When you think of travelling to Thailand then you tend to automatically think of Bangkok or Pataya. But why not try something else for a change like Hua Hin district. Hua Hin is often termed as the oldest beach destination of Thailand. Home to palaces built by the Thai Royals and elites, it has an old world charm that is sure to draw you in. With night markets, awesome food, handicrafts, art, antique shops, you are sure to have a memorable experience. Another big reason why you should plan for a holiday in Thailand is because Indian passport holders are given visa on arrival.
How To Get There
Fly to Kolkata where you will be able to catch a non-stop flight to Bangkok. Indigo and SpiceJet offer cheapest tickets ranging from Rs 5000 -7000.
Hua Hin district is approximately 220 kilometres from Bangkok, there is daily bus service from Bangkok. Train fare will cost you around 200 baht if you travel first class i.e. around 350 INR. You can also book a taxi to Hua Hin which will cost you around 2,200 baht.
Where To Stay
G House is a good hotel located at 2/225 Hua Hin Nongplub Road 77110. You can get rooms for around Rs 1900-2000.
Be sure to swing by the Hua Hin Railway Station which many say is Thailand’s most beautiful train station.
Make your way to Pa La-u Waterfall located some 60 kilometres west of Hua Hin. It is in an evergreen forest home to many beautiful birds and butterflies.
Head to Takiap Hill where you will get to see temples and a breathtaking view of the town.
You should look for Khomapastr. Founded in 1948 along with Jim Thompson’s company, it is one of Thailand’s most cherished and highly regarded brands. Largely featuring cotton products, the brand specializes in hand-printing designs and classical patterns, especially on ‘pha kiao’, the fabric adorning royal palanquins.
Food, Music and More
If you love art, food, handicrafts and music, Cicada Market is just for you. From beer gardens to live music shows, you will find everything here but this market is open only on weekends. On Fridays and Saturdays, it is open from 4 in the evening to 11 pm and on Sundays it stays open from 4 pm to 10 pm.
In The Mood for Something Vintage
The Hua Hin Antique Shop specialises in ‘antiques’, with everything from home furnishings to gramophones to unique forms of transport – think unicycles and vintage children’s bikes. The shop is housed inside a gorgeous two-storey wooden shop-house at the corner of Phetkasem and Naresdamri Roads. It is located at 6 Naresdamri Rd.