A HUA’S WHO OF HOLIDAY RESORTS
Thailand’s big four always hog the spotlight – Bangkok, Phuket, Koh Samui and Chiang Mai – but just two-and-a-half hours’ drive from Bangkok lies a land of familyfriendly resorts, golf courses, wellness retreats and water parks in the original Thai resort destination, Hua Hin.
As well as being the location of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX)’s summer palace, Klai Kangwon, the best thing about Hua Hin is that it’s “not too touristy and not too commercialised”, says Maevadi Rosenfeldt from the Tourism Authority of Thailand. “Hua Hin has everything for everyone,” she says. “It’s a perfect beach destination for families with kids, couples, solo travellers and it’s the only place in Thailand where you can ride a horse along the beach.
“It’s also home to some of Thailand’s best French and German bakeries. The Baguette is famous for its Butterfly Puff Pastry while The German Bakery is famous for German breads, especially pretzel.”
The just-opened Baba Beach Club by Sri Panwa aims to lure a younger market with its beach club playing host to resident DJs. CELESTE MITCHELL