Local bus hua hun to chumphon 180Baht
Travel agents bus 400Baht
All that happens with some travel agents is that you get picked up from your accomodation then taken to a local bus anyway so you have effectively paid 220Baht to get to the bus station.
Hua-Hin seems to have a tailors shop every 10 yards from another tailors shop. "Do you want to buy a suit sir" is heard around town all the time.
One came up to me with "you are looking very well today " I found this a little hard to believe as I was wearing a t-shirt that looked like it had been kicked around the floor and only had about 4 hours sleep the previous night after staying up late in a bar watching the england game.
If you're looking to get a glimpse of some Rhesus Monkeys up close, Khao Takieb is the place to go. That said, as these monkeys are very accustomed to human contact, they are not at all bashful when it comes to going after your food or water. Just keep a closer eye on your items than you usually would. And don't worry, the monkeys generally won't jump on you as they did to the lady picured below.... UNLESS of course you encourage them by putting an ear of corn on your shoulder as she did....
Hua Hin has numerous rocks that dot the beach. While they provide an appealing aesthetic contrast with the white sand, they're also a dangerous nuisance when swimming. I was able to escape unscathed, however I saw several people leave the water bleeding with minor cuts.
So be careful of the rocks you grab a hold of, and it might be a good idea to wear sandals in the water.
Seriously, I loved it here so much that when I bought a postcard to send back to work. A Thai waitress helped me translate what I wanted my card to say.
In Thai, it says:
"Loving it here so much, that I'm never coming back!"
She probably half wondered why I would say such a thing as that, but the sun shone every day, the water was warm for swimming, the food was fantastic, and I was falling in love with the place.
Once on the beach be sure you enjoy a carefree swimming! We were told by another tourist that there were hazardous jellyfishes. I thought it was exaggerating info until I found myself several of them on the sand!!
When exploring the beach in Hua Hin, care is needed, especially when climbing around on the rocks. Many of the rocks are covered with mussel shells or live mussels. This makes for a slippery, sharp and potentally dangerous climb. Keep in mind the high and low tide.
I saw children slip and luckly not hurt themselves, when they were playing on the rocks. Wear proper footwear and take care of where you are walking, and this should help to avoid any injuries.
At the foot of the mountain in Prachuao Khiri Khan, there are over two hundred Macaque monkeys running around on the sidewalks, and the stairs leading up to the top of the mountain.
There is even a statue of the monkeys there with a fountain for them to play in.
Ladies sell bananas so you can feed them.
They are waiting for you on the stairs and they expect you to have food.
It is said that they go to the top of an evening and feed on the Frangipani trees. I have never seen this.
Hua Hin has become a very touristic town, so it is rather 'normal' that some people try to rip you off. Just one advice, if you take a tuktuk in Hua Hin, don't go with nr 32 ( numbers are written on the tuktuks). He takes you where you do not want to go and tries to rip you off, swearing that he doesn't try to cheat on you. Don't believe him, he's a very good actor!!!!
About the taxis: make sure that the driver is absolutely sure where you are going to. Ours had no idea where our hotel was and kept driving around. Eventually, we ended up with very friendly Thai people, who offered to take us to our hotel for free!! We didn't have to pay the taxi driver either!
You will probably take a half day to travel in Takiap Hill & Khao Takiap which is lying at the southern end of Hua Hin beach when you are in Hua Hin. You can find a temple and a huge standing Buddha statue there. Before you start to climb series of steps to the top of the Hill to enjoy the great views, you will meet a gang of monkeys that showing lots of interest in what you bring...so watch out;-)
Don't say I didnt mentioned this but cockroaches go moon-bathing on the beach at night! Arghhh!!! These disgusting things only come out at night so beware where you step when you on the beach. And wear your shoes! Yucks!
Most of the beach is ok but around the pier area there are lots of stray dogs. This is not the place to go walking barefoot. There also seems to be a lot of litter in this area as well.