Hua Hin is popular with Thai residents and foreign tourists alike, even the Thai Royals have a residence here! Ideal for sports such as kite-surfing and golf.
Why visit Hua Hin?
Hua Hin is a beautiful beachside fishing village on Thailand’s Southern peninsula, but probably not a town that’s familiar to many people. Situated about 200 kilometres South of Bangkok, Hua Hin was the original beach resort of Thailand. With a warm, friendly mix of a cosmopolitan attitude, markets, street food stalls and long, white sandy beaches tourists find Hua Hin easy to navigate and a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok.
What to do in Hua Hin
While visitors today can experience the old world charm of Hua Hin, there are modern facilities and attractions surrounding the city. With traditional Thai temples and gorgeous beaches to satisfy the culture buffs, there is also a nearby golf course, accessible water sports like kite-boarding and snorkelling, as well as natural caves and waterfalls to explore.
For those willing to get further out of town, a new vineyard sits just 45 minutes outside of Hua Hin. Part of the New Latitudes wine movement, daily tours are offered from Hua Hin that include transportation, wine tasting and a three course lunch. Spend your evenings shopping, eating, dancing or relaxing with a peaceful walk along the beach. Indulge in freshly caught seafood or spicy dishes to alight your senses. Couples and families alike will love their time in Hua Hin, a unique Thai village fit for royalty.
History of Hua Hin
This aristocratic city traces its roots to the 1920s when Rama VI (King Vajiravudh) and Rama VII (King Prajadhipok) built summer residences here to escape Bangkok’s hot, humid climate. The most famous of the two structures is Phra Ratchawang Klai Kangwon (Far from Worries Palace), located 3 kilometres North of town and still a royal residence today. Rama VII’s support of Hua Hin and the opening of the southern railway made the town the top destination for Thai nobility, each choosing to build their own summer residences beside the sea for a welcome city escape.
Though it wasn’t until the 1980s that international tourists started arriving, with Hua Hin gaining popularity once the Sofitel brand refurbished the city’s main resort and reopened to the national and international public. One of the most impressive resorts is The Railway Hotel, now the Centara Grand Beach Resort, which was built in 1923 by the State Railways of Thailand and reflects the architectural style of Old Siam.
Booking your Hua Hin holiday
A visit to Hua Hin is a must for its wealth of history and beautiful scenery, offering the best of both a fast-paced city and a relaxed beach destination. Get in contact with one of our My Thailand holiday specialists today!