Hua Hin has an interesting and colourful history for a small coastal town of Thailand. If you want to know more about Hua Hin and its history, read on. At the end of this post find links to other Hua Hin attractions you might be interested in reading about.
#1 Hua Hun is one of the oldest beach resorts in Thailand.
There are more than waterparks, markets and beach to discover in Hua Hin. There’s history and a lot of it. A good place to start is Maruekhathaiyawan Palace. It’s the palace that’s open to the public. There’s a museum there as well, so you can learn more about this historically interesting seaside town of Thailand.
#2 Hua Hin was originally a fishing village.
In the mornings and evenings you’ll still see fishermen casting their nets. Their traditional Thai fishing boats rocking on the water giving the coastline a cultural context.
If you head to the railway station in the late afternoon for some sightseeing, you’ll be able to then walk down and explore the night markets and the abundant seafood restaurants that line the street. Eat lots of seafood on your trip to Hua Hin. It’s fresh, delicious and cooked to order.
#3 Hua Hin was put on the map by a Thai prince.
Hua Hin’s royal history comes from one of the princes who visited this stretch of coast on a hunting trip and loved the tranquility and calmness of Hua Hin and built the first beach villa in Hua Hin.
#4 And the building of the railway station brought people in.
With the addition of the railway line and Hua Hin Station — a landmark in itself — that Thai Royals and aristocrats began visiting the area more frequently and build bungalows. The railway station is one of the oldest in Thailand.
If you want to take the train from Bangkok to Hua Hin, find out about what it’s like here.
#5 You can stay in resorts that date back to the 1920s in Hua Hin.
As more aristocrats and socialites began to visit Hua Hin from Bangkok, there became a growing demand for suitably stylish accommodation and that’s why the Centara Grand Beach Resort (formerly the Sofitel) was built in the early 1920s.
#6 Hua Hin is home to Thailand’s first golf course.
At the Royal Hua Hin Golf Course you can tee off across from the railway station and follow a course that is lush, historic and rustic. You might catch a few soi dogs sleeping in one of the bunkers and a monkey or two playing on the greens!
If you’re a history and golf lover, Hua Hin is definitely worth a visit. Play several different courses during your stay.
#7 Hua Hin has some of the most beautiful and architecturally interesting palaces in Thailand.
Klai Gangwon Palace is stilled used today by the royal family and was a favourite retreat of the late king. It was also his residence from 2004-2006. When the king or queen were at the palace, navy ships would be on guard on the horizon.
The other palace is Maruekhathaiyawan Palace and it’s open to the public. The architecture is unique and looks beautifully shabby-chic against the lush green lawns and blue ocean of Cha -Am. The entrance fee is 30-60 baht depending on which part of the palace you wish to visit. Remember to cover your shoulders. You can rent sarongs at the palace for a small fee.
#8 Visit a park in Hua Hin that celebrates the kings of past.
At Rajabhakti Park you can see seven impressive bronze sculptures of kings of the past standing 14 meters tall, which are the main attraction at this park. There’s not a lot of shade here, so go early in the morning or later in the afternoon to witness this grand tribute to Thai royal history. There’s no entrance fee, but remember to cover your shoulders.
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