: Hua Hin (Orient Express stop)
: Khao Takiap
Car: not necessary
Hua Hin is located 200 kilometres south of Bangkok at the west coast of Gulf of Thailand. It is easily accessible via a through highway, and also by plane or train. Banyan Resort, where the villa is located, is only 5 km south of Hua Hin town centre and about 5 minutes (by car) away from the beautiful, white sandy Khao Takaib beach, on which you can walk along all the way up to the Hua Hin town centre.
Royal residence Hua Hin::::
Hua Hin is the oldest and the most traditional beach resort in Thailand. The summer residence of the king, the old fishing village with the kilometre-long beach is one of the most prestigious holiday destinations for Thai people. In the last decade it was the topmost holiday spot in idyllic towns attracting visitors from all around the world, many of them from Germany and Scandinavia.
In 1929 during the reign of King Rama VII, the Klai Kangwon Royal Palace was built right on the beach. Klai Kangwon (i.e. 'without worry' or Sanssouci) is still always the official residence of the King of Thailand, in which he spent most of his time during the recent years. His presence guarantees a strong military and police force in Hua Hin, which results in a controlled development of the town with very few crimes.
Golfers’ paradise Hua Hin::::
In 1924 Royal Hua Hin Golf course was opened as the first Golf course in Thailand. It was the core for the Golf region of Thailand developed in the meantime with over 10 Golf courses, which is reachable within 30 minutes from Hua Hin by car. They include two championship courses, one of which is the Banyan Golf Course, which received the award for the 'Best New Golf Course in Asia Pacific 2009' in the very first year of its existence by the leading Golf magazine 'Asian Golf'.
Dining and shopping in Hua Hin::::
In Hua Hin there are some of the finest hotels in Thailand. This not only ensures a high standard of living, but also culinary attractions. And also small pubs in the old town and on legendary night market have healthy traditional Thai cuisine and everything for international flavour. Various night markets offer inexpensive shopping opportunities for tourists and local residents. Bargain hunters can also stock up famous branded items during the daytime in some outlet centres in the nearby areas of Hua Hin.
Tourist attractions in and around Hua Hin::::
The seven-kilometre long sandy beach is the main attraction for swimmers and beach walkers. Pony rides are characteristic of Hua Hin, especially for children. Naturally there you can find even different water sport activities, kite-surfing and more.. Those who are looking for health improving options in the town can find a wide range of various forms of traditional Thai massages.
South of Hua Hin there are many caves and quiet beaches, to which half day and full day excursions are offered. Recently, there's even one of the largest vineyards in Thailand, which is part of the Austrian Red Bull Group. There you can learn to taste and appreciate the local wine at a cosy wine tasting place. Of course many day trips to several tourist attractions in Thailand, for example, Floating markets, River Kwai Bridge, National Parks are also organised by travel agencies in Hua Hin.