The Oldest Seaside Resort Thailand

124 miles south of Bangkok you will find the oldest seaside resort in Thailand – Hua Hin.
This once quiet fishing village grew in popularity in the 1920s, when King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) built a summer palace here. The Mrigadayavan Palace. King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) ruled Siam from 1910 to 1925.

By the mid-1920s, Hua Hin started to become a popular destination for those living in Bangkok. Hua Hin now has a refreshing mix of city and beach with bustling markets, good golf courses and water parks.

Hua Hin doesn’t suffer the same amount of tourists as Phuket or Pattaya, making it an ideal location to relax and unwind. While an ideal location for families and travellers who want to take things easy, Hua Hin does have a busy nightlife to keep you entertained into the small hours.

Mrigadayavan Palace

While in Hua Hin you will no-doubt take a visit to the Mrigadayavan Palace, located between Cha-Am in the province of Phetchaburi (City of Diamonds) and Hua Hin. The Mrigadayavan Palace was the seaside palace of King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) who ruled Siam from 1910 to 1925.

The Palace consists of 16 teak buildings connected by balconies and corridors, 23 staircases and made entirely from teak wood. Built combining the Thai method of elevating buildings on pillars and Western-style and detail.

Mrigadayavan Palace Location

Address: 1281 Petcha-kasem Road Rama 6 Camp Cha-Am, Phetchaburi, Thailand 76120
GPS Coordinates: 12.698877, 99.964117
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 03-250-8444, 03-250-8445, 081-941-2185
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday (Closed on Wednesday) 08.30 – 16.00

How To Get To Hua Hin

As with most locations in Thailand, getting to Hua Hin is relatively simple. Depending on your budget or how you like to travel, you can get to Hua Hin by planes, trains and automobiles…

Taxi

By far the most common way of getting around, and seeing as Hua Hin isn’t too far from Bangkok, taking a taxi might be your choice. While not being the cheapest option, it’s defiantly convenient if you don’t want to rent a car and drive yourself or share a minibus.

You will be looking at around 2000THB from Bangkok to Hua Hin, and if you are going just for a day trip you could always negotiate with the driver to have him stay and show you around. The price will be higher but if there is a small group of you, this will bring the price down.

Train

Probably one of the cheapest ways of getting to Hua Hin, if coming from Bangkok. The train journey is around 4hrs and the cost of the journey will depend on the class of the train you travel on.

You can buy your ticket in advanced or on the day, I’ve personally never had an issue getting a ticket on the day. Tickets will cost anything from as low as 50THB up to 1000THB depending on the class you wish to travel.

The train doesn’t run at night, so that is something to keep in mind when planning your trip.

Minibus/Bus

Potentially the easiest option if you are travelling in a large group of people and you are looking at around the 240-500THB per ticket for 2 adults.

You can arrange a minibus/bus from the airport, train station, your hotel, a tourist vendor or online. So you have multiple options here, and as with a taxi if you are going just for a day trip you can negotiate with the driver to wait around for you or show you around Hua Hin.

Below links to 12Go if you are looking to book online and/or a time table.

Minibus from Bangkok to Hua Hin
Buses from Bangkok to Hua Hin

Ferry

If your travelling from Pattaya to Hua Hin and are looking for something a little different in the travelling department, you can catch the ferry! This leaves once per day from the Bali Hai Pier, Pattaya and takes around 2-3hrs depending on how calm the sea is at the time. You are also looking at 1250THB each way.

Plane

While Hua Hin does have an airport you can’t take a regular commercial flight, you would have to hire a charter flight and this wouldn’t be cheap.

Where to stay in Hua Hin

I would put Hua Hin in the mid to high price bracket of hotels, but this doesn’t mean you can’t find cheap hotels! You should be able to something from 600-750THB a night for a simple guesthouse to 20000THB a night for a five-star hotel.

Hilton Hua Hin Resort & Spa

Address: 33 Naresdamri Rd, Hua Hin, Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand
GPS Coordinates:12.571809, 99.962028
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +66 32 538 999
Check-In: 3:00PM
Check-Out: 12:00PM


City Beach Resort

Address: 16 Damnoenkasem Road, 77110 Hua Hin, Thailand
GPS Coordinates:12.569947, 99.960747
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +66 32 512 8705


Chomhaad Guesthouse

Address: Hua Hin, Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand
GPS Coordinates:12.565651, 99.958361
Email:[email protected]
Telephone: +66 86 789 4054


What To See In Hua Hin

Hua Hin has a lot to offer, I’ve put the Mrigadayavan Palace at the top of this post as this is probably the most famous location to visit in Hua Hin.

Below are a number of places that you may want to include on your trip to Hua Hin.

Hua Hin Railway Station

The train station was built during the reign of King Rama VI and is only a short distance from the city centre. The wooden buildings are painted in bright colours but have a Victorian style to them. You have easy access to Hua Hin from Bangkok, and this station will be one of the first of many sites to visit on your trip to Hua Hun.

Address: Hua Hin, Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand
GPS Coordinates: 12.567393, 99.954746

Cicada Market

Cicada Market is one of Thailand’s best markets and is really worth the visit! Cicada Market is enjoyed by tourists and locals, with many people coming to Hua Hin from Bangkok just for the market. Filled with street food, music, art, street performances and much more, makes it an easy location to enjoy a relaxing night out.

You can find more over at the Cicada Market website.

Address: 83, 159 Soi Hua Tanon21, Nong Kae, Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand
GPS Coordinates: 12.534600, 99.965945
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +66 99 669 7161
Opening Hours: Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 16:00 – 23:00

Monkey Mountain

Also, know as Khao Takiab or Chopstick Hill, Monkey mountain get’s it’s name from… You’ve guessed it! For having thousands of monkeys that live here.

Monkey mountain overlooks the beaches of Hua Hin and has some distinct features that can be seen from the beach. One is the impressive golden 20 meters high Buddha statue overlooking the sea.

You will also find the Wat Khao Lad temple, a 20 meter tall statue of Buddha and the macaque monkeys of monkey mountain!

Address: 123, 55 Nong Kae-Takiap, Nong Kae, Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand
GPS Coordinates:12.515973, 99.981908
Admission: Free

Black Mountain Water Park

Address: 1 Moo 2 Tambon Hin Lek Fai, Hua Hin, 77110
GPS Coordinates: 12.604300, 99.889340
Email: [email protected]
Website: Black Mountain Water Park
Telephone: +66 32 618 444
Opening Hours: The Water Park is open from 10:00 -17:00 daily.

Hua Hin Hills Vineyard

Address: 1 Moo 9 Baankhok Chang Patana NongPlup HuaHin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand 77110
GPS Coordinates: 12.525839, 99.705453
Email: [email protected]
Website: Hua Hin Hills Vineyard
Telephone: +66 81 701 0222
Opening Hours: 9.00am. – 6.30pm. (November – March Open 9.00am. – 8.00pm.)

Ratchapak Park (Rajabhakti Park)

Address: 8 Petchkasem Rd, Nong Kae, Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand
GPS Coordinates: 12.503141, 99.963030
Website: Ratchapak Park
Telephone: +66 32 900 607
Opening Hours: 08:00-18:00 Daily

The Venezia Hua Hin

Address: 1899 Petchkasem Rd, Cha-am, Cha-am District, Phetchaburi 76120, Thailand
GPS Coordinates: 12.650598, 99.951120
Telephone: +66 32 442 823
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00 Daily

What To See Nearby Hua Hin

Phraya Nakhon Cave

Address: ถนนรพช. ปข. 4033 สามร้อยยอด(กิ่ง) Sam Roi Yot District, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77120, Thailand
GPS Coordinates: 12.195981, 100.011624
Telephone: +6632821568
Opening Hours: 08:00-15:00 Daily

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