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Hua Hin: Thailand's Beach Resort Paradise   by Michael Allen

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No visit to Thailand is complete without a trip to the beautiful resort beaches of Hua Hin. Located 200 miles south of Bangkok, Hua Hin is one of the oldest and most popular sandy destinations in the country.

While many of the other beach resorts in Thailand - including Phuket and Samui - have been over developed and overrun with tourist hotels and restaurants, Hua Hin has retained its traditional charm as both a resort and a working fishing village.

The beach is over five miles long and surrounded by some of the best, yet least expensive, golf courses in the entire world. The city itself was discovered more than 80 years ago by King Rama VII. He chose the place as his home away from home when he wanted to escape the heat and humidity of the capital city.
Once King Rama built his palace in what had up until that point been a fishing village, other Siam nobility were soon to follow - which fueled the growth and popularity of Hua Hin.

The king's palace - called Klai Kangwon, which means "Far From Worries" - remains an official royal residence and popular attraction to this day. Public tours are easy to arrange - even when members of the royal family are staying there!

Be careful outside the palace, however, because security is very tight and any type of public intoxication or other bad behavior near the palace is dealt with very strictly by the local police officers.

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While the main tourist activity is to lie out on the sandy beach and have locals bring your drinks or provide massages, there are sites to see when you've decided you've had your fill of fun in the sun.

Most of the wealthiest families in Thailand have built their summer homes near the palace or on the beach, which means there is beautiful architecture to see as you stroll around and explore Hua Hin.

Khao Takiap is a large hill that is filled with beautiful Buddhist temples and offers the best overhead view of the city, the port and the ocean. It is a four-kilometer hike, so you may want to rent a bike or motorcycle to take you to the top.

The Hua Hin railway station is one of the oldest stations in Thailand and is so beautiful that it is considered one of the country's landmarks.

The Spirit Houses of Brassiere Beach has a really odd history. Legend has it that the daughter of a local fisherman was eaten by fish because she was too beautiful to live in the world. Today, men and women leave brasseries on the beach in order to ask the gods for good luck.

Namtok Pa Lau is an 11-tier waterfall located about 30 miles outside of town. It is easy to get to by bus, and is particularly popular on hot and humid days.

Wat Huay Mongkol was where famed monk Luang Phor Thuat lived his life. He was known for performing miracles and his former residence is now a large public park featuring a giant statue of him as its centerpiece.
Fishermen Standing in Boat Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand
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At night Hua Hin comes alive with a large open-air market where you can buy nearly anything under the moon, and see what types of interesting fish and fruits the locals like to eat. You can also sample any of the many excellent seafood restaurants that surround the market.

If you want to sample local products, look for things made from Khommaphat, which is a type of cotton unique to the Hua Hin region. They use it to make everything from shirts to large decorative pieces of art.

The one downside of Hua Hin is that it does not have as active a nightlife culture as the other beach resort towns in Thailand. Your best bet is to hit the Soi Bintabaht and Soi Selakam areas where you can find local beer bars. 

By royal decree, there are no go-go bars in town.

Hua Hin has three important regional festivals, including:

  • The Thailand's International Kite Festival is held from March through May in Hua Hin during even numbered years. It features stunt kites, big kites, little kites, high tech kites, traditional Thai kites, and displays of international kites.
  • Hua Hin Jazz Festival is held through the month of June on the beach. It attracts world-class Jazz musicians and is considered one of the most popular events in Hua Hin.
  • Hua Hin Vintage Car Rally. Sponsored by Vintage Car Club of Thailand and the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the car rally is held every December. All of the cars in the rally are vintage from the 1920s, in celebration of when the King discovered the city.
Getting to Hua Hin is easy from nearly any part of Thailand. It is hooked up to most of the major rail lines and you can get a direct train from Bangkok. There are also several bus routes from both Bangkok and Malaysia.

Overall, the weather is temperate. There is a brief rainy season in the spring, but the showers tend to be very short and are often over in five minutes or less - so you can get right back to the sun and fun!

You will notice that there are many, many more Thai tourists in Hua Hin than in the other national beach resorts. While westerners do come to Hua Hin, there are far fewer of them here than in Phuket or any of the other beach towns.

This leads to a certain charm, because Hua Hin has yet to be completely corrupted by tourists - and you can feel like you are having a very authentic Thailand vacation experience!

So, next time you are in Thailand, hop on the train and check out the beautiful beaches, waterfalls and temples of Hua Hin. Consider it a royal experience! You'll be glad you did!

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About the Author: Michael works as a freelance writer for Visit for all the information you need about Thailand travel.


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AKA Resort Hua Hin
Part of the exclusive club of Small Luxury Hotels, this lakeside retreat regularly makes the Top 10 lists. The resort is a ten minute drive to the historic railway station, the famous Night Market, the beach and the pier. Golf enthusiasts will appreciate the location close to the Black Mountain Golf Course. Each villa comes with an infinity pool, outdoor sunken bath, and a private courtyard. The resort offers a range of activities for guests from Yoga and aqua aerobics to wine tasting, cooking and painting. And when you wish to explore the surrounding area, the Leisure Concierge can help plan the perfect itinerary for you. At AKA Resort guests enjoy a private and intimate holiday experience.
Anantara Resort Hua Hin
Indulge in a luxury Thailand holiday directly on the beachfront of the sleepy royal seaside town of Hua Hin with Anantara Hua Hin Resort & Spa. Tee off at sunrise on one of the area’s many great golf courses. Take an age old Thai massage surrounded by beautiful gardens at Anantara Spa. Explore the nearby open-air palaces before retreating to the stylish Thai interior of your private suite.  Lush tropical gardens surround the hotel, inviting you to spend your hours outdoors, while in the rooms and suites you’ll find all the amenities you need for an idyllic romantic vacation. The resort offers a range of superior facilities including a beachside swimming pool, tennis courts, cookery school and a choice of glorious dining options of various world cuisines to create the perfect romantic vacation.
Banyan Resort & Golf Hua Hin
Banyan Resort & Golf, Hua Hin, Thailand, is an exclusive resort designed and built to the highest standards. Set in a beautiful landscaped environment, the resort offers a choice of private pool villas and villas with a Jacuzzi. The luxurious villas feature stylish Thai decor and furnishings, and modern appliances. Resort facilities include Lemongrass Restaurant & Bar and the Splash Pool Bar & Playground. Just moments from one of the region's most impressive golf courses and a short drive from the heart of Thailand's royal resort town, Banyan Resort & Golf, Hua Hin, Thailand offers guests an enviable lifestyle and is the ideal choice for relaxation with the family and memorable golf holiday.
Cape Nidhra Hotel Hua Hin
The Cape Nidhra Hotel, Hua Hin is the latest addition to the Cape Hotel Collection, Thailand’s Premier Collection of luxury hotels and serviced apartments. Famous for excellent service, extensive facilities and enviable locations, the Cape Hotel Collection always delivers a unique, enjoyable and distinctive holiday experience unmatched by any other hotel Collection.  Cape Nidhra offers its guests the best accommodation in this sought after location. Characterized by its impeccable service and its elegant accommodation, the hotel has been described as “one of the most distinctive in Hua Hin”. Perched on the shores of Hua Hin’s breathtaking beach, the hotel offers easy access to the seaside town’s wonderful street markets, shopping centres, restaurants, pubs and nightlife.
Hyatt Regency Hua Hin
Hyatt Regency Hua Hin is a luxury 5 star beach-front spa and resort hotel located in the city of Hua Hin, 230 Km south-west of Bangkok on the Gulf of Thailand. The hotel enjoys the prime stretch of 250-metre long beach-front, the longest beach resort in Hua Hin, and its located within 12.5 acres of lush tropical landscaped gardens with exotic foliage and secluded ponds. The Hyatt Regency Hua Hin Hotel is host to The Barai residential spa. The Barai residential spa is an unrivalled sanctuary of calm in Hua Hin, Thailand. Figs Restaurant - the restaurant features a breakfast buffet overlooking the lush tropical gardens. Talay Thai Restaurant & Bar - specialising in 'home-style' traditional Thai cuisine and 'Catch of the Day' fresh seafood specialities.
Imperial Hua Hin Beach Resort
Imperial Hua Hin Beach Resort preserves the Hua Hin resort atmosphere with 124 guestrooms, all beautifully decorated and equipped with modern facilities to ensure utmost comfort and convenience. The magnificent swimming pool and a restaurant facing on to the beach offer an excellent variety of dining and other entertainment options to make your trip just perfect. Our Hua Hin resort and spa offers a haven of beachfront tranquility and relaxation. The Imperial Beach Resort Hua Hin offers excellent beach front dining in Hua Hin. Montalay beachfront restaurant in Hua Hin serves a wide selection of Thai and Western cuisine and seafood. We also have an excellent wine list carefully selected to blend perfectly with your choice of dish.
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