Hua Hin Travel Guide - with Wired Destinations
Hua Hin Travel Info – with Wired Destinations
Hua Hin History
In 1934 a group of farmers moved to Hua Hin after the rural areas of Petchburi were facing a drought crisis. At that time, Hua Hin was known as Baan Samor Riang (Rows of Rocks) or Baan Laem Hin (Stony Point Village).
During the reign of King Rama VI in the early 1920s the construction of a railway station was commenced. The railway was built close to the beach and the city center and set Hua Hin apart from other quaint fishing villages. The construction of King Rama VII's summer palace was placed, Wang Klai Kangwon, in the late 1920s, which transformed this unknown town into a royal resort. Later, Hua Hin became a holiday travel destination for the royal family.
After the construction of the southern railway, Hua Hin became a part of Prachuap Khiri Khan Province and the first Thailand beach resort town.
Getting around Hua Hin
Hua Hin is accessible by Highway 35 (Thon Buri – Pak Tho Road) in Samut Sakhon province and Highway No. 40 to this seacoast town. Traveling from Bangkok by car should take approximately 3 hours depending on traffic.
A daily air shuttle with SGA Air Services (now in alliance with Nok Air) from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport to Hua Hin Airport is available with a total flying time of 45 minutes.
Bus services are reliable, frequent and very affordable from Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal. Fan-cooled buses are the slowest since they make stops in every village along the way. However, they can be an entertaining means of Thailand travel, particularly in the cooler season when the fans and the open windows make the trip reasonably comfortable. Air-conditioned buses, however, are generally a faster, more comfortable way to get to Hua Hin. VIP buses are available, with larger seats, more legroom and lavatories.
A journey to Hua Hin by train is fairly cheap and easy. A train ride takes approximately 3 hours from Bangkok's Hua Lumpong Train Station to Hua Hin train station in the center of town.
There are Songthaews (open small trucks) and buses available in town at a very cheap price. Tuk-tuk and motorcycle taxis present as well, but do negotiate the cost beforehand. Car and motorcycle rentals are also recommended if you would like to explore town by yourself.
Hua Hin Hotels and Accommodations
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Hua Hin Activities
There is plenty to do and see in Hua Hin. The town is warm and laid back making this beachfront town an ideal travel destination for a memorable family or couples’ vacation.
Hua Hin Sightseeing
Hua Hin is most notable for its fine white Hua Hin beaches. The main beach runs from a rocky headland that separates it from the old fishing village to the southern point where a beautiful temple is perched magnificently on the cliff. Don't miss Hua Hin Beaches when you visit this royal beachfront resort town.
Hua Hin Railway Station is considered the most beautiful train station in Thailand. This wooden structure built in the reign of King Rama VI is the pride of the locals.
Hua Hin shows a range of beautiful Buddhist temple sites, shrines and magnificent palaces. The main temple is Wat Hua Hin or Wat Ampharam which is located in the town center. It is also considered a Royal Town as the royal family has made Hua Hin their permanent residence. Klai Kangwon Palace is located in the north of Hua Hin and is the summer palace of King Rama VII. The palace area consists of three Spanish style mansions facing the open sea. Open to public from 9am – 4pm.
Hua Hin Arts and Crafts Center is situated on Naepkhehat Rd. There is a collection and exhibition of Thai paintings, sculptures, handicrafts and antiques.
For those looking for some spectacular views of Hua Hin, Khao Hin Lek Fai offers them on Hua Hin Town to as far as Khao Takiab and Cha Am Beach. The area is located about 3 kilometers west of Hua Hin town center.
If you are looking for beautiful outdoor places for hiking, camping or just enjoying a fine picnic and the view, visit Hua Hin Parks and Natural Reserves. Hua Hin offers a wide selection of natural reserves and parks that form the system of the protected area. Go to Wired Destinations Hua Hin Tips and Highlights.
Hua Hin Sport Activities
As a coastal town, there are plenty of water sport activities to enjoy in Hua Hin. For those who are not into water sports, there is also a wide variety of land activities on offer.
Hua Hin Dining & Shopping
Hua Hin has many fine restaurants dishing up superb cuisine from every corner of the globe. Most of the restaurants are located in the town center and along the Hua Hin beach road. Traditional Thai food is served everywhere from restaurants and Hua Hin hotels to food stalls around town and at the famous Hua Hin Night Market. There are also numerous places serving quality international cuisine which are owned and managed by foreigners. Several Japanese, Italian and French dining places can be found in tourist hotspots and major Hua Hin hotels.
Although there is no big shopping mall in Hua Hin, various markets are on offer. The most well known market is the 'Hua Hin Night Market' at the center of town, while the second most popular is the 'Weekend Market' from Wednesday to Sunday. Travelers can find almost everything here, from snacks and food to clothes and accessories. Both markets open at around 6pm till late at night. Chatchai Market is a day market that is perfect to buy some fresh fruits and vegetables. The market is located down the street from the Night Market. There is a wide selection of other shops that would meet the needs of all visitors, selling clothes, Thai arts, Thai silk, cameras, computers, home furnishings, antiques and much more.
Hua Hin Nightlife and Entertainment
This city has plenty of options for entertainment once the sun goes down, though it is not as colorful and vibrant as of the one in Bangkok, Pattaya or Phuket. There is not one go-go bar with Hua Hin nightlife; but there are plentiful places to go for a little night out. Numerous family orientated venues are there for those looking for relaxation and serenity. Clusters of beer gardens and family friendly pubs and bars are located all around town. Annual jazz festivals offer the right jazzy beats to be enjoyed as well, with both cover bands and authentic ones.
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