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Hua Hin, Thailand

Hua Hin is a seaside resort city in Thailand. It is a popular weekend getaway spot for Bangkok residents and foreigners and is also popular with ex-pats for retirement or holiday home location.

Hua Hin has a tropical climate with high humidity and occasional rain. Generally, the best time of the year to visit Hua Hin is in the cool season from November to February. The hot season is from March to May, and the rainy season is from June to October.

Solar Air flies from Bangkok’s Don Muang Airport to Hua Hin 4 days a week.

Buses from Bangkok to Hua Hin leave from the Sai Tai Mai terminal about every 20 minutes and take around 3.5 hours.

There is also a fast ferry service to Hua Hin from Pattaya that takes just over 3 hours.

To get around in Hua Hin, sawngthaews run all day. There are also motorcycle taxis and tuk-tuks and a few car taxis. Motorcycle and bicycle rentals are readily available. Hua Hin is very flat, and a bicycle is a good way to get around locally.

There is only one beach, Hua Hin Beach, which runs from one side of Hua Hin to the other. The beach extends 3K southwards from a rocky headland, with a temple built into the cliffs on the south side

A few things to see and do:

Khao Takiab is one of the highest area in Hua Hin, and boasts Buddhist temples and a great view of Hua Hin and beautiful sunsets.

Hua Hin Arts and Crafts Centre is situated in an old typical house on Naepkhehat Road. It has a collection of many contemporary works of Thai artists.

    Klai Kangwon Palace is a Spanish-style summer palace faces the sea and dominates an extensive ornamental garden. Members of the public can visit the palace every day, when the Royal Family is not in residence.

Golf is extremely popular in Hua Hin and the place has several high quality courses.

Fishing and eco-cruises can be done in Hua Hin, both at sea and inland.

Kite-boarding is a very popular in Hua Hin. There are several schools giving lessons and tuition with equipment for hire.
Elephant camps and trekking can be found just west of town. There is also an elephant camp.

Go karting can be enjoyed at the karting track near the airport. 

Water Sports in Hua Hin include swimming, banana boat rides, waterski-ing, jet-ski-ing, sailing, windsurfing, parasailing, kayaking, snorkeling and scuba-diving.

A few Thai Cooking schools have sprung up in Hua Hin where foreign tourists can learn the art of serving up their favourite Thai dishes.  Courses are available at most of the large hotels.

For those who may want to live and work in Hua Hin, there is a fair amount of paperwork that must be done.

On entering Thailand, you will be given a permitted stay of 90 days and this can be extended within The Kingdom for a year once you have a work permit.

Before a work permit can be issued, the applicant must possess a Non-Immigrant Visa, category "B" for business. You should have a letter from your employer stating that a job has been offered and that they request the visa for you so they/you can apply for the work permit.

Thailand has recently been cracking down on foreigners teaching English. You will be required to show a true original of a degree from abroad and a related English teaching qualification.

The popularity of Hua Hin as a second home destination has increased rapidly over the past few years. There are countless real estate agents in Hua Hin and plenty of houses for sale.

A two week holiday is much different from full time living, so you may want to rent first, and then look into purchasing a condo or such if you do decide to stay longer term.

The price for renting a nice villa with private pool can be as low as 20000B.

Be aware that foreigners cannot own land in Thailand.
Rules for condo ownership are more relaxed, but read the small print to find out about entitlements and purchase procedures.

Hua Hin has grown from a solely tourist destination into one attracting many expatriates. There are an estimated 4,000 foreigners living in Hua Hin today and the numbers are increasing.

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The "Pull" of Hua Hin Thailand

In tourism terms, a location has to have certain qualities in order to attract, or "pull" tourists to that location. Hua Hin, Thailand, has many attractive qualities. Some of which we will detail in this article. This author lived in Hua Hin for three years in 2004-2006, providing first hand experience with the area.

One of the foremost attractions of Hua Hin is its proximity to Bangkok. It is the oldest beach resort in Thailand, 281 kilometers from Bangkok. With the improved road from Krung Thep (Bangkok) to Hua Hin, the trip takes about 2 1/2 to 3 hours by car. Mini-vans take travelers there for 180 baht - $6 USD. (2011)

Hua Hin Travel Guide
Hua Hin, Thailand
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