Anyways, Hua Hin isn't on my travel radar for the longest time because it's not directly accessible by flight. Travellers would have to fly in to Bangkok and then take a coach or rent a car for a 2-3hr journey. I thought it's too troublesome and brushed off the idea a few times when hubby talked about going to Hua Hin, until I read a Taiwanese travel blog about Hua Hin that it ignited my interest. And so, we took a 3D2N recce trip last July and I've been thinking about going back again!
I will be breaking down the posts into different parts covering different topics/areas of interest.
Part I - a bit about the journey from Bangkok to Hua Hin, Chatchai market (day time), Hua Hin Night Market, Asia Herb Association (for spa experience)
Part II - accommodation in Hua Hin at Amari Hotel
Part III - Santorini Park at Cha-Am (located 30 mins before reaching Hua Hin)
Part IV - Dining in Hua Hin, namely Chao Lay seafood, Koti restaurant, Sangthai seafood and Meekaruna seafood
Part V - Cicada Weekend Art Market (CICADA - Community of Identity Culture Arts & Dynamic Activities)
Part VI - Plearn Wan Vintage Village, Baan Sillapin Artists Village
Journey from Bangkok to Hua Hin
We chose an early flight to Bangkok so that it gave us ample time for a leisurely drive. After touched down at Suvarnabhumi Airport, we proceeded to pick-up our rental car from Budget service counter located at the arrival hall. Hubby brought his GPS along, which is essential for navigation since we weren't familiar with the roads. The drive along the outskirts of Bangkok was straightforward with mostly highway until we reached a toll area where there were many diversions and intersections. Thank goodness we had the GPS with us.
After Samut Sakhon, we would reach Cha-Am town first (where several outlet malls and Santorini Park are located; will talk about Santorini Park in another post), before reaching Hua Hin. The journey took almost 3hrs, depending on traffic condition and number of stops taken.
Chatchai Market, Hua Hin
Chatchai Market is located in the centre of Hua Hin town, and near to the night market location. By day, it's a wet market selling all types of fresh goods, groceries and sundry goods.
Came across this ice-cream cart selling coconut ice-cream! The lady was so nice, she let me try a spoonful and naturally I couldn't resist :p
Ended up buying a cone. The base of the cone was filled with glutinous rice, followed by a generous scoop of coconut ice-cream and some peanut toppings. Aroy mak mak!
Hua Hin Night Market (http://www.huahin.bangkok.com/hua-hin/night-market.htm)
As the weather was hot, this dessert stall was popular and very crowded. Customers could select your own dessert and toppings. Yums!
Located next to the night market is another night market called Chatsila. Actually not much difference, mostly clothing and fashion accessories. Surprisingly quiet, unlike the hustle and bustle of the Hua Hin Night Market which is just on the adjacent street.
Asia Herb Association Spa (http://www.asiaherbassociation.com/en/index.html)
There's no shortage of spas in Thailand, likewise in Hua Hin. We decided to drop by Asia Herb Association which is located in the centre of Hua Hin town (opposite Koti restaurant, near to the night market). This is a spa chain very popular among the Japanese expats and tourists, and we've also been to the branch in Bangkok before.
Spa treatment rooms were cozily furnished. Hubby had a traditional thai massage whereas I opted for their signature aromatherapy massage with herbal compress. Overall the service and skills of the therapists were efficient and quite good. Due to time constraint of our short trip, we managed to try only one spa salon, hopefully we could be back for more next time!
End of Part I.
Stay tune for Part II on our accommodation, Amari Hua Hin.