When to Go in Hua Hin

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Hua Hin is a beautiful beach destination, so the best time to go is when the weather is sunny, bright and hot.  This summer season is from March to May.

March - May

Hua Hin is an old fishing village that was changed into a royal resort in the 1920s.  The beach accommodates swimmers but also has a variety of other summer activities to chose from including golf, hiking among the waterfalls, caves, and peaks, shopping, and snorkeling.  The temperature may be hot between March and May but there is always a cool breeze blowing in from the sea. 

The area has a very low rainfall and even in the rainy season there are just short bursts of rain instead of gray weather all day. So, if you go during the hot season you will probably never see a raindrop and you can enjoy the beaches all day long.  

The Thai International Kite Festival is held in March, April, and May because of the wonderful southerly breezes that blow through the area. The festival has been going on for about 10 or more years and you can see all kinds of colorful kites bobbing and weaving in the sky. There are small kites, high tech kites, traditional Thai kites, and stunt kites and they all compete in contests. There are also games and other activities for the general public to participate in that involve kites. This is a very good time for tourists to go to Hua Hin since the community spruces itself up. You will find very good shopping opportunities and excellent sightseeing experiences that happen only at this time of year--and you are absolutely sure to have a great time. 

Songkran or the Thai New Year, occurs mid-April and can be a great deal of fun. This is a water festival so make sure you dress to become wet. The downtown streets are jammed with revelers and it is a lot of fun. During early celebrations the Songkran festival began by having people sprinkle water over elder’s hands in order to show them respect; however, this practice has evolved and you can now find good natured water fights happening in the streets all over Hua Hin. The only people who can avoid being soaked are monks and babies and the extreme elderly--so be sure to protect your belongings by putting them in plastic because you will get drenched. Usually, the water throwing is confined to the first day of the festival. 

Hua Hin gets a little crowded during this time so be sure to have reservations at both hotels and restaurants and get to the beach early to get a good spot.

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