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Although Hua Hin is the main tourist destination along this stretch of the Gulf of Thailand, there are some other interesting locations within 1 to 1.5 hours travelling time away that might give your stay here a bit more variety and so make it that more interesting.
In the following pages, we describe the main areas that are worth trying to see, give details of how to get to them, what there is to see, where to stay and a general idea of prices.
In the main, these other places will be more "laid-back" and quieter than Hua Hin and also less expensive. You will always find the locals extremely friendly and pleased to see you and all-in-all these excursions can make a pleasant change from Hua Hin, whether just for a day-trip or a longer stay.
To join in with lively and informative discussions about areas around Hua Hin, visit our South of Hua Hin forum.
This fast developing town is situated only some 7 kms from Hua Hin and is quickly becoming a fully self-contained holiday destination with amenities ranging from accommodation, beaches, activities, restaurants and bars.
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Not to be confused with the diving island of Koh Tao which is some way south of Hua Hin and off Chumphon, Khao Tao is a charming village with a wonderful beach. The beach is seperately named Hat Sai Noi.
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Some 40km south of Hua Hin is the peaceful bay of Khao Kalok. To reach this beach, you need to follow the main highway south to Pranburi, turn left to Pak Nam Pran and take the second major turn on the right.
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This coastal town is found 25km north of Hua Hin and whilst not as large, it is developing. Cha-am has been a favourite holiday and weekend destination for Thais for many years and this is still the case.
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Situated some 30km south of Hua Hin, Pranburi and Paknampran are fast becoming tourist destinations of their own right. For many years, they were not so favoured, either with locals or tourists, as most people stayed in Hua Hin or Ch-am.
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This historic town is certainly worth a day or two's visit from Hua Hin. It is some 80km north and is easily reachable by bus, taxi or train. The journey takes around an hour.
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The town of the above name is, not surprisingly, the provincial and administrative capital of Prachuabkirikhan province. It is definitely worth a visit for a day or two to experience the more "laid back" Thai feeling of the town.
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