39/17 Chomsin Rd, Tambon Hua Hin, Amphoe Hua Hin, Chang Wat Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand
The oldest beach town in Thailand, Hua Hin is located approximately 200kms south of Bangkok on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand. Popular with foreigners and Thais alike, the town gained popularity in the 1920s when the construction of the Southern railway made the beach more accessible. The Railway Hotel was constructed soon after, and still remains one of the most popular hotels in the area under the name Sofitel Central.
Located fairly centrally in town, the Hua Hin bus station offers buses to Bangkok’s Southern terminal approximately every 45 minutes from 3:00 to 21:00. During high season it is important to book online in advance, as these buses fill up quickly. If you’re going directly to the airport, the new Suvarnabhumi Airport VIP bus will take you there with no stops.
There are also buses south to Prachuabkirikhan, Chumphon, Surat Thani, Ranong/Phuket, Hat Yai and Sungai Kolok, but again be sure to book ahead, and ask where the bus will pick you up. Some buses leave from the Clock Tower in town. A bus route to Chiang Mai has also recently been added. Trains link Bangkok with Hua Hin and there are a number of departures daily from Hua Lumphong station, with travel times varying depending on the class of train taken. The train station is located in the town centre.
There are many guesthouses in Hua Hin and a plethora of restaurants. As the town becomes increasingly more popular, the prices for accommodation and food are rising accordingly and there is a lot of variation.
Today, Hua Hin is undergoing rapid development and expansion. The contrast of new and old is obvious as the old fishing docks sit next to luxury resorts, and small food shops are nestled between the brand new shopping complex and movie theatre. Visitors who like nature may wish to visit Sam Roi Yot national park, some 60kms away from Hua Hin.