Located 150 miles from Bangkok, Hua Hin's magnificent beach runs south from a rocky headland, which separates it from a tiny fishing port. It curves gently for about two miles to its southern point where Buddhist temples cling to the cliffs. Beyond lies another beach Hat Khao Tao, pine-fringed and more secluded.

The beaches of Hua Hin first came to the country's attention in 1926, when King Rama VI's royal architect constructed Phra Ratchawong Klai Kangwon, a seafront summer palace of golden teak just north of what was then a small fishing village. Once endorsed by the royal family, Hua Hin has remained a traditional favorite among Thais. The palace is still used by the royal family from time to time.

Hua Hin's Night Market is a popular spot, with a wide selection of souvenirs and local Thai handicrafts, and a good source of Thai food. Several world-class golf courses are within a short drive from the resort. Hua Hin is easily accessible by rail, bus or flights from Bangkok and takes less than three hours to get to by car.
 
     
Notable sites:
 
 
Hua Hin Night Market
Hua Hin's famed night market is a popular among visitors and locals alike for souvenirs, clothing and general goods.

His Majesty the King's Summer Palace Klai Kang Won
Klai Kang Won, meaning 'far from worries', was designed
with a European architectural feel and was built in the late 1920s by King Rama VII; it is still used as a summer palace by the present monarch. The palace consists of 3 Spanish style mansions facing the sea, and beside the royal residence are beautiful gardens. It is open daily from 9.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m.

Wat Khao Takiap
Located at the southern end of Hua Hin beach, the temple-topped hill of Khao Takiap is well worth climbing for its scattering of Buddhist shrines and the panoramic views. Climb the steps of this mountain-side temple to get an excellent view of the bay. Keep an eye out for wild monkies on the cliffs and in the tree tops.
 
     
 
 
Hua Hin Railway Station
One of the oldest railway stations in Thailand, its most striking feature is the unique Royal Waiting Room, built in Thai architectural style.
 
     
  In the environs:  
     
 
Sam Roi Yot National Park
This is the first national park by the sea, literally translated as 'three hundred peaks', covering more than 24,500 acres. Marshlands support a large variety of waterfowl species and the limestone masses are home to three popular caves: Phraya Nakhon, Kaeo and Sai. Phraya Nakhon Cave contains a pavilion, built in 1890 by King Rama V. It is said that when sunlight shines into the cave onto the pavilion, it makes the cave more beautiful than any other in Prachuap Khiri Khan. With a large number of ridges, Khao Sam Roi Yot (or the mountain of 300 peaks) stands as a landmark for seamen and also provides a good shelter for ships during a storm.

Kaeng Krachan National Park
Thailand's largest national park is located some 50 kilometres north-west of Cha-am. The park extends towards the Burmese border to the west, is characterised by forested hills and mountains and waterways, and has as a major focal point the Kaeng Krachan Dam, a 58-metre-high and 760-metre-long structure that dominates a scenic reservoir.

Marukhathaiyawan Palace
This beachside palace was formerly used as a royal summer residence by King Rama VI during the 1920s. The palace was designed by an Italian architect and built of golden teak.

Khao Wang
This 92-metre hillock on the northern approach to Petchburi supports the Phra Nakorn Khiri Palace, built in the 19th century by King Rama IV. The palace presents a fascinating collection of buildings that combine both Thai and Western architectural styles. Parts of the complex include an observatory and museum that are open daily to the public.
 
 
     
 
Pa-La-U Waterfall
This beautiful, 15-tier waterfall is in the middle of rich and fertile virgin forest. It is located about 60 kilometres west of Hua Hin town centre. Water cascades down the fall throughout the year and various species of birds and butterflies can be found there, especially in the morning.
 
     
  Golf courses:  
     
  Hua Hin is home to six world-class golf courses, which are all within 15 to 30 minutes' drive from Baan Talay Dao.

Springfield Royal Country Club
The course is generally considered as one of the premier golfing resorts in Thailand. The famous golfer Jack Nicklaus designed this course to meet the high demands of recognised championship golf, and yet it remains an enjoyable challenge for golfers of all standards.

Palm Hills Golf Club
The course is a garden paradise with over 40,000 mature palms and mountains all around. The 18 outcrop extends from the mountain range. Holes are arranged in two distinctive nine-hole sections, separated by the clubhouse and a rocky outcrop extending from the mountain range.

Majestic Creek Country Club
The course was designed by a local golf architect and is claimed to be a course needing to be played with imagination and skill. The journey to the course is interesting as the road passes through rural Thailand with small pineapple and sugarcane farms.
 
     
 
Imperial Lake View Golf Club
With a good championship length of more than 6900 yards from the back tees, the course has been designed to convey a sense of adventure. Greens are often hidden from the tees, but the well-defined fairways provide the necessary pointers for golfers to retain a sense of direction.
 
     
  Royal Hua Hin Golf Course
The first golf course in Thailand, it was built in 1924 and set among the rolling coastal hills. A notable hole is the 14th, with an exotic glimpse of a Buddhist temple halfway up a densely wooded slope.

Milford Golf Club
The Milford course lies in a spectacular location, nestled in the valleys of a chain of mountains directly adjoining the coastline.

Tourist information on Hua Hin and the surrounding area is available at the municipal office (032-511047, 532433) on the corner of Th Phetkasem and Th Damneon Kasem, a couple of hundred meters east of the train station. The office is open daily from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
 
     
 
 

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