Take a street leading to beach between Hilton and Sofitel hotels and you are in the most crowded beach area. You whether like it or not the beach is lively with sun beds and umbrellas, restaurants and hawkers and different kind of sport activities like parachuting and pony riding. The restaurants and sun beds are within the same business, so you might get some challenges if you select some other restaurant than your lady's, at least it happened to us.
The tide was on our days quite strong and the day lasted only to about 3:00PM (photo 4) and the wind was OK to us, calming the weather, it was really hot in the town, thermometer bar climbed to 37 Celsius!
The sellers were eager but polite, you were offered to by clothes, watches, jewelry, scarfs and I was about to buy a wooden motorcycle, the price started from 1500 and the second offer was 1000. It was a nice one, about 30-40 centimeters long, but I didn't have enough space in my luggage.
Our waiter in the restaurant had nice nails (photo 5 :)
Our hotel was located besides King's holiday place so it was very secure. From five to seven warships and gunboats were patrolling around Kings apartment 24/7 making the beach very safe place and during night time they were nicely lighted (so there was no war ongoing). You couldn't walk to south, you got stopped by King's guards.
The beach was too quiet, there were no life and the tide made it 5 - 30 meters width, so you could use it only swimming, not sun bathing. No water games on this place. There were some fishermen using throwing net, but as far as I noticed, the fish were same size than my when I was last time in Ice hole fishing (check my tips from Finland pages).
No beach bar, only ones were in the Hotels.
Traquility around the city beach shouldn't be missed. It can get too crowded though but when you're around the weekdays and it's not in high seasons, you will find yourself alone...Take some pictures of this stones along the side of the beach as it's what the city name come from!
The photo was taken outside the Hilton Hotel. It was very crowded as it's during the long weekend of New Year!
The beach at Hua Hin is 5 kilometers long, and have a lot of hotels and guesthouses. The beach is lively with hawkers, eating places, sport activities and sun beds.
But the sand on the beach is hard compared with the soft, white beaches in south Thailand, like f.ex Phuket.
Hua Hin beach stretches some 7 kilometres from the town centre to Khao Takiab. It remains little developed compared to other Thai resorts and considering its size you can always find a quiet little spot. Its name (Hua Hin – head stone) is derived from the rock formations that can be seen on the beach in front of the Sofitel Central Hotel. For those who are a little more adventurous, pony rides can be taken and for those simply wanting to relax there are plenty of deck chairs, sun loungers and beach umbrellas available for a small hourly charge. As the beach faces east, there's some shade in the afternoon along the more congested area in the north, around the Hilton, but to the south is very pleasant. The further away from the hotels you stroll, the less likely you'll be asked to buy food and drink from roving merchants, but you'll never be 100% free of them on this beach.
Do be sure to visit the other beaches in the area around Hua Hin. South of Hua Hin are Hua Don Beach, Suan Son Beach. You can then go further along the coast to the beaches around Pranburi including Dolphin Bay and the deserted beaches along the coast of the Sam Roi Yot National Park. The main beach in Hua Hin stretches from near the Sofitel all the way to South beach at Khao Takiab past the Hyatt Regency and Wora Bura.
One of the best benefits of Hua Hin beach hotels is that they are truly right on the beach, no beach road to cross, so you have direct beach access from your Hua Hin hotel or resort.
The south part of the beach which we visited was as the most of area packed with holiday resorts as far as your eyes could see. So therefore I wouldn’t call it idyllic.
What is nice is to climb up the hill by the end of the beach where Wat Khao Takiab is. There is a gigantic statue of Buddha on the way up (see addtional photo 1). The Wat is nothing to mention but you can enjoy the numerous playful monkeys by feeding them (see addtional photo 2) and enjoy nice views over Hua Hin and Takiab beach.
Bit obvious really, but so what! Its long and quiet, so long as you avoid the bits in front of the resort hotels!
If bored, head to the Takiab beach, 5 minutes to south of Hua Hin proper.