Top five attractions in Huahin

Even though Huahin is foremost a beach destination, there is no shortage of sightseeing locations here. One of the most distinctive attractions is its old-world charm; added to this is the fact that this is the preferred holiday destination of the royal Thai family and is also the home to the king. Given its historical heritage, it is well-preserved and has much to offer its visitors. Here are five of the top attractions in Huahin that are definitely worth a visit.

The Banyan Golf Club

(68/34 Mooban Hua Na Tambol Nong Gae, Huahin)

Located about 7 kilometres south of Huahin and about 10 minutes drive from the town centre, the golf club is set in a valley basin with stunning views as the backdrop. The company that has designed the course has retained the contours when the land was used for growing pineapples. This new clubhouse is unique and combines modern design with traditional Thai architecture. The pro-shop stocks high quality branded golf merchandise, balls, tees, markers, souvenirs, ladies golf wear and golf equipment. The layout has four sets of well-spaced tees and golfers can play anywhere from 5,087 to 7,361 yards.

Klaikangwon Palace

This is the summer palace of the Thai royalty. Built in Spanish style architecture in 1929, the palace has beautiful gardens housing art from Java. Klai Kang Won literally means 'far from worries', and is aptly named after the peace and serenity of the surrounding landscape. The front of the property stretches right to the beachfront. It is open to visitors when not in use but you'll have to get a permit from the Royal Household Office to be able to visit. A small admission fee is also charged. The visiting hours are 08:30 - 15:30 (only when the palace is not occupied)

The night market

This should be a must visit in all itineraries. Located near the iconic Huahin railway station, the night market is the perfect way to soak up the lively atmosphere and perhaps pick up a few bargains along the way. The market caters to both locals and tourists, who rub shoulders in this lively setting. The market itself is spread across two roads and is lined with dozens of stalls selling all sorts of interesting items, such as souvenirs, Thai handicrafts, clothing, art, and silk. You can also dine in any of the restaurants serving excellent seafood.

The Beaches

There are several unspoiled and attractive beaches in Huahin. The beaches here may seem a bit unremarkable when compared to some other beaches in Thailand, but all said, they are a bit underrated. They have some really great attributes such as such as several kilometres of fine quality sand, attractive views and fun things to do. Besides, there are decent restaurants and low key beach bars that have food, music and drinks.

Huahin Hills Vineyard

This may come as a surprise but Huahin does have a working vineyard and what is more, it is a very popular day trip destination. It is set in a beautiful area just 35 kilometres west of Huahin, and offers beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. The vineyards provide the majority of high quality grapes for Siam Winery and wine labels such as Monsoon Valley. You can combine a trip to the vineyard with other attractions such as the temple at Wat Huay Mongkol or Pa La-U waterfall.

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