Hua Hin, a beach resort town in Thailand, is popular among international tourists for its unique mix of sea and city life. A large number of tourists prefer to rent cars to experience the fun and adventure of getting around this amazing Thai town on the Malay Peninsula.
Hua Hin Car Rental Options
Visitors can rent cars as they come out of Hua Hin Airport. Several car rental companies, including Avis, Bizcar, Budget, Hertz, Thrifty, Sunnycars, and Thai Rent A Car, have counters located near the airport entrance. Almost all of these companies allow visitors to make online booking through their websites, and visitors can choose to collect their cars either from the airport, hotel, or the downtown depot.
Tourists in Hua Hin can hire a wide variety of vehicles including compact, SUVs, mini vans, convertibles, and auto-transmission vehicles. Most car rental companies require customers to fill up fuel tanks before returning vehicles. Visitors may also have to pay additional charges for GPS rentals.
Tourists coming via Bangkok and looking to enjoy driving through the country may find it convenient to book rentals at Bangkok Airport. Hua Hin is 200 km south of Bangkok and takes about 2.5 hours to reach by car.
What to Know When Driving in Hua Hin
Hua Hin city centre is 7 km from Hua Hin Airport and takes 10 to 15 minutes to access via Route 4. Roads are smooth, and there are no tolls. Signs in English (along with Thai) make it easier to find directions. However, people rarely follow traffic rules, so tourists should drive defensively and give way to larger vehicles.
Though many car rental companies don't insist on it, tourists must have international driver's licences to legally drive in Thailand. Not holding a proper driving licence makes the vehicle's insurance invalid.
The Best Attractions in the Area
Hua Hin is the summer hometown of Thai monarchs, famous for its white-sand beaches, sprawling golf courses, delicious seafood, and electrifying nightlife. Tourists can enjoy fishing, sailing, snorkeling, and pony rides at the beach. Major tourist attractions in and around the city centre include the night market on Dechanuchit Alley, Wat Khao Krai Lart and Wat Khao Noi (Buddhist temples), Thai Silk Village, Huahin Artist Village, Hutsadin Elephant Foundation and Klai Kangwon Palace.
Golfers will find seven golf courses located around Hua Hin, while those looking to taste some wine can head toward Monsoon Valley Vineyards, previously known as Hua Hin Hills. The Sam Phan Nam Floating Market, located 14 km west of the city centre, features traditional shops and eateries on piers.
Khao Takiab, or the "Chopstick Hill," is 8 km south of Hua Hin. It's an excellent vantage point to enjoy breathtaking views of the bay.
On the north of Hua Hin is the beach town of Cha-Am, a less expensive holiday destination. Cha-Am is 27 km from Hua Hin and can be reached in 30 minutes via Route 4.
Tourists looking for a longer drive can visit Kaeng Krachan National Park, the largest national park in Thailand, with the border of Burma on the other side. It's located 72 km west of Hua Hin and is 1.25 hours away by car.
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