What you need to know about Hua Hin
Hua Hin has, for many years, been one of the most popular places for foreign expats to retire internationally. Situated only about two and a half hours’ drive south of Bangkok, surrounded not only by the stunning Gulf of Thailand on the eastern shore but also by beautiful mountain ranges on the border of Burma to the west, it brings a fine balance between nature and civilization. While being one of Thailand’s best-kept secrets, the popularity of Hua Hin is rising steadily, predominately by word of mouth from people who fell in love with the sheer chilled vibes of the city and its people.
Types of Property in Hua Hin
One key aspect I want you to keep in mind is that the majority of people who purchase property in Hua Hin is because they want to be there. While there are some great investment opportunities, it remains one of the best cities for families and those who are in search of peace, quiet and relaxation with the benefit of having all modern facilities at your fingertips.
Properties in the centre of Hua Hin are mostly focused around a reasonable amount of beachfront condos that stretch along the main street, Petchkasem Road. Reasonable because it is a vivid contrast between the high concentration of high rise condos in Pattaya or Phuket, where the building restrictions in Hua Hin became much stricter around 15 – 20 years ago, prohibiting the construction of high rise beachfront condos.
Most of our valued FazWaz clients who are in search of their dream home in Hua Hin are in search of reasonably priced private pool villas. Due to the layout of the city and the fact that any type of construction on the side of or on top of a mountainside is prohibited – the majority of housing developments and private villas are north, northwest, west, south or south west of the main city and as a general rule – travel time from point A to point B practically anywhere in Hua Hin takes no longer than 15 to 20 minutes. Some of the areas with the highest concentrations of villas or villa developments are: Bor Fai in the north, Hin Lek Fai west of town, Thap Tai west and southwest of town, Khao Taosouth of city centre and Nong Kae closer to the centre of town slightly west, and lastly Khao Takiap which still forms part of the south-central city area and is a favourite holiday destination for families in the myriad of different condos for rent and sale that are available.
Popular Areas in Hua Hin
Hua Hin district, consisting of all the shopping centres, hospitals, and restaurants, is certainly the most popular area. Many local residents refer to The Hilton Hotel as the centre of town, where you have the Hua Hin Walking Street, or locally known as Soi Bintabaht, right at your doorstep. The nightlife is just vibrant enough to satisfy the urge to pop out for a few drinks and not as overly vibrant as some other areas in Thailand, where there is a very clear lack of that which other areas are more (in)famous for.
Khao Takiap is a really trendy, jazzy area with one of the best night markets in Thailand, the Cicada Market, with Tamarind Market right next door offering some delicious food options over and above the plethora that is available at its favourite neighbour, Cicada.
North of town close to the Summer Palace of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej is the ever-chic SEENSPACE which offers a very Phuket style beach club with stunning foodie attractions and an azure 25-metre long swimming pool on the beach.
On the southern end of town in Khao Tao is a much more Hua Hin style beach club that offers a truly spectacular beach alcove with chill music, fantastic food and one of the best beach destinations in Hua Hin at Sanae Beach Club.
Lifestyle in Hua Hin
Going back to our earlier statement – Hua Hin remains one of the best-kept secrets in Thailand and is worth exploring. The fact that it has been one of the best destinations for foreign expats to retire for so many years has not detracted from attracting those who seek adventure of a different accent. As a matter of fact, the author of this article has personally found through experience and interaction with other expats from different areas around Thailand that Hua Hin must be one of the few places where the cost of living and standard of living has reached such equilibrium that is seemingly unattainable elsewhere in Thailand.
An overwhelming comment by those who visit these tranquil shores is how ‘laid back’ the town and its inhabitants are. It’s as if you have dialed back the rat race of life and dialed into the vein of it.
With the combination of being so centrally located in Thailand, enabling easy travel around the country, with having an international airport where there are direct flights between Kuala Lumpur and Hua Hin multiple times a week (plus a confirmed budget of 2.3 Billion Thai Baht to further upgrade and expand said airport) Hua Hin is in an absolutely ideal location.
Overall – the lifestyle in Hua Hin is one where you are removed from stress, pollution, aggression and the intensity that has infected the modern world. A lifestyle of some of the best food you can find in Thailand at some of the best prices available, with friendly Thai smiles to boot. For those who wish to settle here, there is a very buoyant job market to be taken advantage of.
Sales Price Trends for Property in Hua Hin- The average price per square meter for a Property For Sale in Hua Hin is ฿62,159, which is 47% below the average price per square meter in Thailand that is ฿111,359
Top 6 Reasons Why to Invest in Hua Hin
There really are a lot of reasons why foreigners and Thais both would choose to purchase property in Hua Hin. The top 6 reasons are the following:
- The desire to be in Hua Hin – this really is a point that is quite understated, where those who choose to purchase property in Hua Hin have either learned from personal experience that it is a truly wonderful city, or they have heard of it through word of mouth from the many thousands of people who have come love it dearly. Once you spend a week or longer in Hua Hin and bask in the relaxed atmosphere, you’re inevitably drawn to it.
- Healthcare Facilities – There has been an influx of travellers seeking medical tourism into some of the world-class hospitals and medical centres that Hua Hin offers. These hospitals have the highest accreditation available and the service and care is top quality. This is attractive to both investors and retirees, plus you can’t beat going on a short vacation to simply visit the dentist for cheaper than it is to get it done in your home country.
- Location – being so centrally located in Thailand offers great possibilities. With the growing airport, the up and coming high-speed railway direct from Bangkok, plus being able to drive safely across Thailand while taking advantage of pristine beaches and mountainsides is something not found easily elsewhere.
- Infrastructure – Hua Hin has some of the best roads in Thailand. Period. Not only does it take less than half an hour to travel to your chosen destination around the city, but you do so in a network of ever-expanding roads that are constantly being improved and enlarged. Couple this with some great international schools and some of the best golf courses in Thailand and you have a winner.
- Lifestyle – Where some of the other areas in Thailand are attractive for holiday goers and investors, Hua Hin attracts those who seek a better quality of life. A large number of social groups and events coupled with the ease of living and most importantly the low cost + high standard of living make it one of the best destinations to put on your flip flops and take a breather.
- Retirement – it must be admitted that this is the most popular reason for foreign expats to come to this lovely seaside resort town, and for good reason. The farang scene in Hua Hin is incredibly eclectic, attracting a good mix of people who show their quality in the myriad of social events ranging from some of the best golfing you can find to successful charity events to business networks. Hua Hin has it all.