Hua Hin Size, Location & Population
Hua Hin, a town located within the province of Prachuab Khiri Khan, is a relatively small resort destination. Hua Hin’s geographical size approximately covers an area the size of 911 square kilometres. Hua Hin is one of eight districts located with the province of Prachuab Khiri Khan. Hua Hin’s time zone is 7 hours ahead of GMT and the sun rises and sets approximately between 6:00pm to 7:00pm all year round. The sun rises in the East over the Gulf of Thailand and sets in the West over the Burmese mountains.
Hua Hin’s terrain is fairly flat from the beach inland for around 3 to 4 kilometres until it meets the foothills of Hua Hin. The foothills of Hua Hin are a stunning ridge of forested hills that run all the way North to South on the edge of the town. The hills gradually become mountainous heading west towards the Burmese border. The hills are quite beautiful and remain a beautiful green colour for the entirety of the monsoon season, which runs on from around May to June until around November time.
From November onwards, the hills start to lose their green colour and turn a rusty brown colour as many of the trees lose their leaves following the onset of the dry season. The hills running along the edge of Hua Hin have a patchwork of trails that are perfect grounds for mountain bikers and trekkers and there are some purpose built bike trails on some of the hills that are a true test of courage for even the bravest of thrill-seeking mountain bikers.
The main beach area, which is around 5 to 6 kilometres long, is built up with condominiums, beach houses and restaurants right along the beach. Behind the condominiums, is the main Petchkasem Road. This road is bordered either side all the way along by a huge selection of shops, bars, restaurants, laundry shops, gift shops, shopping malls, ice cream shops and temples. Hua Hin is a town that can easily be walked from one end to the other earlier in the morning or later in the evening around sunset when it is cooler following Hua Hin town centre’s relatively small size.
Hua Hin is located south of Bangkok. It is located north of the Malay Peninsula. Hua Hin is located between the more Thai style beach resort town of Cha-am to the North and the town of Pranburi to the South. The distance from the centre of Hua Hin to the centre of Sukumvit, which is near Bangkok’s centre, is about 190 kilometres. This trip by car will take you about 2 hours and 20 minutes. It is actually very simple indeed to make the journey yourself from Hua Hin to Sukumvit in Bangkok. In fact, if you decide to rent a car for your stay here, you can drive almost into Sukumvit itself before having to make a right or left turn. If you take the minivan it will take you about 3 hours from Hua Hin bus station to Victory Monument in Bangkok. Catching the train is only around 100 Baht although be prepared to sit on the train for around 4 hours or more.
The population of Hua Hin is around 90,000 inhabitants. Of course, Thais make up the majority of these people. There is also a considerable amount of Nepalese, Burmese and Indian people that live and work here. The expatriate community in Hua Hin is also considerable in size. Many expatriates live in Hua Hin permanently and have decided to buy a villa or condo in which to live. There are people living in, and visiting, Hua Hin from literally all over the world from as far as Canada, South America, Kazakstan and Australia. The main groups of expatriates in Hua Hin are from the Scandinavian countries like Sweden and there are many people from the UK. There are also many Dutch people living here too. This mix of nationalities makes for an interesting collection of languages, cultures and colours. Everyone you will meet will be happy to help you with directions or with recommendations of places to go to visit or which are the best restaurants to eat in.
Getting around Hua Hin could not be easier. There are taxis, motorcycle taxis, tuk tuks, buses, minivans and sawngthaews to ferry people around. If the weather is dry, a trip on a motorcycle taxi is not only fun but also refreshing too in the cooling breezes. If the rain is coming, maybe jump on a bus or taxi. Interestingly, Hua Hin is one of the driest areas in Thailand for rain fall. Therefore, it is unlikely that your holiday will be spoiled by unending rainfall. Because of Hua Hin’s geographical layout, it really is easy to get around on foot too. It is very difficult to get lost here and if you do you can simply ask anyone for directions and they will be happy to help.