Hua Hin was once the summer retreat of the Thai aristocrats back in the 1920s and it has evolved into a sophisticated, cosmopolitan destination with elegant resorts, superb restaurants, lively markets, thrilling water sports and much more.
The beaches are pretty in Hua Hin, the water is clean and although the tourist infrastructure is rapidly developing there is a commitment from local authorities to keep the resort from suffering from the negative effects of overdevelopment.
Hua Hin offers the perfect combination of old world charm and modern luxury. It is also an ideal base for exploring the mangrove swamps, limestone mountains and abundant bird life of Sam Roi Yot National Park.
Via Taxi or Car
Hua Hin is around 200km from Bangkok, so taking a taxi would be possible – but expensive. After bargaining with the driver the cost should be around 2,000 baht for the 2.5 hour road journey.
However, this would be the most convenient and direct way of getting there so that you can enjoy the temples, waterfalls, beaches and markets of Hua Hin for very little hassle. It is also possible to hire a car and drive all the way to Hua Hin, which gives you a lot of freedom and flexibility.
Another option for getting to Hua Hin is the train, which is quite convenient as there is a train station located right in the centre of Hua Hin.
The train goes much slower than a car, so the 2.5 hour trip will stretch to 5 or 6 hours. The train will cost around 250 habt and will leave the Bang Sue and Hua Lamphong railway stations 10 times per day between 8am and 11pm.
There are hourly bus services to Hua Hin from the Southern Bus Terminal in Bangkok, from 4am until 10pm. You have the option of air conditioned or non-air-conditioned coaches and the ticket will cost around 160 baht. You will need to visit the bus station in person to book your tickets. The journey will take around 3.5-4 hours on the bus.
There is also the option to take the minibus, which is much faster than the bus and will cover the distance within around 2.5 hours. These buses will seat around 12 people and the ticket will cost around 200 baht, depending on the amount of people taking the journey with you. You can find the minibuses from Ratchawitee Hospital near the Victory Monument in Bangkok.
Since Hua Hin is only a 3 hour drive from Bangkok, flying there is not the most popular option.
Nok Air used to offer a once per day 30 minute flight from Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok to Hua Hin, but it appears this option has been cancelled.
The close proximity of Hua Hin to Bangkok makes offering flights financially unviable.
These are the available options for getting from Bangkok to the beautiful beaches and welcoming resorts of Hua Hin, so that you can make the most of your visit to Thailand.