When you view the resort lifestyle that is embraced in Hua Hin today, it is hard to believe that Thailand was once a war-torn country. Instead, the area of Hua Hin in particular has become a rainforest paradise, known for its luxury resort villas, free-spirited mentality, and escapist holiday lifestyle.
Samore Riang – Row of Rocks
Hua Hin is a Thai beach resort town, located north of Prachuap City and a 2 ½ hour drive from the capital of Bangkok. Until 1934, Hua Hin was referred to as Samore Riang – a translation that means “row of rocks.” The area was popularised as a resort town during the early 1920s by the ruler at the time, King Prajadhipok. As a result, this town is still closely aligned with the Thai royal family and still conveys an influential air.
The beach, which is 5K in length, looks lovely against the backdrop of the sparkling sea. However, be forewarned – some of the shore disappears entirely during a high tide. The lovely beach makes it possible for resort visitors and water enthusiasts alike to enjoy activities in the form of swimming, snorkelling, or sunbathing. Visitors can also enjoy golfing, caving, or hiking or take a reprieve at one of the resort town’s shops, waterfalls, or seafood eateries.
A Million Miles Away from Civilisation
You can visit a resort in Hua Hin almost any time of the year as the tropical environment lends itself to a warm atmosphere, even if it is rather wet during the rainy season from June to October. September is usually the rainiest month of all. However, the rain comes in short and quick bursts and does not linger throughout the day. Regardless of the time you go, you will feel like you are a million miles away from the bustle of civilisation in this lush and green paradise.
The Hua Hin Railway Station
Besides relaxing at the resort, you can also see one of a variety of attractions. One of the top things to do in town is to visit the railway station – an iconic and historically relevant site. In fact, the depot was instrumental in increasing Hua Hin’s popularity during the 1920s. At that time, railway tracks were constructed, coming from Bangkok, which also triggered the building of the King’s summer residence, known today as Klai Kangwon Palace. The Hua Hin Railway Station is only a short distance from the centre of town. It is noted for its Royal Waiting Room, once used to greet the King and his court when they visited the town.
Whilst enjoying resort accommodations in Hua Hin, you may also want to take a breather and visit Monkey Mountain. Located at Khao Takiab, this locale is dominated by a headland that projects out into the sea. Once you reach the destination, you will see a Buddhist Temple – take the 100 steps up to the site to see an amazing view of the Hua Hin coast.
As you might guess, the main attraction of a place like Monkey Mountain is the monkeys, all who are quite friendly and gregarious. They are not scared of humans and therefore will not hesitate to accept any type of food or beverage.