what to do in paradise city ...
For many visitors to Thailand and to Hua Hin in particular, the expectation is of lazy days spent around a pool or on the beach, maybe a bit of swimming with the evenings spent dining out on good food with a few drinks. Overall, the emphasis is on relaxation and "sanuk" - fun.
If this is what you're looking for, then you won't be disappointed, but there is more to do during the day and the opportunities for keeping fit and playing sport are plentiful. Below are listed the main sporting acivities, where you can participate and the costs involved.
Hua Hin and its surrounds are a golfer's paradise with 8 quality courses within a 30 minute drive. An ninth is currently undergoing a major overhaul and there are another four situated between 1-2 hours from Hua Hin. We have a preview of the latest images from the fairways.
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Fishing and eco-cruises
As Hua Hin is right on the Gulf of Thailand, you would not be mistaken in thinking there's some good fishing to be had - both at sea and inland for freshwater species.
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Over the past few of years kitesurfing or kiteboarding has become an extremely popular sport in Hua Hin. There are now at least two kitesurfing schools in Hua Hin offering lessons, tuition and equipment for hire with many more present during the windy season from December to February.
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Fitness and Martial Arts
For those who want to stay fit during their visit, there are a number of gyms around town. Most of the top-end hotels have good facilities and some will allow guests the use of them for a weekly or monthly fee.
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Elephant camps and trekking
There is an elephant camp situated some 3 km west of the town centre on the road leading to Pala U. Upon arrival, you will be introduced to and familiarised with the animals and given the chance to feed them some bananas.
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There are a multitude of massage establishments in Hua Hin now. It will be impossible to list them all. Some are significantly better than others. One that stands out for special mention is on Petchkasem Road, just before The Royal Palace and next to Golden Place.
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Catching on to the western popularity of the cuisine, a number of good Thai cooking schools have sprung up in Hua Hin. These will give you an introduction to all the ingredients and even take you to a local market where you'll be shown how to choose the best and for you to experience the enormous variety of goods for sale - some of which may be quite difficult to find back home.
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Walking & Cycling
Whilst there are no formally set out trails for either of the above activities, both are easy to enjoy as long as you follow some "rules of the road", particularly when setting out on any type of bicycle.
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We will bring you more information on sports and activities in Hua Hin, in the mean time take a look at the Hua Hin events and activities section of the Hua Hin forum.