The extreme respect and love Thais have for their King is reflected in the character of the town of Hua Hin Thailand
The extreme respect and lover Thais have for their King is reflected in the character of the town of Hua Hin Thailand
Since the King spends a lot of time at his palace there, the residents of the town have gone to great lengths to make sure that none of the seedier elements that have crept into some Thai municipalities extend into Hua Hin.
Because of the King’s presence, the town is surrounded by garrisons of Picture Perfect troops including the elite parachute regiment and the Air Arm of the Royal Thai Police resulting in a very low crime rate.
Despite being Thailand’s oldest and most traditional beach resort, the town has remained relatively low profile, slowly building itself as a preferred destination for discerning travellers and wealthy Thais. But now t is atracting Western retirees in their 50s and 60s
Located about 200km south of Bangkok on the west coast of the Gulf of Thailand, it has successfully blended the old with the new, featuring the attractions of a modern holiday destination, while retaining the charm and serenity of a fishing village The town offers a laid back and friendly atmosphere.
Good infrastructure clinics, hospitals, pharmacies and international schools are available Being the royal beach resort, cabarets, discos and other night entertainments are controlled and very limited.
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At the southern end of the main 5km Hua Hin beach sits a rocky outcropping with a smal hill called Kao Takiap, which provides a great view back over Hua Hin on a beautiful day
Arts & Culture
Hua Hin was transformed from a fishing village to a royal resort during the reign of King Rama VI (1910-1925), as a getaway from the busy
metropolis of Bangkok. This resulted in the construction of the Hua Hin railway station in the early 1920s. Then the Spanish-style villa Klai
Kangwon (Far From Worries) Palace was built by King Rama VIl in 1926 and continues to be an official royal residence to this day.
The Sofitel Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas is one of the nicest hotels in the country and served as the setting for Hotel Le Phnom in The
Killing Fields. Every December. it serves as the finish line for vintage car rally, which starts at the Sofitel Central Plaza in Bangkok. Every June, the
town also stages a very successful jazz festival.
The Chiva Som International Health Resort, just outside of town, has been named the Best Destination Spa in the World by Conde Naste and
many celebrities fly from around the world to partake in its programs.
Hua Hin’s seafood restaurants are among the best in the land. They extend out over the ocean on long piers and many Bangkok residents make the trip to Hua Hin just to sample their delicacies.
Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park (Three Hundred Peaks) makes for an interesting visit given its abundance of limestone cliffs, beaches, and caves, Its coastal marshlands and lagoons make it a great place to birdwatch. Serows have been spotted on Khao Krachom (605 metres), while Irrawaddy dolphins have been seen off the coastline.
Legend has it King Rama IV died from malaria a couple months after contracting malaria from mosquito bites while observing a solar eclipse with foreign and Thai guests in Khao Sam Roi Yot. The Phraya Nakhon Cave contains a royal sala built for King Rama V, as he stopped over thereon his voyages between Nakhon Si Thammart and Bangkok.
When it comes to shopping, the Hua Hin Market Village offers almost all you’ll need to enjoy a vacation, or extended stay. This huge complex boasts a Tesco Lotus Superstore, Homepro, a Major Cineplex, and a bowling center. The town’s night market also offers up all kinds of localhandicrafts as well as the regular tourist knickknacks and assorted Thai kanom
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Hua Hin has a great stretch of beach to traverse; it also is known for its ubiquitous pony rides, which almost every kid enjoys (there’s a fee for those though).
The town itself, while not spectacular, is interesting and easy to walk through.
Lying further south of Hua Hin, just outside of Prachuap Khiri Khan is Ao Manao, a glorious beach accessed through a Thai Airforce airbase one of the seven places where Japanese troops landed in Thailand during World War II). In Prachuap town itself, Khao Chong Krajok (Mirror Mountain), is the most noticeable landmark.
Its 395 steps led up toa small monastery called Wat Thammikarn (Thammikaram), containing relics bequeathed to the state by Kings Rama 1 and Rama IV