Khao Takiab Beach in Hua Hin Thailand is one of the most picturesque beaches you will see anywhere in this country. While being located just 5 kilometres from the centre of Hua Hin town this beach which was once nothing more than a quiet fishing village, is now a haven for foreign tourists and Thai people alike seeking to enjoy the sun and water along this long wide stretch of soft white sand that is flanked by tall shady trees.
While the beach is flagged by several upmarket hotels/resorts including the Hyatt Regency, the Supatra, and the Boutique, it never feels crowded and by the afternoon much of the beach is shaded from the sun, meaning its a great place to relax and listen to the waves lap up onto the sand.
visited this beach in 2010 with my wife and we enjoyed an late afternoon walk along the beach before dining at a beach-side restaurant attached to one of the large resorts.
However, despite the encroachment of these hotels and resorts, the beach is still a hub for the local fishing industry and therefore tends to attract a good number of Thai people and not just foreigners on vacation.
The water here is also quite shallow and therefore relatively safe for children to swim. There are of course numerous big beach umbrella's and
banana lounges for rent along the foreshore which are totally shaded by mid afternoon.
This is one of the more unique Thailand beaches due an interesting backdrop located at one end of the beach. The beach joins a large limestone hill known as Chopstick Hill (i.e Khao Takiab) from which the area gets its name. At the top of the hill is a Buddhist temple called Wat Khao Takiabon which can be accessed by a set of stairs and there are refreshments and Thai massage available near the temple area. There is also a road to the top so for those you don't wish to use the stairs you can get a taxi up to the temple.
There is also a monkey troupe that wanders around this area and they will grab just about anything that's not bolted down so be sure to watch your personal effects.
From the top of Chopstick Hill you are guaranteed wonderful views out over Hua Hin and the Gulf of Thailand.
At the base of Chopstick Hill is the twenty metre high free standing Buddha statue named Phra Pang Haan Yad which has a number of stalls right in front from where vendors sell souvenirs.
Fishing boats parked along the sand near Chopstick Hill also add to the unique atmosphere at this beach. Vendors are also on hand along the beach selling refreshments such as cold drinks and ice-creams so you never have to wander to far once hunger and thirst set in.
The best way to travel to Hua Hin in Prachuap Khirri Khan province is by either train or bus. The State Railway of Thailand offers a number of daily services to most 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.
Once in Hua Hin, the best way to travel to Khao Takiab Beach is to either walk or get a songthaew, tuk tuk or taxi, but it will depend upon where your hotel is located.