Thailand Travel Destinations
Gulf of Siam
Thailand's fist beach resort on the west-side of the Gulf of Siam, approximately 3 and 1/2 hours by car from Bangkok. King Rama the 6th established the "Summer-Residence"in Hua Hin, and also the present King Bumiphol visits this residence every year, he is an enthusiastic sailor!
This place offers you a cozy atmosphere, extensive hotel resorts and beaches; narrow lovely streets with numerous restaurants as well as a night-market with good shopping opportunities.
Hua Hin Map
Hua Hin became popular as a rainy season retreat in the 1920's with the construction of the railway line from Bangkok. The beautiful, colonial style Railway Hotel was built near Hua Hin's famous rocks in 1923 by the State Railway Authority, which also built Thailand's first public golf course in Hua Hin in 1924. In 1926, King Rama VII built the Klai Kangwon (Far From Worries) Palace on the beach a few km north of the Railway Hotel and this palace is still frequently used by the Royal Family. This set the stage for Hua Hin's popularity and unique ambiance which remains to this day.
Hua Hin is 200 km south of Bangkok on the west coast of the Gulf of Thailand. Travel by automobile takes less than three hours. The resort may also be reached by rail, coach, or daily flights from Bangkok. For THB 3800 you can hire a minibus or a Limousine from the Airport directly to Hua Hin at the time of your arrival. There is also the train going down south direction to Hua Hin. We would recommend taking first or second class. The train leaves from Hua Lum Pong, the South Train station in Bangkok. From Winter 2000 Bangkok Airways is going to operate flights between Bangkok and Hua Hin by Airplane-Type ATR 72.
There are close to 100 hotels and guesthouses in and around Hua Hin with over 3,000 rooms with more opening all the time.
While the smaller guesthouses have Spartan rooms for a few dollars a night, high-rollers can be pampered to their heart's delight for a bit more at one of the several 5-star luxury resorts.
The active fishing port guarantees fresh seafood and Hua Hin has it all, including dishes not found in other parts of Thailand. There are many styles of restaurant, from a row of large, brightly lit establishments with extensive menus along the beach near the pier, to small stalls at the lively night market specializing in only a tasty dish or two.
While Thai and Chinese seafood reign here, there are also many restaurants offering everything from pizza and pasta to chicken and meat pies and other popular international dishes.
Hua Hin is small enough that one can wander for hours without the need of motor transportation. Most hotels are no more than few minutes walk to the beach, the market or a friendly restaurant.
There are many shops selling local handicrafts, silver, silk, tailors to fit you for that custom suit, and dozens of photo opportunities.
Bicycles, motorcycles and small jeeps can be rented from shops around the Hua Hin Bazaar, near the Sofitel entrance. Unless you have extensive experience dodging kids, bicycles, scooters and the occasional cow, be very careful when driving yourself.
The white sand goes for miles from the Sofitel at the end of Damnoenkasem Rd. At the main beach there are umbrellas for lounging and vendors will satisfy your needs for drinks and snacks, and even pony rides, jet skis and a Thai traditional massage.
Many beach front hotels have concessions for wind surfing and sailing needs and power boats can be hired. Walks down the beach will take you to temples and fishing villages.
The first golf course in Thailand was built in Hua Hin in 1924 and there are now 8 courses within 30km of the town and more are under construction.
These courses are world class and green fees and caddy charges are very reasonable. Electric carts are available at several though a walk in the beautiful climate of Hua Hin is a pleasure in itself.
Whether a pro on a break or a family on a holiday, golfers will enjoy the professional facilities here (pls. find below more information to the Royal Golf Course).
Attractions in and around Town:
There is much to see and do in and around Hua Hin, and we there are daily tours to take you to all of them. Here are just a few of the most popular:
The Night Market - a traditional Thai market bustles after sundown. Good buys include locally produced silk and cotton. It's worth a visit for the food alone! Hua Hin is especially known for its exotic sweets and fresh seafood.
The Royal Summer Palace - an official royal residence built in 1928. King Rama 7th named it Klai Kongwon, which means "far from worries".... an pat description for all of Hua Hin.
Khao Sam Roi (Mountain of 300 peaks) - a beautiful national park south of Hua Hin, comprises 90 square kilometers of scenic sanctuary for numerous birds, mountain goats and monkeys.
The Floating Market - the largest, most active and celebrated river market, is just 45 minutes away, outside of Ratchaburi.
The Royal Hua Hin Golf Course - Thailand's first, had serious hazards, such as tigers, when it was first built in 1924. Now a much tamer course, some unusual hazards still remain... like ball-stealing monkeys ! Hua Hin also hosts 4 additional championship courses.
The Palace on the Mountain - built in 1851, a fascinating landmark of 19th century styles - from Greek and Roman to Thai and Chinese - is just a half hour away in Petchaburi.