Where to run in Hua Hin?

September 14, 2014

There seem to be quite some people into running or jogging in Hua Hin as it is an easy and cheap way to stay in shape. Some people I spoke to indicated they prefer to run on the beach as this gives you a nice view but for me it is not ideal as the sand might be too loose at some points, or too hard at other points, and you will always be running on a sloped surface. Another option is to run in a random soi but the local territorial dogs will not make that a pleasant event. My preference goes out to a completely flat surface without barking dogs so I can focus on staying in the correct heart rate zone while training, something that was pointed out to me by my friends on www.thailandfit.com who told me to do long workouts in zone 2 to improve my triathlon running times.

A near perfect run training where I stayed within zone 2 for more than 75% of the time.

A near perfect run training where I stayed within zone 2 for over 75% of the time.

The best place I was able to find is the palace garden of Klai Kangwon Palace. The King and Queen are currently staying in the palace but the garden is open for regular people anyways twice a day. Keep in mind that this is not a public park with benches and lots of garbage everywhere; it is the garden of a palace with armed military everywhere who keep an eye on you to make sure you don’t go off the path or do something that is not allowed.

The entrance to Hua Hin soi 35 where you can find the entrance to the palace gardens.

The entrance to Hua Hin soi 35 where you can find the entrance to the palace gardens.

Actually there are a couple of rules you should be aware of before going to the palace garden. First of all you are expected to dress appropriately. Flip flops are not allowed, nor can you go in with bare shoulders (don’t wear a running top). You are also not allowed to bring in a camera as this might pose a security risk and you even have to leave your phone behind as that is also not allowed. And unlike other place in Thailand these rules are actually enforced! I have seen a Thai family being refused entry because their 2 year old kid was wearing flip flops.

The running track in the palace garden.

The running track in the palace garden. The track is exactly 850 meters long (give or take a few meters depending if you take the outside or inside in the corners)

The entrance to the garden is in Hua Hin soi 35, right across the entrance to the Wang Klai Kangwon School. It might seem the garden is always closed but one gate has a little door in it that will be opened every morning from 5:30AM till 7:30AM and every afternoon from 16:00PM till 19:00PM. Once you enter you will have to hand over your passport, driving license, or another identification card (a copy of your passport might also be fine) to the guard in the booth and he will give you a small yellow card that you have to wear visibly so all guards in the garden know you did not sneak in.

The entrance to the park: the gate seems closed but the small door in the gate is actually open. Sorry for the blurry pic but pictures are not allowed so I had to do a drive-by photo shoot.

The entrance to the park: the gate seems closed but the small door in the gate (right next to the big sign with rules) is open. Sorry for the blurry pic but pictures are not allowed so I had to do a drive-by photo shoot.

It can become pretty busy around the garden at 4PM when they open as at this time the school opposite the garden just finishes and hundreds of cars and vans are there to pick up all school kids. So far I have had no problems with finding a parking spot though, although you might want to be sure you are not blocking traffic when you find a spot as you might come back to a nasty surprise.

The warning sign I found on my windshield indicating there was a wheel lock installed. Be careful to not block traffic when you park in Hua Hin soi 35.

The warning sign I found on my windshield indicating there was a wheel lock installed. Be careful to not block traffic when you park in Hua Hin soi 35.

For questions/remarks you can contact me at: eric@stuckinthailand.com

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