Hua Hin is a popular beach escape among Bangkok people as well as for tourists/visitors. Previously, we have covered Khao Yai as a mountainous area holiday destination for Bangkok people. Now, we will touch on the beachside holiday destination, Hua Hin, Thailand. We will be covering basic information about Hua Hin, Hua Hin weather, the best month to visit Hua Hin and how to get there.
Hua Hin district is located within the Prachuap Khiri Khan province located in the Southernmost part of central Thailand. This means Hua Hin is not very far from Bangkok as it is only 2-3 hours drive away (about 200 km). Hua Hin has a total area of 900 km2, and the eastern side of the district is a seaside to the gulf of Thailand, making the district well known as a beach resort town.
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Location on the map
As mentioned previously, Hua Hin is considered a part of central Thailand so it is much closer to Bangkok than other popular travel destinations like Phuket or Krabi. Hua Hin is 2-3 hours car drive away from Bangkok. However, if you want to get to Hua Hin from other parts of Southern Thailand like Phuket or Krabi, it will take 7-8 hours of driving which covers over 500 km in distance. The map of central & southern Thailand below will give a clearer picture of Hua Hin’s location.
Hua Hin weather and best month to visit
Hua Hin’s location being at the coastal area gives the district a hot tropical climate for most times of the year. Having said that, if you are looking for relatively cooler weather, the best month to visit will be November to January. This time of the year is what Thai people consider Winter. Winter in Thailand is the driest season, which means you can go outdoors without much worry that you will get wet.
In general, during these months the temperature in Hua Hin will range from 23 to 33 degrees. However, keep in mind that temperature might only drop to below 30 degrees during night or early morning time. For more information about Thailand weather, visit our dedicated post here.
We just visited Hua Hin in January this year and despite the hot sun during the day, the breeze was very comforting. A lot of people walked around outdoor despite the hot sun because the breeze made it more bearable. Just prepare your cap and sunnies and you are good to go.
Transportation to Hua Hin
If you are in Bangkok, the most convenient transportation to Hua Hin would be to drive or hire a private car. As mentioned before, the drive is not that long, only 2-3 hours. 6 main points throughout the drive that you need to take note of (Bangkok to Huahin direction):
- Dao Khanong
- Samut Sakhon
- Prachuap Khiri Khan
- Cha Am
Hua Hin also has a small international airport called the Hua Hin Airport (HHQ) which welcomes both domestic and international flights. However, there are a limited number of flights going there, especially during COVID/travel restriction time.
Hua Hin’s train station is actually one of the sight seeing/photo taking spots known for its traditional look. This also means you can take a train from various parts of Thailand to Hua Hin. You can check/book train schedule by going to Thailand railway website, and explore Hua Hin station within the Southern line.
There are also VIP buses which provide great services and run across Thailand. For more general transportation information within Thailand, feel free to check out our other article here.
Should you visit Hua Hin in Thailand?
If you are looking for a weekend getaway at the beachside, Hua Hin is a perfect destination as it’s not too far from Bangkok. It is considered quite developed for tourism. Plenty of boutique or big chain accommodations in Hua Hin available for you to pick. A lot of restaurants and cafes as well as beach clubs for you to hang out. Many of these places are located by the sea so that you can have your food or drink while enjoying the breeze.
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