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Attractions in Hua Hin in Thailand

 
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Prachuap Khiri Khan province's capital, Hua Hin, is located 281 km. south of Bangkok. The old town was abandoned during the fall of Ayutthaya in the 1760s and a new settlement was established in 1845.

Hua Hin is one of Thailand's most popular seaside resorts among overseas visitors as well as Thais. Located on the sunrise (west) side of the Gulf of Thailand, Hua Hin lies some 200 km. or a three-hour drive southwest of Bangkok and is renowned as Thailand's most traditional beach resort. It was here, in the 1920s, that King Rama VII built a summer palace, thus creating a vogue among high society for Hua Hin as a favourite retreat from Bangkok's summer heat. Today the Royal Family continues to reside at Hua Hin for part of the year. Hua Hin is noted for its traditional fishing port with many seafood restaurants, and a splendid sandy beach which starts from a rocky headland next to the port and curves gently for some 3 km. to its southern point where Buddhist temples surmount hilltops. Hua Hin is a well-established beach destination, with full facilities, But in contrast to Pattaya, the long-established resort on the opposite shore of the Gulf, Hua Hin provides a quiet, relaxed retreat amid surroundings which preserve a typical Thai ambience. Hua Hin is thus well suited for families or those who wish simply to escape the city bustle.

City attractions in Hua Hin

Hua Hin Railway Station

Hua Hin Railway Station

Built in the reign of King Rama VI in gingerbread style, this is probably Thailand's most beautiful train station, of which the local people are very proud.

 

Hua Hin Arts and Crafts Centre

This is situated in a typical old house on Naepkehat Road, It has an exhibition of contemporary Thai art, antique furniture and oId pictures of Hua Hin.

Klai Kangwon Palace

King Rama VII had this summer palace built in 1926 to the north of Hua Hin, consisting of three Spanish-style villas facing the sea. Open daily 9.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. Contact Tel : 0 3251 1115 for more information.

 

Khao Takiap

This hill rises at the southern end of Hua Hin beach. There is a road leading to top where a temple is situated. The nearby Khao Takiap beach offers mostly bungalow accommodation.

Khao Takiap
Khao Takiap

 

Koh Singto

Anglers can enjoy a day's outing to this island, just a few kilometers from Hua Hin or Khao Takiap where some boats for hire are available.


Suan Son Pradiphat or Sea Pine Garden

This beachside area belongs to the Army Welfare Office and is open to the public. It is at Km 241, some 8 km. south of Hua Hin, and accommodation is available.

Hat Khao Tao

This beach lies about 10 km. south of Hua Hin and 1 km. along an access road. It is a sea pine-fringed beach, more secluded than Hua Hin. Bungalows are available.

 

Namtok Pa Lau

Namtok Pa Lau

This waterfall is within a perpetual verdant forest where various birds and butterflies are found, especially in the morning. It has 11 tiers, some of which can be reached along a trekking traiI.

 

Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park

This park is located 63 km. south of Hua Hin. Its 98 sq. km. area features undulating ranges of limestone mountains, mangrove swamps and beaches. It is home to various local birds and hosts many migrating birds, especially from November to February. With a large number of ridges, Khao Sam Roi Yot (300-Peak Mountain) stands as a landmark for seafarers and a shelter for ships in a storm. Attractions within the park area include: Khao Daeng, 400 m. from the park office, has a splendid viewpoint. Ban Khao Daeng, a canalside village, is the starting point for boat trips to watch wild birds. Hat Sam Phraya, located 3.5 km. north of the park office, is a beautiful beach lined with sea pines. Accommodation is available. Tham Kaeo, full of stalactites and stalagmites, is situated 15 km. north of the park office. Oil lamps to assist exploring can be rented at a nearby village. Tham Sai is 9 km. north of the park office. Exploration inside the cave takes about half an hour. Oil lamps can be rented at nearby Khung Tanot Village. Hat Laem Sala is a beach located 16 km. north of the park office. It can be reached by boat or by walking across a hill from Bang Pu Village. Ascending a beachside mountain, visitors will arrive at a famous cave called Tham Phraya Nakhon.

 

Tham Phraya Nakhon

The cave has a big hole in its roof through which shafts of light reach and permit the growth of various plants. Most famously, the light shines on Phra Thinang Khuha Kharuehat, a Thai-style pavilion, a compelling sight which has become the symbol of Prachuap Khiri Khan, The four-porched wooden pavilion was constructed in Bangkok in 1890 during King Rama V's reign, then dismantled and moved to the cave where it was reconstructed. Its gable tops were raised by the king himself.

Tham Phraya Nakhon

 

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