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 relaxing holidays.
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.
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 historical identity.