The only vineyard in Hua Hin is owned by Siam Winery Co Ltd, which viewed the town as a superb location for wine production. It is located about 40kms from the centre of town.You can join a wine tasting or tour the seemingly endless vineyards, which cover an area of 1,000 rai. Several grape varieties are cultivated here including Colombard, Chenin Blanc, Muscat, Shiraz, Brunello and Tempranillo. Not all the grapes are used for wine making and you might want to pick up a bunch to serve in your fruit bowl. The annual grape harvest is in March. If you want to enjoy locally produced wine from Hua Hin,you have to visit this vineyard. For more information, please contact 03-252-6351.
The railway station is the symbol of Hua Hin.The town's landmark boasts unique Thai architecture and is one of the oldest train stations in the country. It was built under the instruction of visionary King HM Rama VI who wanted it as a place to welcome prominent guests. Its architectural style is similar to Maruekkhathayawan Palace.The pavilion, was originally named Flub Pla Sanamchan, as it was built in the same style of Sanamchan Palace in Nakhon Prathom.
If you've made the trip to the seaside, you'll probably want to pay a visit to err... the seaside. Hua Hin beach stretches from the town centre down to Kao Takiab (Takiab Mountain). Its white sand and clear blue waters have made Hua Hin a famous choice for holidaymakers for many years. If you haven't walked along these serene sands then you can't say that you've truly been to Hua Hin.The beach plays host to many festivals, such as the annual jazz festival. You can find many lovely restaurants here that serve both Thai and Western cuisine. Several of them are adapted from old residences to bring the atmosphere of a bygone era. And hey, if it's good enough for David Beckham...
Baan Silapin is the brainchild of Thawee Kaesangarm, chairman of the Hua Hin Artist Club. Besides being the only gallery in Hua Hin that exhibits works of the country's famous artists all year round, Baan Silapin also offers various art courses for those who like to get their hands dirty.You can tour its earthen house, enjoying a view overlooking the Hin Lek Fai Mountain or simply relax at its coffee corner. The gallery is situated in Hin Lek Fai sub-district, Hua Hin district, Prachuab Kiri Khan. It opens between10am and 5pm and is closed on Mondays. For more information, contact 03-253-4830.
This one is especially for the cheese lovers - and no we don't mean fans of Nong Film. Did you know that Hua Hin has its own cheese factory? Quality cheese produced by Del Casaro is supplied to many five-star hotels in town. Hua Hin's only cheese factory is situated in Hua Hin Soi 10. Cheese from here is fresher than imported products or the supply from large factories, which produce a large quantity of cheese that has often been stored in the fridge for a long time before reaching customers. The most important thing is that the factory uses only low-fat milk to make its yummy cheese, meaning that you can feel just that little bit better about yourself. Permission to observe the production is allowed on a case-by-case basis - and saying that you like Dairylea slices won't help! The factory is closed on Sundays, contact 032522-749 or www.delcasaro.com
Cha-am ATV Park is suitable for anyone who loves adventure. It has basic routes for beginners and more difficult routes like muddy roads for skilled ATV drivers. You can also choose a long-distance route for a glimpse of local lifestyles by hiring an ATV for an hour or two, or choose other fun activities like shooting cats with BB guns or paintballing.
Location: Soi BorKheam, Phetchakasem, Cho-am.
Tel: 089-206-9021 www.cha-amatvpork.net.
The most trendy water sport in Hua Hun is without a doubt kite-surfing, the most adventurous and challenging sport on the waves. If you want to kitesurf or kiteboard in Hua Hin you have to visit Hua Hin Kite centre, which offers both short courses for beginners and pro-courses for professional surfers.
Location: In Soi Hua Hin 75/1.
Tel. 081-090-3730 or 089-970-1797.
Horse riding has been a popular pastime in Hua Hin for many years. Currently, there are about 60 horses waiting to show visitors the charm of saddling up.They are gathered at the beach entrance at the end of Damnernkasem Road, the busiest spot for tourists. You can hire any horse, whether a stallion or a small pony depending on how confident you are.Horse riding is popular among younger children and a great family activity, one that can help develop a greater appreciation of nature.
Price: 8200 for 15 minutes, 8300 for 30 minutes and 8600 for an hour.
Hua Hin has many fun shopping spots, but Bangkokians may especially enjoy shopping at Sailom Pavilions, which has plenty of international fast food chains like McDonalds and Subway, as well as international book shops and restaurants. It's also the office for many tour companies and hotels, so it's the perfect place to find the best deal for that game of golf or waterfall trip you promised yourself.
Location: On Damnemkasem Road. Soilom Pavilions has beach access so shoppers can take a stroll on the beach.
Hua Hin Market Village gathers plenty of brand name products such as Levi's, Lee, Lacoste, Bata and Body Glove under one roof, with none of that moody gear that you get on Patpong market. This is a large-scale shopping complex comparable to those in large cities like Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Pattaya. Shops here are as modern and stylish as those in Bangkok but this building's design is even more attractive for tourists. If you've forgotten your brand name swimsuit or need some chic beachwear then this is the place to come.
Location: On Phetchakasern Road, more information at www.morketvillagehuohin.com.
If you haven't walked around the famous Talad Torrung or Chatchai Market, it means you haven't been in Hua Hin long.This is a colourful place where you can find all kinds of delicious local foods, including seafood,Thai desserts and yummy roti. There are also several shops selling souvenirs to help you remember an unforgettable trip.
Location: The market starts from Phetchakasem Road and is busy until late night.