For those who find the standard one or two weeks in Hua Hin, Thailand, just isn’t enough, you aren’t alone. This lovely seaside resort town in the southern province of Prachuap Khiri Khan is extremely popular with tourists who understand a longer stay is the way to go. While you may think that planning a long-stay holiday requires all the same steps as a typical trip, there are some differences worth noting that can help ensure your trip is more comfortable and smooth.

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So, before you book anything, here’s a look at five tips that will help you plan your long stay Hua Hin.

Look Into Renting an Apartment or Condo

While there is no shortage of hotels to choose from, when it comes to a long-stay holiday, many find that they are more comfortable in an apartment or condo. There are a number of benefits with the first and it tends to be the more cost-effective route for accommodations. Many of the condo and apartment rentals available offer luxurious facilities that you’ll end up paying a higher premium for in a typical hotel.

You’ll also be able to take advantage of things such as more space, a fully-equipped kitchen, a living area, a separate bedroom, and even on-site amenities like a gym and a pool.

Think About Transportation

Because you will be spending a fair amount of time in Hua Hin, there is no doubt you’ll want to explore and venture outside your accommodations. With that said, you’ll want to give thought to transportation. One of the best options is the bicycle and motorbike rentals that are readily available in the town. There is also a public transportation system that consists of taxis, motorbikes, and minibusses. This can be a cheap and convenient way to get around town.

Avoid the Tourist Traps

While sight-seeing and visiting local attractions will probably be something you want to do while in Hua Hin there are some tourist traps that you can avoid. Tourist traps are known for inflated prices and are not always the best quality of items or experiences.

Take, for example, shopping and dining. Rather than hitting up all the typical tourist spots, ask where the locals dine and shop and take their lead. You will end up spending less money, getting a truer sense of the destination, and have an overall better experience.

Don’t Over-Pack

One mistake that travelers can make when heading off on a long-stay holiday is to over-pack. Rather than bring every piece of clothing you own it’s better to accept the fact you will need to do laundry and pack light. Just inquire where the nearest laundry facilities are in relation to your accommodations.

Make a Budget Before You Leave

The final tip is to make a budget before you head off on vacation. The last thing you want to do is run out of money halfway through the trip. By creating a budget, you will know exactly how much you can spend each day/week, and not worry about running low on funds.

All that’s left to do after following these tips is to head to Hua Hin and start enjoying vacation-life.