Ever since I fell in love with travelling, Thailand has ranked high on my list. Maybe it’s the geographical proximity to India, their food, their beaches, their mountains or just people. So it was only natural that I introduce this beautiful country and its culture to my twins. We discovered their love for water last year while holidaying at Taj Exotica, Goa. What did we love about Hua Hin, well a lot of things. Here is our list of the top 6 things to do in Hua Hin with kids:
ATV Hua Hin: Atv or All Terrain Vehicle is a fun ride especially in Hua Hin. Cruising through the pineapple farms along the lakes, your kids will love the feel of wind and dust in their face. Mine surely did, my daughter even got to accelerate our ride, with her little thumb. Just make sure you wear comfy clothes and sneakers. My 4-year-old twins thoroughly loved this half an hour adventure. The teens are surely going to be exhilarated. There is a lot more in this Hua Hin Safari Park, including a restaurant, but here is my take on it:
For the elephant ride the minimum wait in the queue was 45 minutes, that’s too long for kids excitement to last.
Snake and crocodile show was a strict no no given its danger quotient, I mean seeing the trainer put his head in the crocs mouth could have been too inspiring for kiddos.
Feeding the tiger cubs and getting clicked is an option that the little ones enjoy for sure.
Most importantly though the park highlights free transfer from your hotel and back, however, they told us to wait for one hour for the return ride to our hotel. Luckily we got the option of a hiring a tuk tuk back. So opt for your own transport so you have flexibility.
Art Village Hua Hin: It is a beautiful gem hardly 15 min. by tuk tuk from the clock tower and its is worth it. The kids will love watching artists at work, live. They have on display contemporary artist’s work as well us some antique art. But the best part is the art and craft area. Chose from ceramic toys, pots, wooden boxes, small pillows and more and let the Picasso inside free. We had a ball with the colours, glitters and stick-ons and by the end we had memories and art to carry home. The people at the Art Village are very friendly and warm. And yes there is a little eatery for you to fuel your spirits.
Horse riding at the beach: Having read the warning signs and having researched on the net about Jelly Fish in the waters there, we decided not to risk it. But the Amari hotel we were staying at had a beach club so we ended up by the beach, the very first evening. To distract kids from the inviting waves, we instead took them horse riding. Honestly after the smoggy, choking surroundings of Delhi, the clear blue sky, the clean and almost empty beaches of Hua Hin were rejuvenating.
Swiss Sheep farm: Most of the places you will see on the Hua Hin tourist brochures are at least 1-3 hours away from the city. This includes water parks, caves, floating markets and river Kawai bridge. So we gave these a miss for fear of our kids getting travel-exhausted. However as we were on a road trip back to Bangkok from Hua Hin, we stopped over at Swiss Sheep Farm mid way. Almost one hour into our drive, it was also perfect for a midway food break.
It is as the name suggests a european-style farm with horses, sheep, mules, windmills and a beautiful backdrop. There are open fields, small wooden bridges, train rides and fun games like darts and target shootings etc. The most beautiful part of course is the tree swings which really do take you to the relaxed farm life.
Thai Food: Thailand is food lovers paradise. Fresh flavourful seafood, delicious fruits and juices, yummy stir fried veggies or meat, the food options are endless. Our kids loved chicken satay (or lollipops as they called them), fried rice and smoothies.
Of course your regular sandwiches, burger joints like McDonalds, KFC, Pizza Hut are always there. There is a big Market Village Mall that is a wonderful place to shop and has a lovely food mall that spoils you crazy with options. Also kids loved the Meiji chocolate milk we picked from Tesco as a before sleep snack.
Tuk Tuk: In India three-wheeler rickshaws and now electric rickshaws are dime a dozen, but with the traffic and pollution, it is not our preferred mode of transport. So in Hua Hin the kids rode in these to their heart’s content. Luckily for us, on our second day we came across an English-speaking Tuk Tuk woman driver, who even carried a visiting card. Here I am sharing her picture and her phone number, with her due permission.
I know we are done with our list of six, but here is something that parents must, must indulge in, when in Hua Hin – Massage. Thai massage? Yes Thai massage. I have travelled across Thailand for years now, and let me tell you that I have never felt uncomfortable about getting a Thai Massage. These are clean, hygienic, easy-on-pocket centres with free WiFi. Here is a little tip, zero in on a massage centre and first try out a leg massage there. You will instantly know about the masseur’s ability, centre’s hygiene and then you can decide to go for full Thai massage, Hot-stone massage, Aroma massage or Oil massage. Oh I just want to go back to Thailand, like now for these. As for you I hope your bags are packed and you are ready to go!
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