Hua Hin (หัวหิน) is a seaside resort not far from Bangkok. It is popular with Thais, having become fashionable as a weekend getaway, as well with foreigners and as an ex-pat retirement or holiday home location.
The King has a Palace here, & the Royal Family quite often spend the hottest months here.
We arrived by train see: Taking the Train to Hau Hin from Bangkok & usually you would head straight for your accomodation. However, Hau Hin station is probably one of the most picturesque I’ve ever seen.
As the Royals have holiday’d here since 1920s, there is also a Royal Waiting Room. It’s worth spending a hour looking around. It reminded me of the Bluebell Railway in Sussex, & there is even an old steam engine in residence.
The Night Market
This is a great place to spend an evening if you want to avoid the bars in the Soi Bintabath area. There are plenty of places to eat cheaply at the various stalls, or if you fancy going up-market, the sea food restaurants the line the street.
There are also a selection of bars. If you don’t fancy eating or drinking, then you can always shop or pop in for a massage in many of the places available.
The sand is beautiful, however if you are looking for the crystal clear waters of Southern Thailand, you may be dissapointed. The water looks cloudy & is often rough. On our visit, we noticed a couple of jellyfish washed up, and apparently this is a problem in the hotter season, especially when the sea is rough.
Khao Takiab (Monkey Hill or Chopsticks Hill)
Situated at the far end of the beach, it is better to catch a songtaew (converted flatbed truck) for 20 Baht. There is a Buddha statue on the beach, a Wat half way up and amazing views. We were told to beware of the monkeys which are quite annoying, however we only saw two.