Already a hit with wedding planners worldwide, Hua Hin is becoming one of Thailand’s premier spots for conventions, conferences and exhibitions as well. The elegant old world charm of this seaside royal retreat is still very much intact, and apart from a wide array of established hotel brands, the region also offers recreational pursuits such as golf, windsurfing, shopping and just plain enjoying the ocean. The Hua Hin area boasts more than 11,000 hotel rooms, and its selection of venues for business events - some which can accommodate up to 5,000 guests - is growing all the time.

There are many sites in Hua Hin, and neighbouring Cha-am, which reveal the charms of yesteryear. The Hua Hin Railway Station, which has preserved its original wooden Thai-style structures, is especially popular, and the majestic all-wood Mrigadayavan Palace is a must-see as well. Hua Hin is also famous for shopping, and after the sun goes down the Hua Hin Night Market comes alive with stalls selling food, clothes, souvenirs, handicrafts, and almost anything else you can imagine. Water sports such as kite surfing are excellent daytime distractions, but Hua Hin is also popular among golfers, and is considered the original golf destination in Thailand — with the Royal Hua Hin being the first golf course constructed in the country, way back in 1924 (today, the region boasts a total of seven international-standard golf courses).

Located on the western shores of the Gulf of Thailand, only two and a half hours by car from Bangkok, Hua Hin has long been a favourite weekend getaway for big city residents. Daily train service between the two cities is available, but riding the rails is not always the most expedient way to get there and back. Hiring a car, or driving one yourself, is by far the easiest transportation option, and the Thonburi-Paktho Road, which passes Samut Songkhram, and leads to the Petchkasem Highway, is the most direct route. For travellers landing at Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), daily service luxury brand coaches make frequent trips to the center of town, and Hua Hin also boasts a small airport, which is served by a growing domestic network.

Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa
Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa features 240 rooms, spread out in nine low-rise structures surrounding a large interconnected lagoon-style swimming pool circuit. The six elegant dining venues serve a variety of cuisines, including Thai, Lebanese, Japanese, Chinese, and Mexican. For special events the beach lawn comfortably holds up to 500 guests and, in addition, the resort is about to launch its newest addition – The Chandelier ballroom – next month (November, 2014). This prime MICE facility can accommodate up to 680 theatre-style, and 800 cocktail-style.

Hyatt Regency Hua Hin
Situated along a 250 m stretch of sandy beaches in a lush surrounding, the Hyatt Regency Hua Hin features 205 rooms and eight spa suites. The hotel’s impressive pool areas feature river pools, a beautiful waterfall, and a Jacuzzi that flows into a lagoon pool. For diners, the Talay Thai Restaurant & Bar is set in three interconnecting beachfront gazebos, and serves seafood and Thai cuisine. For MICE events the resort boasts six function rooms, including the grand ballroom which can accommodate up to 400 people, and a beachfront venue — featuring a waterfall — that is perfect for outdoor receptions.

Dusit Thani Hua Hin
Overlooking an idyllic beach, and surrounded by lush greenery, the Dusit Thani Hua Hin combines classic Thai design, modern amenities, and natural beauty. This 296 room resort contains an ornamental lake, lily pond, tropical gardens and two magnificent swimming pools, as well as a range of recreational facilities including tennis and squash courts, and a fitness centre. The tranquil Devarana Spa is also on hand to rejuvenate and refresh. For large-scale MICE events, the majestic Royal Dusit Hall is an elegant and versatile complex; home to the Royal Dusit Grand Ballroom, which can accommodate up to 1,000 guests.

Hilton Hua Hin Resort & Spa
With 296 rooms, all boasting private balconies and dazzling ocean views, this 17 storey gleaming white beachfront hotel is centrally located, meaning that all of Hua Hin’s famous sights and attractions are within easy walking distance. The resort’s grand free-form swimming pool makes a great place to relax day or night, or guests can access the fitness rooms, games rooms, and spa. There are also four bars and five restaurants to choose from when it comes to dining and entertainment options. MICE events are easily accommodated in the resort’s many meeting rooms, the largest of which is the Rama 5, which can accommodate 400 theatre-style.

The Regent Cha Am Beach Resort
Located a mere 15 minute drive from Hua Hin town, The Regent Cha Am Beach Resort combines a laid back ambiance with a tropical seaside surroundings. The property offers guests a choice of 559 well-appointed rooms, and guests will appreciate the many dining options available. Recreational facilities include a fitness centre, multiple swimming pools, a spa, and the resort’s own tennis court, while MICE professionals will appreciate the 19 function rooms, including the Grand Ballroom, and the Lakeside Pavilion, the latter of which can accommodate 2,000 people cocktail style.