Hin Beach lies approximately 185 km-a three-hour drive-southwest
of Bangkok. It is recognized as Thailand's most traditional
beach resort. In 1926, King Rama VII built Klai Kangwon, his
summer palace, at the resort, starting a fashion among high
society to retreat to Hua Hin during the summer months to
escape the heat of Bangkok. Klai Kangwon Palace is still used
by the present Royal Family at certain times of the year.
Hin is a well-established beach destination, with full facilities
for the tourist. Unlike Pattaya on the other side of the Gulf
of Thailand, Hua Hin provides a quieter, more relaxed environment,
with a typically Thai ambience. Hua Hin is ideal for families
or for those who wish to simply escape the bustle and heat
of Bangkok. Many activities are available for the tourist,
from just swimming or watching the sunrise through to fishing,
golfing, water sports and horse riding.
Bangkok, Hua Hin is accessible by car, bus and train. To get
there by car, the usual route is along Phetkasem Road (Highway
No 4) via Nakhon Pathom or Thonburi-Pak Tor Road (Highway
No 4) via Phetchaburi. Buses to Hua Hin leave from the Southern
Bus Terminal. For timetables, call +66 2 434-5557-8 for air-conditioned
services, or 435-1199, 435-1200 for non air-conditioned buses.
Trains also leave Hua Lampong Station for Hua Hin. Check schedules
at +66 2 223-7010, 223-7020.
public holidays, the State Railway of Thailand offers a one-day
tour to Hua Hin. Trains depart from Bangkok at 6.30 am, and
the fare is 100 baht per person. Tourists need to pay additional
fees for tours around Hua Hin.
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