Easy to get to from Bangkok, Hua Hin is a picturesque seaside town that just begs to be explored by anyone planning a holiday in Thailand. Only two hours from the capital, the town is a real gem on the Gulf of Thailand, the country's oldest beach resort.
Made popular by the Thai royal family in the first half of the 20th century, the town is now often overlooked by tourists who bypass it on their way to the southern beaches and islands.
But Hua Hin, and nearby Cha'am, have so much to offer, from golden sands and manicured golf courses to fantastic food and top class accommodation.
Chris Lee, trade marketing manager in the UK and Ireland for the Tourism Authority of Thailand, also believes that the weather is one the main reasons for people to choose the area over other parts of the country. Hua Hin has one of the lowest annual rainfalls of any of the Thai beach resorts, he explains, adding that the driest and coolest time to visit is November to March.
The Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park comes highly recommended. "A short trip by minivan and long tail speed boat takes you to this idyllic beach, and a gentle walk leads to an amazing cave which contains a stunning statue of Buddha, a really memorable experience," says Mr Lee.
"You can also take the opportunity to visit one of the elephant camps situated in the jungle. For the golfer you have a great choice of international standard golf courses, where golf course and caddy fees are a pleasant surprise," he adds.
Where to stay in Hua Hin
Set on the beachfront, close to the town centre, this is a stylish modern hotel that boasts a few added extras to really make your stay special. There are Thai cookery classes on offer, while a visit to the hotel spa is a must-do.
A new hotel, it's located right on the beach, offering stunning views across the Gulf of Thailand. Every room has its own plunge pool to cool off.