Asia’s biggest man-made waterfall
Vana Nava Water Park is one of the city’s newest attractions, having opened in 2014 upon what was previously an empty plot of land. It contains more than 200,000 plants and trees from all over Thailand, but the real attraction is an array of unique and colourful slides, including The Abyss, which is shaped like a giant megaphone. The most striking feature about the park, however, is that it boasts Asia’s biggest man-made waterfall at 31 meters high.
Hua Hin is one of the country’s premier golf locations and has a longer history of the game than anywhere else in Thailand, with its first course, the Royal Hua Hin Golf Club built here in 1924. Indeed, the opening of Black Mountain Golf Club and Banyan Golf Club since 2007 has propelled its reputation to even greater heights. In 2014, it was named as the Golf Destination of the Year in Asia/Australasia by the International Association of Golf Tourism Operators.
Within easy driving distance of Bangkok, Hua Hin has long been a popular getaway for many Thais, including the royal family, who were attracted to the region’s beach in the early part of the 20th century. Since, it has been the summer and even permanent residence of the country’s most powerful residents.
Hua Hin is well known for its seafood and eating at the restaurants that perch over the water is known as a great tradition for those from Bangkok looking for a weekend getaway. The standards of local cuisine is said to be higher here than in many other popular Thai resorts, a fact attributed to the number of locals that have to be catered for. Restaurants have to serve authentic Thai tastes else they will simply not survive in a hotly competitive sector.
It's dry… by Thai standards
It’s very warm throughout the year in Hua Hin, where temperatures range on average from 26C (79F) in January to 30C (85F) in April. There is, however, dramatic variation in the amount of precipitation, with an average rainfall of 246mm in October down to just 7.9mm in December. The city’s position in a rain shadow, however, means that it is drier than many other places in the country, particularly during the winter months.