Embracing dawn: The wonder of sunrise at Hua Hin Beach


By Marita Bester

A sense of wonder can find you in many forms, sometimes loudly and sometimes whispering.

To me, the most awe-inspiring moment is watching the sunrise at Hua Hin beach. As the first light of dawn slowly seeps into the sky, life comes to a standstill. The sun soon emerges from behind the horizon, casting its warm and vibrant glow over the beach. The fishing boats in the distance begin to set out for the day’s first catch, and the silhouettes of Monkey Mountain and the Buddha statue are bathed in golden hues. The ocean, playing its role in the spectacle, provides the perfect soundtrack with the gentle rhythm of waves kissing the sand.

The sunrise at Hua Hin Beach offers a serene setting to start the day on a positive note. Not only that, every morning as the sun rises there is a whole community on the beach participating in different activities. Some are walking, others are running or doing yoga or just meeting up with friends.

As a beloved weekend escape for residents of Bangkok, Hua Hin received notable acclaim in 2022 when Bloomberg likened it to “Bangkok’s answer to the Hamptons.” Forbes also hailed it as “one of the best places in the world to live during your sixties.”

Being a frequent weekender myself, I can personally vouch for its reputation as a haven for solo female travellers. Moreover, Hua Hin offers a wide range of land and water sports that cater to enthusiasts of all types, making it a destination that truly has something for everyone.

Adding witnessing the sunrise to the bucket list for visitors and locals alike is strongly recommended.

There are several spots to see the sunrise other than the main beach.

Khoa Takiab Beach is situated south of Hua Hin and is an ideal spot to watch the sunrise without obstructions.

Hin Lek Fai Mountain offers breathtaking views of Hua Hin town, the ocean, the fishing pier, and Wat Khao Takiab.

Wat Khao Takiab (also known as Chopsticks Hill) is another great spot where you can take in the scenery of the coastline and fishing boats. However, please be cautious of the macaques in the area.

Khao Tao Beach has serene views of the fishermen’s villages, Keenok Island, Khoa Tao Temple, Lion Island, and Sadao Island.

In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s timeless novel, “The Great Gatsby,” the symbolism of the sun rising is significant. For the protagonist, Jay Gatsby, the sunrise represents hope and the promise of a brighter tomorrow. Despite the challenges he faces in his life, the sunrise gives him the strength to keep going and to never lose faith in his dreams.

Encountering moments of awe and wonder has a profound impact on our perspective and our ability to cope with the stresses of daily life. The sunrise, with its golden hues and majestic beauty, has the power to transport us to a world beyond our worries and concerns. In such moments we feel a deep connection to nature and the divine.

In addition, each sunrise is unique, with the colors of the sky painting a beautiful masterpiece every morning. From the fiery oranges and reds of a summer sunrise to the cool blues and purples of a winter dawn, it invites us to fresh adventures.

Perhaps the best thing about the sunrise is that it is completely free, reminding us that there is always a new day to live our best lives.