By Rhiannon Taylor, February 2018
Hua Hin is an unassuming city that offers paradise-like respite away from the crowds and is only a short drive out of Bangkok. For locals and international travellers alike, an escape to Hua Hin promises pristine beaches, sleepy streets, luxe resorts and great food.
Jek Pia: Over 50 years old, this restaurant is known for it's fresh seafood. 51/6 Th Dechanuchit.
Hua Hin Vegan Cafe: For those wanting something healthy, this vegan restaurant serves up creative dishes like jackfruit burgers and lentil tacos. Th Phetkasem.
The Social Salad: This pick and mix salad shop has an endless list of ingredients which can be teamed with their secret house-made dressings. The prices are reasonable and the service is super friendly. 1/8 Th Chomsin.
Oceanside Beach Club: For pastas and bistro-style food head to Oceanside Beach Club. With great live Dj's and cabana's overlooking the ocean this is a great spot to set up in the late afternoon for a drink to watch sunset.
Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa: For excellent value happy hour, head to the Marriott where you can sick cocktails on the beach. They also run full moon parties, so check their events calendar.
Cicada Market: Running Friday to Sunday, this night market has live entertainment from 8:30pm and is more relaxed that most markets. Many artists come to sell their handmade clothing and decors and there's an abundance of food options from local cuisines to international. Soi Hua Thanon 23, Th Phetkasem.
Mrigadayavan Palace: Only a few kilometres north of Hua Hin city, the Mrigadayavan Palace was built in 1924 and is situated in lush gardens. Make sure you cover legs and arm to avoid hiring a sarong. http://www.mrigadayavan.or.th
Cape Nidhra Hotel: This boutique resort really feels like your own personal oasis. Suites come with private plunge pools and the communal pool is located beachside and framed with swaying palm trees. You could quite easily wrap yourself up in the hotel all day, with a divine spa offering Thai influenced treatments in serene rooms. There's a slick rooftop bar with unobstructed views to the beach which offers a great happy hour and make sure you book in for their buffet which is good value and fresh and tasty. It's also easy walking distance to the main shops and restaurants. https://www.capenidhra.com
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