Living in Hua Hin, Thailand

Maddy Barber

Hua Hin is located 200km from the South of Bangkok on the East Side of the Malay Peninsula. The drive from Bangkok to Hua Hin is an easy journey, taking about 2 hours to 3 hours, tops in heavy traffic. This is one of the many reasons why many foreigners and locals alike invest in Hua Hin Property due to its proximity to Bangkok city. The new highway is almost 100% completed or one can also take a flight from Bangkok, arriving in Hua Hin in only 40 minutes.

Hua Hin is much bigger than one would think. Regular Travel books do not include all the surrounding villages that are considered part of Hua Hin by most foreigners living here. Here is a breakdown of the areas:

Bor Fai : North of Hua Hin City; and known for its scenic mountain views and amazing sunsets.

Hua Hin Center: This area is rapidly changing with a major facelift so to speak. New shops, restaurants and services are opening on a monthly basis. If one enjoys city living in a country style environment, this is it.

Hua Hin West: This area is well known for its calm mountainous living surroundings and Sea Views.

Khao Takiab: This Quaint Fishing Village is 5km south of Hua Hin's town center. This area offers many new condominium choices, restaurants, and boutique resorts on a long stretch of white sandy beach.

Khao Tao: This area is 10km from the center of Hua Hin and is quickly becoming a major area for foreigners when it comes to exciting new developments. I especially like that it has both lakes and the sea.

In the last few months, we have seen an increase of foreigners moving to Hua Hin, Thailand as the financial crisis escalates back home for many in the West. The substantially lower cost of living in Thailand, and the housing offers in Hua Hin are the main attraction. For a fraction of what it costs in the West, one is still able to enjoy a comfortable and even luxurious lifestyle in this beach town.

Many are turning to renting a home as a temporary option until the dust settles and this has caused a recent surge in the residential leasing market. In response to this demand, developments with unsold finished homes are furnishing and making them available as rentals. This is good news as it offers clients more choices; and newly furnished homes at reasonable prices.

Maddy Barber co-owns Hua Hin Finder, a professional residential leasing and real estate agency that has been selling and renting homes in this beautiful sea side town for over 5 years now. Search properties for sale and rent in Hua Hin at