Travel to Hua Hin, a holiday resort for both foreigners and Thais

Known as Thailand’s original beach resort, Hua Hin has grown tremendously from its fishing village origins into a cosmopolitan destination with an enviable mix of things to see and do. Located just 200 kilometers (125 miles) by road from Bangkok, this popular Thai seaside resort is a great place to relax after exploring the country’s capital.

Hua Hin is the name of one of the eight districts of Prachuap Khiri Khan Province in Thailand, and the name of its capital town. Far from being the visitor destination it now is, Hua Hin has its origins in 1834 when a drought in the area caused some farmers to move here. The town, which was then just a small village, was really just a row of rocks and a stretch of beautiful white beach. The original name of the village was Samore Riang which literally means “row of rocks”. From these early origins the village began to grow and soon the railway arrived, bringing an easy way for city dwellers, including the royal family, to get here. Prince Krom Phra Naresworarit built palaces next to a stretch of beach that he christened Hua Hin and the royal family still spends time in the area to this day. It’s the perfect venue to escape the often claustrophobic heat of Bangkok.

Hua Hin Beach

After the railway arrived, Hua Hin also became one of the most popular domestic tourism destinations in the country, and the international tourists followed suit when the hotel chains started to move in during the 1980s. Arguably, what makes the resort so special today is its very individual vibe. Visit Hua Hin and you won’t find just a traditional beach resort; you’ll find a place that’s also very cosmopolitan, with an intoxicating mix of bustling streets and beach relaxation. There’s certainly no shortage of things to do in Hua Hin when you want a change from relaxing on the sands. At the weekends you’ll be joined by many members of the middle and upper classes from Bangkok who have second homes in the area.

Khao Takiab Beach with Khao Takiab hill behind.

This doesn’t mean that you have to be prepared to spend a lot of money when you visit Hua Hin; there’s plenty to enjoy at a reasonable price. One of the best bargains you’ll find is the plentiful, delicious and cheap seafood. It’s also easy and affordable to jump on and off public transport to travel between beaches, which are arguably one of the main attractions of Hua Hin. Their sands are pristine and the water is welcoming, plus many of the beaches have shallow waters so they’re the perfect destination for families. In addition to the beaches, visit Hua Hin for its temples, where you can sample the culture and history of the local people, and take your time exploring. You can also take a stroll through the markets of Hua Hin, buy yourself a souvenir of your visit and sample some of the delicious local snacks on offer.

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I'm Peter, the founder of Thailand-Guide and someone who decided to share my experiences travelling in Thailand. There are so many amazing locations to chose from that you're probably going to want to know a little more about each place before deciding where to go, that's where I come in with travel guides and the top things to do in each destination.

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