Pattaya City Thailand, An introduction to Hua Hin and Cha-Am

An introduction to  Hua Hin & Cha-Am


 By road, 163 km from Bkk by Highway 35 to Cha-am. From Cha-am to Hua-Hin, a further 25 km by Highway 4. Daily coach services between Bkk and Cha-am & Hua Hin are available from Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal. By rail, daily trains leave Bkk for Cha-am & Hua Hin.

Hua Hin in Prachuap Khiri Khan Province and Cha-am in Phetchaburi are two popular seaside resorts to the south of Bangkok. Despite their locations in different provinces, it takes about 20 minutes' drive to travel between them. Most Thai's often mention them together.

Hua Hin is in fact the oldest beach resort of the country and is still as popular as ever. The construction of a railway station here in the reign of King Rama VI (1910-1925) and a summer palace of King Rama VII in 1926 transformed a quiet fishing village into the resort town popular among those from high society. When Hua Hin was booming, Cha-am was just unknown to the outsiders. But when people of high ranks sought for a new place for relaxation, Cha-Am's beauty was discovered and the place was quickly developed. Today Hua Hin and Cha-am are still among Thailand's favourite attractions of tourists. The twin resorts together with their nearby attractions are introduced below.

Hua Hin Beach Hua Hin beach

Cha-Am Beach
Cha-am beach thailand


 is a tranquil 5-km white sand beach stretching from a rocky headland to its southern end where Buddhist temples cling to the cliffs. The seaside resort is frequented by families and tourists. With full facilities and its proximity to the entertainment centre in town, the beach is lined with a wide selection of accommodation ranging from hotels to bungalows. Hua Hin offers great opportunities for swimming and relaxing in peace as well as the special activity of horse riding. Bicycles are available for rent. The beach-side area is also a popular dining venue.
      Hua Hin Railway Station
Hua Hin Railway station
Hua Hin Railway Station
 Built in the reign of King Rama VI (1910-1925), this railway station is in the form of two magnificent red-and-white pavilions, one of which is exclusively used by royalty visiting Hua Hin.
Klai Kangwon Palace or the Summer Palace
  has the name that means far from worry. Built in 1926 in Spanish style overlooking the sea, the palace is opened to the public so long as the Royal Family are not in residence.

Takiap Hills

Hua Hin Beach Takiap and Krailat HillsTakiap and Krailat Hills are at the southern end of Hua Hin Beach. It is easy to get to the foot of either hill. Formerly, visitors had to climb series of steps to the top of Takiap Hill to enjoy the panoramic views of the sea and Hua Hin Town. But now the hill is easily accessible by car. Accommodation is available on Takiap Beach.

Pradiphat Pine Forest,
 8 km from Hua Hin Town, is a scenic place for rest and recuperation with accommodation run by the Army Welfare Office.

Khao Tao,
13 km from town, has two beaches that are exceptionally clean and beautiful.

Accommodation in Hua Hin

Pala-U Falls,
 nearly 70 km from town, comprises two waterfalls with a total of 11 leaps in the setting of an evergreen forest. Some leaps can be reached by a trekking trail. Various kinds of birds and colourful butterflies are found here.

continue:  Cha-Am's attractions

Pattaya City Thailand, An introduction to Hua Hin and Cha-Am