Looking for a retreat worthy of royalty? Hua Hin, Thailand may just be the ticket if you want to get away from the seedier nature of Bangkok, Phuket and Pattaya. Originally conceived as the summer getaway for King Rama VII, Hua Hin benefits from military entourage that protects the area, ensuring it remains blissfully tout and trouble-free.
Hua Hin has no shortage of high-end distractions that come with this peaceful atmosphere – choose from international gold courses, 5-star spa resorts, enticing eateries and shops, and of course its pristine white-sand beach. Why not check in to Aleenta Pranburi Resort, now on flash sale and explore our top picks to keep you entertained!
An institution, the Let’s Sea Hua Hin Beach Restaurant (83/188 Soi Talay 12, Khaotakieb–Hua Hin Rd.; 66-32/536-888) now sits beside a 40-room resort. Locals and tourists alike descend for the homey café fare: muffins and smoothies for breakfast, and interesting salads—papaya with blue crab, banana blossoms with shrimp—for lunch and dinner.
You don’t have to check into the Anantara Hua Hin (43/1 Phetkasem Beach Rd.; 66-32/520-250) to make the most of its spa, a secluded compound set amidst landscaped gardens. Spa suites come with private courtyards, while the menu ranges from Thai herbal scrubs to dosha-balancing color-therapy steam baths.
For a taste of Hua Hin heritage, stop by the Antique Furniture Supply (6 Naresdamri Rd.; 66-32/515-797), unmissable thanks to its sidewalk display of old tricycles and unicycles. Inside the rickety wooden shophouse you’ll find black-and-white photos of the area, old gramophones, furniture, and vintage clothing.