. You can climb the 399 steps to the top and see nice views of the town and bay. Before you climb the steps you must buy some bananas from the ladies selling them, to feed the monkeys, or they won't let you pass.
In the late 19th century, King Mongkut (Rama IV) built a hill-top palace on the outskirts of Petchaburi town, just 50 km north of Hua Hin. Phra Nakhon Khiri Palace or Khao Wang Palace had its own observatory, overlooking the river and sea. It was here the King embarked on a study of astronomy that culminated in him accurately predicting the exact time of a solar eclipse.
This 92-metre hillock is on the northern approach to Phetchaburi provincial capital. Phetchaburi residents refer to it as Khao Wang, literally Palace Hill. The area is now known as Phra Nakhon Khiri National Museum and is open to the public every day from 9.00 AM until 4.00 PM
You don't have to climb the steps to get to the top, there is a cable car that takes you there.
In central of Hua Hin town, maybe visitors have never noticed there is a quiet place located. All around outside the temple are mostly the busy places as stalls, shops and many walkways and streets ring the temple, quite busy and crowded even at night, right beside the temple is a nightspot and walking street. So if you want to feel more peaceful, away from tourist track, visit the temple will be a great idea.
When I walked from Hua Hin Raiway station to the town, I passed this small park "Pone Kingpeth Park". It is not a really park for sit and relax, the feature is about to honor the statue of Pone KingPeth, the famous Thai boxer raising his right hand. He’s the Thailand's first world flyweight champion, who was probably Hia Hin's most famous son. During his boxing career, which saw him confront some forty foreign opponents, Pone became the three-time champion the world will never forget. He died in 1982, at age 47.
So maybe when you visit Hua Hin by train, during the walk to the town or beach, take a look on your right hand side a bit, you will see. Around 100-200 m away from railway station…
This is a 'must see' for anyone visiting Hua Hin. There are half day tours and other day trips including the national park. The wetlands, mangroves, birdwatching, mountains, temples, caves, beaches, a great day out !
In my opinion one of the best day trips and best tours from Hua hin or Cha Am, or Pranburi ( which is very near ). Shows how marvelous this part of the Sunrise Coast of Thailand is.
Pranburi is a short distance south of Hua Hin. The park extends from the beach inland into a large mangrove. There is a trail through the mangrove consisting entirely of a deck/walkway with interpretive signs (in Thai) and a few observation points. Great care was taken to avoid cutting too much of the mangroves. Here is a map: Pranburi Map
Head to Chopstick Mountain if you want to see a giant 17 metre tall golden Buddha Statue, in the ‘calming the ocean’ posture and standing against the cliff wall.It is about 4km south of Hua Hin.
A temple at the top of the hill, Wat Khao Takiap, offers bird's eye views of Hua Hin, day or night. Climbing the temple-topped hill of Khao Takiap is well worth it for in addition to its panoramic views there are scatterings of Buddhist shrines, and wild macaque monkeys (to be wary of) on the cliffs and in the tree tops.
There are 2 national parks close to Hua hin, Kraechan national park is about 50 minutes north of Hua hin and Sam Roi Yot National Park is about 40 minutes south of Hua hin. They are very different. Kraechan is jungle style national park, Sam Roi Yot is lowlands and wetlands with peaks running along the coast, both are well worth a visit and tours and trips are offered to both from Hua Hin, ideal sightseeing trips.
Do try and get away from the main tourist areas, this tips probably applies to anywhere! There are plenty of tours and excursions but if you want some good ideas obout where to go then always have a chat with hotel staff. You can head off towards the mountains of Hua Hin and find wonderful villages, even hilltribes that are yet to be part of the tourist trail. A car and driver will cost about USD30-40 for a full day including fuel, ask the driver to take you away from the main tourist areas.
This is a local fishing village at Khao Takiab Bay in Hua Hin, the boats go out at night for squid. Late at night 'till almost dawn you will always see lights on the horizon and it makes a great sight .
There is a great new off the road all terain buggy ride place just south of Hua Hin town centre called ATC. Drive through to Khao Takiab and then turn right just past Rua Rimtan and follow the signs, great fun it you like soft adventure!
We rented a motorcycle and travel around Hua Hin following the Tourist Information Guide Book we get from the railway station. This Buddha is somewhere near the Twin hills of Khao Takiab (Chopstick Peaks).
Nice view from the beach :D
One thing to be careful if you are renting a Honda Wave Bike in Hua Hin.. For inexperience rider like myself, i almost ski the bike when approaching the beach... So be careful :D
If you want to get away from the people and see some greenery for a day, head for the waterfalls at Kaeng Krachan National Park, about 50 km out of the town i think. If there are a few of you, you can rent a pickup truck and driver for the day for not a lot of money.
At the park, there is a trail that will take you thru the forest up to a series of waterfalls. As you walk, you will feel the air cool down - it feels very refreshing in teh hot season. None of the waterfalls we saw (we didn't see half of them) were spectacularly high, but at many of them you can jump into the pool of water at the waterfall to cool off. I think there are nearly 20 waterfalls if you walk all the way up, but we took it easy and played in the water for quite a while.
I put this under 'off the beaten path' because in 1994, there was nobody else there. I don't know what it is like now. It is a great day trip.
If you are by yourself or there are just two or you, you can rent motorcycles in HH for the day.
Another trip suggestion is going to Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park about 20 km south of HH town. I have written more about it on my Thailand page in the hiking travelogue.
When you want to take your time, bring your favorite book and go to the Chinese temple at the end of a street off the Naresdamri Rd, at the back of Lookghai guest house. You'll enjoy 270 degree panoramic ocean view from there! It is a small place and there are some benches under the tree. It is nice!