The Perfect Thai Destination
Hua Hin easily takes the title of one of the most popular resort towns in Thailand. Away from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, this town still offers plenty for the tourist to do, day and night. The present king of Thailand, King Bhumipol Adulyadei uses the palace originally built here by King Rama VII as a year-round residence.
It is simple to make your way there from Bangkok. Buses run every 30 minutes. The bus ride takes around 3 hours. Alternatively, you can catch a train. The train ride takes about 5-6 hours. The Hualamphong Train Station is a place of interest for tourists in its own right – it is truly beautiful. Accommodation in Hua Hin is, for the most part, reasonably priced.
Naresdamri Road is the main street of interest to tourists in Hua Hin. There are plenty of cafes, coffee shops, etc. along this road. Also to be found on this road are the fish piers. There are fantastic restaurants here that offer the best seafood in the whole of Thailand.
The hotels also take a lot to beat. The big names such as the Amari, the Hilton and the Hyatt are represented here. The Thai hotels are also extremely good, however, and tend to offer more value for money and a more authentic experience.
A visit to see the old Railway Hotel is a must. It has been renamed the Sofitel Centara Grand but still retains its original charm. This was the first resort hotel built in the Kingdom of Thailand. It is a perfect mesh of colonial grandeur set in lush and beautiful surroundings. The food is lovely but the staff is not all that friendly.
There is no shortage of restaurants. For seafood, you can’t go wrong eating at the fish pier. If you’re in the mood for Italian, the La Grappa Ristorante is perfect. The Hua Hin Brewig Company offers the best barbeque and interesting locally brewed beers.
If you are looking for a place to just hang out during the day, visit the World News Coffee next door to the Hilton Hotel. It’s comfortable, has the best coffee, great food and is air-conditioned. The night market in Hua Hin is a lot smaller than those in Bangkok but still very interesting. Check out the freshly prepared Thai donuts.
For the golfer, Hua Hin has spectacular golf courses. There is plenty for the family to do as well – relax on the beach or try some kite boarding.
The town itself is very safe. There is a visible police presence because the King of Thailand lives here but they are very friendly.
Hua Hin is a place that can accommodate both singles and family groups. There is something for everyone here.