It was great to be back in Thailand again. We planned our trip to Hua Hin 5 months ago, and finally, the day has come. My friends and I are there for a holiday and to get away from the heavy work hectic, probably to laidback, chill and relax; in Cantonese we call it as 嘢 (pronounced as ‘hea‘ or ‘h-eh‘) or ผ่อนคลาย in Thai.
Whenever we go travel, like our previous trip to Phuket, we always make an early booking to avoid complication, expensive airfares & hiking room prices.
There are many other attractions and sightseeing in Hua Hin, but we can only visit 5 places during our 5 days trip in Hua Hin. All will be revealed in the journal after the jump.
In Hua Hin, food hunting is the most popular thing to do here. There are many night markets and food bazaars in the city. Cicada Market and Tamarind Market are among the most visited market if going for dinner or supper; both are located next to each other.
We preferred the foods from Tamarind Market rather than Cicada Market because the food is cheaper and tastes good too.
5 Days 4 Nights @ Chalelarn Hotel Hua Hin
Chalelarn Hotel Hua Hin is a great hotel in the city with amazing interior design and architecture giving an authentic Thai feel. I feel so comfortable with my large hotel room although I don’t spend much time in the room. There is a sofa to lie down and relax while enjoying the amazing sea view.
We stayed there for 5 days 4 nights and were very satisfied with the strategic location because it’s convenient and can easily access food stalls and night markets which take just a few walks. I don’t have to worry much because I can get drinks & snacks anytime I want.
Chalelarn Hotel is also central to night markets, shopping malls, food stalls, restaurants and bars. It takes about 15 minutes to walk to Soi Bintabaht to have unlimited access to beers & cocktails to booze all night long.
Let’s start with my 5 days, 4, and nights journey of chillax trip to Hua Hin, Thailand.
Day 1 – Exploring Hua Hin
It’s Wednesday; we touched down at Hua Hin airport around 11.20 am and quickly booked a van to our hotel in Hua Hin, Chalelarn Hotel. It is a bargain at just 400baht. We get to sit on a luxury van, and it’s a pretty pimped-up van, especially the luxury interior and in-car entertainment system.
We checked in at Chalelarn Hotel, put all our bags & luggage in our room and then headed straight to a food stall opposite our hotel and had our first lunch in Hua Hin. After lunch, we returned to the hotel to check out the rooftop swimming pool and chill area. The view from the rooftop at Chalelarn Hotel is breathtaking, giving an amazing view of Hua Hin town and the beach.
Probably nothing much to do, we walked around near the town (in the hot sun) and then took a break at Swensen’s for some icecreams! We ordered strawberry, mango & chocolate flavoured ice cream and were almost unable to finish it. That was my first time trying it out, and all I can say is the ice cream was so smooth and soft that it melted in my mouth. The price is low too! There are not many people in the daytime but unexpectedly crowded during nighttime.
Then we all returned to the room to rest and watched Batman Returns on TV. At about 7.30 pm, we had a break at the hotel lobby and then got on a tuk tuk for a BBQ buffet dinner.
After dinner, at about 10 pm, we headed to Soi Bintabaht Hua Hin for a short drink. I ordered the wrong drink myself; Long Island Tea cost about 200baht++, which is expensive compared to other cocktails. We call it a night and go back to the hotel.
I was so tired, have a quick bath and loaded up my sleep playlist with the best Thai love songs and go to bed. I sleep well in my hotel room because of the peaceful environment, with 0% noise pollution.
Day 2 – Sightseeing in Hua Hin
You’re mistaken if you think there is nothing to do in Hua Hin. There are plenty of activities, sightseeing and things to do in Hua Hin. The one-day trip to attractions here is quite familiar to the one in Phuket. Some locations will take a couple of minutes; some might even take a few hours to reach; make sure to ask for a tour guide or the hotel receptionist.
We quickly planned one day trip to 5 attractions and outdoor activities. This includes visiting Hua Hin Railway Station, Plearn Wan, The Venezia Hua Hin, Khao Luang Cave, and an unnamed flea market in Phetchaburi.
Hua Hin Railway Station
Have a short visit to the railway station. In Malaysia, capturing a photo in the middle of the train tracks would be a little scary, but I did it in Hua Hin! As I know, we can take the train from here to Bangkok, which stops at the Hua Lamphong Train station and vice versa, which only takes about 4 hours. Sounds great for my next adventure in the coming years (if I plan to return to Hua Hin laa).
Khao Luang Cave
A cave is located at Khao Luang Cave Phetchaburi, with the temple in the cave. There are Buddha statues and praying avatars once we reach the base of the cave. The cave is great for photo shooting and selfies. There are other caves in Hua Hin, but Khao Luang cave is just an hour’s journey from Hua Hin, while other caves like Phraya Nakhon Cave and Kaeo Cave takes a few hours to travel, so we skipped it.
The Venezia Hua Hin
Venezia is a Venice theme small amusement park and attraction to visit in Hua Hin and probably worth listing in the itinerary or one-day trip plan. Entry tickets are required to enter the place. Many activities are suitable for children and adults, such as the gondola, 3D gallery, upside-down gallery and many more.
I had a lot of fun, and we spent about an hour and a half exploring Venezia.
Plearn Wan Shopping Area
Plearn Wan is the correct name; it is an open-air mall museum-like shopping area. Here we can shop for anything from souvenirs, clothes and eating out. I bought one T-shirt for just 80baht at the shop, which was reasonable and cheap.
After visiting all the sightseeing locations, we headed to the Tamarind Market for dinner. The concept here is similar to the one in Malaysia but is better quality: find a place to sit and order the food.
There are a lot of foods, drinks and desserts, plus live music performances singing in English and Thai. A great place to have dinner and supper while relaxing.
Tamarind gets crowded on Saturday night as many tourists and locals come here to grab good food.
After dinner, it’s nighttime, and we head to one of the bars at Soi Bintabaht for a drink or two. The next day is the most exciting day of all during our stay here in Hua Hin.
Day 3 – Offroad Adventure @ Siam Milsim Hua Hin
We booked an ATV ride and airsoft shooting at Siam Milsim (known as Siam Military Simulation). The staffs there are very friendly and helpful. For about 2800 baht, we get to ride a Can-Am 1000cc ATV. That is the most powerful ATV I’ve ever ridden since Phuket.
With 6 ATVs, we headed for an offroad adventure in the Rocky Mountains, where we had to go through hard terrain. It was a pretty bumpy ride but an amazing experience. After the offroad adventure, we headed back to Siam Milsim, took a short break, and started the Airsoft Shooting.
Thanks to Siam Milsim for such a great outdoor adventure! If you are planning to visit Hua Hin soon, Siam Milsim is a must-visit attraction in Hua Hin for children & adults. They are opening a new branch in Chiangmai soon. Visit Siam Milsim on Facebook to find out more details.
They even recorded all the moments with the Go-Pro camera for their customers; it’s edited and sent over to us via email. I have given a full review as promised and can find out what Siam Milsim is all about.
I was too tired. I took a rest at the hotel to level my new Ragnarok M Archer/Hunter while others went for a walk at the shopping mall. The WiFi connection is pretty bad in the room as it keeps disconnecting; I have trouble doing my levelling-up routine for my new Ragnarok M character.
Dinner at Cicada Market, food was so so, met a lazy foreigner who refused to walk the way round and insisted on passing by behind me, at least he said ‘excuse me’. Geez! We took a walk at Hua Hin Market, but it’s nothing much to see there.
Seems like the night was getting late; we headed to Panama Club in Soi for a short drink. Panama Club in Hua Hin is an open-air club with a DJ spinning Tribal House, which suits the bar name and environment. We had a 5 minutes drink and then headed back to the hotel to chill out the night at the rooftop.
I was levelling my character again with 2 mobile phones this time. It was pretty fast from level 1 – 45++ with a mentor; keep consuming potions and completing all the main quests.
Bar hopping in nightlife districts such as Hua Hin is recommended here if you want to explore those pubs and bars.
Day 4 – Free & Easy
It was a free and easy day; we accomplished all our activities and had nothing much to do but chill and relax. The hotel WiFi connection was bad when more people were using it.
Nothing much going on on the 4th day, we decided to rent a scooter from a bike rental in Hua Hin. We explored Hua Hin for food and later headed to our last location, the jetty.
It is so convenient staying at Chalelarn Hotel Hua Hin because they provide all the services & itineraries from airport transfers, tour attractions to bike & car rental. Just head over to the counter and ask the receptionist.
Although it is a 3-star hotel in Hua Hin, it has a rating of 8.2. Many travellers returned to stay because it is located in the centre of the town and takes about 15 minutes to & from the Hua Hin airport.
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Day 5 – Back To Real World
It will probably be Sunday, the last day at Hua Hin. Get ready at 8 am at the Chalelarn Hotel lobby and wait for our transfer to Hua Hin airport. Hotel to airport transfer costs about 400 baht, which is cheap; the price might change without notice.
We reached Kuala Lumpur early at about 2.10 pm, had our lunch at KLIA2, smoked and headed back home in a taxi, back to the real world.
Overall travel expenses for my 5 days 4 nights to Hua Hin is 7000baht for attractions, transport & food and I returned home with a big smile on my face; this trip left a great moment.
If I ask myself if I want to return to Hua Hin, I would say YES because it is a great trip to travel with many friends or family.