The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - WHAT’S YOUR BUDGET HUA HIN -

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

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