Hua Hin and the immediate region offer a wide variety of water- and land-based activities as well as a jazz festival every June and the very unusual elephant polo tournament in September.
Or you may want to take a day trip further afield: Explore the lush forest of Kaeng Krachan National Park on foot or atop a swaying elephant. Along the way, look out for colourful butterflies, dusky langurs, monitor lizards and hornbills.
Tee-off at the famous par 72, 18-hole Royal Hua Hin Golf Course (established in 1924) or head a short distance out of town to play at one of the several new international 18-hole courses, including the Jack Nicklaus-designed Springfield Royal Country Club, the picturesque Palm Hills Golf Resort set among rolling hills and the 27-hole Imperial Lake View.
Most courses require reservations and can arrange pick-up and drop-off to any hotel. Many hotels also run complimentary shuttles to the courses.
Hua Hin is famous for its fine spas, and each of the top five-star resorts feature a range of therapeutic treatments.
Try a day of pampering at Chiva-Som on Petchkasem Road, just a five-minute drive south of town, or head 30km south to the luxury Evason Resort and Spa located near Pranburi.
Most of the beaches between Hua Hin and Cha-Am offer horse riding for children and adults.
The nearby ‘elephant village’ is home to several elephants that you can feed bananas, watch bathing and ride through the surrounding jungle.
Latest update: Things to do in Hua Hin: 14 May, 2022