Hua Hin Badminton, Squash and Tennis
Badminton, squash and tennis can all be played in Hua Hin and are freely available in different locations throughout the town. Badminton, a game created by the British in British India way back in the mid-18th century, is one of the few ball games where a ball is not used. Known as a shuttle cock, the ‘ball’ is actually an aerodynamic object that uses feathers for flight. Typically now, Denmark is a renowned country for excellent badminton players while some Asian countries have also become recognized for producing some world class athletes in this sport
If you want to play badminton in Hua Hin, there is a sports centre just north of Hua Hin called Tavimook. Here, you can play badminton for around 150 baht per hour and they have 8 courts to play on – great value. All the courts are inside and therefore covered so you are protected from the sun. Although there is no air-conditioning in the building because of its large size, fans are positioned near each court so you can cool down in between sets.
The badminton courts here are not usually very busy so you can always get a game if you just turn up and do not book a court. They are very good quality courts and nets and the building is very well lit during the night time for those of you who need to play when it is a little cooler at night. There is a good restaurant at Tavimook so you can recharge your batteries after the game and eat some good food. If you are unlucky to get to Tavimook and find all the courts taken you can pop down to play badminton at either the Sofitel hotel or Palm Hills Sports Club located within the grounds of Palm Hills Golf Course. There are also badminton courts at 19 Rai. This is a recreational area off Soi 19 and is close to the beach and the King’s Palace and is popular with Thais.
Squash, a game using a real ball, was devised in the early 12th Century in France, and can be played in Hua Hin. This is a game that will certainly test your fitness levels. In the Hilton Hotel you will find squash available in the very centre of Hua Hin and it is possible to park in the underground parking area for free while using their facilities. The changing rooms at the Hilton are excellent. You can also play squash at Palm Hills Sports Club up on Palm Hills Golf Course.