All Hua Hin Beaches are known for their white sand and brilliant sunrises but it is Main Beach which is the most beautiful and family friendly in my view. Located within the Prachuap Khirri Khan province, Hua Hin's Main Beach has to be one of the loveliest Thai beaches and provides visitors with a 7 kilometre stretch of soft white sand that merges with the clear blue waters of the Gulf of Thailand. Main Beach begins from about the Hua Hin town centre and stretches around to the neighbouring Khao Takiap.
While the beach is is
located conveniently close to a number of quality hotels including the Hilton,
Marriott and Sofitel, it has never been developed to the extent of other popular Thailand beaches such as those found on Samui and Phuket.
Subsequently, Main Beach at Hua Hin never feels over-crowded and is usually frequented by tourists from the nearby hotels including Thai people on holiday from Bangkok.
Although there are at least five Thai beaches that you can visit if you are staying at Hua Hin including Suan Beach, Khao Kalok Beach, Khao Tao
Beach, and Khao Takiab Beach (which is located approximately 7
kilometres south of Hua Hin), Main Beach is the pick of these
due to its close proximity to the town and the laid back atmosphere which
it provides in abundance.
Like most other Thai beaches sun lounges and beach umbrella's line the perimeter of the beach and are all for hire but at Main Beach you actually feel like you can take a stroll along the waters edge and not be knocked over by over zealous foreign tourists who appear hard- wired into party mode.
Because this is quite a wide beach it is easy to find your own secluded spot well away from other visitors. My wife and I visited this beach in 2010 during a visit to Hua Hin and enjoyed a late afternoon walk along the foreshore where I noticed that Thai massage and pony and horse rides were available. While popular water activities such as para-sailing and jet-skiing and wind surfing are available here they never seem to be overly disruptive so you can sill chill out and listen to the waves.
During the day a number of Thai venders also work along Main Beach selling soft drinks, water, ice-creams along with other food so refreshments are always close at hand.
Hua Hin is located in Prachuap Khirri Khan province. The best way to travel there is by either train or bus. The State Railway of Thailand offers a number of daily services to provinces within western Thailand. Trains depart Bangkok for Prachuap Khiri Khan at the Hualamphong station. My wife and I traveled to Hua Hin in 2010 by train and took an overnight sleeper carriage for approximately $40.
Buses depart Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal daily and travel to Prachuap Khirri Khan and Hua Hin daily.
Once you arrive, the best way to travel to the Hua Hin Beaches is to either walk or get a taxi depending upon where your hotel is located. Just ask the reception staff at your hotel for assistance if you are unsure.