Expat Life in Hua Hin
Expat Life in Hua Hin, Is this your first time living in Hua Hin? Are you looking for a house to stay in? Wondering how to get to places? Wanna know the best school for your child? We totally understand that moving to somewhere foreign could be really exciting but also stressful. So don’t worry, in this blog, we’ve got it all covered! This will be your guide to Hua Hin if you are being relocated here or you are looking for somewhere new to live and experience.
How to get to Hua Hin
Hua Hin does have an airport, but it isn’t recommended since it takes only 2 – 3 hours by car from Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) to get to Hua Hin. You can take a bus, minibus, train, taxi or rent a car without driver to get there.
There is a bus station at Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), offering bus routes nationwide, including to Hua Hin. There are many bus companies for you to choose from. If you are already in Bangkok, there are also buses to Hua Hin at various tourist spots / bus terminals in Bangkok so do check carefully where your bus departs from. The price ranges from 260 THB to around 600 THB depending on companies, date and time.
Minibus might be unfamiliar to other countries but it is very well known transportation here in Thailand. It is also a common way to get to Hua Hin since it takes only couple of hours from Bangkok. Like buses, minibuses depart from various terminals in Bangkok including Southern Bus Terminal, Ekkamai Bus Terminal, Mochit Bus Terminal, Donmuang Airport and Khaosan Road. We suggest you contact them first or ask your hotel / agency to contact them for you to avoid miscommunication since there are many bus terminals in Bangkok.
There is also a train from Bangkok to Hua Hin. There are operating from morning till night so you can check the timetable and book in advance to secure a seat/room. You can check the timetable in this link: http://procurement.railway.co.th/checktime/checktime.asp?lenguage=Eng The fare varies depending on the class ticket and type of train you choose, it can range from 40 THB up to 1,500 THB.
For those who may have lots of baggage with them, taxi can be a really great choice. You can catch them right at the airport. Some taxis might not turn their meter on since it’s a long distance trip so if you found them, be sure to clearly settle the price before you go with them to avoid unreasonable fares.
If you have an international driving license and prefer to get there by yourself, renting a car is a good solution for you since it isn’t too far from Bangkok. There are many rental car service booths at the airport for you to choose from. We suggest you book in advance so you can choose your preferred car and avoid the service being fully booked.
How to go around Hua Hin
You can get around Hua Hin by walking, bike, motorcycle, motorcycle taxi, taxi, car and pick-up truck taxi, which is a very common transportation there. For those public transportations, you can catch them on the road when you see one by waving your hand! It’s super easy to catch one.
Living in Hua Hin
If you are planning to stay for longer period, the town offers various types of rental accommodations including houses, villas, apartments and condos. The price is based on type of accommodations and locations. If your job isn’t provided accommodation, you can use Airbnb or the agency to find you a place, or if you’re already staying at hotel but looking for a new accommodation for staying in a longer period, normally they will be a sign ‘For rental’ along with phone numbers outside the building/house, you can just call them or have some local friends help you contact them.
Since there are many expats here in Hua Hin, you would be fine going around with just English, however, some local stores or locals might not use English so knowing basic common phrases in Thai may help as well. Here are some examples:
Sa Was Dee Kub / Kha = Hello (Kub is a polite ending for male while kha is for female)
Khob Khun Kub / Kha = Thank you
Kho Tod Kub / Kha = I’m sorry / Excuse me
Pud Thai Mai Dai Kub / Kha = I can’t speak Thai
Mai Khao Jai Kub / Kha = I don’t understand
Tao Rai Kub / Kha = How much is it?
Schools in Hua Hin
Even though, Hua Hin is a small town, there a quite a number of international and bilingual schools since there are many expats in town. Here are some examples of international bilingual schools in Hua Hin:
Beaconhouse Yamsaard School Hua Hin
Bilingual school offering classes from Pre-K to M.6 (G.12) (2 – 18 years old)
Somtawin Witaedsuksa Huaymongkhon School
Bilingual school offering classes from K.1 to M.6 (G.12) (3 – 18 years old)
Hua Hin International School
International school using British curriculum and IB, offering classes from Early Years to IB. (3 – 18 years old)
Da Vinci International School
International school using British curriculum, offering classes from Early Years to Year 12. (3 – 18 years old)
Halio is an alternative learning international organization. It’s a non-profit organization offering classes from Early Years to Upper Years. (3 – 18 years old)
We hope this article help you get the idea of what it’s like moving to Hua Hin, more or less, and see you in the next article!
Expat Life in Hua Hin