Hua Hin of Thailand 199km from Bangkok is a refreshing mix of city and sea with an almost cosmopolitan ambience, lively markets, international cuisine and excellent accommodation. usually full of people taking a break from Bangkok at weekends Hua Hin’s attraction lies in the town’s charming old-world feel.
This Thai-Victorian style summer seaside palace was constructed in the early 1920s. It was designed by an Italian architect and is built with lots of verandas, latticework and high ceilings to keep the structure cool during summer. This vast manicured landscape fronting idyllic Cha Am Beach which is a candy-coloured mansion comprises three one-storey pavilions with more than 1,000 pillars supporting them to avoid flood damage. All buildings are connected by covered boardwalks, designed to catch cool breezes from all directions, leading all the way to the beach front.
Hua hin train station
Built in a short distance from the centre of town, Hua Hin’s railway station and adjacent royal waiting room are undeniably attractive. The brightly painted wooden buildings that are Thai in concept and design somehow manage to have a ‘Victorian’ feel to them. The story about the birth of Hua Hin as a royal seaside getaway town would be incomplete without a mention of this historic railway station. Back in the early days, there was no road access to this idyllic beach town, and train travel was a new and delightful alternative to get from Bangkok to Hua Hin instead of by boat.
Cicada Market is all about art, handmade crafts and good times. With an open-air market concept, it brings together Hua Hin’s artistic talents and those who wear ‘freedom of expression’ on their sleeves. Besides the crafts market, one can also find an art gallery, beer garden and live music at a single stretch.
Phraya Nakhon Cave
The magnificent Phraya Nakhon Cave is one of the most mystical and mysterious landmarks of Thailand. This gold and green pavilion is hidden inside a hard to reach cave. Phraya Nakhon Cave is located in 45 minutes from the south of Hua Hin. First step to reach the cave is to drive to the small village of Bang Pu located by the beach, and from there one can rent a boat to travel around the cape to Laem Sala beach, or walk a 30 minutes trek above the hill leading to the Laem Sala beach.