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Hua Hin has not only the sunshine of the blue sea

Only 250 km away from Bangkok, Hua Hin is becoming a popular tourist destination, besides the long beach, where there are plenty of other attractions.

Mentioning about Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand, most people only think of 5 km of sandy beaches, horse riding, Hua Hin Railway Station, floating markets and parks. Here are endless green forests, wild nature to bring you many exciting experiences.


Blue sea of Hua Hin

Pa La-u Waterfall and natural forests in Hua Hin are suitable for guests to enjoy the fresh air and beauty of the wild nature. If lucky, you can catch wild elephants and enjoy special fruits like durian, rambutan and mangosteen grown in this area.

1. Pa La-u Falls, Kaeng Krachan National Park

Nestled in the rainforest with an area of about 437 km² and more than 70 km from Hua Hin city center, Pa La Waterfall is divided into two parts of Pa Laai Yai and Pa La Noi, belonging to the management of Kaeng Krachan National Park.

You can follow the natural trail around Pa La-u to admire the majestic beauty of the waterfall and explore the array of colorful wild plants.


Pa La-u Falls, Kaeng Krachan National Park

There are two campsites and eight bungalows, costing about 750,000 VND per night. All fishing, hunting and wildlife activities are strictly forbidden.

The green forests are home to large hornbills, dark langurs. Under the stream there are many carp, crabs and in the forest there are countless butterflies, crows including rare species. The best time to look at butterflies is in the morning from April to July every year.

2. Ban Pa La Village, Huay Township Sat Yai

Located 69 km west of Hua Hin city center, 159 km from Prachuap Khiri Khan city center and about 18 km east of Myanmar, Ban Pa La is a small village in the town of Huay Sat Yai. 250 Thai and Karen families.

This is a valley surrounded by the Sri Tanao Mountains with tropical rainforest all year round. The attractions of Huay Sat Yai are: Karen village, elephant viewing tower, farms, cotton weaving center and durian orchard. Huay Sat Yai is also a gateway to the village of Karen in Pa Deng.


Ban Pa La Village, Huay Township Sat Yai

Local people live very simple and still retain the traditional features. Karen people still wear traditional costumes on many occasions. Those who want to experience the Karen way of life can stay in a homestay-style homestay at Ban Fa Prathan (Moo 2) and La Home Stay, or watch a cultural and art show at Village Moo 3.

The Karen people worship the Goddess Rice – who provides food and protects them, believing that the spiritual leader of the village would fall sick and die if women go in there.

The land has about 70 tropical fruit gardens, but not all are open to the public. In particular, durian garden is the destination that a lot of tourists choose to visit, not only to learn about the cultivation of local people, the type of durian, but also manually choose a good durian to buy, from only 62,000 to 87,000 VND / kg.

3. Watch wild elephants

If you want to go for elephant trekking, ask for permission and guidance from the national parks or you can choose wild elephant-watching tours, experience the tribal life of the TAT office of the Thai Tourist Office.

Pa La has five towers that serve to see elephants built by the locals. The 10 km route leads to Pa La through part of Kaeng Krachan National Park, so visitors will have the opportunity to see wild elephants walk through the forest.


Watching​ wild elephants in Hua Hin

Elephants often approach the towers near the edge of the national park to lick salt and bathe in a nearby lake. The best time to see the elephant is at sunset or at night.

After visiting the area and discovering the green nature, you can stop off at La-u Homestay, which consists of six houses, can accommodate 30 people to enjoy rice dishes, fried vegetables. Fried fish, soup, coffee and milk or stay overnight there before departure, preparing for a new discovery journey. The price of accommodation here is about 125,000 VND / person / night and about 62,000 VND / person / meal.

4. Transport

– By car: From Bangkok to Hua Hin takes about 3 hours.

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