With a tropical savannah climate and white beaches that stretch for miles past the azure waters, it’s little wonder why Hua Hin is dubbed “Thailand’s original beach resort”. Sansiri has a long proud history in this prized seaside neighbourhood. In 1988, Sansiri started its first condominium project in Hua Hin with its landmark property “Baan Kai Muk”, an architectural landmark designed by John Rifenberg that was distinctive for its bright mosaic yellow façade. It was a building ahead of its time.
Being located three hours away from the congested roads and BTS stations of Bangkok means that this seaside town has earned a reputation for being a welcomed respite for weary city dwellers. Yet you’re never too far from the action too. The bustling town is a curious one; one where you’ll find a cosmopolitan city centre flanked by the laid-back vibes of an island resort. Unsurprisingly, its roots as a well-loved getaway date back to 1911, when the railroad first arrived from Bangkok, bringing with it a legion of royal family members. By the mid-1920s, Hua Hin became a hotspot for the Bangkok-based nobility, including Kings Rama VI and VII who both built their summer palaces here.
Today, the once idyllic fishing village remains to be a top-notch holiday destination and investment goldmine, thanks to the efforts of Sansiri. Over the years, the real estate developer — one of the largest in Thailand — has perfectly encapsulated the energy and vibrancy of Hua Hin with its properties and in turn, vastly boosting both tourism and the holiday home investment market there.
Here’s where you’ll find the best properties, food, and attractions at Hua Hin.
Where to stay
Those seeking a taste of the Caribbean should look no further than the La Habana condominium in Hua Hin. Also situated in a neighbourhood known for its traditional five-star hotels, “The Happy Colours of Hua Hin” concept by Sansiri means that La Habana will feature a colourful exterior. 652 units in one- and two-bedrooms layouts will be housed within the three eight-storey towers.
Its prime location sees Sansiri’s charming resort-style condominium being located only 250m from the beach, which should satisfy even the most discerning of beach lovers. Its architecture is carefully designed to replicate that of Havana, with both its interiors and exteriors incorporating the same colours and contours that make buildings in Cuba’s capital city stand out.
Covering a substantial six-rai of land, residents will have access to all the amenities, including a colossal swimming pool measuring almost 1,000 square-metres, and a fully-equipped gym. Typically a quiet destination compared to other beach towns in Thailand, La Habana expects to add a little more spice to this royal holiday destination. Prices start from 2.19 million Baht (S$98,400).
Enjoy a little bit of España in the heart of Thailand at Sansiri’s La Casita condominium. Located in downtown Hua Hin and surrounded by a prestigious slew of five-star hotels, the Bluport Shopping Complex, and renowned culinary venues, the 2.3-billion baht development blends Spanish architecture effortlessly into the heart of Southeast Asia. The 705-unit residence is an idyllic pastel dream, replicating the soul of Ibiza with its exotic foliage and distinctive design language.
Here, four eight-storey buildings spread across six rai of land with one and two-bedroom units — each ranging in size from 26.50 to 91 square-metres — alongside a host of communal amenities.
Residents will also have access to the longest condominium swimming pool in town. Spanning 100m long, the pool will join other amenities such as the Palm Court — a common kitchen instalment and living space — and plenty of manicured garden spaces that lend a calm and homely ambience.
90 percent of units have already been reserved, and is expected to boost the rental and investment value of the area. If you’ve invested in a new unit, you won’t have to wait long to enjoy La Casita; completion is set for November this year, just in time for the milder winter season.
The word ‘escape’ comes to the mind for many looking to leave the hustle and bustle of the city. Cleverly, Sansiri has named the latest hotel in their Hotel Collection just that. Escape Hua Hin is the ultimate beach resort, encompassing all the themes one has to come to expect at such a destination.
Serenity is a mere byproduct of the overall design of the resort. With a large pool and rooms that range from 31- to 36-square metres, expect to relax and enjoy the tropical surroundings in comfort. Add to that the Yuthika Well-Being Spa and its indulgent treatments, and it’s easy to see why it’s always hard to leave. Guests looking for adventure will find a long list of activities that include horseback riding, flyboarding, jet skiing, and kite surfing.
The on-site Red Coral Restaurant is also synonymous with serving up some of the best seafood in town, accompanied by cocktails courtesy of Niks Anumanrajadhon, one of Thailand’s top mixologists. There really isn’t a need to go anywhere else.
Food & Drinks
Like Bangkok, Hua Hin is a gourmet paradise with its ample supply of restaurants and bars, and dining out in its idyllic atmosphere is always an experience, whether in a fine-dining restaurant or by the streets.
For the most authentic food, the Hua Hin Night Market and Tamarind Market are lively spots that feature some of the best street eats, ranging from grilled seafood to homemade desserts. The Cicada Market is an artsy alternative to the Hua Hin Night Market, and is best known for its array of handmade crafts on sale.
For an al fresco afternoon in style, the Let’s Sea Pub & Restaurant offers sweeping views of the ocean alongside a menu of fresh seafood dishes, fusing contemporary Thai and international flavours seamlessly while doing so. The adjacent Breeze Bar sees a cocktail menu that’s equally trendy, making it the perfect spot to catch the sunset at.
Hipster haven Seenspace has made its mark in Hua Hin for being a laid-back shopping plaza that’s always buzzing with life. Its impressive repertoire of restaurants and eateries include The Beach House and The Tea house, both of which boast contemporary Thai-styled decor alongside authentic Thai cuisine. Seenspace also houses Oasis, a luxurious beachfront bar with an infinity pool. It’s easy to spend the entire day at the Instagrammable spot, and renowned DJs often make a stop there to elevate the beach experience too.
No trip to Hua Hin is complete without a stop at one of its most locally-endorsed restaurant: Baan Itsara. Located in an authentic Hua Hin-style house from the ’20s, the no-frills seafood eatery will provide a genuine taste of the region’s best dishes at affordable prices.
Ratama’s is another must-try for its famous Chinese-influenced duck noodles, while Sweet Shop has been synonymous for serving up the best traditional homemade Thai desserts and snacks for decades now. Sustainability is very much a way of life in Hua Hin now, and The Boutique Farmers is a farm-to-table concept restaurant that’s dedicated to using only
sustainable organic agriculture, while employing domestic boats and farms which use local manpower and no
fuel-run machinery or chemicals.
What to do
Registered under the Queen’s patronage to protect the natural mangroves, the Pranburi National Park is a stunning insight into the flora and fauna of Hua Hin. A journey through the majestic forage starts from the mouth of the Pranburi River in the Klongkao-Klongkob National Reserve Forest; simply take one of the two nature trails through this massive 3.17 square-kilometre park to experience some of the best aerial sights the town has to offer.
Being located on the western side of the Gulf of Thailand means that Hua Hin has some of the most postcard-worthy beaches in the world. While the Hua Hin Beach — the main 5km-long beach — remains to be the gem of the town, the Khao Takiab Beach is popular for its promise of genuine Thai culture and seclusion. At one end sits a pristine Buddhist temple atop the Monkey Mountain, making for a great vantage point of Hua Hin Bay.
For a buzzier atmosphere, the Cha Am Beach never fails to draw large crowds over the weekend. It offers the entire package of any unforgettable beach holiday, from adrenaline-pumping activities such banana boat rides to excellent seafood restaurants. Little wonder then that it constantly draws seasoned beachgoers looking for the perfect jaunt to while their days at.