Meaning literally “chopstick hill” Khao Takiab Hua Hin 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. There are two good beaches either side of “chopstick hill” Khao Takiab Hua Hin and both are less busy than Hua Hin’s, offering quiet places to relax and enjoy good food from the many nearby beach restaurants. Note: the area can get busy at weekends and public holidays with visiting Thais and important Buddhist holidays are generally marked by hundreds of devotees flocking to the temples to give offerings to the monks and thereby making merit. There are a number of small local restaurants on the main road through
KHAO TAKIAB HUA HIN AND THEY ALL OFFER GREAT LOCAL FARE AT VERY REASONABLE PRICES.
The 5-star resorts have a number of top-quality restaurants that are certainly worth visiting if you are feeling extravagant. Other places worth trying are La Mer which is close to the temple and offers fantastic views of Hua Hin, Supatra on the beach and Rua Rimtarn that is constructed in the shape of a boat. There is a good selection of temples in Khao Takiab Hua Hin, including Wat Khao Lad at the top of “Monkey Mountain”. Activities include all kinds of water sports, including jet-skiing, parasailing, banana boat rides, kayaking and waterskiing. Even martial arts can be learnt and practised by people of all ages either on the beach or in local temple grounds