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General Information of Hua Hin

281 kilometers south of Bangkok, Hua Hin, which literally means stone head in Thai, is the oldest beach resort of the country and is still very popular. Clean white sand, crystal clear water and a tranquil atmosphere has continued to attract tourists in search of peaceful and relaxing holidays.

The town was originally known as Ban Samoe Rieng, or Ban Laem Hin (Stony Point Village). The construction of a railway station in the city as part of the Southern Railroad in the reign of King Rama VI resulted in making Hua Hin stand out from many quite fishing villages. In addition, the construction of a Summer Palace of King Rama VII totally transformed the village into a high-society resort town for royalty. Even today, the Royal Family continues to reside at the Palace for part of the year.

Hua Hin's consequence came with the opening of the Railway Hotel (known today as the Sofitel Central Hotel), an elegant Victorian-style resort hotel, and also the countrys first standard golf course. A cluster of royal and high-society residences gradually became more visible resulting in the transformation of the whole village into the first seaside resort of the country, where visitors could enjoy swimming, fishing, and golfing in the country's first standard golf course.

Today, Hua Hin is a well-established beach destination with word-class facilities coupled with a true sense of Thai hospitality. Despite its expansive growth and development as a luxurious destination, the splendor of Hua Hin remains intact. Remaining content in itself, Thailand's oldest seaside resort has never sought international recognition. It has continued to provide a peaceful and relaxed sanctuary in a picturesque environment that comes with a true sense of historical identity.

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How To Go to Hua Hin

By car
Drive along Highway No. 35 (Thon Buri-Pak Tho)passing Samut Sakhon and Samut Songkhram Provinces and then takeHighway No. 4 to Hua Hin Total distance is 123 kilometers.Alternatively, it is possible to travel via Nakhon Pathom andRatchaburi Provinces.

By Air
SGA Airlines provides 3 -4 flights daily to Hua Hin (45 minutes). For more information, pleasecontact SGA Airport office Bangkok (662) 664 6099 or Hua Hin (6632) 522300. Website : www.sga.co.th

By Bus
Buses fromBangkok's Southern Bus Terminal cost 110 bahts for 1st class(air-conditioned), 85 bahts for 2nd class (air-conditioned) and 61bahts (ordinary). The trip takes about 3 1/2 to 4 hours. Variousagencies on Khao San Road in Bangkok operate minivans to Hua Hin for150 baht per person. The bus leaves for Bangkok from a station next toSiripetchkasem Hotel. In addition, there are air-conditioned busesleaving for Chumpon Province (125 baht, 4 hours), Surat Thani Province(210 baht, 7hours), Phuket Province (305 baht, 10 hours) and KrabiProvince (280 baht, 9 hours)

By Train
The trip takesabout 3-3/4 hours from Bangkok; 1st class fare is 202 baht (rapid andexpress only), 2nd class is 102 baht (rapid and express only) and 3rdclass is 44 baht. Call 1690 for more details.

Getting Around
Localbuses/songthaews from Hua Hin to the Hat (beach) of Khao Takiap, KhaoTam and Suan Son cost 7-10 baht / person. These buses run from around 6a.m. until 5.50 p.m.

Buses to Pranburi are 10 baht and leave from the same area of Chomsin Road.

Samlors may cost 40 baht / trip in to town.
Motorcyclesand bicycles can be rented from a couple of places on Damnoen KasemRoad near the Jed Pee Nong Hotel. Motorcycle rates are from 150 baht to200 baht per day for 100cc and 250 baht to 300 baht for 125cc.Occasionally larger bikes - 400 to 750cc - are available for 500 bahtto 600 baht a day. Bicycles are 30 baht to 70 baht per day.
At thefishing pier visitors can charter boats to Ko Singtoh for 800 baht aday. On Hat Takiap it is possible to get cheaper fares for 700 baht.

Activities in Hua Hin

Elephant Ride in Hua Hin
Elephant Polo is famous here.  Teams travel from England, Scotland, Argentina and the USA.  We hope to one day host the USA Team Captained by Tareq Salahi with the Virginia is for Wine Lovers Polo Team.   There are several location in Hua Hin where you can ride an elephant. One location is in the mountains overlooking Hua Hin where you see amazing views of Hua Hin and the coast, another is at Khao Takiab  where you can ride and Elephant and also visit the beach, a long stretch of wide beach with cool clean swimming, also watersports , fishing trips and boat rides to Koh Singto Island.  You can also visit a lot of temples in this part of Hua Hin.

Horse and Buggy Rides Khao Rakiab bay
Horse and Buggy Rides around the temples and beach of Khao Takiab Bay, just 10 minutes south of Hua hin town centre. THB 250 for a 30 minute ride around the beautiful temple areas. Horse Riding on the beach.

Khao Takiab Beach and Bay
Beach just a few km south of Hua Hin Town Center and is popular for those seeking a quiet and relaxed beach area away from the busy town centre. The beach stretches south from Hua Hin and past Chopstick Mountain which has a tree lined sandy beach several km long. Here the water is clear with very gentle waves. The local fishing village offers the opportunity for fishing charters and boat trips to the offshore island of Koh Singto ( Lion Island ). Elephant rides, watersports and cycling are popular in this area. Off road all terrain vehicle rides in the area.

Fishing trip in Hua Hin
Fishing Boat charters from  Takiab Fishing Village in Hua Hin. Offshore fishing and boat rides. Fishing off Koh Singto island.