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An Aussie Winter Sun Break to Hua Hin, Thailand

At at this time of year, you have two options: a) tough it out in Australia until spring rolls around, or b) you can fend off the winter doldrums by chasing the sun to Hua Hin in Thailand.

A region that where long-established local shops and restaurants share space with sumptuous luxury getaways, Hua Hin is a charming resort town in the northern part of the Malay Peninsula. Only 200km south of Bangkok, Hua Hin is known for its quaint local vibe, eco-friendly resorts, cultural attractions, golf courses, water sports, and resort spas.

A longtime favorite of Thailand’s elite class, back in the early 1900s, King Prajadhipok -- who was also known as Rama VII -- built a summer palace in the area, which was eventually named Klai Kang Wan, meaning “far from worries.” Over the past several decades, since Prajadhipok’s passing, subsequent monarchs have also enjoyed the residence.

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Winter Sun In Hua Hin

A thriving holiday destination for Australians looking to escape the winter malaise, not only is Hua Hin home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, but it’s also centrally located to many regional attractions.

  1. Rajabhakti Park: A monarchical veneration commissioned by the Royal Thai Army, Rajabhakti Park is an historical square featuring giant bronze statutes of seven influential Thai kings spanning from the Sukhothai period to the current house of Chakri.
  2. Hua Hin Railway Station: A former royal pavilion, Hua Hin’s railway station is considered to be the most beautiful in Thailand. Painstakingly maintained, it is worth the trip to see, as the building represents a pristine example of classic Thai architecture.
  3. Takiap Hill: Nestled 4km away from Hua Hin, Takiap Hill is home to stunning temples and photo-finish views of the village below. Fai Hill, which is about 3km from Hua Hin, has a lovely public park at its peak.
  4. Pa La-u Waterfall: A short 60km drive from Hua Hin is Pa La-u. A picturesque, eleven-tier waterfall, surrounded by an evergreen forest, the area is teeming with birds and butterflies. Don’t forget to bring a camera!
  5. Wat Huay Mongkol: The former home of revered monk Luang Pu Thuat, Wat Huay Mongkol is now home to Thailand’s largest statute of the spiritual leader, set in a park-like venue.
  6. Plearnwan: Do you like to shop? Are you environmentally conscious? If you answered yes to both of those questions, then you’ll probably love Plearnwan, an eco-themed, open-air market.

Hua Hin is also a world-class golf destination, boasting several tournament-level courses. Are you a fan of water sports? Thanks to the bay’s shallow waters, Pranburi is ideal for kite boarding and other nautical activities.

Not the sporting type? Don’t worry! Several touring companies run sight-seeing boats out of Hua Hin. Are you a jazz fan? If so, heading to Hua Hin is a must in June, the month the region hosts the Hualtin Jazz Festival.

Pranburi Beach: White Sands and Turquoise Waters

Translated it means “river mouth town,” Pranburi is a picturesque region, a quick 30km south of Hua Hin, connected to both the River Pran and Gulf of Thailand. Daily, in Pranburi, guests wakeup to flawless white sand beaches that give way to breathtaking turquoise waters. In fact, when you conjure a picture of paradise in your mind, you may not realize it, but you’re picturing Pranburi.

Where To Stay In Pranburi, Hua Hin

If you’re escaping Australia’s winter and chasing the sun down to Thailand, wouldn’t it be nice if your “home away from home” rivaled paradise? That’s where the Aleenta Hua Hin Resort & Spa comes in.

Perfectly situated on the Pak Nampron Bay, the boutique luxury beach resort features twenty-five private and spacious residences, most with their own pools and beach access.

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Part of what is so special about the Aleenta is that it is able to meet -- and often surpass -- the expectations of guests with varying needs and wants. Are you bringing the kids? If so, then you’ll stay in the Frangipani section of the resort, where children of all ages, and their parents, are welcome.

Did you just grasp your pearls at the thought of having to spend your holiday, in paradise, next to a family of six? We understand your trepidation. But, never fear! The Aleenta also has an adults-only wing.

Flying To Thailand

From Australia, getting to Thailand is easy, as several airlines offer daily flights between the Antipodes and Malayan Peninsula. For example, Air Asia has two daily flights from Sydney -- one in the late morning and one at night. Jetstar also operates regular flights from Sydney, Australia to Thailand that typically leave in the afternoon.

Are you taking off from Brisbane? Quantas, Jetstar, Emirates, and Singapore Airlines all have flights that typically depart in the afternoon.

You deserve it. A holiday in Thailand to escape Australia’s winter is exactly what you need. And the Aleenta is the perfect place to stay, in the idyllic region of Hua Hin.

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Aleenta Hua Hin Resort & Spa

183 Moo 4, Paknampran, Pranburi, Hua Hin, 77220 Thailand

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Spent an incredible week at this magnificent resort earlier this month. What an amazing place to get away from it all. The villas are incredibly designed with comfort & spaciousness being the top priority. The hospitality by the entire team from the Resort Manager Matthias & Executive Chef Valero right on down to every staff member exceeded my expectations in every way. Thanks for taking such great care of us. I will definitely be back.
- by Paul C on 6/28/16. Stay date: Jun 2016 -
This was my first trip to Thailand and I was worried in case I had missed the boat on the Thailand of old. I should not have worried. This small, intimate and friendly five star resort is the most perfect position on a spectacular stretch of beach at Pak Nampran Bay. The emphasis on sustainability and doing things in a green and eco fashion makes you feel like you are also doing your bit. As a passionate foodie, I loved the fact that the menu is created from produce organically grown at the eco farm a few kilometres away. The menu tells you how far each dish has travelled to reach your table. One of my favorite moments was waking up to watch the sunrise from the comfort of my huge squishy bed, which overlooked the beach. Each afternoon, someone delivers a beautiful tray of fresh canapes to your room. You can even choose what time you would like to enjoy happy hour! It's rare to find a high end hotel with such a down to earth, friendly vibe and most importantly of all, a very clear and passionate social conscience. Please keep on doing what you are doing, please don't change. I'll be back and thank you for an unforgettable stay.
- by Rebecca Thomas on 8/11/16. Stay date: Aug 2016 -
My husband and I spent part of our honeymoon on your premises from December 5 to December 12, 2016. Our stay at Aleenta was absolutely fantastic and felt way too short! We enjoyed your kind hospitality, the extraordinary food, the facilities, the massages and the view we had from our room to the fullest. My husband and I are experienced travellers but we have hardly come across such friendliness, kindness and willingness as from you to make our holidays so special and unique. We will surely come back and already miss you a lot. Thank you so very much again!
- by Alexandra & Nils Michael on 1/9/17. Stay date: December 2016 -
An amazing experience! We were a large group for a wedding and it was such a nice experience. I actually ended up sleeping on hammock. The food was really good, and all the service was amazing.
- by Chelsea P. -