Just back from 2 weeks in Hua Hin and agree with others that there are not enough JBRs for Hua Hin, so here goes...
We stayed at Baan Sansuk which is a condo just a couple of doors down from the Wora Bora towards Khao Takiab. The grounds of this complex are spectacular and there is also direct access to the beach. On our first day we thought we may be too far out of the centre, but soon changed our minds once we got used the bus in to town in the evening and a tuk tuk (great fun) back.
Unfortunately our stay did not get off to a good start as my husband got food poisoning from lunch on the first day. Such a shame as we had really enjoyed our lunch, but possibly he had a bad shrimp in his tom yum goong. We had to stop the tuk tuk for him to be ill on our way back in the evening after a very hurried meal where he ate nothing and I bolted my food down. The driver was very sympathetic and even offered him water.
Luckily the next morning he was fully recovered and we had our first massage at Massage Me, which was not too far from us opposite the Amari. In total we went 3 times which is a recommendation in itself.
We went to the Cicada market twice, both on the Saturday night. The food area is great – a really good choice and also the desserts are great. Loved the mango with sticky rice and also the frozen bananas dipped in chocolate and nuts. The market itself is also very good for jewellery and accessories, many sold by the people who make them.
For the rest of the time we ate at restaurants along the street where the Hilton is (thanks to Monica). There is a very good choice and we never had a bad meal.
I did the Thai Cooking Course with Beau which included a visit to the market to buy the food first. I took the tum yum goong back for my husband and he said it was the best he had ever had. If you are al all interested in cookery, I would recommend it. The course also takes place at her home, which is very nice to see.
We also took a trip out to Hua Hin Hills winery, where we took the tapas and tasting package. It is a really good day out. The sala (restaurant) is set overlooking the vineyard and all the tables have a good view. The food and wine were very good and we were also given a goody bag when we left.
We loved walking out from the apartment onto the beach. When the tide is out you can walk for miles. Unfortunately there were some days when we could not do so due the the high tide. We also took the bus down to Khao Takiab beach, spent the day there and walked back to Baan Sansuk along the beach. The water quality is not that great, which is a real shame. Best to have accommodation with a pool and walk on the beach...
The night market is fine to see but if you have been to Bangkok previously you will have seen it all before. IMO the prices and quality are better in Bangkok. The Chatsilla market which is just off the night market has some more original stalls and I noticed some of the stallholders at the Cidacada market.
All in all we really enjoyed Hua Hin. The main purpose of a holiday for us is to relax during the day, have some good food at night and have a couple of day trips, so for us it ticked all the boxes.