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Khao Takiab is the mountain that cuts Hua Hin's long beach at the southern end

Seven kilometres south of the centre of town we come to the famous mountain that marks the end of Hua Hin’s 20 kilometres of straight, almost uninterrupted beach. This is Khao Takiab (Chopstick Mountain), also nicknamed Monkey Mountain for the huge colony of mischievous macaques that live here and make a living by begging and stealing from tourists. In especially hot weather they may be seen swimming, splashing and playing in the ocean much as children do.
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Our beach map takes in stretches of beach on both sides of the mountain, and these are very different. First, the southern beach suddenly changes from soft white sand to unusual, hard-packed grey stuff unlike anything to the north. Here you can easily bicycle down the moist part of the beach, and the photo gallery here shows a three-wheeled, sailing craft cruising down the sand.
Kha Takiab mountain is famous for the large Buddhist monastery near the top, and the large image of standing Buddha on the hillside facing north. A small road runs up the west side of the mountain, first passing the fishing boat anchorage and its famous little seafood market, then reaching the monastery and another famous seafood restaurant.
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The stretch of beach on the north side has seen major development in recent years, not all of it good for beach lovers. A small group of beach restaurants on the sand near the base of the standing Buddha that had served good seafood at local prices to generations of Thais has now gone without a trace. An exclusive villa resort and expensive beach club have replaced the restaurants, with both well beyond the price range of the Thai families who once flocked here.
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However, the Khao Takiab area has become a beachfront destination in itself, with many high-rise condos, seaside restaurants and beach hotels. Supatra Restaurant, which overlooks the bottom end of the beach and the mountain, is very popular with locals, while the seafood market at the backside of the mountain is popular with tourists.
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This area is somewhat quieter than the central part of Hua Hin, the main reason being that this is a distinctly Thai zone, with most residents arriving from Bangkok for weekends only. Then, of course, Thais avoid the beach in sunny weather, generally coming out onto the sand around sunset.
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There are a few small, cosy resorts on this north side of the mountain, some run by families or individuals. Most are in the 3-star range, like Nern Chalet, run by a Thai lady owner who is generally on site taking care of her guests in an especially personal manner. It has a small hotel building in a lush garden, a variety room choices and a beachfront pool. Supatra Hua Hin Resort (same owner as the restaurant) is another small, personal beach hotel.
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S'mor Spa Village & Resort has just 10 beach bungalows while their specialty spa offers a range of health & wellness treatments. Kban Tamor is again small and rather off beat, with unusual garden chalets. It's a budget alternative.
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The two resorts on the south side of the mountain are very different. Blue Wave is a high rise tower that still has not found its right niche, but offers budget rooms with a view. On the other hand, Anantasila Villa by the Sea is an attractive, professionally managed 4-star resort offering rooms with pretty ocean views and a large measure peace and quiet. The ambiance here is relaxed and pleasant indeed, and quiet different from that on the north side of Khao Takiab..
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beach details - important for visitors big & small

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sand:
Surprisingly, the sand on north and south sides of the mountain is completely different, in colour, grain size and material, showing just how Mother Nature can arrange things so precisely. North of the mountain the sand is creamy white, fine and soft and good for children to play in. On the south side the colour is gray, the grains even finer, allowing it to pack down so hard that you can bicycle down the beach. This is an unusual but interesting beach, and you can sometimes see people 'sailing' over the sand, using wheels.
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water:
Water clarity is reasonable most of the time, though it gets messed up when the north-easterly winds blow up small waves from November to February. Water quality is just so-so, for Hua Hin is high in the Gulf of Thailand, an enclosed body of water with natural flushing unable to keep up to the massive discharge of waste and pollution by rivers near Bangkok.
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shade:
On the north side shade is hard to come by, and there are few people on the beach in the heat of the day. The south side, however, has lots of big beach trees and areas covered by beach umbrellas.
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density of use:
On neither side of the mountain will you ever find a crowd, though the biggest concentration of people on the beach is in the south, where they hide in the shade through the middle of the day.
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beach hawkers:
Hawkers patrol the beach on both sides of the mountain, though they are small in number and not particularly aggressive. Those selling tropical fruit, or the Isarn dishes of 'som tum', roast chicken and sticky rice are popular with visitors.
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suitability for children:
Both sides of the mountain are OK for children, though neither offers much entertainment save the beach itself and whatever the resort provides. When bringing children always check photos of the hotel's swimming pool for age compatibility. A good, fun pool can make a huge difference to kids' satisfaction.
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noise & tranquillity:
While neither of these stretches of beach offers absolute tranquillity, neither is either particularly busy. Noise levels are restricted to the occasional jet-ski, or the laughing of children.
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massage:
There are few or no freelance masseuses on this stretch of beach – the walls leave no shady places for them to set up their beds. But all of the major resorts here offer Thai massage and various treatments. Guests of smaller hotels can walk further up or down the beach to find independent beach massage services.
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cleanliness, pollution:
The beach here is generally quite clean, though vacant blocks behind the beach are generally not, with plastic rubbish strewn willy-nilly. The reddish lines seen in the sand patterns at low tide are early signs of pollution
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kite surfing, volleyball, beach sports: There are no beach sports on this quiet part of the beach – only on-water activities like jet-skiing and banana boating can be found here. There might be a few kite surfers in season, though most congregate further up the beach.
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jet-skis & water sports:
Jet-skis are part of the Hua Hin scene, and run up and down the beaches regularly – though usually well out in deeper water where they pose little danger to swimmers. Jet-skis match the Thai ideal of the perfect beach – a place for fun and games, eating, drinking and merry-making. The locals don't come to the beach looking for anything like peace and tranquillity.
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beach hawkers:
Since this is the quietest part of Hua Hin's long southern beach, it is rare to see hawkers here.
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sunset & sunrise:
Sunrise can be a delightful time of day here, especially when the tide is low and people can stroll along the sand as the sun rises from the waters of the Gulf of Thailand. While the sun sets far to the back of all beach resorts here, it often casts beautiful evening glows across the skies, making this also a pleasant time to be out enjoying life by the beach.
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by John Everingham
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