Hua Hin though about 200km south of Bangkok on the Malay peninsula, Hua Hin is easily accessible from the capital by bus or train. The seaside town has a tradition of catering for royalty as the royal family spent many hot seasons in the vicinity away from the hot and humid capital. Hua Hin has become a centre for Kite Surfing and attracts many enthusiasts.
Hua Hin Beaches
Visit some of the more quiet beaches
Hua Hin is about 190km south of Bangkok and is easily accessible by train or bus. The trains leave central station a number of times a day. Prices vary depending on whether the train is air conditioned. The journey time is about 3 to 4 hours.
Hua Hin has been a tourist destination since the early 1920s. The arrival of the railway from Bangkok brought tourists from the hot sticky capital to the sea shores. The director of the railway Prince Purachatra, seeing the business opportunities, built the Railway Hotel close to the beach. .
When King Rama VII, tired of the oppressive heat in Bangkok spent the hot season in the Hua Hinís Railway Hotel and helped turn the small fishing village into a Resort fit for a King.
A few years after his first visit he built Klai Kangwon Palace as a permanent royal residence. This palace remains in use today and is often visited by the royal family. It is open to the public
Tourism and fishing are important businesses to the area. The small fishing boats can be seen trawling off the coast throughout the day and night. They return with their catches to the small fishing port below the Budha Hill or else beach their craft along the soft sandy beaches.
The village of Khao Krilat is at the end of a long sandy beach. This fishing village sits on the estuary of a small river. Over looking the town is a hill which is populated by yet more temples and images of Buddha. A short distance from the town there are new resort developments close to a lake.
The local fishermen sell their catch to fish merchants and restaurants along the pier. Some of the restaurants along the pier offer excellent sea food menus at remarkable prices.
A few kms beyond Khao Krilat is another fine sandy beach, though it has a number of resorts close to the water front.
South of Hua Hin, about 10km the sandy beach is interrupted by a small hill, though the beach continues beyond the hill and extends southwards. The latter section is owned by the army though is open to the public. The hill of Khao Takiab or Chopstick Hill has great views looking north to Hua Hin and south across the bay.
One of tallest Buddha statues in Thailand is on the North Face of the hill, while there is a temple on the hill top. Plenty of monkeys and dogs play about the small streets below the temple.
Close to Khao Takiab there are a number of temples, the most well known sits on the top of the hill. After climbing the many stairs, there are great views of beaches stretching north towards Hua Hin and way beyond.
The temple is the unofficial home to a group of Macaque monkeys, who chase and play with each other up and down the steps. These guys are inquisitive and are liable to get up to numerous antics such as grabbing scarves or even cameras from the unwary. Like other wild animals they should not be approached too close or fed.
If the steps are too challenging a climb there is a back route which can be accessed by car.
About 15km south of Khao Takiab, lies the village and headland of Khao Tao. Set in a lovely bay, there is a beach and a temple complex on the overlooking headland.
Along the small beach called Hat Sai Noi, there are a few restaurants.
The the area especially along the reservoir is being developed as a tourist resort.
As the beach shelves steeply, the water becomes deep very quickly so care particular care should be taken especially of small children. The temple complex built into caves in the hills with its numerous statues and shrines is well worth a visit. The The small fishing village of Khao Tao is colourful with a range of multi-coloured boats which look well when the tide is high and the boats bob on the water rather than sitting on the river bed.
Close to the town, just a few minutes ride on Tuk Tuk is a large market open day and night. The market caters for all needs from sizzling fast food to clothes, fashion goods and flowers, plus a few excotic things like roasted frogs legs.
Feeling hungry ? Why not try some of the local food prepared by excellent chefs, with a taste for the flavours of Asia.
After a relaxing train journey alight at one of Thailand's most attractive railway stations.
The railway station in Hua Hin is one of the oldest and prettiest in Thailand. Be sure to visit the Royal Waiting room which formerly was used to welcome the king on one of his many visits to the town.
Hua Hin's station is one of the oldest in Thailand and its main feature is The Royal Waiting Room that used to welcome King and his court when they were visiting the town.
The Royal Waiting room was originally located at Sanamchan Palace in Nakom Pathom and was known as Plub Pla Sanamchan but was later moved to itís present location beside the station.
The train from Bangkok is relatively fast and efficient, though a ticket for an air conditioned could be money well spent especially in the hot humid periods. The train travels close to the shore, past farming lands and some isolated hills, as it makes its way down the gulf coast. One of the first views you get o Hua Hin is that off its old and welll known railway station. The journey time is nearly four hours - trains leave Bangkok's Hua Lamphong and Bang Sue stations about ten times a day,