[Updated 18 August 2020]
Bangkok and Hua Hin are hot on our travel radar these days. Featuring a promise of bustling city life and beach escapade, raise your hands if you're planning to visit these exciting cities! To help plan the ultimate Muslim-friendly itinerary to Bangkok and Hua Hin, we've created a 5D4N Muslim-friendly itinerary full of the best sights of both cities. ?
Day 1Arriving in BangkokCredit: Alec Wilson on Flickr
Lunch at Muslim Food (1.5 hours)
- From Malaysia: Take a 2-hour direct flight from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok. The average flight rates are between RM540 and RM680 for a round-trip.
- From Singapore: Take a 2.5 hour flight from Changi Airport to Bangkok. The average flight rates are between RM370 and RM550 for a round-trip.
- Depending on your airline, you may land at Suvarnabhumi Airport or Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok.
- Although both international airports are convenient, Don Mueang is slightly closer to the city than Suvarnabhumi Airport.
Visit Haroon Mosque (45 mins)
- Your first taste of authentic Thai food begins at the legendary Muslim Restaurant that specialises in Thai-Indian Muslim food.
- Situated at Charoen Krung Road, this restaurant has been up and running for over 70 years!
- Over the years, they have refined the flavours of their mutton biryani, mataba beef, beef satay and fried basil leaves with chicken. So what you're getting is sheer deliciousness!
- Halal status: Muslim-owned
Explore street art at Charoenkrung Soi 30 and 32 (45 mins)
- Just a 6-minute walk from Muslim Restaurant, you'll find the iconic Haroon Mosque.
- Serving the Muslim community for over 170 years, it's a place of serenity amid the hustle and bustle of Bangkok.
- Step into the main prayer hall to see remnants of the mosque's old wooden structure that is detailed with Arabic calligraphy.
- Fun fact: It's one of the first mosques in Bangkok to have sermons in both English and Thai
- After performing your prayers, walk along Charoenkrung Soi 30 and 32 to discover some street art surprises!
- Look out for 'Creatures', which was painted by a local graffiti artist nicknamed Alex Face.
- He's well-known for his trademark character named Mardi, a three-eyed child that was inspired by his daughter.
Shop for vintage clothing and unique souvenirs at Warehouse 30 (1 hour)
- Walk further to find a sense of mystery in Portuguese artist Vhils' wall art.
- Part of the Scratching the Surface project, you can examine his carving technique closely on the walls of the Embassy of Portugal.
- It represents the portraits of the community living in the Charoenkrung area.
Dinner at Samat Muslim Food (1.5 hours)
- Skip the generic keychains and shop for unique gifts at Warehouse 30.
- Housed in a row of pre-WW2 buildings, it's a shopping spot, hang out place and cafe rolled into one.
- Browse for canvas bags, pin badges and pieces of nostalgia that are made and designed by local and international artists.
Shop at Pratunam Night Market (1.5 hours)
- Satiate your hunger at Samat Muslim Food at Ratchaprarop Road.
- Create a centrepiece of tom yum goong, seafood omelette, green chicken curry and papaya salad for a satisfying dinner.
- Halal status: Muslim-owned
Check into your accommodationCredit: Gaam Hotel on Facebook
- Walk for 3 minutes and you'll reach Pratunam Market, one of the liveliest shopping spots in Bangkok.
- With your canvas bag in hand, bargain politely to get sweet deals on clothes, shoes, handbags and accessories.
After a day of sightseeing, it's time to get some good rest! Bangkok is scattered with budget hotels, mid-range accommodations and luxury stays. If accessibility is a huge priority, check out these affordable accommodations in Bangkok that are near major train stations
Day 2Shop at Damnoen Saduak Floating Market (1.5 hours)
Lunch at Nok Noon Seafood Restaurant (1.5 hours)
- A 2-hour drive from the city centre, make your way to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market.
- Watch the locals selling fresh fruits, coconut ice cream and snacks at one of Bangkok's famous floating markets.
- #HHWT Tip: If you're shopping for souvenirs, start your bargain at half of the price and negotiate towards a price that's comfortable for you and the seller.
Visit Darul Aman Mosque (45 mins)Credit: ‘Aini Himura on Facebook
- Take a 1-hour drive to Talay Thai Seafood Market and enjoy lunch at Nok Noon Seafood Restaurant.
- Choose your seafood dishes from the menu or shop for fresh seafood at the market to be cooked here.
- Fill up your table with seafood tom yum, prawns in curry powder and grilled scallop.
Shop at Chatuchak Weekend Market (2-3 hours)
- Hit the road for a 1-hour drive to Masjid Darul Aman.
- Surrounded by Thai-Muslim community, there are many halal street food stalls to visit around the mosque.
- Look out for a stall named Farida Fatornee Muslim Food that's well-recommended for its deep-fried ox tongue, oxtail soup and fried mutton.
Dinner at Busaba (1.5 hours)
- Take a 30-min drive to shop till you drop at Chatuchak Weekend Market!
- Open on weekends, this market is famous for its labyrinth of affordable clothes, sneakers, handbags and accessories.
- Stay refreshed with Thai milk tea and snack away on Thai fish cakes, fried quail eggs, and Thai crispy pancakes!
- #HHWT Tip: Check out our Muslim traveller’s guide to exploring Bangkok's Chatuchak Market like a pro!
Relax at Sook Sabai Health Massage (1.5 hours)
- After a 20-min drive, treat yourself to a delightful dinner at Busaba, a family restaurant that has been around for almost 20 years!
- Specialising in halal roast duck, each serving is perfectly roasted and coupled with its signature sauce.
- Wrap up your experience with charcoal waffles with ice cream and organic coffee.
[P.S. Planning to extend your stay? You'll love our 4D3N Muslim-friendly itinerary to exploring Bangkok like a local!]
- Take another 20-min drive to pamper yourself at Sook Sabai Health Massage.
- Since the spa is located in the smaller streets of Silom, the spa has a pickup service from Sala Daeng BTS station.
- Choose from a variety of massages including traditional Thai and aromatherapy massage.
- #HHWT Tip: You can request a male or female masseur at this spa. However, you need to inform them in advance as they'll need time to arrange it.
Day 3Departing to Hua HinCredit: Wei Jen Chang on Flickr
Lunch at Mooz Hua Hin Halal Food (1.5 hours)
- By train: Take a 4-hour train ride from Hua Lamphong or Bang Sue railway stations (Bangkok) to Hua Hin railway station. The fares are between 40 baht to 220 baht, depending on your seat.
- By taxi or private charter: Enjoy a 2.5-hour drive from Bangkok city centre to your hotel in Hua Hin. The prices are between 2,200 baht and 2,900 baht per vehicle.
Visit Wat Hua Hin (1 hour)
- The moment you arrive in Hua Hin, treat yourself to a Thai lunch at Mooz Hua Hin Halal Food.
- Specialising in seafood dishes, satisfy your hunger with seafood tom yum, fried chicken, shrimp omelette and more.
- It's slightly pricey here, but the ambience and good food make up for it.
- Halal status: Muslim-owned
Dinner at Tan Roti Mataba (1.5 hours)
- Take a 4-minute drive to Wat Hua Hin, one of the well-known Buddhist temples in Hua Hin.
- It may be smaller than the other temples in Hua Hin, but the traditional architecture and intricate detailing are worthy of a closer look.
Shop at Hua Hin Night Market (1.5 hours)
- Take a 5-min drive to Tan Roti Mataba, a humble eatery at Prachuap Khiri Khan.
- Specialising in mataba (Thai stuffed pancake), they also serve chicken curry, omelette, fried rice and seafood tom yum.
- Halal status: Muslim-owned
Check into your accommodationCredit: Hinn Namm Hotel HuaHin on Facebook
- Before the day ends, bring your purse to Hua Hin Night Market, one of the most visited markets in Hua Hin.
- Visit the stalls to find the best deals on clothes, souvenirs, electronics, snacks and street food.
Thanks to the booming tourism industry in Hua Hin, you can find many backpacker hostels, mid-range hotels and luxury accommodations to take a break after a long day. If you're looking for a place to stay, choose one of these awesome accommodations in Hua Hin for the ultimate weekend trip
Day 4Explore Santorini Park Cha-Am (1.5 hours)
- Step into Santorini Park Cha-Am that is designed to look like Santorini in Greece at every turn.
- With every ticket purchase, you'll get one free pass to any ride of your choice including the Ferris wheel, haunted house, merry-go-round and more.
Lunch at Kedai Makan Muslim Abang Mana (1.5 hours)
- Amid the all-white lanes, you'll find trees with bright pink flowers, which makes great photography spots.
- #HHWT Tip: There's a prayer room available that comes complete with a prayer mat and ablution area.
Visit Masjid Nurul Ehsan (45 mins)
- For a quick and easy lunch, head over to Kedai Makan Muslim Abang Mana.
- Specialising in Thai-Muslim food, enjoy a plate of rice with seafood tom yum, omelette, prawns and stir-fried vegetables.
- There's also a mosque nearby if you wish to perform your prayers.
- Halal status: Muslim-owned
Visit The Venezia Hua Hin (1.5 hours)
- Alternatively, you can take a 20-min drive to Masjid Nurul Ehsan that serves the Muslim community of Cha-Am.
- After a 10-min drive, wear your hat because it'll be spending your time outdoors at The Venezia Hua Hin.
- Similar to Santorini Park, this attraction is designed to mimic the iconic landmarks and canals of Venice in Italy.
- One of the most popular spots is the replica of Trevi Fountain, the largest Baroque fountain in Venice.
- While this park is filled with many shops to spend your baht, there are also many Instagram-worthy spots to capture a memorable snapshot.
- Look out for this vibrant lane at The Venezia that is decked out with colourful umbrellas.
Shop at Plearnwan (1 hour)
Visit Hua Hin Beach (1 hour)
- Update: According to this news report by The Straits Times, the operator of Plearnwan has announced that this shopping village would close down indefinitely from 30 Jan 2020 onwards, due to the ailing economy and losses.
Enjoy a 10-min drive and you'll find yourself at Plearnwan, a hipster street market tucked away on Phet Kasem Road. Styled with a retro vibe, it's packed with quaint shops selling printed t-shirts, local snacks, handmade bags and accessories.
Dinner at Halal Hua Hin Beach Seafood & Thai Restaurant (1.5 hours)
- Feel the lapping waves and soft sands on your feet at Hua Hin Beach.
- On a sunny day, you'll spot locals and tourists frolicking in the waters. Take a breather as you appreciate your sea breeze and final days in Thailand.
Shop at Cicada Market (1 hour)
- Now that you've seen the beach, head over to Halal Hua Hin Beach Seafood & Thai Restaurant for dinner.
- Whether you decide on garlic pepper shrimp, seafood fried rice or grilled lobster, it'll be a satisfying treat before you burn off the calories at your final pit stop.
- Halal status: While the restaurant primarily serves seafood, do note that alcoholic beverages are served on the premise. We recommend that you dine at your discretion.
- If you can't turn down a shopping trip, head to Cicada Market that's only a 10-minute drive from the restaurant.
- A well-loved weekend market, surround yourself with stalls selling clothing, handmade art, and souvenirs.
- Pick up a refreshing fruit juice while visiting the local vendors at Cicada Market.
Day 5Shop at Big C Supermarket (1.5 hours)
See you next time, Thailand!
- Before your trip home, shop for souvenir snacks at Big C Supermarket!
- As one of the country's famous supermarket chains, there are many chocolates, banana chip, local drinks and other things to buy.
- After a wonderful journey through Bangkok and Hua Hin, take a taxi to Hua Hin Airport!
- #HHWT Tip: Depending on your location, the rates for airport transfer can range between 90 baht and 200 baht. Remember to check the estimated app on your Grab app before flagging a taxi!
A journey through Bangkok and Hua Hin will certainly enliven the wanderlust of many travellers. From experiencing the floating markets of Bangkok to the serene beaches of Hua Hin, there are many ways for you to create a lasting memory in Thailand. We hope this itinerary will bring out the best of your travels!