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Hua Hin, Thailand

We are Taking a Vacation from our Vacation!

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We are spending a week in Hua Hin taking a vacation from our vacation. We are staying at the Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa and it’s lovely!
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True Arena Hua Hin

Hua Hin is very much a Thai town of about 90,000 people. There is a large European expat community with vacation homes here too.

I had spent time here in 2006 and 2007 liked it a lot. 10+ years have changed it radically. The main road through town is like a busy highway but it’s dense and completely built up with small hotels, condos, large shopping centers and small malls along the road which slows traffic. It was poor planning or maybe no plannng as a beltway could have removed the through traffic of trucks and buses going south. There are pedestrian bridges to use to cross the road. But if there’s not one near by then it’s best to use a taxi or tuk-tuk, even if you are only going a few blocks away. There are accidents. It’s too busy and there’s too much emphasis on shopping here for our liking. This is also true of other Thai cities.
I’ve heard that Pranburi to the south and Cha’am to the north of Hua Hin are quieter locations but it looks as if these places are rapidly getting denser also.

That said, we are enjoying The Marriott Resort. It is a lovely respite from the noise and traffic. Mark says “Orlando and Disney has nothing on this hotel.” Our room has a private deck that sits on the “lazy river pool. “ I’ve been walking the river against the current for exercise. There’s a lovely adult pool, big children’s pool, slides, a Splash park that makes me want to be a kid again, and of course the beach. The Gulf of Siam here is not like the famous beaches in the south. It’s more like Jacksonville Beach, which is probably why I like it. The water color and wave action is similar as are the tides and walkable sand. Some critics think that the turquoise water of the south make for nicer beaches and swimming. But Hua Hin has better weather. It has a mild microclimate. The weather has been sunny and in the 80’s with a cool breeze every day.

The breakfast buffet is a huge affair here too. We are learning to just eat our regular breakfast and watch our portions. And exercise too!
I’ve been to 3 yoga classes and will catch another tomorrow, our last day here. It’s very nice to have a resort with that option.
On Mondays, the hotel hosts a lovely seafood barbecue on the beach. It was delicious, reasonably priced (for a hotel), and our oceanfront table was perfect for watching the cool fire show. The Marriott staff here is so welcoming. They must be trained to engage the guests. And they can’t do enough for us and the other guests. It’s a pleasure.
Beach Seafood Barbeque

Beach Seafood Barbeque


Mark has been watching the ITF Women’s Futures Tennis Tournament at the impressive new Hua Hin True Arena. Today he watched a Young player from Taipei who is ranked 20 in the world in the juniors. The WTA will be here in January or February. If you are a tennis fan then put Hua Hin on your Thailand list. 1E4F0567-49A7-4787-A948-9C3A0CE4E4FC.jpegED0F692F-13D8-40AE-AFE0-EF965263AD75.jpeglarge_E765C0E3-8BEE-490E-B56C-59DADAB2E89F.jpeg

We had dinner in Hua Hin one night, and at Fuji (a good Japanese chain restaurant) in a mall last night. We highly recommend DAR Restaurant next to the Hua Hin Grand night market. DAR went to business school in London before switching to her passion to cook. Watching her cook is like watching a dancer who loves to dance. Her food was delicious! She started in the night market. Her restaurant is only 11 months old. She already has a local following. Tonight we ate at Andreas’ Grill. Andreas is the Italian chef and he opened the restaurant about 4 years ago. He was on Iron Chef Thailand last January. Mark had beautiful lamb chops, grass fed, no hormones, from NZ. I tried the home made spaghetti with Hua Hin lobster. We liked our meal and the ambiance lots, and we enjoyed getting to know Chef Andreas.
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Andreas Grill Hua Hin


The main road is so busy that we had to take a taxi even short distances rather than cross the street in locations without pedestrian bridges. The Tuk Tuk taxis are fixed price...100 Baht or 150 Baht. A proper vehicle taxi all the way to the tennis arena cost us the same as going three blocks to DAR because we couldn’t cross the busy street...well we weren’t willing to take a chance with our health!

I’ve had two inexpensive massages outside the hotel, one very good, one just ok. Venture out and see this tourist city and then retreat back to your comfortable lodging.
We are off to Sukhothai next so stay tuned. Thanks for reading my blog!

Tip: Choose a hotel loyalty program and stick with it. My loyalty to the Marriott brand for more than 14 years has granted us lifetime Platinum status. And the Platinum Benefits really do keep us loyal. If there’s a hotel in the Marriott Starwood brand where we are going, we’ll usually stay there even if it’s a little more costly. The room upgrades, club lounges and other benefits make our stays a pleasure.

Posted by Nsevers 03:21 Archived in Thailand Tagged beach resort hua hin marriott

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