An introduction to Hua Hin &
THE TWIN SEASIDE RESORT TOWNS
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
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'S ATTRACTIONS - Hua Hin Beach
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
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.
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.
13 km from town, has two beaches that are exceptionally clean and
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.