Hua Hin: A Royal Beach Retreat Once Again
With the construction of the railway line from Bangkok in the 1920s, Hua Hin became popular as a rainy season retreat for the inhabitants of the capital.
The beautiful, colonial style Railway Hotel was built near Hua Hin’s famous rocks in 1923 by the State Railway Authority, which also built Thailand’s first public golf course in Hua Hin in 1924.
In 1926, King Rama VII built the Klai Kangwon (Far From Worries) Palace on the beach a few kilometers north of the Railway Hotel. The palace is still used by the Royal Family.
All this development set the stage for Hua Hin’s popularity and unique ambiance, which remains to this day.
Since early August, His Majesty King Bhumibol once again resides in Hua Hin. Thousands of flag-weavers recently wished the King and Queen Sirikit a safe journey to their coastal palace. It was the first time in four years that the world’s longest-serving monarch left the hospital in Bangkok.
Apart from the Royal connection, Hua Hin has much to offer.
The active fishing port guarantees fresh seafood and many markets. Don’t miss the retro Plearn Wan historical theme market. It recreates how market towns in Thailand looked up until the 1950s.
Only three hours’ drive south of Bangkok, there are many styles of restaurant in Hua Hin: rows of large, brightly lit establishments with extensive menus along the beach near the pier, and small stalls at the lively night market specializing tasty street food. There is also a wide variety of boutique and international brand name hotels to choose from.
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