Hua Hin is a small beach resort situated about 125 miles southwest of Bangkok. It has become the go to place for Bangkok’s middle classes wishes to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a quiet weekend.
In 1921 the state railway built a railway station here that has become quite famous. The railway line brought the town closer to the capital Bangkok and the then King Prajadhipok (Rama VII) liked the place so much, he built a summer palace here. This was later named Klai Kang Won which means “Far from Worries”. Between the years of 2004 and 2006 it became the full-time residence of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. This alone saw the prominence of the town increase.
Local attractions are of course the 4 mile long beach and the ubiquitous night market (every Thai town has one). Hua Hin Railway Station is one of the most photographed buildings in the region. In addition, golf is a major attraction to this area. Hua Hin hosted its first Asian tour event in 2009 at the Black Mountain golf course. The area is packed full of first class golf courses. These include Majestic Creek, Banyan, Palm Hills, Royal Hua Hin, Lake View, and Springfield. In addition there are several driving ranges.
Hua Hin is a really pleasant place to visit. Strolling along the beach front at night, reminds one of a Thailand that is in many ways disappearing. This is underdeveloped yet still popular. It is possible to get a great hotel hear, yet at the same time, one can see the old Thailand. More authentic than many other resorts, it is why it has remained a favourite of middle class Thai’s seeking a quiet weekend getaway.
From kite festivals in the Spring, to jazz festivals and the fantastic International Cricket Sixes, Hua Hin is a really great Thai holiday experience.