Your Guide to Exploring Hua Hin Beyond its Beaches

A wave of boutique eateries, cafés, rooftop bars, and community-oriented shopping malls are transforming this sleepy beach town into a fashionable hotspot.

SHOP

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Seenspace

For a spot of shopping, you can’t go wrong with Hua Hin’s first beachfront community mall, Seenspace, which beautifully combines chic minimalist architecture with relaxed coastal vibes. Throw in pool bars and live music, and you’ve got your day mapped out. Latest additions include Der, a modern eatery serving up flavorful Isaan dishes, as well as Sundance Lounge, a café set in a peaceful glass house that also offers tarot card readings alongside its menu of international comfort food. Once you’ve sated your appetite, head over to Tost & Found for artisanal fashion and home décor brands. At Virus Space, enjoy coffee sourced from northern Thailand while browsing the owner’s eclectic vinyl, CD, and book collection.

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DO

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Tour de Asia

Hua Hin is one of the most bike-friendly places in Thailand, so why not take in the beauty of its natural landscape and historic sites while clocking up some miles? Tour de Asia offers bike tours to suit varying experience levels and interests, ranging anywhere from half-day to multi-day trips. Those who want more of a challenge can set out on their own and explore a five-kilometer scenic road via Hua Hin’s bike lanes stretching from Khao Tao to Pranburi.

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Blue Lotus by Hua Hin Evason

Sustainability is at the forefront of this luxury resort’s ethos, and its experienced chefs now offer onsite cooking courses specializing in plant-based cuisine. With an emphasis on responsibility sourced fresh food and ingredients, the course will teach to prepare a variety of healthy treats from vegan interpretations of traditional Thai fare and post-workout smoothies to Instagram-worthy power bowls and classic Thai sweets (also known as khanom wan).

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EAT

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Tree House

Tucked away on a quiet side street, this lush oasis serves creative Thai-inspired pasta dishes like spaghetti with red curry paste and prawns. Enjoy a beer from its local craft beer selection and be spoilt for choice by tea, coffee, smoothies, and various Italian sodas. Before leaving, don’t forget to pet the restaurant’s resident cat!

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1d + Day Artist

Pay a visit to this charming restaurant that offers traditional Thai fare. Its specialty dish is the humble omelet, which comes in variations like minced pork and vegetable-stuffed omelet to omelet on rice topped with shrimp and tom yam goong sauce. In addition to their all-day breakfast, the eatery also serves spired dishes including the Vietnamese-style omelet and French fries. Coffee is brewed Italian-style via a moka pot. Good news for dog-owners, they’re pet-friendly.

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Baan Itsara

Keep it old-school at this quaint home-style restaurant overlooking the ocean. Expect some of the freshest seafood around, offered at wallet-friendly prices and moderate portion sizes. Anything that comes with Baan Itsara’s signature sweet basil sauce is a must-try, though the stir-fried scallops is a popular choice. Fair warning, though, the service may err on the slow side.

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DRINK

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Gravity Sky Bar

Putting an artsy spin on the rooftop bar trend, Gravity Sky Bar on the 24th level of Novotel Hua Hin combines stunning 360-degree views—including panoramas of the Gulf of Thailand on one side and dramatic mountains on the other—with cutting-edge graffiti art murals. The aesthetic is geometric with dramatic pops of color, juxtaposed with custom-designed lounge furniture. The cocktail menu here is daring and experimental, boasting a selection of signature Sensory Cocktails specifically tailored to the drinker’s senses in unique flavor combinations.

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