Hua Hin is sometime referred to as the gate to the South. Thailands oldest resort town has been an escape from Bangkoks buzz since the 1920s. Easy within reach from Bangkok on a short flight from Chiang Mai nowadays Hua Hin has some great restaurants, fantastic golf, good waterparks and it’s by the sea.
Koh Talu is a great choice if you long for white sand beaches and turquoise water relatively near Hua Hin. Famous for coral and turtle conservation projects it also has a good reputation for sustainability.