Hua Hin was the forerunner to all the other beach resorts in Thailand. It’s popularity can be traced back to King Rama VII, who liked the sleepy fishing village so much, visiting it regularly during the early 1920’s, that he built a “Summer Palace” there, and Hua Hin has never looked back since then!.
The palace was aptly named “Klai Kang Won” which means “far from worries”. Along with the Royal Palace also came Thailand’s first golf club, the aptly named “Royal Hua Hin Golf Club” ,the 18-hole course was designed by a Scotsman named O.A. Robins for the exclusive use of Royalty and the upper echelons of Thai society.
Soon afterwards Thailand’s elite set of rich, famous and royalty followed suit and built their own grandious summer residences in Hua Hin. The sleepy fishing village was transformed to Thailand’s first beach resort with royalties as it’s first patrons.
Hua Hin is located in the western part of the Gulf of Thailand. It is less than 200 kilometers away from Bangkok and is highly accessible by Air ,Rail & Road. The train station in Hua Hin is situated in one of the two main roads of the town that leads directly to the beach front and is considered to be the most beautiful in the whole of Thailand.
The Royal Railway Hotel (Sofitel Hotel today) was built in conjunction with the railway station and was designed after the old architectural style of Siam. The hotel was actually used as “The Hotel Phnom Phen” in the movie “The Killing Fields”.
In the span of just 80 years, the beach town suffered considerable ups and downs, it was the most popular beach resort in Thailand just after World War II, but then by the early 1960’s it was being snubbed particularly by the large numbers of US servicemen, who preferred the more raucous Pattaya Beach for their R&R!.
However, slowly but surely Hua Hin was being rebuilt. Hotels and condominiums rose up. Fine restaurants and great shopping malls were established & by the end of the 1990’s it was back as being one of the most desirable places to both holiday & live.
Today Hua Hin boasts not only great hotels, resorts & Places to Stay
,but also top designer shops, & some of the very best shopping locations outside the capital Bangkok!.
To sample the great fresh fish that Hua Hin is renowned for you need to visit anyone of the restaurants located around the beachfront, particularly near the piers, it’s great quality & very reasonably priced.
When’s the best tim to visit?, Hua Hin basically has three seasons “Hot Season”- March/June, “Rainy Season” – July/October & “Cool Season”- November/February.
What is there to see in Hua Hin? – Plenty!. There are the Royal Palace and the numerous other summer villas of Thailand’s elite to see & the trainstation.
The numerous beaches offer water sports such as diving, snorkeling, para-sailing, wind surfing, jet skiing and fishing to name but a few.
The seven golf courses in Hua Hin are world class – well maintained and have low green fees compared to other international courses and links.
For “nature trippers” there are places to trek, hike and bike to a traveler’s heart’s content. From Khao Hin Lek Fai, one can see a picturesque bird’s eyeview of Hua Hin. Namtok Pa La-u boasts of an 11-tier waterfall situated in the lush forest some 60 kilometers away from Hua Hin.
Buddhist temples are situated in Khao Takiap and is open the public not like the Royal Palace which is still used by the royal family.
The nightly street market is always a popular place for great bargain shopping and eating on-the-spot cooked Thai food.
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