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Hua Hin

Hua Hin

Hua Hin (Thai หัวหิน) is a beach resort town of Thailand, in the north of Peninsular Malaysia, extreme ly 200 kilometers south of Bangkok. This is also one of the 8 districts of Prachuap Khiri Khan province. 1932, Hua Hin Pran Buri district. In 1949 a district of Hua Hin in Prachuap Khiri Khan province. On the north side is Cha Am district, south of the district Pran Buri.
Hua Hin Overview
Well-known for its spectacular sunrises, Hua Hin’s main beach is a 4km white, sandy strip that fringe the Gulf of Thailand, and stretches from the town centre to Khao Takiap. As a result it is never over-crowded, and lots of family-friendly activities are on offer – the likes of pony rides, banana boat rides, or rent deckchairs and umbrellas for a few lazy hours of sun-worshipping in between testing the water with your big toe. The town’s name – meaning ‘stone head’ – is derived from the rock formations that can be seen towards the end of the main beach. Other than that it is a sandy beach with a sandy sea bed, making it ideal for swimming.
 
One of the most popular pastimes on the beach is to take a long stroll – or even a jog, if you’re so inclined – along the seashore. Further south, behind Khao Takiap, lies Suan Son Beach, named after the many pine trees found along the beach. It’s even more isolated than Hua Hin Beach, mostly frequented by guests staying at nearby hotels and some locals. The main emphasis at Hua Hin’s beaches is on rest and relaxation, and they do not have the crowds often found on Thailand’s popular beaches. Water-skiing, jet ski, windsurfing and parasailing are other popular beach activities, but in no way disrupt the overall peace and tranquility of these beaches. And since you’re in Thailand, chances are good that you’ll find an ‘al fresco’ massage shop somewhere on a beach. 
Hua Hin History
While the beaches of Samui and Phuket were only discovered recently and have since became rapid and sometimes destructive developed, Hua Hin has already been the popular Thai resort for more than 70 years.
 
Hua Hin has a long history that predates its current name. In 1834 some agricultural areas of Phetchaburi Province were hit by severe drought. A group of farmers moved southward and found a small village that had bright white sands and a row of rocks along the beach. They settled here and gave it the name Samore Riang, which mean rows of rock.
 
The resort was discovered in the early 1920s by King Prajadhipok (Rama VII) as favorite getaway from the muggy metropolis of Bangkok. The serene fishing village had evolved into the Royal resort and eventually became favorite among Siam's aristocrat and nobility. In 1920 Prince Purachatra, the director of the state railway, built the Railway Hotel, today's Sofitel Central Hua Hin in the architectural style of old Siam.
 
King Rama VII liked the place so much that he built a summer palace Wang Klai Kang Won (Far from Worries) there, which until today remains an official royal residence. The palace is still frequently used by members of the royal family and open to the public for visits.
 
After the southern railway was built, ensured popularity and accessibility with a wider part of the Thai public, Hua Hin became the first and most favorite beach resort in Thailand which the elite of Bangkok society began flocking to Hua Hin.
 
Hua Hin continued to develop in its own gradually way, both as an aristocratic resort with the added attraction of an 18-hole golf course. Many of Bangkok's famous and rich built their own beachfront summer houses to the north and south along the curving white bay, enjoying leisurely family weekends in a resort which has maintained its unique identity.
 
Nowadays, among the globalize development, Hua Hin's pleasures are still tranquil, not all that different from those enjoyed by the aristocratic visitors of its past. The beloved Hua Hin - the oldest beach resort of Siam with a sense of history and a serene but scenic atmosphere.
Hua Hin climate and best time to visit
The climate in Hua Hin is tropical with high humidity, especially during the summer months of March, April and May. For rest of the year, the weather remains fairly pleasant with occasional bouts of rainfall especially in August and September. The best time to visit Hua Hin is between November and February, which is also the peak tourist season. Here’s a monthly break up so you can plan your trip better:
 
November to February: This is generally considered as the best time to visit Hua Hin because the weather is pleasant and you are most likely to be blessed with dry, sunny days. December and January see the maximum influx of tourists so book your tickets and hotels in advance to avoid the soaring prices. No matter what the temperature is, you must always carry a bottle of sunscreen if you are going to lounge on the beach. March to May: The months of March, April and May are the hottest time of the year. Outdoor activities can be a little uncomfortable under the strong sun, but this hardly affects tourists who come to Thailand all through the year. If you plan to go at this time, don’t forget to carry your sunglasses and a hat. June to October: June, July, August and September experience light to heavy rainfall. Many tourists avoid travelling to Hua Hin at this time so if you don’t mind the rains, this is a good time to find good deals on flights and hotels. Pack a sturdy pair of shoes to beat the puddles
Hua Hin Transportation
By Bus
Buses between Bangkok and Hua Hin are served by Bangkok’s Sai Tai Mai terminal, and depart every 20 minutes for the 3 ½ hour journey. Fares for first class bus seats cost around 200 baht. There is also bus service that is scheduled to connect Hua Hin with Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport Buses to and from cities in southern Thailand are generally overnight services, departing Hua Hin around 10 pm and arriving early in the morning; such busses cost between 750-1000 baht depending on destination.

 
By Car
The approximately 200 km drive between Bangkok and Hua Hin can be traveled in 2 to 3 hours. The most direct driving route from Bangkok to Hua Hin is to follow Highway 35 south to Highway No. 4.
 
By Plane
There are currently no flights to Hua Hin.
 
By Taxi
Travel between Bangkok and Hua Hin by taxi costs approximately 2000 baht (prices should be negotiated beforehand), and takes about 2 ½ hours.
 
By Train
Most trains headed south from Bangkok stop at the Hua Hin Railway Station, so there are numerous trains leaving throughout the day that provide service to Hua Hin. Generally speaking, the train ride takes between 4 and 6 hours; considerably longer than the 2 to 3 hour car ride. However, train fare is cheaper than taxi fare, seats costing between 40 and 100 baht depending on the class and speed of the train. The Hua Hin Station Office is located on Damnoenkasem Rd.
 
Things to do and see in Hua Hin
Hua Hin Night Market
If you are desperate to see Hua Hin through the eyes of someone local, head to this night market. Situated at the intersection of Pecthkasem Road and Dechanuchit Road, the market becomes crowded after 6.30pm, and many handicrafts are sold along the streets. Seafood stalls are popular, and the smell of grilled seafood permeates throughout.
 
Cicada Market
This flea market is divided into four areas: Art a la Mode, Art Indoor, Art of Act and Art of Eat. Here, you can buy a range of handicrafts and trinkets. Enjoy a drink in the beer garden, or sample Thai dishes in the Art of Eat area.
 
Khao Takiab
Khao Takiab literally means the Chopsticks Hill, and this tour takes you on a journey to rural Thailand. Walk to the top of the Khao Takiab Mountain to take in stunning panoramic sea views. This hill also is also called Monkey Mountain, as it is home to a number of monkeys. You can also take part in a range of water sports activities, including jet-skiing, parasailing, banana boat rides, kayaking and waterskiing. After all that, grab some seafood from a nearby restaurant.
 
Plearn Wan
Plearn Wan is a two-storey, courtyard-style building made from wood. This retail centre is full of shops selling vintage clothing. The street snacks in here are local and traditional, with some combining old and new flavours. There are also guesthouses, so you can stay for a night and head back to the shops the next day.
 
Black Mountain Water Park
Founded in 2011, Black Mountain Water Park is home to six pools and nine slides. The slides are suitable for all ages, with the smaller ones designed specifically for children. There is also a spa pool, where you can relax and unwind. Black Mountain Water Park is great for families!
 
Hua Hin Railway Station
Hua Hin Railway Station is on the southern line, and is one of the most historic train stations in Thailand. The original was constructed in 1910 and rebuilt in 1926. The station is an architectural masterpiece, and the Royal Waiting Room, reserved for the king when he was visiting the town, is especially interesting.
 
Mrigadayavan Palace
Mrigadayavan Palace is a summer palace that was built in the early 1920s. Here, you’ll find verandas, intricate latticework and high ceilings that allow the sea breeze to enter the building and keep it cool. The palace is constructed out of 1,000 teak wood pillars, which provide mechanical support and prevent seawater intrusion. It’s also called the Palace of Love and Hope.
 
Wat Huay Mongkol
This temple was built for people to come worship Luang Pu Thuat, a Thai monk. He performed a number of miracles in Thailand, including turning saltwater into drinkable water and saving the crew of a capsized boat. A huge statue of the monk stands at the temple’s centre, and local people often ask it for good luck. Each side of the statue is flanked by an elephant, and it is believed that walking under one of the animals provides better luck.
 
Santorini Park
With its white buildings, colourful window frames and stone paths, this park looks exactly the Greek island of Santorini. There is also an amusement park, shops and food halls. Enjoy live music, or come here on the weekend to buy souvenirs at the art and flea markets.
Hua Hin Travel Tips
Like in all Thailand’s major cities, several malls have been popping up in Hua Hin in the recent years. Some may see this as a sad example of Western cultural imperialism. The rest of us will enjoy the convenient, air conditioned shopping and dining options provided by these modern marketplaces.
 
Hua Hin has two major shopping malls, and a handful of smaller, more specialized ones. The big players are Market Village and Blúport. Both of these offer everything you could expect from a mall - fashion shops, electronics, food court and restaurants, etc. Both also have large supermarkets included for all your grocery shopping needs.
 
The “original” shopping malls are found in central Hua Hin: The East Square and the creatively named Hua Hin Shopping Mall. Going further north, you’ll find the hipstery Seenspace by the beach and fashion mecca FN Outlet in Cha-am.
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