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Mimosa: The City of Colours (Love)

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Mimosa as searched over Google on what it means interpreted it as another name for silk tree or an Australian acacia tree with fernlike leaves and yellow flowers used by florists. What about the Mimosa in Pattaya city, Chon Buri province in Thailand? Is it really a city within a city that is designated for those in search of love or would it be a city that was filled with a community that is ever loving with each other between families, relatives and friends? Mimosa: The City of Love is yet another few exclusive tourists establishment set up by the owner who themed this unique attractions in Pattaya with artistic and creative design and architectures of buildings to create an European feel to the whole atmosphere within the establishments. How this would have been associated with love? Well, from what I could observed, it probably came from the idea that couples tying the knots and would want to have a pre-wedding memorial photography (popular among the Asians), could indeed come over to Mimosa for such photography sessions due to the colourful, traditional European style buildings and interesting surroundings and nice landscapes which would fit in well for those in search of perfection and creativity. Apart from the fancy traditional old European buildings which operate as retail shops dealing in souvenirs, consumer items, restaurants, cafes, bistros, gift items and etc, Mimosa was also a place where visitors are being entertained with the ladyboy show popular and specifically and distinctive to Pattaya with its infamous Alcazar and Tiffany show featuring the grand, fanciful and colourful ladyboy dance show and performance. The idea of such show which involved transvestite (ladyboy is a term used to define transgender in Thailand) was noble because it actually being created by the owner of these show and performance business to help the transgender in Thailand to earn a living in a good way instead of the wrong directions, which at the end of the day may caused further setback to the life of these transgenders. These ladyboys were so beautiful and pretty with perfect skin textures which can be very fair and smooth and they look exactly like a real women if not for their voices which would eventually expose their true identity. These ladyboy cabaret shows feature mainly a key lead singer singing hit songs of the heydays flanked by "her" dancers or a key dancer flanked by other side dancers or some short singing by a leading character accompanied by "her" funny acts creating laughter from the crowds. The ladyboy show at Mimosa, Pattaya was simple yet elegant with the nicely decorated stage. One that really caught the audience attention was the woman's face covered with mask that was so outstanding and bizarre. It was a very humble cabaret show outlet and though can never be compared to those at Alcazar and Tiffany in size and level of decorations, has nevertheless be created a decent and interesting entertainment show as good as that of the other 2 grander shows. The one very funny performance which audience get to experience on the day when I visited was a ladyboy who came out with her super belly to create a pregnant woman character who did a talk singing (sprechgesang). As "she" play out her singing, she walked to one of the crowd calling out "papa" multiple times, hugged him and kissing him causing much laughter to the crowd. The "belly" eventually burst as it was actually a balloon stuffed between "her" stomach and the dress worn. There were also instances where the lead singer at the end of "her" performance would say "thank you" to the crowd on purpose to expose "her" real identity much to the laughter from the crowd. At the end of the show, the audience could have photography sessions with these ladyboys if they wish to. Overall, it was quite an entertaining show and a good experience for those who seek for some kind of distinguished activity while on holiday in Pattaya. Another activity that one can indulge in apart from admiring the beautiful architectures and nice landscapes and cabaret show entertainment at Mimosa was the art room where there were several great drawings depicting characters such as Albert Einstein, Bruce Lee, Elvis Presley where visitors can snap photos to reflect that one being seen as involved in acts together with each of the characters ie fighting with Bruce Lee or swinging on the swing while Elvis playing the guitar. You can also get into ice skating action complete with a made-up snow filled mountain with you pretend to be holding the ski pole or pretend to be somewhere at historical city of Ayutthaya, Thailand snapping photographs with the amazing chedi and gigantic Buddha sculptures and the surrounding landscapes or even pretend to sit next to a Harley Davidson bike. Mimosa: The City of Love is located at South Pattaya away from the hustle and bustle of the busy and hectic Pattaya commercial and tourist centre. This is the place to find some peace and little entertainment far from the notorious Pattaya tourist paradise at north and centre of the city,

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A decorative structures of a European man and woman @ Mimosa, Pattaya

THE EUROPEAN STYLE ARCHITECTURES AND DESIGN BUILDINGS AND ITS SURROUNDING LANDSCAPES @ MIMOSA, PATTAYA
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THE LADYBOY CABARET SHOW @ MIMOSA WITH EACH OF THE PERFORMERS CAPTIVATING THE ATTENTION FROM THE FLOORS AND THE OUTSTANDING STAGE DECORATION
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THE ART ROOM @ MIMOSA WHERE VISITORS COULD PRETEND TO BE LIVE AT THE SCENES SUCH AS THIS ONE WHERE YOU COULD SNAP PHOTOS AS IF YOU WERE AT HISTORICAL CITY OF AYUTTHAYA PROVINCE, THAILAND
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THE AWESOME STRUCTURES @ MIMOSA, PATTAYA & ITS MARVELLOUS SURROUNDING LANDSCAPES
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Taipei City Adventure

Taipei Botanical Garden & National Museum of History

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Strolling along the Taipei Botanical Garden on the early morning was so refreshing because this garden was filled not only with tall trees but also has such a diverse ecological system where you can find ponds, aquatic plants, flowers, bamboo garden and other interesting nature wonders all came together in this unique garden. The most convenient way to get here would be through the Taipei Metro getting down at the Xiaonanmen station. Taipei Botanical Garden was created during the Japanese colonisation period in Taiwan was first being a nursery known as Taipei Nursery and later being enlarged and renamed as Taipei Botanical Garden and was the first botanical garden in Taiwan. Taipei Botanical Garden was formerly a site an ancient city in which main activities during the historic era centred around here. Apart from the natural plants and ponds that were unique to Taipei Botanical Garden, another major attraction at this garden was the Bu-Cheng-Shih-Sz Museum. This museum was formerly a provincial administration hall when Taiwan was under the rule of China during Qing Dynasty, where Taiwan was a former province of China. Other than functioning as a provincial administration centre, it also served as guest house to government officials during their visit to Taiwan.

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Exit information at Xiaonanmen Taipei Metro Station to get to Taipei Botanical Garden

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The entrance to Taipei Botanical Garden

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The trees lined the walkways of Taipei Botanical Garden

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Taipei Botanical Garden was filled with many plants and trees

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Palm trees seen at this section of Taipei Botanical Garden

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Purpose-built walkway bridge for visitors to stroll within the lush trees at Taipei Botanical Garden

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Fern garden at Taipei Botanical Garden

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The lotus pond at Taipei Botanical Garden

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Visitors to Taipei Botanical Garden could sit and relax while reading books

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Many pathways were filled with trees at Taipei Botanical Garden

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The entrance to Bu-Cheng-Shih-Sz Museum

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The main entrance gate to Bu-Cheng-Shih-Sz Museum

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The main hall of Bu-Cheng-Shih-Sz Museum seen from the main entrance

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The main hall of Bu-Cheng-Shih-Sz Museum

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Flanked by left and right hall

THE INTERIOR OF THE MAIN HALL OF BU-CHENG-SHIH-SZ HALL AND ITS SURROUNDINGS
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THE MAIN BUILDING OF NATIONAL MUSEUM OF HISTORY WHICH DISPLAY ARTEFACTS AND RELICS FROM CHINA. NO PHOTOS ALLOWED INSIDE.
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The National Museum of History seen from the Taipei Botanical Garden
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Taipei City Adventure

National Palace Museum & Jingmei

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The National Palace Museum in Taipei should not be mistaken as a royal palace building turned into a palace museum for visitors both locals and international tourists admirations and learning experience. This version of palace museum was in fact a museum which displays the artefacts from Beijing under the administration of Kuomintang. As Kuomintang was losing its influence in Beijing, its leader, Chiang Kai Shek was worried that these invaluable artefacts would fall in the hands of the communists rule. To avoid such precious artefacts from being taken away by the communists regime, Chiang Kai Shek who escaped to Taiwan after the defeat of Kuomintang to the communists took together with him these artefacts in which they are now being kept here at the National Palace Museum today as an education centre on Chinese treasures dated during the several dynasties in China . I did not actually entered the exhibition halls to check out those artefacts not that I was not interested with such great items but perhaps I was not a big fan of it either, so I decided to give it a skip. But taking a tour around the museum's sizeable territory can be very interesting by itself. The museum building was being designed and built to match its name "National Palace Museum" where the architecture and layout of the building resembled the royal palace at the Forbidden City in Beijing albeit a smaller version in comparison with the one in China. I enjoy taking a slow tour just to experience such nice buildings in particular those that were rich in history and great stories. Though the National Palace Museum in Taipei was not exactly a palace building that came with it historic values, the fact that it was modelled over the Forbidden City palace was enough to gain my attention to its beautiful architecture. Its not difficult to get to National Palace Museum. First, take the Taipei Metro to Shilin Station. Exit the station at Exit 1 and walk straight until reaching the main road before turning right where there was a bus stop for bus to the museum with bus number 304 or 255.

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The exit information at the Taipei Metro Shilin Station

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Exit 1 at Shilin Station and walk straight before turning right to board a bus to National Palace Museum

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Inside the bus to National Palace Museum from Taipei Metro Shilin Station

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The staircase to the main arch of National Palace Museum

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A directory map of National Palace Museum

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The main arch of the National Palace Museum

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The main exhibition hall of National Palace Museum from afar

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The National Palace Museum was surrounded with lush greeneries with beautiful green hills background

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One of the outdoor decorations at National Palace Museum

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The wide and long walkways leading to the main exhibition hall @ National Palace Museum

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The staircase leading up to the main exhibition hall @ National Palace Museum

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A view from the higher level at the main exhibition hall area @ National Palace Museum

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The administration building and Exhibition Hall 2 @ National Palace Museum

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Another view of the administration building and Exhibition Hall 2 @ National Palace Museum

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A view from the main exhibition hall area @ National Palace Museum

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The main exhibition hall of National Palace Museum

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The concourse at the main exhibition hall area @ National Palace Museum

THE MAIN EXHIBITION HALL BUILDING @ NATIONAL PALACE MUSEUM
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The lush greeneries surrounding the side walkways @ National Palace Museum

From National Palace Museum, I took a short trip to Jingmei, a small town which was not exactly a tourist spot and accessible by Taipei Metro Jingmei Station. There was nothing much to do here but just a stop for a visit to Jingmei Jiying Temple, a noodle lunch trip, sample Taiwanese pancakes and bubble tea and a stroll along the Jingmei fresh market. Jingmei was located within the Wenshan District, an area which was covered by massive tea plantations.

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Arriving at Jingmei through Taipei Metro

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Jingmei fresh market

JINGMEI JIYING TEMPLE
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Enjoying Taiwanese pancake in Jingmei

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A bowl of hot noodle in Jingmei for lunch

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The clean and organised Jingmei in Wenshan District

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Taipei City Adventure

Taipei 101 & Xingtian Temple

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Mentioned 101 and you will never be wrong in associating this to the world's tallest tower until 2004 when it was replaced by Burj Khalifa of Dubai in 2010. As with the other tallest towers in other parts of the world, Taipei 101 is situated within the financial district of Xinyi, in which it also housed the Taiwan Stock Exchange Corporation. The tower was originally named Taipei World Financial Centre which was then changed to Taipei 101. It has 101 floors above ground and 5 floors below ground. Due to frequent earthquake and typhoons incidents that hit Taipei, the tower was designed to weather such natural disasters. Apart from the Taipei 101 Mall that occupied the Taipei 101, which was also the tower's largest tenant, there were numerous multinational companies that tenanted Taipei 101 including financial institutions, wealth management companies, lifestyle and fashion corporations, corporate advisories and management companies as well as cafes and restaurants. Taipei 101 also claimed the Guinness World Record for its fastest passenger elevator from ground floor to the 89th floor which was where the tower's Indoor Observatory Deck was located. There was also an Outdoor Observatory Deck located two floors above the indoor ones on 91st Floor. The observatory decks allow for a 360 degree views with large glass panels as well as providing hand-held recorded voice tours device complete with microphones. Taipei 101 was designed to withstand the strong typhoon winds and earthquakes with the placement of a 660 -tonne steel pendulum which was round in shape and gold in colour suspended between 92nd and 87th floor. This steel pendulum would offset any movements that caused by strong winds. Taipei 101 was built with 101 floors symbolising the beginning of the new year of January 1st 1-01 and also going beyond 100 percent in tasks to be accomplished.

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Its easy and convenient getting to Taipei 101 with Taipei Metro

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Taipei 101 after exiting Taipei Metro station

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An outdoor decoration near one of the Taipei 101 entrance

TAIPEI 101 MALL
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The ticketing counter to access the observatory deck located on 5th floor of Taipei 101

SOME OF THE INTERESTING WALL DECORATION AT THE TICKETING COUNTER on 5th FLOOR OF TAIPEI 101
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The Taipei 101 observatory deck ticketing counter

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A souvenir shop at Taipei 101 observatory deck ticketing floor

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Souvenirs available at the Taipei 101 ticketing floor

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Visitors queuing up to board the fastest elevator from the ticketing floor to the observatory deck on 89th floor of Taipei 101

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Marketplace, a popular supermarket in Taipei 101

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Spacious and comfortable food court at Taipei 101

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Having lunch at Taipei 101 food court

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Taipei 101 Mall Christmas decorations

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The entrance to Taipei 101 Observatory Deck ticketing floor

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Ticket for entrance to Taipei 101 Observatory Deck @ NTD500

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It took only 37 seconds to reached 89 Floor of Taipei 101

SOME GREAT TAIPEI CITY VIEWS AND INFORMATIONS ON DISPLAY ON 89 FLOOR OF THE OBSERVATORY DECK @ TAIPEI 101
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The steel pendulum which act to stabilised the Taipei 101 tower from strong winds

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Xintian Temple is not just any ordinary temple in Taipei city. There was an underground pedestrian tunnel which was connected to Xingtian Temple and what made this temple distinctive was that the underground walkways was lined with a row of fortune tellers eagerly waiting for customers. The temple was built in honour of Guan Gong, a former army general during AD 162-219 who emphasised loyalty and righteousness during his life. Xingtian Temple of Xingtien Gong was easily accessible with Taipei Metro alighting at the Xingtian Temple Station.

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The entrance to Xingtian Temple

The grand entrance to main hall of Xingtian Temple
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The main hall of Xingtian Temple

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The red doors of the grand entrance to Xingtian Temple

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The praying hall @ Xingtian Temple

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The side halls @ Xingtian Temple

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XINGTIAN TEMPLE GRAND ENTRANCE GATE AT NIGHT

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The underground pedestrian tunnel at Xingtian Temple

SOME OF THE FORTUNE TELLERS AT XINGTIAN TEMPLE
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Queuing up under the rain near Xingtian Temple

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For this Taiwan mochi

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Hua Hin

The Royal City of Thailand

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Hua Hin is a beach city located in the province of Prachuap Khiri Khan, south of Bangkok. This city is also known as the Royal city as the Thai King, King Bumibhol Adulyadej, the King Rama 9 would take a rest at the Klai Kang Won Palace as and when The Majesty would like to do so. As such, Hua Hin is a symbolic of the Royal city of Thailand and over the years this beach city has seen massive developments that attracted many foreign travellers from abroad to visit and relax. In comparison to Pattaya in Chonburi province, Hua Hin offers much laid back atmosphere, perfect for those who seek for calm, peace and quite retreat. It is not as commercialised as Pattaya and Phuket but offers and matched the kind of beach holiday retreat expected of within the Thai hospitality and quality.

There are several activities you can do when in Hua Hin. Of course Hua Hin itself offers the good and nice beach relaxation, but if you like, you could also travel quite a bit to another beach town of Cha Am, which is popular among the local Thais where you could sample some great and affordable seafood. Cha Am is a very tiny beach town with shops, convenience stores, restaurants and pubs dotted the main beach street of the town. Just like most of the beaches in Thailand, you would could hire the beach chair equipped with standing umbrella at various spots along the beach. In Cha Am, this is of no exception. I was in Cha Am few years back and nothing much has changed since then. Coming from the main road from Bangkok before turning into the other section of the road to reach Cha Am beach, there are several restaurants famous for the grilled chicken and roast pork which still dotted the side of the road. If you would like to try some seafood, most of the seafood restaurants are located at the north of Cha Am beach.

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The main beach street at Cha Am

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Beach chair for hire at Cha Am beach

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General view of Cha Am beach from a seafood restaurant north Cha Am

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Another beach view from the seafood restaurant in Cha Am

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Enjoying seafood in Cha Am: Deep fry fish cake, deep fry grouper fish and sour & spicy squid

One of the very important and distinctive symbol of Hua Hin other than Klai Klang Won Palace is the Hua Hin Railway Station and its never a mistake to visit this unique heritage railway station of Thailand and is known to be one of its kind in this Land of Smiles. What makes Hua Hin railway station distinctive is that it maintains the heritage wooden buildings within the station including the main station building which also serves as ticketing office and waiting lobby for passengers. There is also an old stationery train coach which the railway authority placed on the opposite of Hua Hin Railway Station as a form of heritage display for public views. It is a well worth visit and never be missed when you are in Hua Hin. The most notable feature of Hua Hin railway station is the station's signboard which is a wooden structure with Thai ancient design being in red and white paint. This signboard is phenomenal and has been used as a design for souvenirs available in Hua Hin.

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A nice, good place to stay with affordable rates would never be too difficult to locate and booked if you want to be in Hua Hin for a beach holiday. There have been many new cosy boutique hotels springing up in Hua Hin as a result of increasing demand from holidaymakers and you should checked in one of this in particular the south of Hua Hin, which is much more peaceful and less congested than the northern side of Hua Hin. I had a stay at G Hotel, at the south of Hua Hin and this is an eco friendly hotel in which the lobby of the hotel has an open concept, without air-conditioning while the corridors of each floors of the hotel is also with similar concept minus the air-condition. There is a pool beside the lobby that comes with a small cafe and also a gym located at the edge of the pool. The room is spacious with large balcony equipped with a small bed cum sofa overlooking the pool, where guest could sit, relax or even take a nap on enjoying the breeze of outdoor fresh air day or night time.

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The sigboard at G Hotel, Hua Hin

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The entrance and open concept lobby at G Hotel Hua Hin

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The room at G Hotel Hua Hin

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The small bed cum sofa at the balcony of the room at G Hotel Hua Hin

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The pool view from the room at G Hotel

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A general view of G Hotel Hua Hin

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The swimming pool and the gym at G Hotel

Take a walk at the Hua Hin Night Market which is a heaven if you enjoy seafood as you can find some very large lobsters and other fresh seafood available at restaurants within this night market. This is also a place to sample some thai street food and dessert on a budget and also you can get nice little souvenirs for loved ones and friends here as you stroll along this market street.

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Stalls and crowd at Hua Hin Night Market

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A roti (paratha) vendor stall at Hua Hin Night market

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Deep fry egg with oyster vendor at Hua Hin night market

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Thai-styled ice cream at Hua Hin night market

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Deep fried seafood vendor at Hua Hin Night market

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Souvenirs available at Hua Hin night market

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Seafood restaurant at Hua Hin night market designed with Hua Hin railway station in mind

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Have your take at these giant lobsters when in Hua Hin night market hunting for seafood

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Old heritage building in Hua Hin near the night market area

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Hua Hin night market street

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Enjoying coffee at The Coffee Club Hua Hin after a walk at night market

Khao Takiab or Chopstick Hill is located at the southern tip of Hua Hin and is known among the Thais for the massive Buddha statue located on a hill at the edge of the beach. This beach area on the south of Hua Hin is far less crowded with large open beach area and a good place to get sunbathing as well as for swimming.

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The Khao Takiab beach

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The Buddha statue at Khao Takiab beach

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Plernwan Village is a small tourists attraction and popular among the Thais which is specially designed with wooden structures which resembled the old traditional house of southern Thailand. There are several restaurants serving Thai food and drinks, several souvenir shops ideal for those who wants to get something home for family and friends and stalls specialising in t-shirts and related accessories.

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Posted by kidd27 08:43 Archived in Thailand Comments (0)

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