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Hua Hin is a sea-side resort city in Thailand – Part 2




Overview of Hua Hin

• It is popular among Thais.
• It has become quite fashionable as a weekend getaway spot for Bangkok residents, as well with foreigners.
• It is as an ex-pat retirement or holiday home location.
• There is a commitment by the local and provincial authorities’ in order to avoid the kind of overheated blight that has affected other beach resorts in Thailand.
• Hua Hin is closely associated with the Thai royal family.
• It is popularized as a resort in the early-1920s by King Prajadhipok.
• It is a quiet and relaxing seaside resort ideal for family vacations.
• It is a reasonable 2.5 hours drive down from Bangkok.
• Until 1934, it was known as Samore Riang which means “rows of rocks”.
• The tranquil fishing village was turned into a royal resort.
• It became popular among Siam’s nobility and upper classes.
• In 1928, Prajadhipok built his Klai Kangwon Palace.
• As of 2007, Klai Kangwon is a full-time residence of the current king.
• It is not open for visitors, although the outer palace grounds are open for walkers and joggers from 16:00 to 19:00 daily.
• The town is clean, warm and laid-back, making it ideal for families and couples.
• The 5 km long beach itself is pretty.
• It is more interesting than Pattaya’s, and the sea is relatively clean.
• Most of the beach can completely disappear along certain parts of the coast during high tide.

Places to see in and around Hua Hin

6. Khao Hin Lek Fai
• It is located 3 kilometers west of Hua Hin district.
• Khao Hin Lek Fai or Flint Mountain is 162 meters high and is accessible by a road.
• On the mountaintop, there is a public park and scenic spots.
• From here the scenery of Hua Hin and its surrounding area can be seen.

7. Khao Tao
• This is between Km 243 and 244 markers and is 13 kilometers south of Hua Hin.
• There is a 1- kilometer branch road on the left which leads to the spot with two beautiful beaches.
• They are called Hat Sai Noi and Hat Sai Yai.
• Bungalows are available.

8. Namtok Pa La-u
• ? 0 3245 9293.
• This 11-tier scenic waterfall, some 60km west of Hua Hin, is located within a yearlong verdant forest.
• Here various kinds of birds and butterflies are found, especially in the morning.
• Visitors can take a local transport called a songthaew from Hua Hin to this waterfall.
• The best time to visit the waterfall is from November to April.
• This place is in charge of Kaeng Krachan National Park.
• Camping in the park is allowed and a tent can be rented at 250 baht per night.

9. Sam Roi Yot National Park
• This national park is located about 60km from Hua Hin Town.
• It has an area of 98 square kilometers.
• It is renowned for its limestone mountains, mangrove swamps, beaches and several species of local and migrating birds during the cool season.
• There are many ridges with the most popular being Khao Sam Roi Yot with 300 peaks.
• The park can be reached by following the direction signs marking the remaining distances of 38 and 15 km. at Km. 256 and Km.286.5.

Attractions further away from Hua Hin

1. Dan Singkhon
• It is in Khiong Wan sub-district.
• It is the Thai-Burmese border pass.

2. Khao Hin Thoen Stone Park
• It is located west of town.
• To get there, travel along Highway No. 4 till Km. 331-332. Then turn right and drive for another 8 km.
• There are nice narrow walks leading out to wide rocky landscape on a mountain top.
• It has scenic views of the town.

3. Ko Singto (Lion Island)
• It is named after the shape of the island.
• It is a popular island for diving and snorkeling.
• It offers visitors the chance to explore the Hua Hin and Khao Takiab shorelines.

4. Wa Ko
• It has been of historical importance since the reign of King King Mongkut. He viewed a full-moon eclipse.
• There is a long atmospheric sandy beach fringed with pine trees.
• It is located at Km. 335 of Highway No. 412 km south from the town.

Best time to visit / climate

• Hua Hin has a tropical climate with high humidity and occasional rain.
• It is typically pleasant and can be enjoyed all year round.
• The best time of the year to visit Hua Hin is in the cool season from November to February.
• For those who like it hot, then the hot season is from March to May (temperature gets up into the higher 30s).
• The rainy season is from June to October with September being the rainiest of all.

Location on Google Maps


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How to get there?

1. By Plane
• Solar Air flies to Hua Hin from Bangkok 4 days weekly on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
• Passengers leave Bangkok’s Don Muang Airport at 16:00 and reach Hua Hin at 16:30.
• Return flight to Bangkok is at 17:00.

2. By Train
• Trains are an easy way to get to Hua Hin.
• The train station is right in the center of Hua Hin.
• The trains go very slowly getting away from Bangkok, so the 2 1/2 hour road time to Hua Hin stretches to 5 or 6 on the train.
• The price of the train is around 100 baht(and only 44 baht for ordinary trains).
• Most trains on the southern route stop at Hua Hin.
• They leave Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong and Bang Sue railway stations 10 times daily between 08:05 and 22:50.
• It takes 4 hours for the journey.

3. By Bus
• From Bangkok, buses to Hua Hin leave from the Sai Tai Mai terminal about every 20 minutes.
• It takes around 3.5 hours.
• The price (1st class) is under 200 baht.
• Buses run from 04:00 – 22:20.

For more information, contact:
• Hua Hin-Pran Buri Tour, Tel: 0 2884 6191-2
• Bang Saphan Tour, Tel: 0 2435 5105, 0 2884 8895
• Bus Southern Terminal, Tel: 0 2435 1199, 0 2435 5605, 0 2434 7192

4. Minibus
• To downtown Bangkok, you can also take a minibus from near the Victory Monument near the BTS skytrain.
• Cost is 180 baht.
• The Hua Hin vans board in the alleyway next to Century Movie Plaza which is close to the stairs at the southern end of Victory Monument BTS station.
• From the Skytrain station, take the walkway south, descend the staircase on the east side to street level.
• The minibus area is next to the stairs.
• Look for a small table with “Cha Am, Hua Hin” written in English to buy your ticket.
• T-Tour, Tel. 080-090-6540.
• Minibuses from Hua Hin back to BKK (180 baht) leave opposite the Pananchai Hotel in Naebkehas Rd.
• This is some 200 m along a side road from the clock tower.
• A 1st class bus service will eventually connect Hua Hin directly with Suvarnabhumi Airport.
• The main bus station is well outside the centre of town on Petkasem Rd beyond Soi 94.
• This is some 3 km south of town center.
• A tuk tuk there costs ~180 baht.
• This bus station is for buses which are going to or from Bangkok and points south.
• The orange bus from Bangkok Southern Terminal (150 baht) which takes about 3.5 hours.
• The other first class buses go to the station beyond Soi 94 on Petkasem.
• Stop the bus at any point prior to this if you want to get off.
• The clock tower on the left is the effective town “center”.

5. By Boat
There used to be a ferry between Pattaya and Hua Hin but stopped right now.

6. By Taxi
• Taking a taxi from Bangkok to Hua Hin (distance about 200 km) is possible.
• Price after negotiation should cost around 2,000 baht.
• The price for a taxi from Suwarnabhumi (Bangkok) airport was 2,600 baht in November 2009.
• The limousine services available at Bangkok Airport are more expensive than an ordinary taxi.
• Private taxi from Hua Hin to BKK Airport should be in 1,600-2,000 baht.
• It is bookable via agents around town.
• A few are located outside the post office, and others are along Naresdamri Rd.
• Taxi to or from Pattaya around 3,000 baht.

Some Travel Books about Thailand

Lonely Planet Discover Thailand Thailand PhotoMazing Thailand

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at wikitravel.org
Hotels at tripadvisor.in
Hotels at agoda.com

Blogs / Sites about Thailand – Hua Hin

Blogs at wikipedia.org
Blogs at travbuddy.com
Blogs at travelblog.org
Blogs and reviews at lonelyplanet.com

Images and photos of Thailand – Hua Hin

Images at google.com
Images at huahinpictures.com
Images at huahinphotos.com
Images at tripadvisor.com

Videos of Thailand – Hua Hin






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