Sunday, February 28, 2010

Ride: Pattaya - Hua Hin, Thailand

Pattaya - Hua Hin, Thailand (18/2/2010)


I was too excited to leave the busy Pattaya as my next destination would be Hua Hin.. I've read lots of good review on Hua Hin..

Hua Hin is a beach resort place, near 200 km south of Bangkok, where most Bangkok residents would visit during weekends.. Unlike Pattaya as westerners would prefer... Hua Hin is the oldest and most traditional Thai holiday resort.. Hua Hin is also known as the Royalty's favourite beach resort.. 

We left Pattaya at 7.30 in the morning... the traffic was building up, but we were lucky to leave a lil bit early.. We joined Route 3, which led us to Bangkok city...

Moments later, we passed Si Racha and Chonburi town.. Upon reaching Bangkok city, we decided to ride closely and did not wanna get lost as some did in the beginning of the tour...

Almost 1.5 hours from Pattaya, we successfully reached Phra Pradaeng @ Chao Phraya River... we took the same barge, which we did on our first Bangkok trip and cross the Chao Phraya River... we then continued our ride heading towards Samut Sakhon and led to Samut Songkhram on Route 35..

We then exited the Route 35 and rode along Route 4, which is the highway to the south coast of Thailand..

About 120 km later, we reached Hua Hin... OooWiee!!! 

Usually Hua Hin will be packed during weekends and i was lucky to be there on Thursday... so the Hua Hin beach town would be less crowded...

We reached Hua Hin and checked in at a hotel which is located along the Market Street, Dechanuchit Road... the hotel is called Baan Permchan, is so clean and i love its interior... also, the hotel owner was very soft-spoken and very friendly...

The room is simple, bright and clean.. i was very happy with the room.. in fact, i could go to the top floor to do laundry and the hotel has a beautiful sight of Hua Hin at night...

"The best known of these is definitely Hua Hin night market. A visit here is an absolute must during your stay. It is located in the centre of town and runs up from Petchkasem Road to the railway line and opens from around 18.00.  Most stalls will start to break down at approximately 23.00, however some selling food will stay open until dawn.
The market is a fascinating insight into Thailand and the way Thais like to live. You will find countless outlets selling delicious food that is freshly cooked and served to you within a matter of minutes. 
Do also take a look behind the stalls on the pavements because there are plenty of restaurants there as well. Other than the food, you'll discover an overwhelming variety of local handicrafts, souvenirs and clothing on sale. 
The night market can get very hot and busy at weekends, so take your time here. Prices can also be a bit more expensive than other markets in Hua Hin, but they still represent good value."

After checked-in, we had a wonderful seafood lunch.. it was seafood fried rice and crab meat cooked with curry leaves.. Delish!!!

Then we headed straight to Hua Hin beach and jumped into the sea... the beach is very clean and the water is blue, crystal clear.. i swam couple of hours and took few breaks accompanied with bottles of cold beer by the beach.. wickedddd.. 

As me, Zaini and Piee spent few hours by the beach, it was time to head back to our hotel...

As mentioned, our hotel is located along the Market Street... hence we had to walk through the night market.. it was good as we had the chance to see and buy souvenirs, gifts and food along the night market... the night market is not as busy as what you'd think.. i could see there are lots of Russian tourists at Hua Hin...

*photos courtesy of Zaini Zaid

To me, Hua Hin is the best place of all the places i have been through out the journey.. it was good to chill out in this town...

After dinner, i decided to have a walk along the Night Market and headed to Hilton Hotel.. Hilton hotel is located only 1 km away from my hotel.. there are pubs and bars between Hilton and my hotel... i decided to have a drink at Captain Inn Bar and made friend with a bar hostess, Miss Dao..

*view from my hotel.. right along the night market and beach @ Hilton is not far away (top left building)

Then i joined Piee, Zaini, Doc Holiday and Doc Gwendy at a walk-path bar, facing the sea near Hilton hotel... the sea view was beautiful, even at night.. it's such a great place to chill in the evening...

Total journey we did from Pattaya was 320 km and took us almost 3 hours to reach Hua Hin beach... I really enjoyed most of my time at Hua Hin beach... I will definitely be visiting this beach again..



  1. Yo mate!

    Nice places you've been there! Jeles.....

    PS: some of your pics could use a wee bit of fill-in flash for the foreground.....barula nampak muka.

    PS2: so....was there any 'cheeseburger' after the cheeseburger? ;-)

  2. Heyya Doc,

    Fyi, Thailand has plenty of beaches to be explored... even on the peninsula of Thailand, there are hundreds of beautiful beaches with plenty of resorts..

    About the camera, i'm looking for Olympus PEN, the E-PL1... my current camera performs poor in bright background.. i think the PEN won't take up my luggage space too much compared with the DLSR...

    What cheeseburger?? hahaha

    Btw Doc, where would u recommend for a good camera shop?

  3. Yo bro....

    SInce you've already decided on the Oly Pen, then its just a metter of getting it at the right price. No use in wasting time trying out other models, then. FYI: only the true hardcore would appreciate what the Pen represents: a digital 'rangefinder'-type camera. Reminiscent of old russian/french/eastern european movies. Very chic.


    Try Photo Selangor at Pertama Complex. Sometimes lansi, but if you lansi as well, can get good price.

    Or surf the net to and see what the olympus users recommend. Oh....if space permits, an external flash would do wonders.


    PS: Kat Thailand takde tempat moorah2 punya kar?

  4. Doc,

    The only problem with Olympus is that they released the EP2 too soon after they launched the EP1, within 3 months..

    The one that i'm eyeing, E-PL1 will be on the shelves on 15th March.. will be recce-ing the shop you've recommended.. Cheers Doc!

    Apa yang murah2 in thailand, Doc? you mean camera? i didn't have the time to check for its price... i decided to buy in Malaysia as i can use the local warranty...

    Thank you..


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