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Khao Takiab Attractions
The area’s namesake also provides its biggest attractions, Khao Takiab Mountain delivers sensational panoramic views of the area as well as the rare experience of hanging out with gangs of monkeys. Generally the area is an incredibly scenic one, just walking promises great viewing of rural Thailand.

Night Market
Situated in the Hua Hin centre between the Petchkasem Road and the railway line, the market basically encompasses one street that comes to life from 18:30 onwards, when traders line the street with their stalls selling various apparel, crafts, art, CDs, DVDS and cheap, tasty food – generally what you might expect from a Thai market.

Khao Hin Lek Fai
Located about 2 km. west of Hua Hin town, this is a splendid vantage point where a panoramic view of the town and Hua Hin Bay can be seen. There is also a standing statue of King Rama VII on the hill.

Phraya Nakorn Cave
is located about 35 kilometers south of Hua Hin by road. The name of the cave is derived from that one of the governors who was believed to have taken a shelter here for several days during the rainstorms. This is a spectacular cave which houses the elaborately beautiful pavilion in the middle. The pavilion was constructed at the command of King Rama V who visited the site around 1890. The pavilion also sheltered two other kings’ statues: King Rama VII and King Rama IX together with Her Majesty the Queen. During the day time, the royal pavilion manifests its impressive scene by being lit up by the sunray penetrating through some holes on the cave roof. This pavilion later became the emblem of Prachuab Khiri Khan Province.

Suan Son Pradiphat Beach
This beautiful stretch of beach is 8 km. south of Hua Hin. It derives its name from the casuarina pine trees, or son in Thai, which line the beach. It is a scenic place for rest and recuperation with accommodations run by the Army Welfare Office.

Ko Singto
This tiny islet, lying about 800 m. off the coast of Suan Son Beach, is good for fishing and diving. Boats can be rented at Khao Takiap village.

Khao Tao Beach
Situated at the foot of Khao Tao Hill, about 13 km. from Hua Hin town, this pine-fringed beach is clean and more secluded. Its main feature is a large Buddha image facing the sea.

Fisherman’s Pier
is another place where you can appreciate the lifestyle of local people. Here, in the evening, many fishermen unload their catch at the pier. Additionally, you can get a picturesque view of the sea with boats coming in or going out after unloading.

Pa La-U Waterfall
This beautiful 15-leap waterfall in the middle of the rich virgin forest is located about 60 km. to the west of Hua Hin town. However, the fall is within the limits of Kaeng Krachan National Park which covers areas in the province of Phetchaburi as well as Prachuap Khiri Khan. The water of this fall flows from Tenasserim Mountain in the west through the forests and cascades down the high cliff of Pa La-U.
There is a nature study trail along an 800-metre path starting from the car park and leading to the first level of Pa La-U Waterfall. The surrounding green forests are an ideal place for those interested in ecology and wildlife. Various kinds of birds and colourful butterflies are found here in abundance.

Suan Son Pradipath
or Sea Pine Tree Garden lies about 8 kilometers south of Hua Hin. This beachside area belongs to the Army Welfare Office, which intended this area to be a convalescent centre for the soldier wounded in battle. Accommodations are available here. There are buses leaving every 20 minutes from Hua Hin to Suan Son.


Hua Hin Arts & Crafts Centre
Located on Naepkhehat Road, it showcases works of art including paintings, sculptures, Thai folk handicrafts and antiques.

Thanarat Infantry Camp
If you love challenging and exciting outdoor activities, here is the place for you. Lying about 25 km. south of Hua Hin and setting in a large area of 960 sq.km., the camp offers a wide range of "soft-adventure" activities such as high-diving, rock climbing, shooting, fishing, camping.

Sam Roi Yod National Park
Located 63 kilometres south of Hua Hin in the vicinity of Kui Buri district, this coastal national park covers an area of 98 square kilometres with limestone mountains, mangrove swamps, and beaches. It is also home to various kinds of local and migrating birds, which are plentiful from November to February. With a large number of ridges, Khao Sam Roi Yot (or the mountain of 300 peaks) stands as a landmark for seamen and also provides a good shelter for ships during a storm. To get to the park, follow the direction signs marking the remaining distances of 38 and 15 kilometres at Km. 256 and Km.286.5, respectively.

Railway Station
This is one of the oldest railway stations in Thailand. Its unique feature, the red and white pavilion formerly served as the Royal Waiting Room, was built in classical Thai-style by command of King Rama VI (1910-1925) for use in the Sanamchan Palace in Nakhon Pathom province. In 1968, the pavilion was renovated and moved to be settled at Hua Hin Railway Station.

Maruekkhathayawan Palace
in one of the oldest and most attractive royal palaces in Thailand, located 14 kilometers from Hua Hin. The palace was constructed at the command of King Rama VI in 1923 to be his holiday residence. It was entirely made of teak and was fashioned in Thai-Victorian style. The palace is open to the public without entrance fee. Open daily from 08.00-16.00.

Klai Kangwon Palace or the Summer Palace
Built in 1926, soon after King Rama VII was crowned, the palace consists of three Spanish-style mansions overlooking the sea. Besides the beautiful ornamental gardens, the palace also features a shell museum. Until today, the palace is still the favorite summer retreat for the present king, H.M.King Bhumibol Adulyadej and his royal family. The king used the palace as the head office during his stay in 1950 to initiate his development projects in Hua Hin as well as the surrounding districts before expanding to the whole country. The palace is open to public so long as the Royal family is not in residence.

Butterfly Garden
Located opposite Klai Kangwon Palace, this is the first butterfly and herbal garden in Hua Hin. Surrounded by diverse local plants from all over Thailand, it features varied species of butterflies, birds, orchids, flowers and herbal plants. It opens daily from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Koh Singtoh or the Lion Island
got its name because it resembles a crouching lion, lying about a kilometer off Suan Son. The island is visited for its natural rock formations and vegetations; it is also suitable for fishing and rock climbing. A boat can be hired at Suan Son or Khao Tao to reach the island.

Thanarat Army Base Camp
is located on Petchkasem Road, 237 kilometers from Bangkok. In the Camp, there is a museum displaying the army weapons in each period. In the west of the camp is the recreational garden, full of flowers and trees. You can experience the adventurous activities like tower-jumping, rock climbing, shooting, fishing and camping.

Cha Am
is a district of in Phetchaburi province.
It is a well known beach resort town among both local tourists and foreign visitors Cha-Am was originally a small fishing village, which over the years has been developed into a major destination.
The construction of a Royal Palace near Hua Hin gave a boost to the development under the impulse of the Bangkok aristocracy and elite.
Today, it is very popular among residents as well as long stay foreigners who love superb seafood and comfortable hotel accommodation, with an easy overland access to Bangkok.

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