An introduction to Hua Hin &
Just as beautiful as the nearby seaside
Hua Hin, Cha-am is the no.l beach resort of Phetchaburi Province.
Located 41 km to the south of the provincial town, the casuarinas-lined
beach is long and clean and equipped with numerous accommodations.
The sea there is suitable for swimming. Tourists can enjoy several
water sports like scooter riding, water skiing, banana boats riding
and jet skiing. Riding a bicycle along the 6-km road running in
parallel with the beach is a charming activity of Cha-am. Beach-side
grilled seafood, snacks, and drinks are available.
located on the coast between Cha-am and Hua Hin, was King Rama VFs seaside
summer palace comprising three two-storey wooden buildings connected
to each other by elevated airy walkways. Common people are welcome
to visit the palace.
Huai Sai Wildlife Breeding Centre,
15 km from Cha-am Beach, was royally initiated. It is where animal conservation
and breeding projects are conducted. There is a zoo here open to
is where the Hup Kraphong Rural Development Project initiated by
the King in 1962 is situated and where tourists may purchase farm
produce and crafts and folk art products made of hemp.
______ATTRACTIONS AROUND HUA HIN & CHA-AM_______
Some other wonderful attractions that tourists should include
in their program to Hua Hin and Cha-am are described below.
Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park
Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park is a palace built by King Rama
IV on top of the Palace Hill (Khao Wang). It represents a mixture
of traditional Thai and Western architectural styles.
|Kaeng Krachan National
Krachan National Park, the largest national park of Thailand,
offers good opportunities of trekking along the mountain paths,
visiting cliffs and rock formations, boating in Kaeng Krachan Reservoir
and especially watching birds of which there are not fewer than
400 species in the park.
is a hill with a large cave containing Buddha images built by King
Rama V (1868-1910) to be dedicated to two former Chakri kings.
In Prachuap Khiri Khan:
Chong Krachok Hill
has a natural aperture near its peak with a flight of 395 steps
leading to Thammi-karam Temple or Wat Khao Chong Krachok, enshrining
relics of the Lord Buddha.
is part of a military base but open to the public. The bay is nice
Sam Roi Yot National Park
or the Park of 300 Peaks, located in Pranburi, offers a large variety
of easily accessible attractions including forest trails, secluded
beaches, limestone hills and caves.
is where tourists can have a 3-hour sightseeing tour on boat to
absorb the scenic views of nature, pineapple fields, a fishing village,
and a variety of bird species.
Bus services between Hua Hin and Phetchaburi (passing Cha-am)
from 05: 00 to 18: 00 hrs at 20-min intervals and between Hua Hin
and Prachuap Khiri Khan from 07: 00 to 16: 30 hrs at l-or-2-hr intervals.
Mini-bus services in the
outskirts of Hua Hin to Khao Takiap from 06: 00 to 18: 00 hrs.
Songthaeo (with one long
bench on either side) services from Hua Hin to Pa La-U from 06:
00 to 08: 00 hrs at 20-min intervals and from Hua Hin to Pranburi
Intersection from 07: 00 to 17: 00 hrs at 20-min intervals.
There are local songthaeo services in Hua Hin. Passengers can
hire such a vehicle to their destinations in Hua Hin. Tricycles
are for rent to go sightseeing in the area. To get to Cha-am Beach
area, there are songthaeo at Cha-am Bus Terminal and Cha-am Railway
Station that can be hired to go to Cha-am. No regular local bus
services in Cha-am, but there are songthaeo available for hire.
The twin resorts are abundant in fresh seafood. Most hotels around
there serve Thai and Western cuisine including barbecue. Hua Hin
Night Market offers a wide array of
foods: Thai food, seafood, Thai desserts, etc. Chatchai Market
is an old famous market built in the reign of King Rama VII (1925-1935)
which now becomes a centre of souvenirs, and fresh and dried food.
The vicinity of Hua Hin Pier is where seafood restaurants are located.
For international food lovers, they should visit Damnoen Kasem Road
with a wide selection of Danish, Italian, and German delicacies.
For tourists in Cha-am and Phetchaburi, the province boasts a variety
of Thai sweetmeats, made with palm sugar as their main ingredient,
on sale in town especially near Khao Wang and along Phetkasem Road.
The popular products and souvenirs of Hua Hin and Cha-am are
woman accessories and house wares made of coconut shells. Thai handicrafts,
leather goods and fashion clothes are also on sale in the tourist
attraction sites and markets.
Tourism Authority Office:
500/51 Phetkasem Rd., Amphur Cha-am, Phetchaburi 76120. Tel: 0 3247
1005-6 Fax: 0 3247 1502