Equally popular with young couples and families, tourists and Thais (including the royal family), Hua Hin’s three miles of attractive powdery sands are flanked by good value hotels, luxury resorts and world-renowned spas. After dark, enjoy some friendly bartering at the vibrant night market, be tempted by the countless food stalls and retreat to a sophisticated wine bar or casual music venue.
While Cha Am may not rival Hua Hin for facilities, it has a long casuarina-lined beach, calm turquoise waters, a laid-back air and is highly regarded for its succulent seafood.
Kui Buri is half an hour’s drive south of Hua Hin and is a peaceful, underdeveloped area home to numerous fishing villages and a gorgeous stretch of virgin beachfront. Within an hour's drive of the resort is the little-visited Kui Buri National Park, which protects around 300 wild elephants - the largest concentration in Thailand.
Away from the beach, attractions include a hilltop Buddhist temple, royal palaces, Pala-U Waterfall and Sam Roi Yot National Park, while for sports enthusiasts, the region is regarded as one of Thailand’s finest golfing locations. There’s also the little-visited Kui Buri National Park, which protects around 300 wild elephants - the largest concentration in Thailand.
Regent Chalet Beach Resort is an informal hotel delightfully positioned amongst tropical gardens beside the beautiful sands of Cha Am. Ideal for couples and families alike.
8 nights from £899 pp
GMT +7 hours
There are no direct flights from the UK to Hua Hin and Cha Am. From Bangkok the transfer by road is approximately 2 hours 30 minutes, while Kui Buri is 3 hours.
Hua Hin and Cha Am’s central location give it three distinctive seasons, with some of the lowest rainfall in the country. The dry season runs from November to February, the hot season extends from March to June and the rainy season lasts from July to October. Rain usually occurs mid-afternoon and doesn’t tend to last too long.