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The wonders of Hua Hin - A resort city

Hua Hin is a popular destination for a quick getaway from the buzzing and pulse of Bangkok city. It is aptly called a resort city for the numerous wonders it offers.


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Though it is referred to as a resort city, don't expect a whole stretch of beach and swaying palm trees lining the coast. That would just be the 'resort' part of it. There is also a city part to it. Thus, offering the traveller a unique mix of the city and beach. The drive from Bangkok to this city is less than three hours, which makes it a convenient hideout for anyone wanting to get some fresh air. There are many a hotel in Hua Hin, ranging from seaside villas, vintage summer houses and luxury resorts like Anantara Hua Hin Resort


Hua Hin Railway Station

Wondering why a railway station is on this list? Well, take a look and you will understand. It truly is one of a kind stations with its bright red wooden beams and a waiting room that looks royal adding to the quaint and charming 'Victorian' feel to it. The station was built during King Rama VI's era and to-date is still functional. You can take the train from Bangkok to Hua Hin, which will take four hours; much longer than by road. However, the experience is unique.


Maruekhathaiyawan Palace

This was built during the early 1920s, again under the reign of King Rama VI. It is a massive seaside palace that rests on a well-manicured landscape which was designed by an Italian architect. The many open verandahs and golden teak covered boardwalks add to the charm of the palace. There are many royal artefacts and ancient photographs that are displayed at the palace. Take the passage from the palace to the beach for an even more spectacular view. There is a dress code to visit the palace. Avoid wearing shorts, skirts or spaghetti/tank tops.


Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand Rescue Centre and Elephant Refuge

This is situated about 45km from Hua Hin and is home to more than 500 animals, which include tigers, loris, bears and gibbons. You'd be spending at least a whole day here so, make sure you have enough time. Whether you are a wildlife enthusiast or not, hearing the stories about how elephants were rescued will help you be aware as to how brutally some of these animals and many others were and are being treated elsewhere. Do note that a reservation is required before the visit. Also, if you are interested in volunteering, you can do that too.


Cicada Market

This is an open-air market where many local artists congregate to showcase their talents and crafts. The market is categorized into four sections; Art of eating- an open-air food court with a garden setting and serving stir-fries, pasta, savoury snacks and sweets; Art a la Mode- a place where you will find handmade accessories, clothes and more; Art Indoors- a gallery exhibiting some paintings and sculptures; and Art of Act. There is live music and the whole setting of the market is quite laid-back and chilled out. It is open from 4 pm to 11 pm.