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“bland, crowded & not to clean”
Review of Hua Hin Beach

Hua Hin Beach
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Ranked #30 of 98 things to do in Hua Hin
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Reviewed July 6, 2013

rocky sand beach, can't really sit & relax, too many vendors pestering. the beach is not very clean too much garbage washed up.

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Reviewed July 4, 2013

somewhat dirty, tout ridden and effluent in water. Go Sth to Kao Tao for a nicer beach or 100 Km's to Ao Manao which is beautiful!

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Reviewed July 3, 2013

I just wanted to write a report on our week touring the coastline from Hua Hin south and back. My friends and I had planned this without booking anything. We had booked mopeds from Bangkok but the shop pulled out at the last minute due to the Songkran festival. This turned out to be great luck as we caught a taxi van to Hua Hin from Bangkok for 2500 baht and realized how dangerous it would have been to ride on the highway on scooters and would have got lost. In Hua Hin we went to T.K car/ scooter and Taxi rental. They are near the train station. For all the horror stories you hear about renting in Asia, this was not one of them. They were nice and trouble free. They accepted a photocopy of a passport and 2000 baht deposit for 3 bikes. The bikes cost us $6 AUD per day for 4 days with helmets. When we returned them they didn't look them over and met us at the door with our 2000 baht deposit. They also arranged a van to take us to Bangkok airport (3hr drive) for 2000 baht.

The Ride
We found it easy to ride around Hua Hin, it was busy traffic around the city due to the national holidays but nothing like Bangkok. We all ride motorbikes at home so didn't find it daunting. If you haven't ridden a motorbike before you can still do it. It's just like riding a motorised bicycle. There is a cycle lane to the left away from the cars. Hua Hin layout is very similar to the Gold Coast Queensland. There is heaps of resorts along the coast and the road network is identical. We rode down to Nong Kae which is just like going to a Thai style of Burleigh headland with large Buddha statues on it and monkeys instead of bush turkeys. It is a very nice place and a must if in Hua Hin.

We headed south trying to hug the coastline. We only had to spend about 20km on the main highway over the 4 days. The coastline is very scenic and lots to see. We stopped at Pak Nam Pran which is a fishing town and all over the town are racks of squid and fish and shrimp drying out in the sun. This seems to be a major supplier of these Thai cooking ingredients. We ate at the Ox Seaside restaurant for some beautiful chilli pippy's for morning tea. This is a direct oceanfront restaurant with freshly caught seafood. From here south is all fishing villages so seafood is always fresh.

We continued our ride and stopped at Thaao Ko Sa Forest Park. There are nice street stalls here selling Portuguese style whole chickens. It was very good and a whole chicken cost 150 baht. We also had the best pot of Tom Yum Goong, here. It was packed with prawns (at least a dozen) and such fragrant flavor. We walked on the beach and it was so good to see this is where the Thai people holiday and play. We were the only foreign tourists.

We continued our journey south through small villages and crossing rivers always staying close to the coast. It starts to get mountainous terrain so is a great view although the road is always flat following sea level. This would also be a great trip for bicycles. There are no hills to climb at all. Even though we were in remote areas the road quality is excellent fairly new hotmix tar most of the way. Much better than we expected.

Next we arrived at a beautiful quiet beach village called Sam Roi Yot. It has a few beautiful islands off the coast which set a great view. The island is called Koh Lam or nicknamed Monkey Island. We stopped at a beach restaurant and had great whole BBQ fish, Pad Thai and papaya salad. Again the flavors were spot on and fragrant.

We decided to stay our first night here and walked up to a beachfront hotel and got a villa room that fitted 3 for $100 AUD. this included breakfast which was nice and individually cooked. We did a pub crawl along this esplanade and all of the small bars were friendly and served cold beer and authentic thai food and had free wi-fi with an ocean view. We all want to retire here.

The next morning we headed off and you drive into the Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park. There is a ranger gate before entering but you don't have to pay if your continuing to ride through. There are a lot of things to do in here for nature lovers. ie: bush walk tracks to caves, bird watching wetlands, kayaking tours along the river. We continued to ride South along the coast through the inland fish farms for a few hours until we reached a busier town of Prachuap Khiri Khan. This has everything but is not a European tourist haven. There is also a Thai Air Force base (wing 5) in the town and appears to have one of every government organisation based here.

We were pretty much the only europeans in town but still felt welcome and the English was still very good. We stayed at one of the major hotels in the town looking over the water for $37 AUD per night with breakfast for 3 people. We walked around the town which has authentic food markets, an open air dinning market the size of a football field with great fresh food. There is a temple at the top of the mountain overlooking the town with lots of wild monkeys wandering around at the bottom along the road. You don't need to pay to go to a zoo here. We had some lunch at a water side restaurant and watched an old lady arrive straight from a trawler with her cart full of seafood and she cleaned it for the restaurant before selling it to them which they cooked for us. Can't get much fresher than that.

Every meal we ate, we kept on saying "that's the best dish yet" was so good. And so cheap.

We rode our scooters out to the point to look at some of the islands and were blown away by a little 5 year old boy who gave us a big wave and yelled out "welcome to Thailand" he was the best ambassador for his country.

The next morning we turned around and made our way back to Hua Hin and got there in the early afternoon. It was still a relaxing easy ride with lots of scenic stops along the way. You could continue south safely for a lot longer but we didn't allow ourselves enough time.

This whole trip would have cost us less than $300 each for heaps of food, beer, accommodation and mopeds over 3 days. It was an easy adventure that we won't forget. I would definitely recommend getting away from the usual European tourist spots to find the real taste and culture of Thailand.

The next day I flew over to Phuket where I had been twice before and realised how ruined it is in culture and simplicity compared to where we had just been.

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Reviewed June 30, 2013

very cheap nice hotels from 15 pound a night 15 pounds a meal for 2 family destination quiet bars irish or english pubs expensive 6 quid a pint due to import taxes

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Reviewed June 26, 2013

Wonderful beach almost deserted. Golden sands. Only down side are the people coming up to you trying to sell table cloths etc. Was also told to watch out for the occasional jelly fish.

Thank LondonVirg
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