donderdag 2 oktober 2014

Getting around in Hua Hin

Motorbikes are vital both to the locals and visitors since Hua Hin has no bus lines. And cabs do not make a usual transportation here like they do in Bangkok. Motorbike renting hubs cluster in the main beach entranceÂ’s whereabouts all the way up to the police station. The records of rental motorbike and car hub operators are kept by the authorities.

A bike is rented at the rate of 300-400 baht (>USD10)/ day and 3,500-4,000 baht (USD100-120)/ month. Renters are required to confide their important papers e.g. passports, ID cards, etc with motorbike owners. There has never been history of the confided papers being abused, according to Hua Hin Police and the tourist police.
Make sure your rented vehicle has insurance. The enforcement of traffic law could be lax and result in your having to shoulder the damages on your own, even in case of accidents you donÂ’t cause. You surely do not want to pay the motorbike owner a few thousand baht for the damages, regardless of who cause them.

Rented cars

Hua Hin rent carRental car kiosks can be found mainly near the main beach entrance, the alley housing the tourist police station. The rent rates start from 1,000 baht (USD30)/ day. Costs for monthly rents are negotiable and relatively lower. Renters are required to confide their important papers e.g. passports, ID cards, etc with motorbike owners as well.

Taxi motorbikes

Hua Hin taxi motorbikeNon-riders can resort to taxi motorbikes in traveling to any places in Hua Hin. Taxi motorbike hubs dot sidewalks across the city and the fares are reasonable. For example, a ride from the main beach entrance to the Hua Hin Night Bazaar costs up to 30 baht (<USD1). Taxi motorbikes are available around the clock.

Twin-benched pickup truck buses

Hua Hin Twin bed raxiThe vehicles are also known as “Rot-Song-Taew”. Rot-Song-Taew buses are roofed pickup trucks with two long benches mounted on the rears. The buses pick up passengers at landmarks every 30 minutes. Orange buses run from Hua Hin to the nearby district called Pranburi from 5AM to 5PM while green buses run from Bor Fai to Khao Takiap from 5AM to 8PM. The bus fares are 15 baht and 10 baht (40 cents and less), respectively. View their routes on the map at the bottom of this page.


Hua Hin Tuk TukThough kin to candy-toned Tuk-Tuks typically to Bangkok, Tuk-Tuks in Hua Hin are more sizeable with their rears being expanded for a capacity of 4-6 persons. Mostly catering to visitors on one-day touring, fares of Tuk-Tuks in Hua Hin stand in a relatively high range, starting from 50 baht (<USD2). Major Tuk-Tuks hubs are found in front of the Hua Hin train station, Hua Hin Night Bazaar, Hua Hin Marriott Hotel, the main beach entrance near Sofitel Hotel, and the road opposite to Hua Hin Wittayalai School.


Hua Hin TaxiJust like Tuk-Tuks, taxi rides come at high costs and do not make a common way to get around the town for Hua Hin residents. With the comfort and efficiency they provide, cabs are suitable for visitors following their itineraries on a short visit. Renters may choose either automobiles or minivans, considering the number of people in their groups. You can get a taxi vehicle in front of the Hua Hin train station, Hua Hin Night Bazaar, and the main beach entrance near Sofitel Hotel. The fare range starts at 100 baht (USD3)


Hua Hin tricycleThe quaint engine-free prototype of todayÂ’s Tuk-Tuks gives an authentic, vintage feel in traveling a short distance in Hua Hin. The fare range is 50-100 baht (USD1-3). How the vehicle works is as simple as jump on, pedal and go!

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