The original Thai beach holiday and residence of the revered King Bhumipol Adulyadej, Hua Hin has an impressive pedigree. However, as the preferred weekend destination of Bangkok’s middle class (being a 3 hour drive away), large scale hotel and condominium building, followed by the inevitable championship golf courses has seen the towns prominence surge in recent times.
Hotel rooms can be difficult to find at weekends, and by the same token be peculiarly deserted during the week. The actual town is a pleasant affair, with plenty of bars, restaurants and local markets, but the beach is limited, and swimming is best left to the hotel pools, or trips further afield.
With vast empty swathes of beach, hotels have started moving further south, making Pranburi a newer, more popular destination amongst westerners looking for more genteel holidays. Although the hotels can be isolated, the attractions of Hua Hin are within (relatively) easy reach.
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