Thailand is a favourite destination for Singaporeans, especially Bangkok which is fairly cheap and easy to reach from Singapore. But if you are looking to escape the city for some alternative destinations, check out Hua Hin, located about 3 hours away from Bangkok along the Gulf of Thailand and a favoured destination of the late Thai King.
The Radisson Blu folk invited me up to check out their beachfront Radisson Blu Resort Hua Hin and I can see why this area is a favourite – there vibe is much more chill than busy Bangkok and the resort itself is a beautiful place for a spot of relaxation. Here’s a little bit more about what you can expect if you are going to be visiting the Radisson Blu Resort Hua Hin.
But first things first, my all-time favourite thing about the Radisson Blu Resort Hua Hin is…
This mascot of sorts for the resort has a Thai name that translates into safety and security, which is a nice attribute for any hotel to have of course, but I just think it’s such a cute chubby bird that pops up all over the hotel, so it’s a fun Easter egg to spot around the premises.
Anyway onward to the rest of this review.
Where is Hua Hin exactly? It’s about 150km away from Bangkok and took about 3 hours driving south-east to reach – you do pass through Samut Songkhram along the way, so you could go check out nearby Amphawa as well.
Getting there by train: Traditionally, the way to get to Hua Hin from Bangkok is to take the train which is a pretty popular tourist attraction in Hua Hin. I would have thought that the train would be the best option because it’s both cheaper and you avoid Bangkok’s notoriously bad traffic, but the train journey actually clocks in at around 4 hours, longer than the 2.5-3 hour journey it would take on average by road without any major traffic snarls, and from asking around, it doesn’t have a reputation of being the most efficient, so perhaps only for those who love trains and have time to spare.
Getting there by bus: The fastest way would be to either take a bus from the Suvarnabhumi Airport directly or from the Southern Sai Tai Mai bus terminal in Bangkok or arrange for a private car transfer directly to the resort. The resort does run shuttles from the resort to downtown Hua Hin which about 10mins drive.
Flying from Singapore to Bangkok: On this trip we flew up to Bangkok by Thai Airways, which is not a bad option if you want to thoroughly maximise your time in Thailand. I love cheap budget flights as much as the next person, but having someone serve you food even on a short flight is always a nice experience. The Thai Royal Silk Lounge in Singapore is small but cosy, but the ones (yes there are several) at Suvarnabhumi Airport are very comfortable and large with a ton of food and drink options.
- SIN>BKK: TG402 0740-0900 – you’ll wake up extra early but you can find yourself in Bangkok in the morning, and if you head straight to Hua Hin from the airport, you’ll be at the resort early afternoon, just nice to check in and start relaxing.
- BKK>SIN: TG401 1940 – 2255 – you need to give yourself 3-4 hours to get from Hua Hin back to Bangkok, so checking out at noon gives you time to grab a good lunch and then head to the airport directly. You land back in Singapore at night, get a good night’s sleep before popping off to work the next morning.
I had a deluxe room which was spacious and comfortable and because it’s Radisson Blu, decked out with lots of personal touches and blue decor.
I suggest for those who want easy access to the pool to get the deluxe rooms with pool access on Level 1 – your balcony opens up directly to the water so you can pop in and out of the pool without leaving your room. There is a common access deck so that other guests on the higher levels can access the pools as well though, so perhaps these rooms might lack a bit of privacy, but it is made up for on extremely hot days when you just want a quick dip.
If you can afford it, splash out for the suites with their own private pools so you don’t have to share with others.
One of the most distinct features as you enter the Radisson Blu Resort Hua Hin is this sunken pathway that cuts from the entrance to the beachfront. Guests will typically walk up and down it a few times a day – I love the custom tiles that line the side of this pathway and couldn’t resist some dramatic insta-worthy shots:
If you want a larger pool with a better view of the sea, it gives you an infinity view of the beach front. It’s right next to the Ivy Lounge where you can enjoy grilled seafood or a nice cocktail. Perfect sunrise spot as well from the other media who dragged themselves out of bed at 5am+ (not me haha). I can’t say the same for sunsets because we had really grey skies when we were there and no decent sunsets.
The Radisson Blu Resort Hua Hin also has a great little beachfront. Generally quiet and nice white sand, you can stroll along and see all the other beachfront resorts along this stretch. If you come here at night, you can also see all the squid fishing boats floating on the water with their green lights, and on a good clear day you can apparently see all the way to Pattaya.
Some other spots in the resort worth checking out:
Thailand for me is all about the cheap good Thai street food and you can pop into downtown Hua Hin and check out their night market for some typical Thai dishes, but if you are planning to spend most of your time just relaxing in the resort, there are 2 options to consider.
The Ivy Lounge by the common pool area is nice to get some food or enjoy a cocktail. The resort went all out to welcome us with a special seafood grill dinner set up on the beach, but the usual dining area is sans sand and still offers a great view of the sea. Grilled fish, prawns, squid, mussels… yum!
Breakfast is held at The Exchange, the restaurant located right by the hotel’s reception area, and was also a place we had Thai food for dinner one night as well. There is a bar with a pool table here, and you should probably check out the hotel’s signature Aloha Blu cocktail.
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Thanks again to the Carlson Rezidor folk and the local Radisson Blu staff in both Bangkok and Hua Hin who took care of us on this trip! We managed to see some cool stuff in Hua Hin but I still feel like there’s a lot more of Hua Hin I want to explore, look out for that in upcoming posts.
This trip to Hua Hin and accommodation was sponsored by Radisson Blu, and flights sponsored by Thai Airways. All opinions in this article are my own