Hua Hin is a beach city on the upper Gulf of Thailand. It is one of the best beaches near Bangkok for quick getaways. Being near enough to Bangkok has made it a popular weekend beach break destination, and a place to live for retirees and (increasingly) remote workers.
This article lists the best areas to stay in Hua Hin. I’ve included the areas that are most appealing for visitors, and some other areas to consider if you are thinking of staying long-term.
Where to stay in Hua Hin guide
Map of Hua Hin hotels
Best areas to stay in Hua Hin
Naresdamri Road (Old town area with budget guesthouses)
Hua Hin Beach (Beachfront hotels and resorts)
Station area and night market (Budget options near the train station)
Soi 80 (Bar street)
Bluport (Resort mall)
Soi 94 / Soi 102 (Expat area)
Soi 51 / North Hua Hin Beach (Laidback beach neighbourhood)
Map of Hua Hin hotels
This map shows hotels that are mentioned in this article, and other notable landmarks.
[Map of where to stay in Hua Hin.]
Best areas to stay in Hua Hin
If you are on a budget, stay in the guesthouses around Naresdamri Road.
If you want a proper beach break, stay at the hotels and resorts along the main beach. The Standard Hua Hin is the hotel of the moment in Hua Hin.
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Naresdamri Road / Old Town
The Naresdamri Road / old town area (or what’s left of it) offers a good balance of being in a central location with walkable streets, and near to the main beach. This is a good area for backpackers and budget travellers as there are many guesthouses here.
[Old Hua Hin around Naresdamri Road.]
Getting to the old town is a straight walk from the train station to the beach, so it is ideal for short visits by train from Bangkok. The train station is moving in 2024, but it will still be close enough.
Naresdamri is the main road that runs along the seafront. Naresdamri is the most historic road, though it has lost a lot of its historic charm over the years. The road is lined with old wooden buildings that are gradually being pulled down as part of a plan to redevelop the area. Read more about future Hua Hin developments.
Some of the old piers have guesthouses. This is a unique experience and something that will probably be gone when the area is fully developed. I stayed at the Sirima Guesthouse, and it was an enjoyable experience to hear the water and the creaking old wooden floorboards.
Plaza Hua Hin is a guesthouse on Naresdamri Road that has cheap basic rooms and a communal area.
[Read more about Plaza Hua Hin.]
Deeper inside the old area is the King’s Home Hua Hin Homestay, which is the sort of place you used to find listed in Lonely Planet.
[King’s Home Guesthouse.]
Another area to look for guesthouses is Chomsin Road (Soi 55). Chomsin Hua Hin is a typical guesthouse in this area.
There is a bar street in this area at Soi Bintabaht and the intersecting road of Poon Suk Road, so keep that in mind if that is not your thing. Sukwilai Hotel is in the midst of the bar action, and you can see on the map it is surrounded by bars.
City Beach Resort is a mid-range hotel that is on the central street that leads to the beach.
[City Beach Resort.]
Hua Hin Beach
If you are here for a short time then you are most likely here for the beach. Hua Hin Beach is split into two halves, with the southern half being the most visited. This beach starts at the Chinese Temple near Naresdamri Rd, and it stretches for about 7km to Khao Takiab.
There is no beach road or boardwalk here so the hotels are right on the beach. The beach is wide so there is no encroachment like on smaller beaches. The length and width of the beach makes it a great place to walk. The beach is famous for pony rides, so you will be sharing the beach with horses.
The northern end of the beach is anchored by the Hilton Hua Hin Resort & Spa. This is the landmark upon which to orient yourself when looking for the city centre.
Near the main entrance to the beach is the Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin.
Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa is another famous 5-star resort on Hua Hin Beach.
Kiang Haad Beach Hua Hin Hotel is positioned between the main road and the beach.
[Kiang Haad Beach Hua Hin Hotel.]
Station area and night market
Hua Hin is divided by a busy road that can be difficult to cross without a traffic light. There are cheaper options between this road and the railway line and around the night market area.
There are some cheap hotels near the railway station that look like they are there to capture weary travellers arriving at odd hours on the train.
Soi 80 is wall-to-wall girlie bars, so avoid or bookmark according to your tastes. This street is opposite the new train station, so it might transform into a new travellers street once the station opens.
Bluport is the most popular central mall in Hua Hin. Bluport Hua Hin Resort Mall (as it is officially known) includes a food court and cinema. The immigration office is also here if you need to extend your visa.
The mall is connected to the InterContinental Hua Hin Resort via a pedestrian bridge over the busy main road. The InterContinental is a beachfront resort, so it has the advantage of being by the beach with the entertainment amenities of the mall.
[Pedestrian crossing connecting the InterContinental and Bluport.]
Not far from Bluport is La Casita Hua Hin. This condo development has a central swimming pool and it is a popular choice among digital nomads.
Soi 94 / Soi 102
The streets between Soi 94 and Soi 102 are a popular area for expat living. It’s a bit far inland to be useful for a short stay, but if you are considering a longer stay for future visits then have a look around this area. There are more apartment rentals here than hotels, which reflects the areas popularity for longer stays. ThongTat HuaHin Apartment is in the midst of the the apartment area on Soi 102.
Soi 51 / North Hua Hin Beach
Another area to consider for longer stays or if you don’t want to be around hordes of tourists is Soi 51. This area is near the northern half of Hua Hin Beach. It’s about 20-minutes walk from the central pier area, yet it feels more like a residential coastal village.
There is a long stretch of beach that is fronted with old wooden mansions on massive blocks of land. This area is near a naval base, the Queen’s Park, and further up is Mrigadayavan Palace. The area feels like it’s connected with money, military, and royalty, yet there lots of great cheap local lunch places here.
[North Hua Hin Beach near Soi 51.]
I stayed near here for a month and I rarely saw any foreigners. There are not as many hotels here, so I stayed at an Airbnb.
Hop Inn Hua Hin is a boxy budget option on Soi 51.
There are some boutique hotels along Soi Naeb Kehardt, which is the road between Soi 51 and the Naresdamri Road area. Stardust Boutique Hotel is ideally located near the beach and Soi 51.