Hua Hin Beach Guide
Hua Hin's long beaches rarely get crowded and the safe, shallow waters are perfect for holiday couples and families with children. Here’s a selection of the best beaches around Hua Hin.
Hua Hin Beach – Shelving gently into a shallow turquoise sea, Hua Hin’s main golden-sand beach is dotted with tall palm trees and stretches 5km from the town centre to the large, rocky outcrop of Khao Takiab. Sunbathe on the beach, unwind with a Thai massage under a beach umbrella, snack on freshly grilled prawns, go swimming and kite surfing or rent a jet ski.
At one spot on the beach is a series of rock formations from which the town derives its name, meaning ‘Stone Head’. The beach is bordered by several restaurants and five-star resorts including the Sofitel Centara Grand Resort (formerly the Railway Hotel), which overlooks some of the beach’s best powder-white sand.
Khao Takiab Beach – This quiet, palm-fringed stretch of white and golden sand sits in a pretty bay on the southern side of the rocky headland of Khao Takiab and is lined with several beachside restaurants, shops and hotels. Sunbathe, swim, unwind with a Thai massage, hire a bicycle to explore the coastal road or saddle up for a horseback ride down this long beach.
Nearby Khao Takiab offers a giant Buddha to see, friendly monkeys to feed and panoramic views along the coast to feast your eyes on. At low tide the beach is almost 100m wide.
Suan Son Pradiphat Beach – Lying south of Khao Takiab Beach around 15km south of Hua Hin sits this quiet, 2.8km-long undeveloped stretch of white sand, fringed with pine trees and shelving into a tranquil, shallow bay that is perfect for swimming.
As the Thai navy owns this beach, you can swim and sunbathe in peace, free from the attention of beach vendors, and meet the locals who favour this beach. Although there are no hotels bordering the white sand, there are several located close by.
Khao Tao Beach – Discover this remote and unspoiled white-sand beach framed between rocky headlands and located in a secluded bay around 20km south of Hua Hin. Bordered by seafood restaurants and a fishing village, the beach is relatively quiet during weekdays but fills up on the weekends, as it’s a favourite for locals.
Pranburi Beach – This 1km-long stretch of quiet and unspoiled beach is fringed by the Pranburi Forest Park, which is part of the larger Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park. Sunbathe on the golden sand, swim the shallow bay, stroll wooden walkways through the mangrove forest and be pampered at one of the nearby boutique resorts.
Cha-Am Beach – Discover Thailand's second longest beach, a stretch of white sand that runs along the Gulf of Thailand, just 20 minutes drive from Hua Hin and only two hours from Bangkok. Bordered by dense jungle and a mountainous interior, this unspoiled beach is rarely crowded and offers a tranquil atmosphere, with the occasional five-star beach resort set along its length.
Relax in the shade of palm fronds, go swimming, waterskiing, windsurfing and parasailing or explore the beach by horseback. The nearby Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course is the perfect challenge for golfers.