Hua Hin resort - hotels, beaches, history and attractions

The resort of Hua Hin is one of the oldest cities in Thailand. It is the administrative center of one of the municipal districts of the country with the same name. On the map of Thailand you can see that the city is located in the north of the Malacca Peninsula, on the west coast of the Gulf of Thailand, covers an area of 86 square kilometers, and its surrounding area - 839 square kilometers. It is separated from Bangkok by a distance of about 220 km.

The name "Hua Hin" means "Stone Head" in Thai. The city's name "Hua Hin" means "Stone Head" in Thai, which was inspired by the stones sticking out over the water near the city's shore and resembling stone sculptures of heads.

The population in the municipality, is almost 85 thousand. Hua Hin town itself is home to about 50 thousand people. The traditional population of Hua Hin is the fishermen, whose rhythm of life can be watched from the resort's fishing pier.

Hua Hin on the map of Thailand

Tourists are attracted to this resort city by its beautiful beaches. They stretch along the city shore of the Gulf of Thailand for 5 km. The sleek English style of the high-class hotels fit in perfectly and complemented the picturesque picture of an attractive holiday.

Here come to rest and lovers of secluded recreation, and families with children. After all, the resort is virtually no nightlife. In general, Hua Hin is considered a quiet city for a relaxing vacation.

How to get there

Hua Hin, one of the closest resorts to the Thai capital. The duration of the trip is about three hours.

The route from Bangkok to Hua Hin on the map

Transportation to Hua Hin:

By minivan (minibus) from Bangkok:

  1. From Victory Monument metro;
  2. From Khao San Road;
  3. From the South bus station (SaiTaiMaiBusTerminal);
  4. From the North Bus Terminal (MorChitBusTerminal).

The cost of the trip is almost the same everywhere, 190-200 baht. The time travel is about three hours. The frequency of trips, every 30 minutes as the transport is full. From 5 am and end at 7 pm. The minivan terminates at Phetkasem, Hua Hin's main street, near the Wat Hua Hin temple. This place is also called "Clock Tower". From the same location, the minibus departs back to Bangkok.

By bus from Bangkok to Hua Hin:

  1. From Suvarnabhumi International Airport;
  2. From the Sai Tai Mai Bus Terminal;
  3. From Khao San Road.

The most convenient option is from Suvarnabhumi Airport. The bus from the airport will cost 300 baht. Departure is from the 1st floor, at gate 8. The bus arrives at the Hua Hin bus station. A comfortable bus is provided for this trip. You can also take this bus for your return trip.

Terminals and stations in Thailand on the map

Directly from the airport you can go to the bus station Yuzhny. To do this, go to the transport terminal, and then take bus number 556, which will take you to the bus station Sai Tai Mai Bus Terminal. From here, buses leave hourly, starting at 4 am and ending at 10 pm. The cost of the trip is 160 baht. The final bus stop will be the Hua Hin Bus Terminal near Soi 96. You can also ask for a stop in downtown Hua Hin.

If you are near Khao San Road, you can go to the nearest travel agency and order a transfer.

By cab from Bangkok

And of course you can go to Hua Hin by cab. The cost of the trip will cost you from 2000 to 3000 Baht, depending on how you bargain. The trip takes about three hours, just like a minibus, but in a more comfortable environment. Quite expensive if you go alone, but quite acceptable if you go with a group or family.

By train from Bangkok

The train trip to Hua Hin is quite long and arduous. The trip takes about 5 hours. But the cost is much lower than the minibus and is 50-100 Baht. This trip is perfect for those who want to admire the local scenery. The train leaves from Bangkok train station and arrives at the central wooden station in Hua Hin, which is a landmark of the city.

Attractions

Hua Hin is the royal resort city of Thailand. The beginning of the Hua Hin resort was laid back in the 1920s by Prince Vachiravudh, who briefly became the King of Siam. He built a summer residence of the king - the Thai Palace (Mrigadayavan Palace), where the entire royal family loved to relax.

Mrigadayavan Palace

▣ Mrigadayavan Palace.

Called the "Palace of Love and Hope," today it has become one of the city's most magnificent landmarks. It has a magnificent museum of the royal residence. It is located in the province of Phetchaburi in the direction of Hua Hin Chaham.

Another palace is Klai Kangwon Palace, which translates as "away from trouble. It is still an active royal residence, which contributes to the constant maintenance of order in the city and the almost complete elimination of crime.

A royal palace made in the traditional style of Spain. It is located three kilometers from Hua Hin. The palaces are open to the public daily.

Near Klai Kangwon Palace is a picturesque park called the Butterfly Garden. Here you can see many uniquely beautiful butterflies and rare birds. Of the 982 known species of birds, three species are found only in Thailand and nowhere else on the planet, and 45 species are very rare in its other parts. And among them, the bird mayna, which is loved by residents and guests of the resort with its pleasant singing and amazing ability to imitate the various sounds of nature and even human speech.

The park contains various specimens of the flora of Thailand:

  • The white cotton tree, the fruit of which the locals stuff their pillows;
  • Victoria amazoniana with beautiful delicate pink flowers;
  • Puya Raymonda, is one of the largest flowers in the world;
  • An ornamental pseudoranthemum with colorful foliage and attractive inflorescences.
  • Flower lovers can admire a huge variety of species of wonderful orchids here.

Among the interesting sights of Hua Hin are the floating markets. At the Sam Phan Nam Floating Market you will get to know the Thai flavor. Here you can visit the food and shopping aisles, or just admire their Victorian-style decoration.

Sam Phan Nam Floating Market

▣ Sam Phan Nam Floating Market in Hua Hin.

The decoration of the Hua Hin Sam Phan Nam Floatig Market is made in the corporate style of the station - the historical pride not only of the city of Hua Hin, but also of Thailand.

The station, built of wood of one of the most expensive species, teak, back in the nineteenth century, opened the way to the city by land. The building was reconstructed in the sixties of the 20th century, its original appearance, unfortunately, has not been preserved. However, the highlight of the station remained - the current royal box for waiting trains.

The architecture of the renovated train station should also be noted. It has an original combination of Eastern and Western style, which makes it stand out from the different buildings of Hua Hin and attracts tourists.

At 14 km from Hua Hin on its highest point, Khao Takiab Rock, there is a Buddhist temple. From here you can see the town and the beautiful beaches.

Hua Hin and its surroundings are rich in natural attractions. Especially interesting in Hua Hin are national parks with caves and waterfalls. One of them, the largest national park in Thailand Kaeng Krachan National Park, has a beautiful waterfall PaLa-U with cool pools and water from the mountain river.

In Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, the huge Phraya Nakhon Cave, located on a hill, is worth a visit. But to get there, you have to walk 430 meters up a steep slope of a rocky hill.

City transport

Hua Hin is a small town with a convenient location of attractions, so tourists prefer walking. The most popular public transportation here is the sunteo (shuttle bus), which costs from 15 baht from the airport to the beach.

▣ Tuk tuks in Hua Hin.

The resort also provides the following modes of transport: fan buses, tuk-tuks, bicycle rickshaws. A short distance tuk-tuk ride costs from 100 baht.

You can rent a car, scooters, or motorcycles to travel to neighboring areas. You can rent a scooter at hotels and inexpensive hostels, or directly on the street. Rental will cost an average of 200 baht. Note that the streets are one-way. And for riding a bike without a helmet there is a fine of 500 baht. Also read the details of car rentals in Hua Hin.

Hotels

For the rest of tourists in Hua Hin has more than 400 hotels, inns, and gesthouses. Of the more popular hotels, it is worth highlighting:

  • Hilton Hua Hin Resort & Spa, located in the center of Hua Hin, is a comfortable hotel with a wonderful view of the Gulf of Thailand. It has everything for a great vacation: a first-class spa, pool by the beach, 5 bars and restaurants. Modern rooms with sofas, cable TV and full-size refrigerator. Tennis courts, fitness center. Room rates starting at 3,000 baht per night.
  • Devasom Hua Hin Resort. It is located on a quiet private beach. Only a few spacious rooms and individual villas are offered for guests with a price range of 6,000 to 15,000 baht per night.
  • The Hyatt Regency Hua Hin is a paradise for a family vacation. The rooms are small, with an excellent combination of price and quality. Rooms cost from 3,500 baht.
  • Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin. Also located in the city center. There are 4 outdoor pools, spa and 4 restaurants. Sports enthusiasts can play tennis on the tennis courts or work out in the fitness center. Room rates start at 5,000 baht per night.

The cheapest accommodation for tourists is in the hotel "Rooms@102". Its rooms have air conditioning, hot water and WI-FI. Room rates start at 300 baht a night. Among inexpensive hotels we can single out "Chom-Haad Guesthouse" with cozy double rooms with air conditioning, starting at 600 baht per night.

Near the hotels there are many hostels offering rooms for two for 700 baht.

Hotels in Hua Hin

The list of hotels could go on and on, but take a look at the map of the city's website, at the map of its hotels, to see the location, prices, description of services and to book a room.

Restaurants in hotels, hotels cook national, European, Chinese and Japanese cuisine. Typical prices in restaurants are 500 baht for two. In local cafes you can have lunch for 50-100 baht. In cafes located on the beaches from 100 baht. And if you want something cheaper - the markets of the city just amazes with a huge variety of ready-made meals. And they are cheaper than the bought products individually. There is also an abundance of fresh drinks, which will be prepared in front of you.

Beaches

The city of Hua Hin has essentially only one city beach with a length of up to 10 km. The beach is relatively crowded, but there is always room for sunbathing on the white sand or to settle in with a deckchair under an umbrella. Beach vendors are constantly plying the beach, so you can save money on dining at expensive restaurants.

There are other beaches, but they are located outside the city limits. One of them, which is located at the foot of the hill Kao Tao, is very popular with tourists. On it you can easily see a large statue of Buddha.

But it is worth noting as a drawback that the sea on the city beach is shallow; a lot of jellyfish are thrown ashore after a storm.

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