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DESTINATION GUIDE / Hua Hin / Beaches

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Many of the hotels along the beach have concessions offering various water sports. Wind surfing, sailboats and para-sailing equipment are available, and "banana boat" rides can be arranged in both Hua Hin and Cha Am and there is a growing marina at the Phatra Yacht Club complex in Pranburi, about 26 km south of Hua Hin.
Hua Hin and the west coast of the Gulf are becoming well known for windsurfing with strong northeasterly winds. As important however is the clean water inshore and the absence of the curse of water scooters and jet skies which have ruined the east coast, especially the Pattaya-Jomtien beaches.
There is a dive shop in town but the shallow water around Hua Hin is not really known for its coral or reefs as this part of the gulf is not overly clear. Tours to nearby Singhtoh Island can be booked through this shop though. Gunter, at.Coral Divers is a PADI certified instructor and offers a course for the PADI Open Water licence for $320 which includes 4 days of training and all equipment. Half day tours for snorkeling, fishing or just hanging with the marine dudes around the island are also available. 7 Naresdamri Rd. Tel: (01) 432-8180.
The beach is widest south of town and an ideal spot for football or a friendly game of frisbee.

Khao Takiab

Many of the hotels along the beach have concessions offering various water sports. Wind surfing, sailboats and para-sailing equipment are available, and "banana boat" rides can be arranged in both Hua Hin and Cha Am and there is a growing marina at the Phatra Yacht Club complex in Pranburi, about 26 km south of Hua Hin. Hua Hin and the west coast of the Gulf are becoming well known for windsurfing with strong northeasterly winds. As important however is the clean water inshore and the absence of the curse of water scooters and jet skies which have ruined the east coast, especially the Pattaya-Jomtien beaches. There is a dive shop in town but the shallow water around Hua Hin is not really known for its coral or reefs as this part of the gulf is not overly clear. Tours to nearby Singhtoh Island can be booked through this shop though. Gunter, at.Coral Divers is a PADI certified instructor and offers a course for the PADI Open Water licence for $320 which includes 4 days of training and all equipment. Half day tours for snorkeling, fishing or just hanging with the marine dudes around the island are also available. 7 Naresdamri Rd. Tel: (01) 432-8180. The beach is widest south of town and an ideal spot for football or a friendly game of frisbee.

The twin hills of Khao Takiab (Chopstick Peaks) are visible to the south down the beach from Hua Hin 3-4 km and one can also make out the 20 meter tall Buddha image at the base of the hills. The walk along the beach is guaranteed to test your ankles.
From the temple (Wat Khao Lad) atop the hill, Singhtoh Island, about 800 meters offshore can be seen and boats to the island can be chartered from either the Hua Hin pier or the small fishing village at Khao Takiab. Be careful of the monkeys wandering the lower grounds of the temple. They're not fierce but enjoy grabbing eyeglasses and pens.
The Khao Takiab area now boasts an increasing number of guesthouses, small hotels, resorts and quiet restaurants.

Suan Son

Just south of Khao Takiab is Suan Son (Sea Pine Gardens). The beach is long and quiet and there are small food shops and accommodations. Entrance is through a military camp--just tell the guard at the gate that you're going to the beach and give him the 10 Baht (per vehicle) entrance fee. Suan Son can get very crowded on weekends.

Khao Tao

Still heading south, beyond Suan Son is Khao Tao where the Sai Noi and Sai Yai beaches are located.

Cha Am

Cha Am, in neighboring Petchburi province, is 26 km to the north. The beach is long and white and there are beautiful casaurina pines planted all along the beach. Cha Am is a favorite for young Thai families and college students and on weekends the action never stops.
There are many restaurants along the beach in Cha Am along with many bungalows and hotels. Cha Am may not have the historical charm of Hua Hin but it's certainly worth a look, especially on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon.

 


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