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Hua Hin (หัวหิน) is a seaside resort city in Thailand, but unlike (say) Pattaya or Phuket it's particularly popular for Thais. Hua Hin is near Bangkok and is a good weekend getaway. Hua Hin is becoming quite fashionable as a weekend spot for Bangkok residents and retirement or second home community for foreigners. Although developing rapidly, there is a commitment by the local and provincial authorities to avoid the kind of overheated blight that has affected Thailand's other major beach resorts.
Hua Hin as a resort was discovered in the early 1920s by King Rama VII as an ideal getaway from the sultry metropolis of Bangkok. The tranquil fishing village was turned into the Royal Resort and consequently became popular among Siam's nobility and upper class. In 1928, King Rama VII build his Klai Kangwon (Far From Worries) Palace. As of 2005, Klai Kangwon became the fulltime residence of His Majesty King Bhumipol Adulyadej and is not open for visitors, although the outer palace grounds are open for walkers and joggers from 4pm to 7 pm daily. (Wear shoes, bring passport)
Hua Hin Air Shuttle is currently the only passenger carrier offering regular flights to/from Hua Hin Airport. The price is very expensive compare to the distance and the time - 3100 baht one way, or 5200 baht return (adult, to/from Bangkok).
Train is an easy method to get into Hua Hin, as the train station is right in the center of Hua Hin. The price of the train is around 100 baht. See State Railway of Thailand for time tables and fares.
From Bangkok, buses to Hua Hin leave from the Sai Tai Mai terminal about every 20 minutes and take around 3 hours. The price (1st class) is under 200 baht. More convenient to downtown Bangkok, you may also take a minibus from the Victory Monument (Anusawari Chai) area, near the BTS skytrain. Cost is 160 baht, limited baggage. If you're got too much stuff, any travel desk or agent can arrange a van to pick you up at your hotel and drop you anywhere you like in Hua Hin for about 600 baht.
Taking a taxi from Bangkok to Hua Hin (distance about 200 km) is possible. A price around 2200 baht (plus/minus - in 2006) seems reasonable. The limousine services, available at Bangkok Airport, are more expensive than an ordinary taxi.
There are many ways to get around in Hua Hin, there's small truck that will carry people from places and cost only 5 baht. Also renting a car is another way as there are so many car rentals in Hua Hin and this is the most convenience way. Motorcycle rentals readily available. Hua Hin is very flat, and bicycle is a good way to get around locally. Rentals available, but not so prevalent as motos.
Buy cheap stuffs at night market. Things that you can buy range from Red Bull shirt to antique. Red Bull shirt will cost you around 3 dollars at most, not only red bull shirt but many other varieties of shirt will too. Recommend, these shirts are very thin therefore can be only wear during summer in the Cold countries.
Anywhere close to the beach or on top of Kao Takeab is good. The foods here are mostly seafood and thai food, which taste very hot or upon request. The price of the foods varies between restaurants, depends on the location and class of the restaurant. But still the price will be cheaper than in the USA.
Must go to night market. The price of the food here is considerably cheap, one plate cost around 1 dollars or less.
If you want English songs better go in the downtown area of Hua Hin, where Hyatt Hotel is located. If you go there, most of the people will be foreigners.
Ranging from motel to 5 stars hotels. Hua Hin has alot of hotel for you to stay, one of the best are Dusit Resort and Spa, Hyatt, Cheevasom Spa and Resort, Veranda Hotel. Those are 5 stars hotel which is like the best, if you want a bit lower grade you go go to Chom View Resort, which is near Kao Takeab and cheap. To go to any of these hotels you can ask the truck to take you there easily.
Motel, walk in no need to make reservations, can be easily find throughout Hua Hin.
As the King has a palace here, the security in Hua Hin is very tight, with a lot of cops around.