Hua Hin, is a district in Prachuap Khiri Khan Province located 295 kilometers south of Bangkok and 90 kilometers from the provincial capital. Incidentally, it is Thailand’s oldest beach resort, enjoying a vogue among Thai royalty and aristocracy since the 1920s. Located on the sunrise side of the Gulf of Thailand, Hua Hin still has a bit of the quiet relaxed coastal town appeal, perfect for family vacations. The beach along Hua Hin city is 5 kilometers long with white sand and clear water, ideal for swimming. The city has large day & night markets, and is full of food and souvenir shops.
Many luxurious resorts and spa retreats are spreading along both sides of the city, and there many golf courses to choose from. Plenty of sophisticated land & house projects are underway or already finished, tempting to settle or invest. There is a yearly Jazz Festival & the world famous Hua Hin Kings Cup Elephant Polo Tournament.
Also check out Asia's most spectacular waterpark, with thrill rides, adventure zone, surf area, waterfall & all family fun.
But besides all that glamour Hua Hin is still very inviting for the common traveller to stop over for a few days. Many city hotels and guest houses offer good quality for budget prices and there is lots to see or to do.
Here are a few attractions:
Hua Hin Railway Station - built during the reign of King Rama VI, this is one of Thailand’s most beautiful train stations.
Klai Kangwon Palace - summer palace built in 1926 under King Rama VII in the north of Hua Hin. The palace consists of 3 Spanish style mansions facing the sea. open daily 9 am - 4 pm
Khao Takiab - Monkey Mountain - The temple on the mountain offers a stunning view all over Hua Hin bay. There is also a huge Chinese temple and a multitude of Buddha statues and other curious figurines. Also hundreds of cheeky monkeys roaming freely all over the place, which can be fed (watch your bags!!).
Khao Krailat - The temple of the Thamayut sect houses an impressive collection of religious art. Take a bus, which departs daily every 20 min from 6pm to 4pm from Dechanuchit Road
Hua Hin Arts & Crafts Centre - It is located on Naepkhehat Road. There is an more than 80 years old typical Thai house. It has a collection of many contemporary works of Thai artists, as well as old furniture & many pictures about Hua Hin in the past.
Namtok Pa La-U - 63 kilometers from the city this waterfall is located within a yearlong verdant forest where various kinds of birds and butterflies are found.
Khao Saam Roi (Mountain of 300 peaks) - Beautiful national park south of Hua Hin, 90 square kilometers of scenic sanctuary for numerous birds, mountain goats and monkeys.