Hua Hin FAQs

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Area geography

838.9 km2 (323.9 sq mi). Situated in the west coast of the Gulf of Thailand, Hua Hin is one of the most popular beach destinations in the country and is located about 200 kilometres south of Bangkok.

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The currency of Thailand is Thai Baht (THB, ฿). Most banks in city exchange foreign currency; however, the time taken might differ from one bank to another. US and Australian dollars, Euros and British Pounds are the most widely accepted currencies in Bangkok.

Cellular service for tourists

A good mobile network operates in Hua Hin with several international players operating their networks. Thailand has 3 main GSM mobile service providers: AIS, DTAC and Truemove. Tourists can easily purchase SIM cards on any of these networks to call both locally and internationally.

Wifi internet

There are several spots across the city where free public Wi-Fi is available.

Custom visa

On arrival at Thailand Immigration and Customs

Upon arrival in Thailand, foreign citizens must be in possession of a valid passport with a validity of at least six months, a valid Thai visa and proof of onward travel.

Securing visa on arrival in Thailand

The visa on arrival rule allows passport holders of about 19 countries to enter Thailand provided they meet the following requirements:

  • The visit should strictly be for tourism purposes.
  • The traveller must have a confirmed return ticket showing that he/she will be flying out of Thailand within 15 to 30 days of entry. Open tickets do not qualify in this situation. Travelling overland out of Thailand by train, bus, etc., to nearby countries like Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia (including en route to Singapore) and Myanmar is not accepted as proof of leaving Thailand.
  • When entering Thailand, you may be asked to show the flight ticket of your return journey within the stipulated period of 15 to 30 days. If you are unable to do so, you are most likely to be refused entry into Thailand.
  • Tourists are also required to provide proof to show that they have funds of a minimum of 20,000 Baht per person, during the visit to Thailand.

Declarations and Allowances

Duty Free

Thailand customs allows visitors to enter Thailand with personal effects, the value of which should not exceed 80,000 Baht, without paying import fees as long as:

  • items are only for personal or professional use;
  • amount of goods are reasonable; and
  • items are not restricted or prohibited

There are certain restrictions on the amount of alcohol and tobacco products that may be transported into Thailand under duty free regulations:

  • 200 cigarettes or 250 grams of cigars or smoking tobacco
  • 1 litre of wine or liquor

Prohibited and Restricted Goods

The Thailand Customs Department is responsible for halting the illegal transport of illicit drugs in and out of Thailand.  As such, Thailand Customs officials do frisk the luggage of passengers at the airports.  If you have nothing to declare, you can simply walk through the Green Channel, stopping only if asked to, by a customs agent.

If you do have goods to declare, you should hand a customs form to the Thailand Customs Department agent at the Red Channel marked “goods to declare”.

Please note that plants and animals, as well as products made from them may be subject to restrictions and quarantine. 

Safety

This city has a low crime rate and therefore it is considered a safe city. However, petty crimes like pick pocketing or bag snatching are common. As such, it is important to always be cautious of the surroundings and avoid few dangerous areas.

General information

Languages spoken

Thai, English

Time zones

IST + 1.5 hours

Major religions

Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, Sikhism, Christianity

Domestic international calling codes

02

Electricity standards

220 V; Plugs A & C

Common greetings

Good Morning: a-roon-sa-was

Good Evening: sa-yan-sa-was

Goodbye: la-korn

Thank you: kob-kun

Sorry: kho thot

Do you speak English? phuut phaasaa ang-krit dai mai?

I don't understand: mai khao jai

No: mai chai

Yes: chai

I don’t know: mâi sâap

How are you?: sa-bai-dee-mai

What is your name?: khun chue arai?

My name is: phŏm/dì-chăn cheu _____

Where is the washroom?: houng-num(bathroom)

How much does this cost?: an-nee-tao-rai

Too expensive!: phaeng pai

A little cheaper: thuuk kwàa

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Emergency numbers

Police: 191

Police (English speaking): 032 515995

Tourist Police: 1155

Ambulance: 032 532576

Fire Brigade: 199

Tourist Authority of Thailand: 032 471005-6

Communications Authority of Thailand (CAT): 032 511351

Tourist information: 032 611491

Information: 032 602019

Hua Hin Police Station: 032 533440-1

Hua Hin Tourist Police: 032 515995

Railway Station: 032 512770, 032 511073

Hua Hin Bus Station: 032 514477

Hua Hin Airport: 032 520343

Hua Hin Hospital: 032 520401

San Paulo Hospital: 032 532576-85

Hua Hin International Polyclinic: 032 516424, 032 516425

Hua Hin Land Department: 032 536164, 032 512407

Hua Hin Local Government: 032 512340, 032 532471

Hua Hin Water Board: 032 511677

Hua Hin Power Board: 032 512215, 032 513165

Red Cross: 032 512567

Wildlife Rescue Centre: 032 458135