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Guide to Setting up a Base in Hua Hin

Hua Hin is one of the nearest beach resort towns to Bangkok and is around 200 km south of the capital. You can get there easily by taxi, public bus or at a more leisurely pace by train. Hua Hin is ideal for those staying in Bangkok who are seeking a weekend escape, as well as being perfect for those who fancy a longer visit.

The Beach at Hua Hin

The Beach – Photo Credit: Samantha O (Flickr)

The many foreign visitors to Hua Hin range from those here on a two week holiday, to those staying for a few months in order to avoid the winter months back home.  Recently the town is becoming increasingly popular with the new breed of traveller known as a digital nomad: someone who works online from anywhere in the world with an internet connection and a laptop and who often sets up base in a new town, city or country every few months to fully experience the local customs, culture and attractions before deciding to move on to pastures new.

This guide to setting up a base in Hua Hin should help you decide if this popular Thai coastal town is a good match for you as well as highlighting some of the best attractions and sharing insider knowledge of the town to help you get up and running as soon as you arrive.

Example of a Hua Hin Condo

Hua Hin Condo – Photo Credit: Thomas B (Flickr)

Long Term Rental Options

As with most Thai towns and even cities, the best way to find longer term rental opportunities is to pound the pavements, or in the case of Thailand, hire a motor scooter and drive around in search of posters and advertisement hoardings.  While there are online listings and estate agents in the town, most of the properties for rent are likely to be privately advertised. Higher rental prices will often be charged for short term rentals of less than 12 months but it shouldn’t be too much of a problem to find people willing to let their properties for a month or two.

At the time of writing, airbnb.com has some great value properties available in Hua Hin which would be ideal for setting up camp in the town for your first few days or weeks while looking for something more permanent.

While prices range considerably, in Hua Hin, like most of Thailand, there are lots of modest options that are available for a low monthly rent. If you don’t mind forgoing certain ‘luxuries’ then you should be able to find places available starting from around 5,000 baht a month (£110 / $170) a month, up to twice that for a more comfortable place complete with shared swimming pool and cable TV. Houses tend to be cheaper than condos so bare that in mind when conducting your property search.

Thai Life

Thai Life – Photo Credit: Ines Yeh (Flickr)

The Top Attractions of Hua Hin

While Hua Hin certainly isn’t the sleepy coastal town it might have been a few decades ago, it hasn’t been as rampantly developed as some of the other seaside resorts of Thailand such as Pattaya and Patong to name but a few. The fact that you will find Starbucks, McDonalds and Burger King here might mean that it isn’t suitable for those looking to get away from it all; but for those who are looking to take advantage of the low cost of living in Thailand and enjoy the laidback lifestyle of a Thai town, coupled with all the amenities needed for a comfortable life, Hua Hin could be just the ticket.

The close proximity to the international airports of Bangkok also make the town an excellent base for those who plan to regularly visit other countries in the region and want to avoid too much internal travelling. Some of the popular attractions of Hua Hin that should help convince you to give the town a closer look include:

The Beach

While the 5km of sandy beach of Hua Hin isn’t the most spectacular Thai beach out there, the waters are clear and clean and there are plenty of things to do along this stretch of coast. Kids will enjoy donkey rides on the sand, although whether the donkeys themselves enjoy spending all day out in the tropical sun is another matter.

Due to the ideal wind conditions along the coast, kiteboarding is very popular and if you have the ability, time and the patience, you could be up and boarding in no time at all.  The beach is also well served by numerous restaurants that will let you use their sun loungers and seats if you buy a drink so no matter where you stop, there should be comfortable seating and refreshments on hand.

Vineyard at Hua Hin

Hua Hin Hills Vineyard – Photo Credit: Joe F

Hua Hin Hills Vineyard

While Thailand isn’t exactly renowned for its wine culture and its wine output is little known outside of the country, the vineyards of Hua Hin make for an excellent day trip. Where else can you take a tour of fertile wine groves on the back of an elephant? The excellent restaurant here set in the hills offers up tasty food in beautifully scenic surroundings and is a great way to find refuge from the heat and humidity down at ground level.

Learn to Cook Thai Food in Hua Hin

One of the main attractions of Thailand is the excellent food that is served here and what better way to immerse yourself in the culture than learning to cook Thai-style. The Thai Cooking Course Hua Hin service has many five star reviews on Tripadvisor and looks like the best of the bunch.

The Night Market

Night Market – Photo Credit: Heiko S (Flickr)

Hua Hin Night Market

This night market in the centre of town isn’t a patch on some of the others in Thailand, such as the one in Chiang Mai, but it is nevertheless a great place to get a spot of dinner and watch the world go by without having to journey too far. It runs every night from 6pm to about 11pm although some of the restaurants and bars that line the stalls stay open outside of these hours.  For a more impressive market, we recommend you check out the Cicada Market.

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