The Area: Hua Hin
- What shall I say about Hua Hin, except that it is hard to get bored?
- Yesterday, Hua Hin was a fishing village, well-known for the beauty of these beaches; today, the city offers far more than that.
- The biggest statue of Buddha in Thailand, golf courses in beautiful places, monkeys, elephants and dolphins, night markets and for me, it was the wine which that enticed me to Hua Hin, where you can find the most famous vineyards and winery in all of Thailand.
The biggest statue of Luang Phor Tuad at Huay Mongkol Temple is on the way to the vineyards. You definitely have to stop there and observe the Thai people in this holy place. Just go and observe, sitting on a bench. Over the weekend, many people come from Bangkok to pray and to pay respect to this huge image of Buddha. You will live a respectful moment, in a very nice place, in front of an impressive statue.
Here at only 4 km from Hua Hin, you can have a beautiful view of the town, the beach and the sea. You arrive in a village where the monkeys are everywhere, except maybe in the temple. It is great fun to watch the monkeys but not much time is needed as there is little else to do here: the temple is nice, the village is small and friendly. A nice stop along the way.
First things to know about the waterfall are that it is quite far away from the town, 68 km and that you have to pay 200 baht if you are a foreigner and less than 50 if not. But my only regret was to stay there only 3 hours! This place is perfect for families and for sports loving people. You can enjoy a nice walk parallel to the stream, a walk which becomes an adventurous trek when you get higher. But when you feel tired by this, you can have some rest by swimming in the waterfall, in the middle of fish and eat a picnic on the big stones. A very good moment I will not forget!
Wines and Vines
Hua Hin Hills Vineyard
There are many ways proposed to discover the vineyards: on jeep, by bike… or by riding an elephant. I chose the last one, with a special package including transfer between the shop in Hua Hin and the site (around 50 minutes ), degustation of three different wines with an appropriate meal, elephant riding and gifts at the end, for 2100 Baht ( the cheapest package costing 1200 Baht).
The first thing you do is to drink a home-made grape juice in the restaurant where you can see the mountains surrounding the vineyards and sometimes, the elephants and their masters.
You don’t have to wait too long the guide; then in the jeep, in the middle of the vines, he explains to you interesting things about Hua Hin Hills Vineyard, from its creation to the different kind of grapes. Then, the elephants… it is such pleasant riding! Very calm. At the end, you come back to the restaurant to have your meal and the degustation. You have two choices for the entree and the main dish, both are good. The meal works well with the wine, except maybe with the rose. The dessert is a delicious grape taste ice-cream. In short, you spend a very lovely moment, with a very nice staff taking care of you during the entire trip.
Class (red, white, rose):
Grape: Chenin Blanc
Colour: Very pale yellow, almost totally transparent
Taste: Piquant, a bit acid, then sweeter. Tropical fruits, like java or passion fruits and flowers.
To eat with a cold salad or chicken grill
2- the wines
Hua hin, Class (red, white, rose)
Grape : Muscat / Chenin Blanc/ Colombard / Shiraz.
We can have a late harvest of Chenin Blanc!
White : Colombard
Colour : pale yellow
Flavour. A bit hard to smell very well, but green apple and flowers. Easy to drink : Very sweet and soft, not a lot of structure. The wine can be easily enjoyed by people who are not used to drink wine. I think that we can drink this wine with some white fish or with a cold entree.
Colour : rose orange, very clear
Flavour : a bit piquant, even rough, good structure, not sweet. Pleasant in Mouth; less easy to drink than other but still ok. According to me, we also have to drink this wine with a cold entree, or some cheese.
Colour : ruby
Flavour : good structure, soft-tannin levels, sweet but not very long in mouth. Maybe served too young, need to get older. Pleasant in mouth, quite easy to drink. My advice is to drink this wine with a red meat and not with seafood product or fish. This wine should go well with some cheese too.
My comment : a very good surprise for me who is used to drink French wines.
All were very accessible for people who are not used to drinking strong wines with a lot of tannins. Not acrid, maybe too sweet. I wish I had tasted some older wine or some of the late harvest.