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Hot on the heels of Phuket and Samui, this one-time peaceful fishing village has seen much development over recent years, with bars and restaurants replacing the fishing fleets on the piers and hotels and resorts popping up throughout the town.
When compared to some coastal resorts, Hua Hin is very tame. There is not the abundance of bars, clubs and entertainment venues as in other Thai resorts; however, there are a great many activities to keep you busy during the day and a reasonable choice of excellent restaurants and bars for the evening.
Despite not being widely regarded as an excellent location for shopping, Hua Hin does in fact have some excellent opportunities for anyone looking to shop. The town has become something of a hub for contemporary art, with a number of small galleries to browse in while for those into fashion, there are numerous tailors offering unique designs made to measure.
Despite largely catering to Thai tourists, Hua Hin is still very Western-tourist friendly. Most of the staff in restaurants and larger shops speak English and there are plenty of ATMs to ensure that you don't run out of money. What Hua Hin lacks in lively entertainment, it makes up for in charm and it is fast becoming one of Thailand's most desired holiday spots.
Like most of Thailand, Hua Hin has plentiful dining options. However, the best food can be found by the main markets and also along the main road, close to the main fishing pier.
While Hua Hin's attractions are not as prevalent as those in other towns and cities in Thailand, there is nonetheless a good selection. After all, it is primarily a beach resort. It has been the holiday destination for the king of Thailand for many years and is now actually home to the king, a major attraction in itself. However, it also boasts historic temples, beautiful scenery and a number of palaces.