Hua Hin, 200Km to the south of the capital Bangkok, is located in the province of Prachuap Khiri Khan and a popular seaside resort. Hua Hin was one of the first beach resorts in Thailand. Originally a quiet fishing village the construction of a railway station and the summer palace of King Rama VII in the 1920’s started its transformation into the beach resort it has developed into. In 1924 Thailand's first golf course opened and this resulted in Thai high society choosing Hua Hin as a holiday destination. There is a very different feeling here compared to many of the other beach resorts found in Thailand. Along with the well known Thai annual festivals such as Songkran Festival and Loy Kratong, there is also the Hua Hin Jazz Festival, Hua Hin & Cha-am Golf Festival and the prominent Kings Cup Elephant Polo Tournament.
As it is a beach resort you will find lots of activities on offer, but the town also has many other attractions to see. Previous monarchs of Thailand have made Hua Hin their home and, due to this, there are many old and beautiful temples and palaces to see around the town. Hua Hin is still very much thought of as the ‘Royal Town’ especially as the current and longest reigning monarch, HRM King Bhumibol Adulyadej has made Hua Hin his permanent home.
Hua Hin Beach extends to Khao Takiap hill where a Buddhist temple has been built on the cliffs. Hua Hin means ‘stone head’ as the beach has many smooth large stones. The resort is popular with both Thais and foreigners as it is close to Bangkok. The beach is quite peaceful and a nice place to chill out and swim, they also have horse riding available on the beach; Hua Hin Railway Station is one of the oldest railway stations in Thailand. The red and white pavilion was previously the Royal Waiting Room, built in the rule of King Rama VI (1910-1925) to be used in the Sanamchan Palace in Nakhon Pathom province. In 1968, the pavilion was renovated and moved to the railway station; Klai Kangwon Palace, also known as the Summer Palace consists of a temple built high on a hill that juts out to sea, about 6km from town.
There is also a huge Buddha image on the hilltop and a nice view; The Night Market has lots going on and can be an interesting place to hang around in the evenings, people watching. Fresh seafood can be found here amongst the food stalls selling local delicacies, as well as local handicrafts, souvenirs and clothes.