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9 out-of-the-ordinary things to do in Hua Hin – The Thai experience you never knew you wanted!

Hua Hin is a getaway destination that is a curious mix of natural beauty, art and culture with a cosmopolitan flavour unlike any other! Here are nine out of the ordinary things you can do in Hua Hin.

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Find the most amazing creations of Nature at the Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park

The name, which translates to "Mountain of Three Hundred Peaks" offers you the usual pleasures of a hike, but takes the experience to another level with sites like the mystical caves of Phraya Nakhon where if you time it right, you can watch the sunlight hit the hidden pavilion, or the Khao Daeng Viewpoint, where the sight is unparalleled, or the Buen Bua Boardwalk that takes you over the marshes. When you're tired and want to rest, take a dip in the pools at the Pala U Waterfall!

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Explore all the world's destinations you've always wanted to, but couldn't!

Hua Hin has the world's wondrous cities at your fingertips. If it's Venice you're craving, they've got you covered with The Venezia, a shopping mall that recreates the marvel of Venice. If it's Santorini you were dreaming of, they've still got you covered at the Santorini Amusement Park. Or, if it was that elusive Middle Eastern flavour you were looking for, the Camel Republic will make you feel like you visited Morocco!

3

Dine at the world's quirkiest eateries!

Hua Hin is home to interesting cafes and eateries that are unique as they are quirky. If you're looking for the elegant romance of the French, the Tea House is the place for you. If you like ponies, then Hua Hin is home to the Pony Café as well! If you're a dog lover who goes nuts at the sight of one, then be sure to try the Inu Café so you can eat as you cuddle with a Shiba Inu.

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Make some splash at the Vana Nava Waterpark

Famed as Asia's first water Jungle, The Vana Nava Waterpark is one of the most exciting and adventurous places to be during your time in Hua Hin. The park is home to a plethora of water-based joyrides and fun activities and certainly be an idyllic retreat for your whole family. There is also an exquisite accommodation option alongside the park - Holiday Inn Vana Nava Hua Hin. The resort stands out from the rest of the hotels in Hua Hin with its lavish and cosy abodes and best in class services. You can crash in here, unwind and relax after an exciting day with your family at the park.

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Go shopping at the Cicada Market!

Are you a nocturnal person who enjoys nighttime strolls? Then the Cicada Market is a place you must check out. Arguably the city centre of Hua Hin, this night market features local artisans who sell their crafts, street food at its finest and live buskers to serenade you!

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Spend the day caring for Elephants at the Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand Rescue Center and Elephant Refuge!

One cannot go to Thailand and not see Elephants. But why not do some good in the world while you enjoy yourself? Instead of falling into tourist traps that exploit these gentle giants, visit the Thailand Rescue Center and Elephant refuge to interact with rescued animals, from elephants to tigers, gibbons and birds, spend the day getting to know them and even taking care of them.

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Try some of the most interesting merchandise at the Sam Phan Nam Floating Market!

Wander along the boardwalk at this floating market that features merchandise from local artisans, in over 200 shops in 40 market boats. If you don't feel like walking, then take a boat and navigate the waters of this unique floating market.

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Feed the Monkeys at the foot of a 20 Meter Golden Buddha Statue at Khao Takiab

The hike up to this 272-meter hill whose name translates to Chopstick Hill is worth it, just for the view. Featuring a 20 meter golden Buddha statue overlooking the sea, the hill offers a breathtaking view of the beaches of Hua Hin. Better yet, you can totally feed the monkeys who call Khao Takiab home.

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Be blessed with the sight of the Tham Khao Luang Cave Shrine!

The largest and most elaborate cave shrine in Thailand, the Tham Luang Cave Shrine is for someone looking for that Zen of the spirit. Adorned with naturally formed intricate stalactites and a heart-shaped natural skylight, the caves have over 180 golden Buddha statues.

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Bonus! - Discover the blossoming arts and crafts scene at Baan Silapin!

Featuring 19 in house artists, painters and sculptors, Baan Silapin is a village dedicated to the arts. Founded by the local painter Tawee Ka Sangam, this creative space is a relaxing experience, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. If you want to try your hand at making local art, they even offer you workshops!

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