Khao Takiab Hua Hin
One of the biggest attractions in the province, Khao Takiab translates as ‘Chopstick Mountain’ although you may hear it being referred to as Monkey Mountain due to the monkeys that inhabit it. Take note that you should never under any circumstances trust a monkey; they don’t get their reputation for being cheeky from nowhere. Keep bags zipped and under no circumstances give them any food. With that out the way, the mountain is home to a hilltop temple giving way to a sensational view of Hua Hin. The start of the hike up to the temple is marked by a large bell and a flight of stairs up to the main shrine, a pagoda-like structure. Once at the top you can hang out with the monkeys, take a few photographs, shop at numerous stalls or admire the Buddhist shrine.
Khao Singto (Lion Island)
Located on the coast of Khao Takiab the name means ‘Lion Island’ due to the fact that from the air it resembles a crouching lion. The island is located about 10km from Hua Hin District and can be reached by taking a boat from Khao Takiab fishing village. Once there (roughly a 20-minute journey) most people enjoy soaking up the rays, sailing and fishing and for those who seek better acquaintance with Thailand’s marine life, snorkels can be rented. A round trip will last around five hours with the option of food for those who require it.
Beyond Khao Takiab Temple and viewpoint, lies Takiab Bay; easily missed it if you didn’t know it was there. In addition to being a nice beach with clear water there are also elephant rides, boats to offshore islands including Koh Singto and a number of nice restaurants.
Cicada Market is all about art, handmade crafts and good times. With an open-air market concept, it brings together Hua Hin’s artistic talents and those who wear ‘freedom of expression’ on their sleeves. Besides the crafts market, you’ll also find an art gallery, beer garden and live music. Open only on weekend evenings, the market is
Opening Hours: 16:00-23:00 (Friday, Saturday), 16:00-22:00 (Sunday)
Location: Suan Sri, Khao Takiab (on Phetkasem Road)
Tel: +66 (0) 32-536606