Hua Hin, Thailand – Hua Hin, the former beach escape for folks from BKK is a smallish town that has focused more on residential than being the in-place for tourists and commerce.  But if you’re ever after locally produced sea salt, this is the place for you as the drive into and out of Hua Hin, as well as the local morning market and night market, has salt of every kind.


I’ve followed The Standard hotels for years (see my Bangkok post for proof), and knew that the only place I wanted to stay was The Standard Hua Hin ( and it did not disappoint. The Standard rooms aren’t ginormous, but the balconies, all of which overlook in courtyards of some sort, added to the charm, not to mention the traditional yellow and hidden contemporary art throughout the grounds.  But the real charm of this resort – aside from the contemporary art – are the common areas: the pool, the outdoor lobby, the sitting areas dotted around the property, and the helpful but nearly invisible staff who always appeared when you needed something.


In the center of the original beach community, is a small commercial area with a handful of places to eat.  They fit the bill, but truthfully, none are worth writing home about.  Closer to the night market, you can of course find street food and small restaurants but I think that Hua Hin has intentionally avoided the touristy sort of attractions so that it can stay a quiet community.


For the same reasons that there’s not a lot of outstanding restaurants, there aren’t a lot of sites to see which cannot be missed.  When I visited, I did a tuk tuk food tour which, kid you not, took us to the newly opened train station where we spent a good thirty minutes.  But the beaches and the pool at The Standard were more than enough for this tired traveler at this point in the journey and both are well worth the price of sunscreen and a good book.

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