stay fit in paradise city ...
For those who want to stay fit during their visit, there are a number of gyms around town. Most of the top-end hotels have good facilities and some will allow guests the use of them for a weekly or monthly fee.
In addition, there are more public ones at Grand Sport, Sport Villa and Palm Hills.
If you look around, you can find golf fitness instructors and a couple of yoga classes. There are also a number of local running and cycling clubs, more information can be found on the Hua Hin Sport website.
Because of the weather, swimming is a popular and rewarding way to exercise and again most of the large hotels will allow you to use their pools for a small charge.
Palm Hills Country Club, about 5kms north of Hua Hin town centre, has a great pool in a superb location. They allow day guests, but have unfortunately raised their prices rather sharply recently. Sport Villa is again another popular spot and is found about 3kms south of town. The beach is shallow and safe for swimming - but watch out for jellyfish. Other beaches south of Hua Hin, particularly Sai Noi, are excellent for swimming as they get deep quickly.
If you are interested in martial arts, karate and aikido courses for adults and children are available at the Grand Sport gym.
Muay Thai (Thai kick boxing) is practised seriously at a number of stadiums in Hua Hin and the events are regularly advertised around town. It is now also possible to train with the fighters and apparantly even get in the ring with them, if you dare.
Wing Tsun self-defence courses are run by WT Thailand in Khao Takiab either in their camp or on the beach. Wing Tsun is a form of Kung Fu used for self defence and self discipline, you can learn in a friendly group environment or individually.
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