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Top things to do in your next Hua Hin getaway - Enjoy much more than the sun, sea and waves!

Famous as the Thai Riveria, Hua Hin is the foremost seaside resort of Thailand and a summer holiday location of the Thai Royal Family. Being just about a two-and-a-half ride from Bangkok entices not only visitors but locals too for a memorable beach getaway, savour the many attractions in Hua Hin.

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Soak in the beauty of Hua Hin Beach

An almost 8 km long beach shimmering with sugar white sand to sink your feet on a long stroll, especially at daybreak or at sunset. You can also absorb the beauty of the sparkling water and have the breeze fan your skin gently as you relax on a sunbed at a secluded spot listening to the soothing sounds of the ocean. Being a crowd-free beach makes many visitors from the resort Hua Hin enjoy blissful relaxation for many hours here.

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Explore the charming railway station

Considered one of the most scenic railway stations in Thailand, as well as being one of the oldest. This station boasts meticulous architecture and a very special feature, the splendid Royal Pavillion which depicts unique Thai architecture. Built a little over a century ago in 1920 this is a part of the southern Thai railway line and is a must-see attraction in Hua Hin and is often visited by guests from Avani+ Hua Hin Resort.

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Enjoy the vibrant night market

A colourful and lively market which attracts visitors and locals each evening from 5 pm until midnight. Pick some memorable souvenirs, clothes, flip-flops, handbags and many more. Don't forget to enjoy the great array of food items Pad Thai, Hoi Thod, Seafood, Indian bread and curries and mouthwatering coconut ice cream. Not only can you pick up good bargains and enjoy the food, but you also get to feel the local vibes by being at this market.

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Visit a Thai Temple

The Wat Huay Mongkol is a famous Thai temple complex. Situated 15 km from Hua Hin this temple can be easily reached by car, motorbike, or shared taxi. Locals visit this temple to pay homage to Luang Phor Thuad, a respected Thai monk whose seated statue at 12-foot height can be seen from afar as you approach the temple. These devotees request good luck, happiness, and good health. The giant wooden elephants on either side of the statue are remarkable and the locals hold a belief that walking under their bellies brings them good luck. The temple complex offers seclusion and space for relaxation.

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Savour a delightful floating market

Located about 6 km south of the Hua Hin city centre, Sam Phan Nam floating market is open from 10 am to 10 pm daily with a nominal admission fee of 100 Thai Bahts. This is not your usual kind of floating market, being the biggest floating market in Asia and the fact it had been designed to showcase the unique history of Hua Hin. The tiles on the roofs, folding doors, railings and even signages represent Hua Hin in the early 20th century. It boasts 40 rowboats and nearly 200 enchanting shops all being surrounded by a natural water source against a mountainous backdrop. At the end of the market are a mini tourist train and a replica of a railway station offering an enjoyable ride as well as photo opportunities.