Hua Hin offers plenty of outdoor activities aside from the beach
WATERPARKS: Although there’s no shortage of water along the undulating coastline of Hua Hin, those seeking the kind of wet and wild excitement that waterparks offer are in luck as this region is home to several. Vana Nava Hua Hin (www.vananavahuahin.com) is the newest of the bunch—opened in 2014—and offers 19 exciting rides and slides, including The Abyss, the largest slide in Thailand. By contrast the Black Mountain Waterpark (www.blackmountainwaterpark.com)—opened in 2011—offers 9 different slides, as well as a spectacular wave pool, a lazy river ride, and more. Finally, the long-running Greek-themed Santorini Park in neighbouring Cha-Am (www.santoriniparkchaam.com), offers waterslides, as well as an art and culture park, and family-friendly carnival rides.
GOLF: If golf is your game then visiting the links in and around Hua Hin will keep you occupied for quite some time. There are many courses here, with some of the more prominent ones being the Black Mountain Golf Resort, the Royal Hua Hin Golf Club, the Banyan Golf Club Hua Hin, and the Majestic Creek Golf Club & Resort. If you are interested in organized golf packages, why not contact Hua Hin Golf Tours (www.huahingolf.com). Founded in 1992, it remains Thailand’s first registered golf tour company.
SPORTS: From February to May, Hua Hin is ideal for kitesurfing, and the folks at Hua Hin Kitesurfing—a branch of KiteBoardingAsia (KBA)—insist that anyone can easily learn. Package prices start at B4,000 for a day-long introductory lesson with one of the school’s instructors, and go as high as B43,000 for a 14-night holiday package, including nine days of kitesurfing lessons. Visit www.huahinkitesurfing.com for more information. Meanwhile, away from the waves, Hua Hin Bike Tours offers amazing day and evening mountain bike excursions. Travel along the ‘Royal Coast’, visit Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, drop in on the Hua Hin Hills Vineyard, or cycle all the way to the Myanmar border (spoiler alert: it’s just 12 km away). Check out www.huahinbiketours.com to find out more.
SHOPPING: Although the Hua Hin Night Market is a not-to-be-missed attraction in town, the Cicada Market—which opened in 2010—is an equally enticing venue. Created as a place for artists, creators, and designers to exhibit their wares, the market is open every Friday and Saturday from 4pm to 11pm, and on Sundays till 10pm. Located on Khao Takieb-Hua Hin Road (or Hua Hin 87, at the entrance to the Hyatt Regency Hotel), the entire market area features an abundance of shopping outlets and eateries, as well as a venue for live performances and art exhibitions. Admission to the market and all performances or exhibitions is free. www.cicadamarket.com