Best Beaches In Hua Hin Area
HUA HIN BEACH
The beach in Hua Hin is perhaps the major reason why so many holidaymakers like to come here, for an enjoyable seaside break and to experience everything else the town offers.
Hua Hin has a little bit of everything and while some might bemoan that it’s somewhat too busy on weekends and national holidays, it continues to be a well-liked beach destination and draws many visitors from all over Thailand and abroad.
Some visitors like to spend all day at the beach, topping up their tan or just escaping from the summer heat. On weekdays it’s usually quiet, but come the weekend large numbers of Thais descend on the town and the beach.
From any where in Hua Hin it’s easy to get to the beach, and there are several ways to do so.
Unlike Cha Am there are no roads parallel to the beach so you have to access at various set locations.
Probably the most common entrance on foot is along Damroen Kasam Road which leads past various stalls, the Sofitel hotel, and the tourist police booth, bringing you right onto the beach where most of the restaurants and sun beds are located. You can get to the beach from Soi 51 or through the various restaurants along the road.
KHAO TAO & SAI NOI BEACH
Khao Takiab or Chopstick Hill lies just 7 km to the south of Hua Hin. What was once a quiet fishing village has in recent years witnessed increased tourism development, with international hotels and apartment complexes springing up along the road that runs through the village. Despite this, it’s still considerably less developed than Hua Hin.
It remains a popular destination with tourists and Thais, and there is always a large influx of visitors at the weekends. The focal point at one end of the village is the hill itself (sometimes called Monkey Mountain because hundreds of mischievous macaque monkeys have overrun the place), and the long sandy beach which runs for several km further south.
To reach Khao Takiab beach from Hua Hin you can either take your own transport or hop on a local motorbike taxi, tuk-tuk or songthaew bus (by far the cheapest option) from the main Petchakasem highway or at various places around town.
Access to the beach itself is fairly straightforward: once through the village take the right hand fork in the road past the police station, and a series of small lanes lead you right down to the beach. Follow the signs to the Blue Wave hotel or the Anantasila resort and you can’t go far wrong.
Suan Son Pradiphat (Sea Pine Tree Garden), or more simply known as Suan Son, is a remote and tree-lined beach adjoining Khao Takiab but with its own distinctive character. Even many local residents have never visited Suan Son, which is a shame as it’s a lovely unspoilt area that deserves to be more widely known.
Perhaps it’s charm is that the beach remains a hidden gem and has not become overcrowded with tourists. The beach and nearby land is owned by the Thai military, but access is granted to the public and there are some basic facilities and accommodation here.
SUAN SON PRADIPHAT BEACH
Sua Son is a very pleasant place in which to spend a few hours. The attractive and sandy beach is extremely wide and fringed by large pine trees that provide decent shade. It might appear like there’s not really much here, but there are some friendly beach vendors and a few activities are possible.
For sun seekers, deck chairs and sunshades can be rented, and anybody that appreciates nature and tranquility will surely be delighted here.
Most Thai visitors can be found in groups sat under the trees but foreign tourists usually stand out, as Suan Son could be a well kept secret between Thais. There are normally few visitors, which is a welcome contrast with Hua Hin’s busier beaches.
Further north, Khao Takiab beach can be reached on foot in less than 10 minutes. In the opposite direction, the Big Buddha statue can be seen at Khao Tao which is about an hour’s walk away.
Accommodation is available in the army resort nearby as well as some small bungalows, but most visitors probably arrive with their own transport and return home later the same day.
There is also an intriguing whale skeleton on show close by. It was apparently beached here in 1977 and is now proudly displayed along with some interesting facts about its discovery and history.
To reach Suan Son by road is simple. Take the main Petchakasem highway south until around 9 kilometres from Hua Hin, where there is a left turn and a small signpost, but blink and you’ll miss it. It’s probably easier to keep an eye open for the large PTT gas station and take an immediate turn beforehand.
Note that a modest entrance fee applies to cars, but motorbikes are free. Go past the guarded barrier to enter the army compound and then over the railway line. Turn left and take the next right where you’ll arrive at a small parking area next to the beach.
There are also plenty of buses and minivans that leave regularly from Hua Hin on the way to Pranburi. Alternatively it’s possible to take a train, which is almost certainly the slowest option and not all trains will make a stop.
Khao Tao means Turtle Hill in Thai, but it stretches the imagination a little to work out why the name applies to this particular hill. In any case, Khao Tao is a popular destination just a short drive from Hua Hin and there are a couple of worthwhile beaches here.
On arrival, you might assume the main attraction is Haad Khao Tao because all the resort signs lead that way. In fact, that beach is rather bland and most people prefer to visit the much nicer Sai Noi beach instead.
Even though, there is an interesting temple complex accessible from Khao Tao beach, and several Thai restaurants along the shore. A small fishing fleet is also based here which can provide some good photo opportunities.
KHAO TAO & SAI NOI BEACH
Haad Sai Noi or simply Sai Noi beach, is a small and secluded spot and an ideal day trip away from Hua Hin. As
well as the excellent beach, there is a huge Buddha statue on top of the hill which can be reached through a dense forest. Most people just visit Sai Noi beach to unwind and soak up the relaxed atmosphere.
Sai Noi beach is very small compared with the others, but it’s perhaps the nicest one where you can experience a quiet, uninterrupted day without having to do much. The sand is fine and deep, and the beach declines sharply so it’s ideal for swimming, as you don’t have to venture far from the shore. The beach lies in a small cove with rocks either side, so the sea views are quite limited but pleasant.
There are seldom crowds here, and it has a secluded and even cosy atmosphere. On weekdays and in low season there are never many visitors, but it livens up just enough on the weekends. There are chairs, tables and sun beds and several places to eat. To reach Khao Tao and its beaches, head south on Petchakasem Road for around 14 km until you come to Soi 101. A large signpost indicates the way to Khao Tao but there are two choices when you get to the reservoir.
Either continue straight on and follow the signs to Haad Khao Tao or bear right and circumnavigate the reservoir to reach Sai Noi beach. In the latter case, you’ll eventually come to a quiet shaded spot where you can park, and the beach is located directly ahead.
The total distance is around 17 kilometres which should take no more than 20 minutes by road.
Cha Am is a popular and well known destination with a long, attractive beach that draws tourists in droves. The town has a much more laid back atmosphere than Hua Hin and is generally a lot quieter.
Even so, it can be extremely busy on weekends and holidays, with coach loads of Thai visitors arriving for a few days of sun, sea and sand. The beachfront dominates the tourist part of town, which is also where most of the attractions and activities are located.
Some lesser known beaches are located further north such as Puk Tien (14 km away), and some tranquil and isolated beaches are scattered between Hua Hin and Cha Am, usually harder to reach or within a resort or hotel grounds. It’s worth exploring the area as you might discover a few off-the-beaten-track places that few people know about.
CHA AM BEACH
Cha Am’s beach hugs a pleasant tree lined road and stretches for miles in each direction. On the clearest days, Hua Hin’s tallest hotels are visible in the distance. Many visitors to Cha Am might not be aware that the town comprises much more than the beach and adjacent roads, but most tourists simply stay near the beach as this is where all the action is, and there isn’t much reason to venture any further.
Due to its length, the beach is rarely crowded (unless there is a local festival or special event happening in which case it’s chockablock) and there is plenty of room for everyone.
There are a few areas where tourists congregate but anyone who wants solitude can find it easily. The atmosphere here is decidedly different to Hua Hin, but both provide an enjoyable beach side experience. Cha Am is within easy reach of Hua Hin, just 25 kilometres away and should take no more than 15 to 20 minutes by road. There are regular minivans and buses from Hua Hin and it’s also possible to get there by train.
In most cases you’ll need extra transport such as a motorbike taxi, from the train station or bus stop to the beach. A taxi or tuk-tuk from Hua Hin to Cha Am is not recommended as the cost is inevitably higher, but anyone on holiday with plenty of cash to spend may appreciate the added convenience.
Once in Cha Am, getting to the beach is the easy part as a road runs parallel along its length and can be accessed from practically anywhere in town.
Just find Soi Long Beach, cross over the road and you’ll be right on the beach. Thankfully there are no hotels, resorts or other buildings blocking access to the beach. Unlike Hua Hin, it’s easy to find parking and there are plenty of spaces either between the pines or in the nearby streets.
Hat Nom Sao (Sam Roi Yod)
Legendary Nom Sao beach is located at the far south end of Sam Roi Yod beach. This beach is very private and has great view of the islands just outside. One of the legends of Khao Sam Roi Yot tells the story like this:
“The giant Mong Li and his wife, who lived on the western coast of the Gulf of Thailand, had promised their daughter independently to Chao Lai and the emperor of China.
When the daughter became old enough to marry, both future husbands arrived at the same date. Mong Li then cut his daughter into two halves. Chao Lai turned himself into a hill, while the traditional fruit basket to be presented to a Buddhist monk has turned into the Khao Sam Roi Yot mountains. The islands Ko Chang and Ko Kong on the other side of the gulf were the elephant and the ox-cart with the wedding presents.
Nom Sao Island is the part of the daughter’s breasts.”
There are many legends flying around about Khao Sam Roi Yot. However Ko Ram Island and Nom Sao Island‘s silhouette, seen from certain angles looks like a pair of roughly identical woman’s breasts. The view is certainly nice but the beach is well worth a visit in itself due to its shallow waters, white sand and spectacular green mountain backdrop.The Thai name Khao Sam Roi Yod means The Mountains With 300 peaks that really describe this area quite good. The biggest island is the monkey island, with many wild monkeys. Enjoy the unique view of the sunrise if you are a early bird.
The newly build beach road is made for cycling, walking or jogging between the palm trees makes this area great. See the great limestone mountain that are a sub range of the Tenasserim Hills and raising directly at the shore of Dolphin Bay Beach and the golf of Siam Thailand.
DOLPHIN BAY & PHU NOI BEACH (Sam Roi Yot)
The Dolphin Bay Beach, is surrounded by Sam Roi Yod National Park and some of Thailand’s most breathtaking natural scenery’s. Try also the many hidden tropical beaches in the area and see all the fishermen’s villages just around the corner.
Or try to hop on one of the long tail boats, and go fishing with the locals. Here you are far away from busy tourist beaches, crowded bars in the city, and noisy tourist hangouts and the bright neon light.
Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, shop at the local market’s, or try a relaxing oil-massage at the beach and watch the bay and hear the “music” from waves coming in at the same time, or enjoy a cocktail with your feet in the sand along this unspoiled cozy Dolphin Bay beach.
NARESUAN BEACH (Khao Khalok) Around 35km south of Khao Takiab is Khao Kalok. This quiet coastal stretch has a beautiful beach, several restaurants and a cave with a hole through it. It gets its name from this which is translated to “skull mountain” in English. It gets quite crowded with locals at weekends and holidays.
To get there drive south to Pranburi, turn left towards Paknampran and take the second major turning on the right (not the Sam Roi Yot one). Follow this road for about 10km and make a right at the t-junction, follow the road round and follow the signs. Takes about 40 minutes.
PAK NAN PRAN BEACH (Pranburi Beach)
Whether you’re looking for a completely isolated and quiet spot or a place that offers water sports, you’re likely to find a piece of beach heaven in Pranburi.
On the main beach there are some vendors too who ensure that you won’t go hungry or thirsty, while most resorts have direct beach access with activity programs and facilities for guests. Pranburi’s beaches are never really crowded – even on weekends when there’s a big influx of visitors from Bangkok.
The fishing village of pak Nam Pran is situated just 25 km from Hua Hin in the district of Pranburi. It is a vibrant fishing port known all over Thailand for its squid specialties and colorful fishing boats.