Hua Hin (Hua Hin, “stone head”) is located just 25 km from Cha-Am, on the shores of the Gulf of Thailand, 200 km southwest of Bangkok. This place is known for its 5 km white sand beach and numerous golf courses. The resort hotels are built in an elegant English style and perfectly complement the already picturesque picture of a Hua Hin vacation.
Hua Hin is also one of the oldest resorts in Thailand. In the 20s of the last century, King Rama VII built a summer palace here, and since then it has been a favorite vacation spot for the royal family. First of all, the resort attracts lovers of a quiet secluded holiday, including families with children: there is no nightlife in Hua Hin. Check liuxers for customs and traditions of Thailand.
Hua Hin has a railway station where the famous Orient Express stops. The original unique style has been preserved in the appearance of the station.
How to get to Hua Hin
Hua Hin is easily accessible from Bangkok by car (3.5 hours), train or bus. The train goes from the capital 4 hours; Hua Hin railway station telephone (Damnoenkasem Rd.): (032) 511-073. An air-conditioned bus from Bangkok departs from the South Terminal (Pinklao-Nakhon Chaisri Road, tel: 4351190, 4351200) from 5:00 to 22:00 every half an hour, the journey takes 3.5 hours.
Also, many night buses pass through Hua Hin, which depart from Bangkok at 22:00 and go to Phuket or Koh Samui. You can also order a private jet transfer, the flight lasts about 40 minutes.
From Hua Hin to other resorts
Buses to the resorts leave from the Hua Hin bus station:
- Phetchaburi (1.5 hours on the way),
- Cha-Amu(on the way 30 minutes),
- Prachuap Khiri Khan (v puti 1.5 hours),
- Phuket(8 hours)
- Crabs(8 hours),
- Cha-Am (no air conditioning).
Hua Hin promises to be a popular destination for wintering and long holidays. This is facilitated by developed infrastructure, inexpensive quality housing and excellent beaches – in addition to the main one, Cha-Am and small Sai Noi are also located nearby. Housing prices are comparable to Phuket and Koh Samui, but without the hype for most of the year. Many tourist villages were built by Scandinavians, there are quite a lot of them among the residents.
There are several colorful traditional markets in Hua Hin, where you can look not only for food, but also to take colorful photos. Chat Chai Market – the oldest in the resort, located on the outskirts of Petchkasem Road. It was built by order of King Rama VII under “seven curved roofs” which symbolize the dominance of the king. Today, fruits, vegetables, fish and meat are sold here.
The Hua Hin night market is also interesting with a huge assortment of all kinds of products, spices, sea reptiles and desserts. In addition, here you can buy various gifts and souvenirs. At the fishing pier, you can not only watch the rhythm of life of the traditional population of Hua Hin – fishermen, but also buy fresh seafood.
Cuisine and Restaurants in Hua Hin
There are usually no problems finding a suitable restaurant in Hua Hin. Scattered throughout the city are many nice restaurants where you can have a good lunch for a reasonable fee. Many of them offer nightly buffets with Thai or international cuisine and Thai classical dance shows.
South of the pier, on Naresdamri Street, there are good fish restaurants with great sea views. Prices are higher than in other parts of the city.
Entertainment and attractions of Hua Hin
Fans of outdoor activities are offered yachting and scootering, windsurfing, horseback riding. Golf is very developed in the region, there are several high-quality courses with training courses according to international standards (about 7 courses at a distance of half an hour from the beach).
Other Activities: Fishing, eco cruises, kiteboarding, elephant trekking (there is an elephant camp to the west of the resort), 700m go-kart (near the airport), banana ride, water skiing, sailing, surfing, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, horseback riding.
The excursion program usually includes:
- Klai Kangwon Summer Royal Palace,
- Wat Neranchararama temple with the world’s largest statue of the six-armed Buddha,
- Pala-U and Huay-Yang waterfalls,
- national parks Keng Krajang and Sam Roi Yot with Phrayanakorn cave,
- Phetburi city: temples of Suvanaram, Wat Kamphaeng Leng and Wat Mahadrat, Pra Nakhon Khiri Palace, summer residence of Rama IV – Khao Wang Palace, Khao Luang Cave, which contains 170 Buddha statues.
Hua Hin also boasts a very high quality and inexpensive spa, and it can be from traditional Thai massage to modern treatments, jacuzzi, detox courses, alternative medicine, chi organ massage, deep skin cleansing. The resort has about 50 massage parlors, and procedures are also carried out directly in hotels (usually upscale). In addition, Hua Hin is home to the Chiva-Som International Health Resort, which offers fitness, spa, spa cuisine, a variety of treatments and yoga.