Actually, I’m not entirely sure if we spent 60 hours there, it was a trip back in March. We stayed for two nights, let’s assume we did.
When most people think of Thailand, I don’t think Hua Hin can even come close to Top 5, not when you have Bangkok, Phuket, Koh Samui, Koh Samed, Chiangmai etc, Hua Hin might look/sound quite dull or second class.
but you’re wrong if you think that way
There’s a reason why Hua Hin is one of the oldest seaside resorts in Thailand and why so many Thai loves to go there. I do confess their waters might not be as clear as those in Koh Samui or Phuket, it doesn’t rock the metropolitan style like Bangkok, but it is a good old gem tucked away in Thailand, yet to be overflood with mass of tourists.
C, C and I had been talking about a getaway trip since forever but never came around, then one day we decided we can delay no more. C wanted water sports and I insisted I can’t take too many days of leave and I wanna control budget, so we restricted our choice to Thailand. Let me get this straight, Hua Hin is a great choice, but be prepared for a three hour drive each leg from BKK airport (which is a pain in the ass, literally)
1. Knead The Muscles
Honestly, I think its quite dangerous when Hongkongers go to Thailand, because they invade every single Thai massage parlor they (I) can find. Eat and massage, that’s what all (most) of us do. So yep, when us girls arrived in Hua Hin, after spending sometime drooling over how nice our hotel room and terrace looks like, and (like all girls do) get changed and touch up our faces, we headed off into the neighbourhood.
Actually our resort Aleenta is located in Pranburi, a seaside village/town located half an hour away from Hua Hin city. Its not so convenient in terms of accessibility, but we definitely loved this area more than Hua Hin itself. It has some cute B&Bs, cafes and all that jazz. Anyways, off we went and indulged ourselves in full on one and half hour massage. I think we only paid 300 Baht each (~HKD80/USD10) – now come on, you can’t get it that cheap in Hong Kong no matter what.
2. Go With The Flow
If you like food, flea market, live music/theatrical performances or a combination of them, you don’t want to miss the Cicada Market. Cicada stands for “Community of Identity Culture Arts and Dynamic Activities” and is one of most vibrant markets in Hua Hin. A combination of an open-air food court sporting fresh and oh-so-delicious Thai specialities (we loved their grilled seafood, grilled pork and tom yum gong), flea market that covers everything from vintage and fashion to artistic products, topped up with several vibrant live performances of music, dance, theatrics etc, you’re guaranteed a great night in Hua Hin. A friendly note is that the food market operates by purchasing food tickets and spare yourself about 300 Baht per person is definitely more than enough.
I’ll let some pictures do the talking:
3. Breakfast Like A Princess
We wasted no time on the next day. Breakfast by the terrace with the gorgeous sunlight beaming on our face. Our daily dose of endorphin fixed.
Music playlist blasting with the hottest mixes? Checked.
Fancy jumping in to the pool with us for a swim too?
4. Maybe You’re Born A Kite Runner
It’s unbelievable how hungry one can get with the mere exercise of swimming (so leisurely) in the infinity pool and just lying on the sun deck roasting oneself. So we decided to walk to the neighbourhood in the opposite direction to get some calories fixtures. Bad idea in that scorching heat. But we caught some beautiful pictures with more than twenty kites flying in the sky. Kite-surfing is apparently really popular in Hua Hin area, we have a kite-surfing school booth near our resort. C was really interested and went to ask, apparently you need at least four days to learn it properly. Maybe we’ll be back to try it out next time with a longer holiday.
Don’t you think it’d be quite cool when everyone says they windsurf or wakeboard that you kitesurf? I’d say that’s pretty standard. Hell yeah.
5. Seafood, Glorious Seafood!
Let the photo do the talking.
A whole super filling meal for like, what, less than HKD50 (USD7)?
Try and beat that, son.
6. A Glimpse Into The Aladdin World
We live next to a Morrocan themed resort, and every time we walked passed it – it’s like stumbling into the exotic Middle East. We decided to go and try out the shisha bar on our last night, dressing up fancy. Don’t you love this bold yet beautiful red and yellow wall? Don’t ask me how long we spent taking pictures. You know Asian girls never miss the chance to pose 😉 The total bill is not as cheap as you would hope, but I’d say most of the bucks goes to the ambience. Seriously, where on earth could you find yourself having shisha and drinks on an exotic terrace, listening to the whistles of the sea with the sea breeze taming your hair?
The trio would very much like to try it out next time. Meanwhile you can have a look here to satisfy your cravings for an exotic fix.
7. All You Shining Stars
Nothing beats seeing the sun rising above the horizon on the beach. The view was truly breathtaking. It was probably not the most magnificent, majestic scene I’ve seen in my life, but the beauty of the sun rising always had a special place in my heart. It speaks of hope, light, future, all things bright and beautiful.
I think the beauty of life is simply boiled down to this: the ability to appreciate everything that happens in your life, being able to wake up and feel the warmth of the sun, being surrounded by families and friends, to be able to love and be loved. And from time to time, go outside your comfort zone to experience what God had planned for you.
The magic of travelling never dies.
Last but not least, big thanks to my C & C for the company, such a comfortable combination. (And I spent several minutes browsing our photos, and I can’t find a decent one to put up! Now, who’s gonna take the blame huh?)
P.S. Procrastination has to stop. A two month delay in updating is not something I have planned for, seriously.
P.P.S What’s next? Have a guess.