View from Monkey Mountain

Hua Hin is 200km south of Bangkok, around 2.5 hrs by car or mini-van. It’s known as the Royal resort, being the oldest beach resort in Thailand and a favourite of the King’s. Hua Hin is a major resort, with a five kilometre stretch of sand, a huge variety of international hotels, and vibrant nightlife.

For the majority of our time in the area we stayed at Koh Takiab (also spelt Koh Takiap). Koh Takiab is a hill four kilometres south of Hua Hin. Koh Takiab means Chopstick Mountain although the locals refer to it as Monkey Mountain due to the monkeys living there.

Koh Takiab beach

Koh Takiab beach stretches south from the mountain. At first glance, it isn’t the prettiest of beaches, the sand is muddy brown and broken shells scatter the shore. But, to get away from the crowds at Hua Hin and have more space to swing your sarong, it’s perfect.

Fishing and crab hunting were favourite pass-times, as well as taking pony-rides along the beach. The Dads in our party enjoyed some jet-ski action, whilst Mums enjoyed massages and manicures from the comfort of their sun beds.

Bored of the beach?

In Hua Hin there’s plenty to do if you’re bored of the beach and pool. We went to the Elephant Safari Village and watched the Elephant, Snake and Crocodile Shows. Children get a thrill from the wobbly ride on an elephant and there’s something enchanting about elephants playing football.

From Koh Takiab mountain, the views over Hua Hin are breathtaking and the children enjoy seeing the monkeys – don’t be tempted to feed them as they can get aggressive (the monkeys that is!).

Practicalities – nappies and food

For all our provisions in Hua Hin, the Market Village shopping centre had everything we needed, and for a break from the sun we used the spotless soft play area in the Kids Zone on the third floor. 30baht ($AUS1) for half an hour.

Where we ate

We regularly ate at restaurants along the beach. If you hire sun beds and dine at the restaurant run by the sun bed owners they’ll take the price of the sun beds off your bill.

Another favourite was Rua Rimtarn (The Boathouse) Restaurant, offering great quality Thai and western food, excellent cocktails, and a children’s playground. The restaurant overlooks the water and fishing village, they’re happy to provide take-aways.

Where we stayed

For this part of our trip we stayed in privately owned villas a short walk from the beach. We stayed in a four bedroom villa in the Baan Thai Villas complex. The villa has four double bedrooms, but two of the bedrooms are interconnecting, and access to a shared garden and pool. The café in the garden provides good local food, breakfasts, and a take away a service.

The second villa we stayed at is Delft Blue Seas; a private, detached villa located in the same street as Baan Thai Villas and two minutes walk to Koh Takiab beach. The villa has three double bedrooms and a children’s room with two single beds, a private garden and pool.

Both properties are listed on Holidaylettings.co.uk.

We also spent three nights at the Sofitel Centara Grand Resort in Hua Hin. It’s in a central location and is a top-end hotel. The children particularly enjoyed the swimming pools and play area. They have a children’s club for 6 – 12 year olds, and can provide babysitting on request.

Also in the area:

  • Seahorse Resort – five minutes from Koh Takiab beach, modern with tranquil pool area.
  • Blue Wave – right on Koh Takiab beach, an adequate, older style hotel.

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