Hua Hin is frequently visited by families with children, and like most places in Thailand, there are many activities. The challenging part is to find family activities in Hua Hin, which are entertaining for children as well. For this reason, we included 5 interesting things to do and place to visit in Hua Hin and surrounding area.
Cicada & Tamarind markets
Night markets can be a lot of fun for both children and parents. The famous Cicada market is well know for theatre performances and small concerts. There, you can find handy craft items, artwork, souvenir shops and delicious street food.
Within short walking distance from the Cicada, you will discover the Tamarind market. Furthermore, Tamarind market is more oriented towards the culinary experience with live music. It has a concept of an open market with variety of food stalls. Since the market is settled in a very natural environment, it has a cozy laid-back feel to it.
Both markets are located only short walking distance from each other. Therefore, it is a good idea to visit both of them in the same night. We would suggest starting with Tamarind market due to a larger variety of food choices. Followed by visiting the Cicada market and enjoy the multiple entertainment venues and shopping areas.
Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park
Sam Roi Yot national park is a perfect place for a family day trip. It is located on the coast of Prachuap Khiri Khan Province, some 60 kilometers south of Hua Hin. Its famous for its magnificent mountain peaks, hence the name Sam Roi Yot, which translates to ‘The Mountain with Three Hundred Peaks’. The main attraction, however, is the Sam Phraya beach and Phraya Nakhon Cave with its iconic royal pavilion and huge chamber. The beach and the cave can be reached by a boat from the neighboring Bang Pu Beach or by hiking along the mountain, which will reward you with stunning views.
Khao Tao Reserve
One of the most peaceful and relaxing areas of Hua Hin is Khao Tao reserve, located some 12 kilometers from town center. There you can find two secluded beaches (Khao Tao and Sai Noi), beautiful Thai and Chinese Buddhist temples, a freshwater lake with 2-kilometre walkway around it and plenty of restaurants with both Thai and Foreign cuisine. Ideal place for a relaxing day away from the tourist crowds. In addition, Pranburi Forest Park featuring amazing mangrove forest is located close to Khao Tao and is definitely worth visiting.
Hua Hin Hills Vineyard
Yes, that’s right, Hua Hin has a vineyard which is home to an award-winning Monsoon Valley wine. Situated some 45 minutes’ drive from Hua Hin, the vineyard is set between the mountain ranges with continuous stretches of grape vines. There is a restaurant on site, with amazing food paired with their delicious wines. The vineyards can be toured with a bicycle ride and there is an elephant on site. During the harvest season (mid-February to March), it is possible to participate in activities such field harvest and grape crushing, accompanied with live Jazz music.
Zaithong Organic Farm and Caffe
Zaithong Organic Farm and Caffe, located on the outskirts of Hua Hin towards the Pak Nam Pran area, offers a variety of fresh and organic products from hydroponic salads, free range chicken eggs, tropical fruits, Thai and Western herbs and much more. Additionally, there is a cafe on site offering freshly brewed coffee, natural juices, homemade ice-cream and local Thai dishes. The farm is designed in park type setup, which makes it very cozy to walk through, relax on the swings or benches and enjoy the scenery. Visitor can grab the basket and pick their own products, including free range chicken eggs. Great place for kids and amazing source of healthy food.