Beach Breaks:

Look­ing for sun, sea and sand? We find out a few of the favourite beach get­aways of EL staffers and high­light some other trop­i­cal spots in the re­gion and be­yond.

Expat Living (Singapore) - - Contents -

EL staff rec­om­men­da­tions and more

THAI­LAND – Hua Hin

I re­cently vis­ited Hua Hin, a sea­side re­sort city ap­prox­i­mately three hours by car from Bangkok. I stayed in the Hol­i­day Inn Vana Nava Hua Hin, a kid­friendly re­sort. It’s a short 10-minute drive from Khao Takiab Beach, where you can tuck into de­cently-priced, au­then­tic Thai fare along the shores. There are wa­ter sports avail­able too. Bring in­sect re­pel­lent or you’ll risk get­ting at­tacked by sand flies – I learnt this the hard way! An­other lovely beach op­tion is the In­tercon­ti­nen­tal Hua Hin Re­sort, which is just a five-minute drive from the Hol­i­day Inn.

Apart from the beaches, there are other ac­tiv­i­ties avail­able in and around Hua Hin. Guests at the Hol­i­day Inn can en­joy free ac­cess to Vana Nava Hua Hin Wa­ter Jun­gle, a wa­ter park right next to the re­sort. You can eas­ily spend half a day here as there’s a good mix of rides for ev­ery­one. An­other must-visit is the Ci­cada Night Mar­ket, a seven-minute drive from the re­sort; ex­pect lots of street food, ar­ti­sanal hand­i­crafts, clothes and live mu­sic. Fi­nally, if you can squeeze in one more ac­tiv­ity, opt for the Mon­soon Val­ley vine­yard tour, which is a 40-minute drive from Hua Hin.

The laid-back at­mos­phere in this city is in­fec­tious; it’s not as busy as Bangkok, yet no less vi­brant! An­other perk of be­ing near the ocean is the breezy weather, which I re­ally miss now that I’m back in Sin­ga­pore.

– An­thia Chng, Sin­ga­porean, Hair & Beauty Ed­i­tor

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