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Kid-friendly Travel Guide to Hua Hin: Beaches, Night Market, Resorts & More!

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Planning a family trip to Hua Hin in Thailand? From beautiful beaches to the vibrant Hua Hin night market, stunning Hua Hin resorts and kid-friendly things to do, here’s all you need to know before you go!

Hua Hin remains a relatively quiet Thailand destination, offering beautiful beaches, fun night markets, and plenty of activities everyone can enjoy together. If you’re looking for a charming seaside destination that’s only a short drive from Bangkok, then Hua Hin could be an ideal destination for a memorable holiday. From exciting family activities to delicious dining options, Hua Hin has something to offer every member of the family. Our little family recently explored Hua Hin so here’s our travel guide so you can plan your trip.

How to Travel from Singapore to Hua Hin

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If you are planning a trip to Hua Hin, there are a host of options to get you to the seaside resort. Only a 2hr 30-minute flight away from Singapore, Bangkok is your first stop as you head to Hua Hin. Once in Bangkok, there are a few options to get you to the seaside resort. As we were travelling with a little one (only 3 months old), we chose a private car transfer arranged by the hotel. It will take you approximately 3 to 4 hours from Bangkok to Hua Hin. The car journey can vary quite dramatically depending on Bangkok traffic. We noticed a big difference travelling earlier in the week, it took us just shy of 3 hours, but on the way back towards the end of the week, it was over 4 hours. Be mindful of this when coordinating your flight times.

Alternatively, you can take a train or bus from Bangkok to Hua Hin, enjoying scenic views along the way. The bus takes 4-5 hours and runs between Chatuchak Bus Terminal (near the famous Chatuchak Markets) in Bangkok to central Hua Hin. Similarly, the train takes approximately 4hr 30 mins and runs from Bangkok Train Station, in the centre of the Bangkok city, to Hua Hin.

No matter which option you choose, it will be an adventure for the kids! Just be mindful that navigating through Bangkok with your family in tow can be quite hectic, the hassle-free option would definitely be to pre-book your transfer.

Things to Do in Hua Hin with Kids

Vana Nava Water Jungle

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Let the kids splash and play at Vana Nava Water Jungle. With thrilling slides, lazy rivers and interactive play areas, it’s a guaranteed day of fun for the whole family. They even offer the first VR water slide in Asia!

Vana Nava Water Jungle, 129/99 Soi Moo, Nong Kae, Hua Hin 77110 Thailand, Tel: (+66) 32 909 606,

Black Mountain Water Park

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Black Mountain Water Park is the second water park in Hua Hin and is better suited to families travelling with smaller kids. The entire water park is visible within eyesight and features a variety of slides, pools, and activities. Spend a day here enjoying the rides and soaking up the sun.

Black Mountain Water Park, 1 Moo 2 Hin Lek Fai Prachuapkhirikhan, Hua Hin 77110 Thailand,

Nanyang Bat Cave

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For a truly surreal experience, visit Nayang Bat Cave in Cha Am. Witness the spectacular sight of 2 million bats departing at sunset for their evening foray for food. 

Nanyang Bat Cave,

Hua Hin Beaches

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Hua Hin’s beaches are perfect for family relaxation and play. It’s technically home to just one beach (the aptly named ‘Hua Hin Beach’), but if you look at Hua Hin as a region, there are a few others to explore. Here are some of our top picks:

  • Hua Hin Beach: This is the main beach stretching along the town, great for building sandcastles, and swimming in the clear waters.
  • Khao Takiab Beach: Check out this beach when you visit Khao Takiab Hill, also known as Monkey Mountain!
  • Suan Son Pradipat Beach: Perhaps one of the most charming beaches in Hua Hin. This private and tree-lined beach is perfect for anyone looking for a quiet beach experience with the chance to see some exotic birds.
  • Pranburi Beach: Located south of Hua Hin in the less-touristy area of Pranburi, this beach offers a more local vibe.
  • Khao Tao Beach: This is the quietest beach of them all, perfect for those seeking a bit of peace.

 KiteSurfing at Hua Hin Beach

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Hua Hin is known as a kitesurfing hotspot. With numerous kite schools dotting the coastline, such as Kiteboarding Asia the largest school with three centres, offering comprehensive instruction and top-notch equipment. The conditions here are particularly favourable for beginners, making it a great family activity to try.

Kiteboarding Asia, KBA Soi 75/1 opposite Bangkok Hospital 143/8 soi 75/1 77110 Hua Hin, Tel: (+66) 8 1683 1683,

Where to Eat in Hua Hin

Hua Hin Night Market

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For lobsters, oysters, crabs, fish and more, the best place to find them is the Hua Hin Night Market where you’ll find an array of street food stalls. Apart from seafood,  you’ll also find tasty treats such as grilled skewers, pad thai, and fresh fruit shakes. Open daily from 5pm to 1am.

Hua Hin Night Market, Soi Hua Hin 72 Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan,

Tamarind Market

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If you’re in the neighbourhood on a weekend and want to sample some of the local fare, Tamarind Night Market is definitely worth checking out. There are plenty of stalls selling everything from food to clothing. Open Thursday to Sunday 5pm – 11pm.

Tamarind Night Market, 117/75 Hua Thanon Community Entrance of Soi 23, Nong Kae, Hua Hin 77110 Thailand

ChaoLay Seafood

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If you’re visiting Hua Hin, the local seafood is a must-try! Treat your family to fresh seafood delights at ChaoLay Seafood, a popular seafood restaurant in Hua Hin offering a wide selection of grilled fish, prawns, and local specialties. Plus the restaurant has excellent views of the ocean. 

ChaoLay Seafood, 15 Naresdamri Rd, Hua Hin, Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand

Best Hua Hin Resorts & Hotels

Hua Hin offers a diverse range of accommodation options suitable for families of all sizes and budgets. From luxurious Hua Hin resorts with dedicated kids’ clubs to cosy beachfront villas and affordable hotels in Hua Hin with family-friendly amenities, there’s something for everyone in this coastal paradise. Whether you’re seeking spacious rooms, convenient access to the beach, or a wide array of recreational activities, Hua Hin has it all.

SO Sofitel Hua Hin: Best Overall Family-Friendly Resort

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SO Sofitel Hua Hin is a beachfront property that offers the perfect blend of luxury and family-friendly amenities. The spacious rooms are beautifully designed, featuring modern decor and comfortable furnishings with all the kids’ amenities you need. This is where our family stayed and we even received baby products for the bath. Aside from easy access to the beach and playing in the sea, the resort is packed with family activities from a dedicated kids’ club to an inflatable obstacle course and a mini golf course. Once you’ve tired the kids out, you can take full advantage of the onsite SO Spa to unwind and enjoy peaceful dips in your villa pool.

They have a selection of rooms and villas available, from interconnecting rooms for larger families and villas with their own private pools. We stayed in a one-bedroom pool villa and loved how relaxing and private it was for our family!

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A couple of things to note about SO Sofitel Hua Hin:

  • Be mindful of the stairs at check in. The entrance is incredibly impressive with marble stairs leading to the check in area, but there is no alternative with a stroller, so be ready to carry it up!
  • They are currently offering a “TIME TO CELEBRATE – Pool Villa Escape”, family package that is available until December 2025. This exclusive deal includes breakfast, a DIY cocktail kit, and a choice of one kids’ activity, such as slime, frame painting, or bat cave exploration. It also comes with a complimentary bottle of wine and canapés, an Italian set dinner at Beach Society, plus a one-time 30-minute back and shoulder massage.

SO Sofitel Hua Hin, 115 Moo 7, Tambol Bangkao, Cha-Am, Petchaburi, Hua Hin, Thailand, [email protected],

Anantara Hua Hin Resort: ultra-luxury resort in Hua Hin

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Modelled after a traditional Thai village, the Anantara Hua Hin Resort is set amongst lush tropical grounds with views of the surrounding mountains. Here, you’ll find two large swimming pools, a range of sports activities from tennis to muay thai, and a children’s club where your little ones can practise their arts and crafts and even take part in cooking classes. 

Anantara Hua Hin Resort, 43/1 Phetkasem Beach Road, Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand,

InterContinental Hua Hin Resort: luxury Hua Hin resort

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Located on the shores of Hua Hin Beach, InterContinental Resort features luxurious rooms and suites, multiple swimming pools, a kids’ club, and serves as a great launchpad to other Hua Hin attractions. Make sure you take advantage of the various guest privileges, such as the complimentary visit to Vana Nava Water Jungle and a daily shuttle service that ferries guests to other local destinations such as the Clock Tower.

InterContinental Hua Hin Resort, 33/33 Petchkasem Road, Hua Hin, Prachuab Khiri Khan, Thailand,

Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa: affordable resort

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The Marriott Resort Hua Hin is a five-star beachfront resort located in the city centre of Hua Hin. Offering a variety of on-site amenities, including five swimming pools and a fitness centre, as well as a spa.

Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa, 107, 1 Phet Kasem Rd, Tambon Hua Hin, Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand,

Holiday Inn Resort Vana Nava Hua Hin: mid-range resort

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The Holiday Inn Vana Nava is an ideal destination for families with older kids. With its prime location adjacent to the Vana Nava Water Jungle, conveniently situated right in front of the hotel, guests can relish the convenience of unlimited free access throughout their stay. Also, be sure to check out Vana Nava Sky, a high-end bar located on the 27th floor that specialises in international cuisine and offers stunning views of the city from its glass sky deck.

Holiday Inn Resort Vana Nava Hua Hin, 129/129 Petchkasem Road, Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand,

Dolphin Bay Resort: budget-friendly Hua Hin resort

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Nestled along the beach towards the south, Dolphin Bay Resort is a family-operated retreat. With its laid-back vibe and thoughtful amenities like children’s play areas, it’s a great affordable option for families eager to discover Hua Hin. Complete with an indoor playroom, outdoor adventure playgrounds, a water slide, on-site water sports and a movie room, your kids will be endlessly entertained. 

Dolphin Bay Resort, 227 Moo 4, Tambon Sam Roi Yot, Prachuab Khiri Khan, Hua Hin 77120 Thailand,

Tips for a Family-Friendly Trip to Hua Hin: 

  • Bring mosquito repellent: Hua Hin can be prone to mosquitoes, especially during the evening. Bring mosquito repellent in large quantities to protect the whole family!
  • Prepare for the journey: The transfer from Bangkok to Hua Hin is quite long (between 3 to 4 hours depending on traffic), so make sure you’ve prepped some activities to keep your little ones occupied. 

You’re all set! Now, all you have to do is book your tickets for your trip to Hua Hin, Thailand! 

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