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4 Attractions in Hua Hin – A truly royal escape

Hua Hin was in the past a romantic getaway for royals to escape to. The notion of this being a romantic destination has lingered with the locals since and is still celebrated for its charming atmosphere.

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Maruekathaiyawan Palace

Just a short commute away from Anantara Hua Hin one of the most celebrated Hua Hin Hotels is the Maruekathaiyawan palace. A beautiful residence built in the 1920s by King Rama the 6th. Most of the elegant buildings in this charming seaside town date back to the early 20th century when this destination was in full swing. The palace was designed by an Italian architect and features many verandas, covered boardwalks and latticework. The high ceilings of the palace help keep it cool in the hot humid climate of Thailand. The palace is surrounded by luscious well-kept gardens and is a delight for the eyes.

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Hua Hin Railway station

Even if you don't arrive by train to Hua Hin you should definitely pay this charming station a visit at least. The brightly painted wooden buildings are definitely Thai in design however manage to capture a Victorian feel nevertheless. The station was also built by King Rama the 6th and stands as a testament to a grand and regal past. Hua Hin is just a one-hour train-ride from Bangkok and many visitors both foreign and locals flock to this station on weekends. The train station looks and feels as if taken straight from the pages of a fairy tale and offers plenty of photo opportunities. It's quite popular with the kids too. Once upon a time, this railway station offered the only means of access to Hua Hin unless you were willing to travel by boat.

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Cicada Market

Cicada Market is a joy to behold this market is solely dedicated to art and handmade crafts and is a haven for the 'creative' type. It's only open in the evening on weekends and when it is – it gets packed. It's one of the town's biggest attractions and attracts flocks of tourists and weekenders from Bangkok. The market also has an amazing beer garden, a lot of food stalls and live music. The ambience is amazing; a perfect evening regardless if you're going as a couple, with friends or family.

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Hua Hin Night Market

Thailand is known for its wide variety of markets of all sorts – that doesn't change even when you step out of Bangkok. Anywhere in the country, you will find amazing markets; weekend ones, night ones some dedicated to clothes some dedicated to food, floating markets and so many more – if you can imagine it Thailand has it. Hua Hin is no exception and has an amazing night market. It is one of the best places in the town to try out local cuisine and buy a few souvenirs to take home. Hua Hin is a seaside town and as you can expect it is a great place to try out some seafood. The market has plenty of seafood restaurants that prepare local dishes in the age-old method.