The charming royal beach resort of Hua Hin is located just 200kms south of Bangkok, and is easy to get to from anywhere in Thailand. The town itself is situated on the main route from Surat Thani to the capital, with numerous buses and trains making the journey every day. Hiring a car is also a good option with the picturesque drive south from Bangkok taking less than three hours.
There used to be flights arriving into Hua Hin Airport from Bangkok Survarnabhumi International via Pattaya’s U-Tapao terminal, but these were discontinued by SGA in June 2009. The cheapest way of getting to Hua Hin is by bus, with comfortable VIP services departing from the capital regularly.
Trains to Hua Hin offer a quick, cheap and pleasant way of reaching the beach resort within four hours. The ocean can often be spied to the left with mountains on the other side and rice paddies all around. Around a dozen trains leave Bangkok’s Hualamphong Station for Hua Hin every day between 08:05 and 22:50.
The cheapest way of getting here is by taking one of the regular buses to Hua Hin which leave Bangkok’s southern Sai Tai Mai Bus Terminal. Air conditioned services depart every 20-30 minutes and take around three hours including stops. There are also non-air conditioned buses making the journey from here but the tiny saving in price is usually not worth the extra discomfort, especially if travelling through the blistering midday heat.
Tourist services to Hua Hin depart direct from Bangkok’s Khao San Road area and are popular with backpackers and budget travellers heading south. Check with local travel agents for details and prices. Otherwise, minibuses to Hua Hin hang around behind the Victory Monument food court and leave when full. This is the quickest option as they do not stop en route.
Taxis and mini-vans can be caught from Bangkok to Hua Hin, but these are usually quite expensive for the minimal extra comfort received. Remember to negotiate the fare with the driver first before setting out to avoid a nasty shock upon arrival, though be prepared to be 3,000 baht. Car hire in Hua Hin is readily available and reasonably priced, and touring the nearby beaches and national parks by car remains is one of the best ways to explore the area.
Getting around Hua Hin is simple with countless tuk-tuks and motorcycle taxis all over the resort which are both reasonably priced. There are also songthaews (converted pick-up shared taxis) which cost from 15 baht for short journeys and follow popular set routes around the area. Renting a motorbike in Hua Hin is also a popular method of getting around and cheap at roughly 200 baht per day, although visitors should always wear a helmet and take care on sand-covered roads. More on Hua Hin transportation.