Just a short time ago we had a couple of friends, Jenelle and Jim from Brisbane (Australia) come visit us and it reminded Vivien and I what a joy it is to have visitors and to show them around our ‘neck of the woods’! Having lived in and explored Hua Hin for a while, we know there is ‘pretty cool stuff’ to see and do here. So exploring Hua Hin with visitors and seeing their positive reaction is a great joy and reaffirming that we live somewhere worth visiting!
Another great thing with having visitors is they may want to do things that we’ve not done before as was the case with Jenelle and Jim; so we got to experience activities like a local Thai Cooking School thanks to Jim’s desire to learn more about Thai cooking – and what a blast that was!
Hua Hin is only 200km south of Bangkok and we arranged for a driver to collect Jenelle and Jim from their Bangkok hotel and drop them off at our place in Hua Hin – not the cheapest option but transporting 2 people in a chauffeured vehicle for less than $70 AUD door to door in just 2.5 hours is pretty good.
It was an action-packed few days kicked off by an afternoon relaxing at the beach followed by cocktails at a beachside resort; a day visiting the Hua Hin Hills vineyard for lunch with wine tasting and topped off for Jenelle and Jim with an elephant ride amongst the vines – something a bit special! Then the famous Wat (Buddhist temple) Huay Mongkol on the way home from the vineyards.
The busy and exciting Hua Hin night market and a great (and inexpensive) dinner overlooking the market street topped off another day. The following day started with a half day Thai Cooking Class which was highly professional, educational and great fun as we got to prepare and cook our Thai menu then sit down and eat it as a group. Highly recommend this to any visitor!
With Hua Hin’s marvellous beaches, a stroll along one of these is a great way to see the day pass into the evening, and maybe even a cold beer at a pop-up beach bar to seal the experience. For a foodie like Jim, a trip to Cicada Arts & Food Market was essential with a vast selection of hawker style food stalls each offering their own speciality dish – too many choices and all tasty!
Although it was sad to farewell Jenelle and Jim as they set off to explore other parts of glorious Thailand – it was a great joy to have had the time with them and to share and explore Hua Hin with them!