The Hua Hin Resort Thailand
Hua Hin Resort
Hua Hin is Thailand's oldest beach resort and used to be a small fishing village, but is now a developed for tourists with high-rise hotels and bars managed by Westerners (farang). During the early part of the twentieth century, Hua Hin was visited by royalty on holiday but became more popular in the 1920s with the opening of the Bangkok to Malaysia train line. The royal family still use the palace there. Now, Western tourists come here and Hua Hin is popular as a family holiday resort. The beaches are not as good here as at nearby resorts such as Koh Samet but it is still a pleasant enough place. The town has tourist markets, handicrafts and souvenir shops.
It is possible to do a day trip to Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park (Mountain of Three Hundred Peaks), a national park on the coast with lagoons and marshlands which are good for bird-watching about 60 kilometres further south of Hua Hin. There are wonderful views of the ocean from the peaks. Tour operators also offer day trips to Pala-u Falls near the border with Myanmar, Phetchaburi and Bangkok. The seaside palace of Rama VI, Phra Ratchaniwet Marukhathaiyawan, is within easy of distance of Hua Hin. The first golf course in Hua Hin was opened in 1924 and now there are several more excellent golf courses. The five-kilometre-long beach offers safe swimming all year round and has umbrellas and chairs. Food vendors will bring you seafood and beer. Water-sports including sailing, windsurfing and jet-skiing are available. Dry activities include pony rides and traditional Thai massage.
Hua Hin is well-known for its seafood and there are many restaurants along the sea front where seafood can be enjoyed. European food is also on sale here, reflecting the fact that Hua Hin is popular with tourists from Europe especially. There are restaurants and bars run by farang.
There is a mixture of luxury and low-budget accommodation, the top end being the former Railway Hotel, built in the 1920s and colonial in style, which is an atmospheric place to stay. There are guesthouses on the converted squid piers, where squid used to be laid out to dry. This area can smell a bit but is an interesting place to stay. Rates can be negotiated during the week or outside Thai holidays.
Hua Hin is a few hours train journey from Bangkok and there is a frequent bus service. Private air-con buses need to be booked through travel agents. There is an airport near the town. There are tuk-tuks and motorcycle taxis, but many tourists rent motorcycles to get around.
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