February 26th, 2008 – by: stewarta
We arrived in Hua Hin
in true traveller style, on the local bus, which was surprisingly pretty easy!! For those of you paying attention (which I probably wouldn't be) this is a change from our intended itinery. We were going to start heading south via Ranong on the west coast of Thailand, however this was going to be very cost and time intensive so we chose a 120bt ($5) bus trip to Hua Hin instead. Hua Hin is very different to any of the places we have visited so far. It is very touristy but not at all backpacker style, I'm guessing they really sell this place in Europe to all the people heading into or already in retirement (no groans about age Mum please!!LOL).
Mike's fried rice in a pineapple at our new found fav restaurant at the indoor market
Anyway once we got past the fact that we were some of the youngest people around (and Mike's head had shrunk after all the attention he was getting from the young Thai girls) we ended up having a really good time!! Mike finally talked me into getting on a scooter with him, which is the way everyone travels in this town and we saw some fantastic things including our first real monkeys! The beach here is really nice (well except for the dinner plate sized jelllyfish things washed up) and we have seen some really amazing temples. Seafood is the main sell for this place with stalls set up along the side of the road with fresh fish on ice, the first night we were here I walked straight past a huge bucket of sting ray for sale, cooked or otherwise!!! All in all the only places I can compare Hua Hin to are Port Douglas Australia (which has a similar vibe) and a little Bangkok (the nightlife is very similar but on a much smaller scale - even the Hill Tribe ladies with the clicking frogs are here and there is a Red Light District).