Located just 200 kilometres south of Bangkok, Hua Hin became the first beach resort in Thailand when the Royal family decided to take up summer residence here in the 1920s in order to escape the stifling heat of the capital. A train line was laid and this quiet fishing port quickly became a popular destination for Thai nobility. Today it still acts as a royal getaway, but also attracts locals and foreigners alike with its long sandy beach, fine dining and old world charm.
There is just one beach in Hua Hin, stretching five kilometres from one side of town to the other, lined with seafood restaurants, market stalls and plenty of options for water sport enthusiasts. As well as a beach resort, Hua Hin also has plenty to offer city slickers with a wide array of shops, restaurants and bars. Just out of town travellers can discover lush parks and towering peaks, plus caves and thundering waterfalls.