where to go from paradise city ...
As has been explained in other sections, Hua Hin contains almost everything you will need during your stay - accommodation, great food, entertainment, beaches and sporting activities. This can mean that it is easy to come here for a few weeks and never venture outside of the town's limits.
However, this would be a shame as there are plenty of attractions around the area that you should try to see whilst here. Most are only an hour or so's drive from Hua Hin and they will give you the chance to explore the local terrain and experience more of a rustic lifestyle than you will find within Hua Hin itself.
Other places worth visiting are slightly further afield, but still only up to a three or four hour drive away from Hua Hin and some of you may want to combine a night in these locations to get a real feel for them. We give further details later on in another section for those who want to explore a bit more.
Most major hotels will offer day trips to these attractions and they can be good value. However, it is easy to arrange your own transport and bearing in mind the fact that you can stop off wherever you want and tailor a trip to suit yourself, these tours offer a good alternative to the "package-style" luxury buses. However you decide to explore the neighbouring areas, you're sure to find that taking a couple of day trips or tours will add to the overall enjoyment of your visit to Thailand and Hua Hin.
This cascade is found on the south side of Kaeng Krachan National Park, some 60kms west of Hua Hin. The park is one of the largest in Thailand and sits right next to the Burmese (Myanmar) border. It is a beautiful spot to visit. You will pass through stunning countryside and hills on your drive there that will only take 1.5 hours or so.
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Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park
On 28th June 1996, Khao Sam Roi Yot was established as the first coastal National Park in Thailand. Literally meaning "the mountain with 300 peaks", it is only a 45 minute drive south of Hua Hin and east of Pranburi.
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Kaeng Krachan National Park
Kaeng Krachan was established as a National Park in 1981 and is the largest in Thailand, covering an area of 2,915 sq kms. Located about 1.5 hrs northwest of Hua Hin, it is an area of outstanding natural beauty that is well worth visiting during your stay.
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This privately owned island sits a 30 min boat ride away off the coast of the increasingly popular town of Bangsaphan which is a 2-3 hour journey by car, bus or train, south of Hua Hin.
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This small island is situated just off the coast of Khao Takiab and its name literally means "Lion Island" as the shape resembles a crouching lion.
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