Hua Hin Night Market (Hua Hin, Thailand)
Hua Hin Night Market (Hua Hin, Thailand)
Hua Hin Night Market (Hua Hin, Thailand)

Hua Hin, Thailand

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Sep 24, 2021

Summary: Once a fishing village, Hua Hin, Thailand has grown into a popular destination for tourists, expats, digital nomads and retirees. Approximately 63,000 residents now call Hua Hin home. Like other Thai resort towns, foreigners like to invest in second homes here. New to the area? Visit one of Hua Hin's night markets for good food, entertainment (at Cicada Market) and shopping.

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What do I need to know about living in Hua Hin?

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When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Hua Hin, they said:

"First, you need to have an independent source of income. To secure a one-year visa here you need to have about $23,000 held in a Thai bank or show proof of at least $1,800 in monthly income. Second, Hua Hin is somewhat difficult to get to, as you have to fly into Bangkok and then take a bus for 3 hours to Hua Hin. As to what to bring, Hua Hin has most, if not all, of what you will need. Western-style housing, food, clothes, appliances, etc., are all available. And while Hua Hin has some party areas, the town is pretty quiet, as you would expect from a primarily retirement community," said another expat in Hua Hin.

How do I meet people in Hua Hin?

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When we asked people living in Hua Hin about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:

"There is a myriad of groups in Hua Hin to join, including a ladies group, foodies, Trash heroes, BikerBoys and others. Best way to find them and join is on Facebook," added another person living in Hua Hin.

Will I be able to find a job in Hua Hin?

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When we asked people about industries and career opportunities in Hua Hin, they reponded:

"Hua Hin is a former fishing village now turned into a tourist hub, primarily for families. There are few jobs available for foreigners, mainly as English teachers. Westerners who have other jobs here tend to be those transferred by their companies. Hua Hin, however, is a good location for digital nomads, as its internet access is pretty good (most of the time)," explained one expat.

What is life like in Hua Hin?

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When we asked people living in Hua Hin what life is like and how people spend their time, they said:

"For western expats, Hua Hin is mostly a retirement and second home city. There are a few who have moved here and opened up businesses, usually bars and restaurants, but most are either on winter vacation or permanent vacation. Their priorities, therefore, are socializing, the beach, visiting nearby sites, restaurants. For the Thais who live in Hua Hin, the city is mostly service oriented for the expat and tourist communities. Hua Hin also draws many Thais as a beach vacation location, as well as many Chinese tourists," remarked another expat in Hua Hin.

Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Hua Hin accepting of differences?

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"The Thais, as Buddhists, are very accepting of diversity. However, the expat community's views on diversity will range from those you see in their own countries. The Thai culture is, of course, dominant, but the expat community has also introduced a lot of its varied cultures (mostly food) into the city," remarked another in Hua Hin.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Some of Betsy's more popular articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Italy, 12 Things to Know Before Moving to The Dominican Republic and the Living in Panama Guide. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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