I don't think it good when people ask to compare just to say one over the other.
We visit both for weekends for different reasons. Pattaya often has tennis, sailing and other sports events, very often Thai music concerts etc. So when we wish to enjoy those or a busier time we head to Jomtien area of Pattaya.
When we want a relxing weekend, or again if something partiucular is on, then we head to Hua Hin. For people wanting a more relaxed time Hua Hin is the choice for many. The nearness of 2 national parks, the coastal railway line. The scenery of Prachuap Khiri Khan, the further away beautiful beaches of Ban Krut, Bang saphan - All are plus points.
Different things suit different people, and in both cases where you stay and places you visit make a difference.
What I will say for both is that they provide a multitude of things to do and in most cases both provide more to do at a much cheaper price than 'certain' popular beach destinations in Thailand I could mention :) LOL
Both have Floating Markets now
I have read that Cartoon Network ( USA ) is to open a huge entertainment place south of Jomtien ( south of Pattaya ) in 2013.
They share being the most popular coastal destinations for Thai people.
In a recent Tripadvisor article of top 15 worldwide destinations 'on the rise' Hua Hin achieved 2nd place ( in the whole world ), the only one in Thailand and the only other one in Asia being Seminyak Indonesia.Edited: 01 March 2012, 14:14
Did 12 nights with 6 and 3 year old. Came back relaxed and was never bored. My 6 yr daughter nearly cried when she realised it was time to go home.
This year our family are going to Chiang Mai and Hua Hin for two weeks. For the past two years we have gone to Pattaya and Bangkok and Koh Samet. Our kids want to go back to Pattaya again (they are 12 and 15) but are just glad to be coming back to beautiful Thailand again. As said previously, there are many aspects to Pattaya apart from the nightlife which many people go there for. The Sanctuary of Truth is one of the most amazing places I have ever visited. We stay at the Dusit Thani and enjoy their wonderful grounds. We eat out, go ten pin bowling, go to flight of the gibbon and the zoo. We have had many a cold beer in an outside bar with the kids being taught how to play one handed pool by the ladies. We eat from the stalls and appreciate that a lot of the girls working are doing it for their families. It's nice to keep an open mind when traveling to a country that I know very little about. We are so looking forward to trying our new destinations this year. We have booked a condo at Baan Sansuk with Gunny and can't wait till September!
Which is the most child friendly hotel in huahin.
Finally! After reading through 24 posts, someone mentioned Sanctuary of Truth! This is one of the most exquisite wooden temples you will ever see anywhere and is well worth a stop in Pattaya, just to see it. Why not stop for a day and a night in Pattaya so that you can see this wonderful temple, and then continue on to Hua Hin the next day...
I realize they are on different shores, so-to-speak, but I'm just so keen about the Sanctuary of Truth that I hate to see anybody miss it! But of course, what's good for the goose isn't necessarily food for the gander.. lol
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