The Wat Huay Mongkol temple complex located some 15 kilometers west of Hua Hin is famous for its enormous statue of one of Thailand’s most famous monks, named Luang Phor Thuad. This place is very popular with Thai people from all over the country, who come here to pay respect to Luang Phor Thuad and to ask for things as favours, good luck, health, fortune and happiness. On each side of the giant statue, there is a huge wooden elephant. Local people walk in circles under the belly of the elephants wishing for good luck. The complex also holds a Buddhist temple, a statue of King Taksin the Great on horseback and shops where Buddhist amulets can be bought.
Just West of Hua Hin town in the tranquility of the mountainous Thai countryside lie the Hua Hin vineyards. Traditionally not a wine producing country, Thailand now has a number of vineyards in several locations producing excellent wines. In fact, the wines from the Hua Hin vineyards have recently won several medals in international competitions. This vineyard offers you the opportunity to visit the vineyard, learn something about the process of wine making, taste the wines with tasty tapas as well as tour the area on the back of an elephant. Many of the visitors are surprised by the quality and excellent taste of the wines, considering Thailand was long thought to have a climate too hot and humid to produce good wines. There is a shop where you can buy the wines, although you are under no pressure to do so.