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Hua Hin is Thailand's oldest beach town resort. Situated on the west coast of the Gulf of Thailand and only 200 kilometers from the capital, Bangkok, it offers the ultimate getaway destination for the city's elite. Hua Hin became popular with the Royal Family following the construction of the southern railway in the 1920's, travel became more accessible and a demand for luxury resorts and hotels grew. The first of these was the Railway Hotel which is now the Sofitel Central, still one of Hua Hin's most popular hotels.
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Today Hua Hin is undergoing rapid expansion as Bangkokians and Westerners look this way for a second home, be it a quaint house nestled in the hills or an upmarket condominum with ocean views. Over the past few years, the town has seen countless housing developments spring up, new golf courses constructed, a brand new shopping complex and movie theatre and a boom in local businesses. The charm of Hua Hin is that it still retains its fishing village serenity which is now side by side with the bustling center of a modern luxury beach resort.
We are constantly adding more Hua Hin information pages to the Tourism Hua Hin website. Our latest updates bring you all of the year's holidays and Hua Hin events, updated transport and travel schedules and prices, more golf course information and a Hua Hin immigration and visa page. Check back often as we are constantly adding more Hua Hin pages.
Tourism Hua Hin is proud to introduce a map for the area. Using Google Earth images the Hua Hin Map website can accurately pinpoint a number of Hua Hin hotels, restaurants, bars, attractions, golf courses and property developments. A coloured marker key and easy navigation makes this Hua Hin map website stand out from the rest.
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Hua Hin has plenty of activities and attractions including a long, wide, white sand beach, several world class golf courses, serene Buddhist temples, rustic local markets, high class restaurants offering the finest seafood in the Kingdom, luxurious resorts and spas, all manner of sporting activites, shopping complexes such as Market Village, grand Royal palaces, annual events and festivals and above all a friendly, welcoming local community, Hua Hin has it all!
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There are at least 8 five star hotels in Hua Hin, each offering something a little different, of the two most popular the Hilton Hua Hin Resort and Spa is centrally located and well established and the Sofitel Central Hua Hin Resort offers the charm of old Hua Hin with beautifully landscaped gardens. Additionally you can stay at the Marriott, Hyatt Regency, Dusit, Chiva Som, InterContinental, Evason and a Sheraton. Hua Hin also offers countless three to four star hotels and resorts and even more local guesthouses and hotels with daily, weekly and longstay rates.
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Hua Hin ... what does it mean?
The name Hua Hin actually means "head stone" or "stone head" in Thai it refers to the many rocks on the beach headland near the Sofitel Central. In the mid 1800's when the first settlers arrived it was called as Baan Samor Rieng which means "anchor row" after the rows of anchors left by the fishing boats at low tide. Later the name was changed to Baan Laem Hin or "stony cape village" and in 1911 became Hua Hin, a change made by Prince Narate Vorarit. Hua Hin gained city status in 1950 and today has a population of around 80,000.
This view of downtown Hua Hin was taken from the Hin Lek Fai lookout just as the sun was falling at 5pm. It shows Hua Hin fishing pier and a military vessel moored off the coast (top right), these are usually present when HM The King is resident at Klaikangwon Palace.
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By clicking on the arrows on the map you will get a view looking in that direction. We will be constantly updating this map with new photos all the time so check back often or send us your own for inclusion.
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