wildlife in paradise city ...
It's easy to think of Hua Hin as a town that's in a semi-tropical country with plenty of sunshine and good times, but what about all the critters than can hurt, maim and even kill you? They creep out of every crack and crevice and are ever-present off the beaten track, aren't they?
This section is designed to help you identify the creatures that can be dangerous and how to deal with them. In the main, the thing to remember is that you are not in their food chain and so are of no initial threat to them. They are almost always more scared of you than you will ever be of them, so if you don't panic and don't present a threat, they'll leave you alone.
However, if you live in Hua Hin, you're sure to run across snakes, centipedes, scorpions et al. If you're unlucky enough to get bitten or stung, you should seek medical advice immediately. Antivenoms are readily available, but it's important to identify exactly what you've come into contact with.
Please try to remember that a lot of species here are endangered. That may not appease you if your spouse and children are sharing the garden with a cobra, however there are alternatives to "killing the beast" and one of them is to leave it alone.
As Hua Hin is located quite centrally in Thailand, it is home to numerous species of snake. In total, there are some 60+ varieties in Thailand. Most are found all over the country, whilst others are localised in the north and south and not found in Hua Hin.
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Scorpions can be found at ground level all over Thailand and Hua Hin is no exception. They can be either grey, brown or black and are poisonous, although the venom is not strong.
Read more about other creatures in Hua Hin »