Hua Hin has a long history that predates its current name. In 1834, neighboring Petchaburi province was hit by a severe drought and a group of farmers moved south and arrived at a village that had a white, sandy beach and some rocks.
They settled and named the village Samor Riang, which means ‘row of anchors’, after the fishing boats anchored off the beach, or ‘row of rocks’ depending on which translation you take.
In 1921, the Director of the State Railway, Prince Purachatra built The Railway Hotel (now The Sofitel Central) and this, not surprisingly, coincided with the construction of the railway line from Bangkok to the south. Royal Hua Hin Golf Course was designed by a Scottish railway engineer during this era as well.
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07:00 AM Driver will pick you up at your hotel (in Bangkok) & transfer to Hua Hin
08.30 AM Mea Klong Railway Market
10:00AM Khao Luang Cave Swiss Sheep Farm, Santorini Park Hua Hin, The Venezia Hua Hin, Plearnwan Market Hua Hin, Railway Station Hua Hin Beach, Cicada Market (Friday-Sunday only) open 17.00-24.00 am, Night Market (Chatsila & Chatchai) open daily 17.00-24.00 am
07.00 PM Return from Hua Hin transfer to Bangkok
09.30 PM Arrive to Bangkok depending on the traffic
KHAO LUANG CAVE
His successor to the throne, King Chulalongkorn ordered a large 4-meter-high Buddha image be made and placed in the cave dedicated to Kings Rama III and Rama IV. He also had several older Buddha images restored.
The atmosphere inside the cave is serene and quiet, Buddhist people will pay respect to the Buddha images burning candles and incense sticks. There are about 170 Buddha images in Khao Luang cave. One of the most beautiful is a huge reclining Buddha image, symbolizing the passing of the Buddha into final Nirvana.
The rays of the sun shining through holes of the ceiling of the caves illuminates the cave chambers, giving the gold colored Buddha images a mystical appearance. Apart from the Buddha images and chedis, you will find stalactites hanging from the caves ceiling, formed over the centuries by dripping water.
An old local legend tells that the caves were once inhabited by young women only.
SWISS SHEEP FARM
A scenic place with its meadows, windmill, farm houses and barns against a backdrop of a forested hill, Swiss sheep farm is a great place for photo taking. Milk churns, large bales of hay, farm carts, old water pump, Halloween pumpkins and several 1950’s and 1960’s American trucks add to the farm’s picturesque feel.
Children will enjoy feeding and petting the farm animals or riding a pony. The well maintained and clean farm is located just North of Hua Hin.
Sheep and other farm animals
The Swiss sheep farm offers adults and children a chance to get up close to various animals and to feed them. Around the farm are sheep, goats, horses, ponies, chickens, donkeys, bunnies, fish and swans in a pond and alpacas.
The alpacas, a small camelid originating from South America, live in an air-conditioned building. Access is 100 Baht for an adult, 50 per child. You can also see alpacas at the nearby Camel Republic.
Plearnwan, a lively vintage village, offers community’s lifestyles, especially café and shops in the 50s to bring all the visitors back to the atmosphere of living of the mentioned period. Adults will enjoy reminiscing their past lives; while, teenagers will learn from the past. Therefore, Plearnwan is originated from the concept of “Play and Learn from the past”.
Plearnwan imitates the lifestyle of the people who stick together as a community, living with respect full of laughter, smiles and happiness. Moreover, the visitors can actually sense the warmth, hospitality, and bliss of the community.
Two-decked wooden building at the center of Plearnwan is the heart of memory in the past. It consists of vintage shops decorated with movie posters, fashion magazine covers, utensils and collectibles of the 50s-60s.
In addition, Plearnwan music station offers songs of the 50s all day long. Visitors may take a photo with a backdrop depicting Hua Hin railway station.
HUA HIN RAILWAY STATION
A remnant of bygone times, the picturesque Hua Hin train station is one of the stops on the route from Bangkok to the south. The station is located in the center of town, in walking distance from attractions as the night market and the main beach.
Its main attraction is the Royal Waiting Room which was used by Thai Royals when they visited the seaside summer Palace. Pictured on postcards and t-shirts, the building is one of Hua Hin’s most recognizable landmarks.
A step back in time
A visit to Hua Hin railway station feels like a step back in time. The station is one of the oldest in Thailand and one of the few still in its original state.
The main building is in a Victorian style that dates back to the mid 1920’s.
Old style light bulbs between the tracks are carried by mythological birds.
On the other side of the tracks stands an antique steam locomotive.