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 holiday and getaway from the heavy work hectic, probably to laidback, chill and relax, in Cantonese we called it as 嘢 (pronounced as ‘hea‘ or ‘h-eh‘) or ผ่อนคลาย in Thai.
There are many other attractions and sightseeing in Hua Hin but we are only able to visit 5 places during our 5 days trip in Hua Hin. All will be revealed in the journal after the jump.
In Hua Hin, the most popular things to do here is food hunting. 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 actually preferred the foods from Tamarind Market rather than Cicada Market because the food is cheaper and taste good too.
When the night gets dark, many foreigners and traveller’s who are looking for drinks head to Soi Bintabaht Hua Hin Walking Street, one of the Hua Hin most popular nightlife district. The beer is pretty cheap here.
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’m feeling so comfortable with my large hotel room although I don’t spend much time in the room. There is a sofa to lay down and relax while enjoying the amazing sea view.
We stayed there for 5 days 4 nights and very satisfied with the strategic location because it’s convenient and can easily access to 7-11 & Family Mart which takes 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 an unlimited access to beers & cocktails to booze all night long.
Let’s get started with my 5 days 4 nights journey of chillax trip at Hua Hin, Thailand.
Day 1 – Exploring Hua Hin
It’s Wednesday, we touched down at Hua Hin airport around 11.20am and quickly booked a van to our hotel in Hua Hin, Chalelarn Hotel. It is a bargain with just 400baht, we get to sit on a luxury van and it’s a pretty pimped up van actually 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 having lunch, we went back to the hotel to check out the rooftop swimming pool and chill area. The view at the rooftop at Chalelarn Hotel is breathtaking, giving an amazing view of Hua Hin town and the beach.
With muscle feeling a bit stiff, I then went for an authentic Thai massage just next to the hotel. I have to wear oversized clothes. The massaging technique is very relaxing and the Thai girl who is massaging me is pretty but lack of strength. Thai massage cost about 200 baht.
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 ice-creams! We ordered strawberry, mango & chocolate flavoured ice cream and almost not able to finish it. That was my first time trying out and all I can say the ice-cream is so smooth and soft it melts in my mouth. The price is cheap too! There are not many people in the day time but unexpectedly crowded during night time.
Then we all headed back to the room for rest, and watch Batman Returns on TV. At about 7.30pm, we have a break at the hotel lobby and then got on a tuk tuk for BBQ buffet dinner.
After dinner at about 10pm, we headed to Soi Bintabaht Hua Hin for a short drink. I ordered the wrong drink for myself, Long Island Tea cost about 200baht++ which is expensive compared to other cocktails. We call it a night and back to the hotel.
I was so tired, have a quick bath and load up my sleep playlist and go to bed. I have a good sleep in my hotel room because of the peaceful environment, 0% noise pollution.
Day 2 – Sightseeing in Hua Hin
If you think there is nothing to do in Hua Hin, you’re totally wrong. There are plenty of activities, sightseeing and things to do in Hua Hin. The one day trip to attractions here is quite familiar with the one in Phuket. Some location 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 for one day trip to 5 attractions and outdoor activities. This includes a visit to Hua Hin Railway Station, Plearn Wan, The Venezia Hua Hin, Khao Luang Cave and an unnamed flee market in Phetchaburi.
Hua Hin Railway Station
Have a short visit to the railway station. In Malaysia, it would be a little scary to capture a photo in the middle of the train tracks but I did it in Hua Hin! As I know, we can actually take the train from here to Bangkok and vice versa which only takes about 4 hours journey. Sounds great for my next adventure in the coming years (if I plan to return to Hua Hin laa).
Khao Luang Cave
A cave located at Khao Luang Cave Phetchaburi with the temple in the cave. There are Buddha statues and praying avatar once we reached the base of the cave. The cave is great for photo shooting and selfie. There are other caves in Hua Hin but Khao Luang cave is just an hour journey from Hua Hin, while other caves like Phraya Nakhon Cave, 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 listed in the itinerary or one-day trip plan. Entry tickets are required to enter the place. There are many activities which 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 from anything from souvenirs, clothes and eating out. I bought one T-shirt for just 80baht at the shop here and the price is pretty reasonable and cheap.
After visiting all the sightseeing location, we headed to the Tamarind Market for dinner. The concept here is similar to the one in Malaysia but with better quality, find a place to sit, and then order the food.
There are a lot of foods, drinks and deserts plus live music performance 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 the locals came here to have a fast grab of good food.
After the dinner, it’s night time and we head over again at 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 actually booked for 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 ride since Phuket.
With 6 ATVs, we headed for an offroad adventure at the Rocky Mountain, where we have 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 then 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 the children & adultsl. 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 was 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 leveling 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 insist to passby behind me, at least he said ‘excuse me’. Geez! We took a walk at Hua Hin Market but it’s nothing much to see here.
Seems like the night is getting late, we headed to Panama Club, in Soi for short drink. Panama Club in Hua Hin is actually 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 district such in 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 actually accomplished all our activities and nothing much to do and just to chill and relax. The hotel WiFi connection was bad when more people are using it.
Nothing much going on on the 4th day, we decided to rent a scooter from bike rental in Hua Hin. We explored around Hua Hin for food and later head to our last location, the jetty.
It is so convenient staying at Chalelarn Hotel Hua Hin because they provide all the services & itinerary from airport transfers, tour attractions to bike & car rental. Just head over the counter and ask the receptionist.
Although it is a 3-star hotel in Hua Hin the hotel 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.
Day 5 – Back To Real World
Probably Sunday the last day at Hua Hin and get ready at 8am at Chalelarn Hotel lobby and waited for our transfer to Hua Hin airport. Hotel to airport transfer cost about 400 baht which is cheap, the price might change without notice.
We reached Kuala Lumpur early at about 2.10pm, have our lunch at KLIA2, smoke 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 on attractions, transports & foods and returned home with a big smile on the face, this trip will leave a great moments.
If ask me if I want to return to Hua Hin, I would say YES because it is a great trip to travel with a bunch of friends or family.