Meaning literally “chopstick hill” Khao Takiab is dominated by a 272 m high headland that juts out into the sea. It is clearly visible at the southern end of Hua Hin beach. If you approach the hill this way, you are rewarded with the sight of a 20m tall Lord Buddha statue and there are other religious figures, both Thai and Chinese, at the summit, together with a statue of King Rama V. The hill is also known as “Monkey Mountain” due to large numbers of monkeys (macaques) that are resident there. Just ten minutes from Hua Hin centre Khao Takiab is well worth a visit, the views from the top are magnificent. More information can be found on www.khaotakiab.com
Ten minutes from Hua Hin and situated in temple grounds, all tourists should try a leisurely ride on the back of a majestic adult elephant. The elephant walk takes you round the grounds of the Wat and into the adjoining countryside. 30 minute and one hour rides available.
Approximately 30 minutes from Hua Hin, the largest statue in Thailand of the revered Buddhist monk Luam Thor Tuab is located in the grounds of Wat Huai Mongkhon. A huge magnificent construction situated high upon a dais like structure, the statue is visited by many Thai tourists who come to pay their respects to this legendary monk. Panoramic views of the surrounding countryside from the dais add a bonus to this excursion.
Somewhat further out of town Pala-U Waterfall takes you through stunning countryside on a drive which takes around 1.5 hours. Located next to the Burmese (Myanmar) border it is one of the highest in Thailand and those who make it to the top after 16 stages will be rewarded with superb views over Thailand and towards Burma. If you are not fit, a deep pool at the third stage provides provides an ideal resting area. The waterfall forms part of the Kaeng Krachan National Park and the surrounding forest, over 1000 years old is home to much wildlife including gibbons and rare species of birds.