Hua Hin, located at the gulf of Siam, is one of these miracle cities in Thailand that you will never forget once having been there. Hua Hin kept its charming character of a fishing village, and is not yet targeted by mass-tourism as it is known for example from Bangkok. Hua Hin developed in an impressive way during the last century. It is not only the summer residence of the royal Thai dynasty, it is also the oldest seaside resort and has the oldest golf course of the country. Hua Hin is 200 Kilometres south of Bangkok and is served by the national airport as well as the Thai railway network. In contrast to many other cities of this region, Hua Hin does not have a red light district which improves the atmosphere significantly and makes it much easier to get this destination accepted as a conference and business place. However, one should never forget to relax and Hua Hin will make this part of your business trip really easy.
What to do
- Go to the beach and relax. However, getting a sunburn is much easier than in many other destinations.
- Visit one of the oldest train stations of Thailand, to which Hua Hin main-station belongs. The station building has been totally restored and, together with the old steam engines, gives you the perfect illusion of being back in the 1920s. You might be lucky and one of the legendary “Eastern-Oriental-Express-Trains” makes a stop in Hua Hin.
- When already being at the railway-station, you should think about doing a one-day-trip to Kanchanaburi. You might have heard this name in the context of the movie The Bridge on the River Kwai which is about Prisoners of War (POW) who were forced to build a railway to Burma during the Japanese occupation. Kanchanaburi has more tourism flavour than Hua Hin but film enthusiasts will enjoy the trip. Visit this website for some historical background information before booking the trip.
- Make a trip to the floating market at Domnoen Saduak and get impressed by local specialities.
- Think about making a trip to Kaeng Krachan national park, which is about 60 km away from Hua Hin. The area around Pala U waterfall is the home of seldom butterfly species and part of impressive nature. Visiting the three caves half the way between Hua Hin and the waterfall could build the basis for another day trip.
- Have you ever thought were all the nice orchids that you have at home come from? Take the opportunity and visit one of the orchid farms around Hua Hin. They will give you important tips and tricks to keep your flowers healthy and you will never forget the impressive colours of this place.
- In the case that you have a favour for angling, bring your angling rod with you. Down at the beach and close to the harbour, you will not have a problem of getting in touch with local fishing people. In the case that you would like to book a boat trip for getting some fascinating drills, contact the reception of your hotel or get in touch with some skippers in the harbour.
- Visit Ratchaniwet Markhathaiyawan Palace, aka “Palace of Love and Hope”, which was built in in1923 as rainy season retreat for the royal dynasty. The admission is free and a visit could be combined with one of the music events and festivals occasionally happening at the palace.
Where to stay
- Yai Ya Hua Hin – This resort offers beautiful surroundings with 11 pool villas and a marvellous garden. Here you will find some rest from business and you should definitely have a look at the intro of the hotel-website - It will make you book the trip immediately.
- Taxis – Fix the price in advance to minimize trouble. Experts will get a fair deal when taking some time for prize negotiations.
- Tuktuk – According to our experiences not the best option. The vehicles are small, uncomfortable and prize-negotiations are difficult. Better take a taxi or a bus – which also improves your safety in case of an accident.
- Trains can be booked 90 days in advance and go to all important locations. A trip to Bangkok costs around 4 € in the air-conditioned second class.
- Buses – The bus-station is located at Srasong Rd, close to Dechanuchit Rd. Buses to Bangkok cost around 4 €, take about 3 hours and the route is served between 6:00 am an 10:00 pm.
Where (and probably more important what) to eat
- Hua Hin has marvellous marketplaces with many specialities one can try. However, the initial and important question you should answer beforehand: Do you trust your stomach to deal with the input properly. Some people know that they should better avoid any experiments with freshly prepared food and others get their inspiration and never leave a chance passing by to get some local food.
What to bring home
- Have you ever thought of a hand-made suite or some classy, custom-made shirts for you or as a gift? Local silk products are one of the famous export hits and local dress-makers will complete any order within a few days. You will be surprised by the quality of the drapery, the craftsmanship and especially the price. The products can compete with western first-class products and do not cost a fortune. Experts in the field organize to retrieve some replacements from time to time when being at home. Updating your measures and organizing the transport is easy to handle.
- The area of Hua Hin is famous for carving products. However, you should carefully evaluate what to bring home before ending with such an impressive work of art at the bulky luggage desk at your destination airport and shortly after at the customs desk.
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