Hua-Hin is a quaint resort town in southern Thailand, situated in Prachuap Khiri Khan Province. Although Hua Hin is a tourist favourite, with approximately 1 million visitors annually, its permanent population is made up of around 80,000 Thais and 5,000 expatriates. Indeed, Thailand’s upper classes began building second homes here when the railway station was completed in 1923; and the next generation began buying fashionable condos in the 1990s. Expatriates only really began moving here in 2004, after the tsunami that ravaged southern Thailand. Now the building and selling of villas and condominiums for both Thais and foreigners is booming.
As well as living near the sea, residents of Hua Hin enjoy access to excellent facilities, services, schools, hospitals, shops and entertainment options. They get all the benefits of big-city living in a tropical location. What’s not to love! If you’re considering purchasing a new luxury condo for sale in Hua Hin and need a little extra convincing, read on to discover the top five reasons people love living in Hua Hin.
For residents and visitors residing in Hua Hin, there is no shortage of shopping options. For groceries and household items, there are all the big players: Villa Market, Tesco Lotus, Big C, Makro and Home Pro. For shopping a wide array of stuff, taking in a movie or grabbing a bite to eat, head to the town’s significant malls – Hua Hin Shopping Mall, Market Village, Seenspace, Bluport and Premium Outlet Mall. And for something a little different, there are a few quaint spots to pick up souvenirs, namely Cicada Market, Night Market and Plearn Wan.
Being a beach destination, there are of course a lot of water sports to try in Hua Hin, such as kitesurfing, wakeboarding, diving and sailing. Another very popular pastime is golf, with the area boasting 11 world-class courses. Residents also amuse themselves with acquiring new skills at local language and cooking schools and attending clubs, be it bridge, darts, books, bowling, bingo or quizzing. There is a local Rotary Club and Women Expat Group too. Other favourite pastimes include hiking and bicycling, going to massage parlours and spas and visiting jovial bars and fun karaoke cafes.
3. Natural Wonders
From the coast to the mountain peaks, wildlife surrounds you in Hua Hin. Large and diverse national parks scatter the district, and there are plenty of day trips to enjoy when you need to surround yourself with calming nature. Hua Hin is an extraordinary place to live for those who never tire of tropical scenery. Why not hop aboard a boat and sail out to Monkey Island to meet its cheeky inhabitants; take a dip in Pala-U Waterfall; visit famous Phraya Nakhon Cave and its hidden temple; or check out the largest national park in Thailand – Kaeng Krachan.
4. Cost of Living
Compared to the US, UK, Europe and Australia, the cost of living in Thailand is considerably lower, and an average salary or pension fund will go a lot further. Dinner in a good restaurant will only cost around THB 500-1,000 ($15-30) per head and on the street or at a local ma-and-pa shophouse can be as low as $2 (THB 30). Of course, some leisure activities, attractions and food offerings will be more expensive as the city is a tourist Mecca; but that only means seeking out the ‘local’ places and learning how to bargain, a friendly and accepted form of negotiation in the Land of Smiles.
5. Seaside City
Possibly the best reason to live in Hua Hin is the integration of city and beach life. Enjoy the convenience of living in an urban town as well as all the pleasure of residing by the sea. Having the ocean and tropical rainforest on your doorstep means you’ll always have a way to escape the confines of city living. The city also boasts an enjoyable year-round tropical climate, with an average daily temperature of 26-30°. And finally, being beside the Gulf of Thailand means the city is never short of seafood. Local eateries offer it in abundance; you can dine of fresh lobsters, seafood curry, grilled catfish and delicious squid all day long!
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