The provincial capital is a fishing port with a superb location
beside beautiful curving bays and amongst steep mountain outcrops. About
100 kilometres to the north of Prachuap Khiri Khan is Hua Hin,
Thailand’s first beach resort which is renowned for golf and spa.
Between Hua Hin and Prachuap Khiri Khan are Pran Buri with many boutique
resorts and Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park with soaring peaks, numerous
caves and exotic bird life.
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
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
How to get there
Drive along Highway No. 35 (Thon Buri-Pak Tho) passing Samut Sakhon and
Samut Songkhram Provinces and then take Highway No. 4 to Hua Hin Total
distance is 123 kilometers. Alternatively, it is possible to travel via
Nakhon Pathom and Ratchaburi Provinces.
Buses from Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal cost 110 bahts for 1st class
(air-conditioned), 85 bahts for 2nd class (air-conditioned) and 61 bahts
(ordinary). The trip takes about 3 1/2 to 4 hours. Various agencies on
Khao San Road in Bangkok operate minivans to Hua Hin for 150 baht per
person. The bus leaves for Bangkok from a station next to Siripetchkasem
Hotel. In addition, there are air-conditioned buses leaving for Chumpon
Province (125 baht, 4 hours), Surat Thani Province (210 baht, 7hours),
Phuket Province (305 baht, 10 hours) and Krabi Province (280 baht, 9
The trip takes about 3-3/4 hours from Bangkok; 1st class fare is 202
baht (rapid and express only), 2nd class is 102 baht (rapid and express
only) and 3rd class is 44 baht. Call 1690 for more details.
Local buses/songthaews from Hua Hin to the Hat (beach) of Khao Takiap,
Khao Tam and Suan Son cost 7-10 baht / person. These buses run from
around 6 a.m. until 5.50 p.m.
Buses to Pranburi are 10 baht and leave from the same area of Chomsin
Samlors may cost 40 baht / trip in to town.
Motorcycles and bicycles can be rented from a couple of places on
Damnoen Kasem Road near the Jed Pee Nong Hotel. Motorcycle rates are
from 150 baht to 200 baht per day for 100cc and 250 baht to 300 baht for
125cc. Occasionally larger bikes - 400 to 750cc - are available for 500
baht to 600 baht a day. Bicycles are 30 baht to 70 baht per day.
At the fishing pier visitors can charter boats to Ko Singtoh for 800
baht a day. On Hat Takiap it is possible to get cheaper fares for 700