The Royal City of Thailand
15.05.2014 - 15.05.2014 40 °C
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.
The main beach street at Cha Am
Beach chair for hire at Cha Am beach
General view of Cha Am beach from a seafood restaurant north Cha Am
Another beach view from the seafood restaurant in Cha Am
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.
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.
The sigboard at G Hotel, Hua Hin
The entrance and open concept lobby at G Hotel Hua Hin
The room at G Hotel Hua Hin
The small bed cum sofa at the balcony of the room at G Hotel Hua Hin
The pool view from the room at G Hotel
A general view of G Hotel Hua Hin
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.
Stalls and crowd at Hua Hin Night Market
A roti (paratha) vendor stall at Hua Hin Night market
Deep fry egg with oyster vendor at Hua Hin night market
Thai-styled ice cream at Hua Hin night market
Deep fried seafood vendor at Hua Hin Night market
Souvenirs available at Hua Hin night market
Seafood restaurant at Hua Hin night market designed with Hua Hin railway station in mind
Have your take at these giant lobsters when in Hua Hin night market hunting for seafood
Old heritage building in Hua Hin near the night market area
Hua Hin night market street
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.
The Khao Takiab beach
The Buddha statue at Khao Takiab beach
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.