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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