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18 Hua Hin Attractions Not To Be Missed

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Mrigadayyavan Palace, or as it is also called - Marukatayyavan, is a rather modern building. The palace was built in 1925 from teak wood as the summer residence of King Rama the Sixth. Moreover, the design of the building was developed by the king himself, who called his residence the Palace of Love and Hope. The final touches to the project of Rama VI were given by the Italian architect Ercole. Unfortunately, the king happened to visit his palace only twice. After his death, the palace was practically not used and even became desolate. Only in 1981 did this building become part of the National History Museum. And now the palace is open for excursions.

Located almost on the beach, near the sea, surrounded by a garden, the palace looks like an easy and beautiful building. A bike tour is available throughout the garden. Only 20 people are allowed inside the palace (a large amount can damage its light construction).

The palace is open to visitors daily, except on Wednesdays and holidays. Entrance is paid, clothes should be below the knee and cover your shoulders.

Location: Tambon Cha-am, Chang Wat Phetchaburi 76120, Thailand

Coordinates: N 12.69752300, east 99.96231300

Mount Khao Takiab

About 7 km south of Hua Hin, the majestic Khao Takiab - Monkey Mountain - protects the southern city beach. A steep winding road stretches to the 272-meter peak - it passes through the famous seafood market and leads to the temple of Wat Khao Takiab.

A feature of its architecture is a combination of Siamese and Chinese style. It offers a beautiful view of the city. At the foot, on the edge of the beach is a tall statue of a standing Buddha, which is often photographed by tourists.

Caution should be exercised with local monkeys - they can bite, especially if they are teased. In addition, you should not carry plastic bags or containers with drinks - next to the temple there is a special area where you can buy food and a snack.

Address: Wat Khao Takiap 123, 55 Nong Kae-Takiap, ตำบล หนอง แก อำเภอ หัวหิน ประจวบคีรีขันธ์ 77110.

Hat Sai Beach and Khao Tao Hill

The next hill after Khao Takiab is Khao Tao or Turtle Mountain. It protects the idyllic little bay, where Hat Sai Beach crashes into the sea, providing unique opportunities for lovers of deep sea swimming.

There is a small resort hotel and a couple of restaurants. On weekends, there are numerous crowds of vacationers on the beach and in the bay, but on weekdays there is serene calm and silence.

On the north side of the hill, in front of a small natural grotto, Wat Tham Khao Tao is located - a number of Buddhist and other sculptures in an artificially created concrete "cave". Continuing to move on, you can see even more colorful shrines and climb the stairs to the Buddha statue on the hill.

If you are walking or riding a motorcycle, simply follow the foot of the hill from the beach to the temple. But if you go by car, you have to go a long way around the pond.

GPS coordinates: 12 ° 27’20.8 ″ N 99 ° 58’44.0 ″ E.

Cicada Market

The popular Cicada Market, located 3.5 km to the south, is much larger and more interesting than the Night Market in the center of Hua Hin. It is an amazing combination of grocery stores, shops, theatrical performances, objects of decorative and applied art.

This is not just a busy shopping area, but rather a place where shopping turns into a real pleasure. Many artisans come here to sell home decor items or handmade clothes.

Here at the tables you can taste the dishes of national cuisine of Thailand and other Asian countries. Live performances take place on stage from 8:00 in the morning, as well as street musicians everywhere.

Address: Cicada Market, ซอย หนอง แก - ตะเกียบ Nong Kae, Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand.

Thailand Wildlife Friends Foundation - Animal Rescue Center and Elephant Nursery

The center, located 45 km west of Hua Hin, takes care of more than 500 animals, including bears, tigers, gibbons, macaques, loris and birds.

There is also a program for saving elephants, according to which elephants, not tied with chains, live here their usual lives. A visit to this center is much more interesting than those tourist traps with elephants and tigers that are advertised in many tours of Hua Hin.

The center invites visitors to get acquainted with elephants and the story of their salvation during excursions with full access to animals. Throughout the day you can watch walks and bathing elephants. Visiting the center is allowed strictly according to the mode of operation.

Address: Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand (WFFT), Tha Mai Ruak, Phetchaburi, Thailand.

Royal Palace Mrigadayavan Palace

The summer palace of Phra Ratchaniwet Mrigadayavan is located on a windy sea coast 12 km north of Hua Hin. It was erected in 1924 during the reign of Rama VI.

The teak complex, consisting of 18 interconnected buildings, is built on stilts and is decorated with tall windows with shutters and patterned carvings. The palace is surrounded by a beautiful garden with majestic trees. It offers stunning sea views.

Address: Mrigadayavan Palace, 1281 เพชรเกษม Thanon Phet Kasem, Tambon Cha-am, Amphoe Cha-am, Chang Wat Phetchaburi 76120, Thailand.

Baan Silapin Artists Village

This artistic village was founded by local artist Tawee Kasangam in a shady grove 4 km west of the city.

The galleries and studios feature the works of more than a dozen artists, many of whom preferred the vibrant Hua Hin with its picturesque mountain and sea landscapes to bustling Bangkok.

Address: Huahin Artist Village, 3218 Hin Lek Fai, Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand.

Observation Decks on the Hillside of Khao Hin Lek Fai

On a hill west of the city, a winding road leads you up to a whole complex of viewing platforms from which you can clearly see Hua Hin and the bay.

The closest observation deck No. 4 is located directly opposite the statue of the ruler of Rama VII, and the best panoramic view of the city opens from the platform No. 5 at the end of a rocky path bordered by cacti.

Monkeys located along the road and in the parking area are waiting for refreshments - they are not as aggressive as their counterparts on the Monkey Mountain, but still, when dealing with these animals, one should not forget about caution.

Address: Bon หินเหล็กไฟ 527/3 ตำบล หัวหิน หัว เหล็ก ไฟ Tambon Hua Hin, Amphoe Hua Hin, Chang Wat Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand.

Hat Hua Hin City Beach

Hua Hin Beach is a not too long section of the bay - a coastal sand strip of white color, washed by calm grayish-green waves. This long, shallow beach is more suitable for walking along the beach and sunbathing than for swimming. Tourists are advised to beware of jellyfish, especially during the rainy season.

The busiest stretch of beach is opposite the Hilton and Centara Grand. The restaurant delivery service provides food for groups of tourists located in the shade of sun loungers. On Wednesday, the beach is empty - employees spend cleaning all day here. Among vacationers, pony rides along the shore are especially popular.

The southern part of the beach stretches to the popular tourist hill Khao Takiab, which is decorated with a huge Buddha statue. It seems that there are much more high-rise spa buildings than coconut trees.

However, on weekdays you can still find quiet corners for relaxing or walking. The northern part of the sandy beach is separated from the rest of the coastal zone by a beautiful Chinese temple and structures on stilts along the Naresdamri Road, which may soon be demolished - during high tide some parts of the buildings are completely flooded with water.

Address: Hua Hin Beach Naret Damri Alley, Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand.

Ratchaphakdi Park

Beautiful bronze statues of the most revered kings of Thailand, with a height of 14 meters and a weight of 30 tons each, rise above the park amid a magnificent mountain landscape south of the city. The project with a budget of 22 million US dollars was implemented by the military government after the coup in respect of the monarchy.

The Seven Kings - Ramakhamhaeng, Naresuan, Narai, Thaksin, Buddha Yodf Chulaloke Chulalok (Rama I), Mongkut (Rama IV) and Chulalongkorn (Rama V) - were chosen from different Thai kingdoms as representatives of the most significant periods in the history of Thailand and as an embodiment of the powerful monarchical power, without which the prosperity of the country is impossible.

Address: Rajabhakti Park, Phet Kasem Road, Nong Kae, Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand.

Hua hin Railway Station

This station with a red and white symbolic building, built in 1926 on the site of the former station, is considered the most beautiful railway station in Thailand. It was created in the style of "gingerbread houses" of the Victorian era - with a lot of carved wooden poles and decoration.

Since Hua Hin owes its prosperity to the railway, the station is an authentic pride here. That is why souvenir copies of the station buildings are sold throughout the city.

Address: Train Station Library, Hua Hin, Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand.

Chinese Temple Jao Mae Tub Tim

The Chinese temple was built in a picturesque place on one of the elevated coastal stones - the "stone head" (Hua hin also translates as "stone head"). It offers a beautiful view of the sea.

Address: Jao Mae Tub Tim Shrine, Selakem Road Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand.

Hua hin night market

If you want to plunge into local life for a while, then the Night Market is the place you need. It is located at the intersection of Pecthkasem Road and Dechanuchit Road.

After 18:30, the market becomes especially crowded. Seafood counters are most popular, and the smell of grilled seafood is spread throughout the market.

Here you can also taste delicious local dishes from street vendors, such as Thai crepes or glutinous rice with mangoes.

Address: Hua Hin Day Market, Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand.

Hua Hin Safari & Adventure Park

Hua Hin Safari & Adventure Park in the vicinity of Hua Hin is an extensive village inhabited by animals and hosts fascinating performances. When traveling on elephants through numerous nature trails, breathtaking views of the city are opened.

In addition, tourists are given a unique opportunity to chat with wildlife. Elephants can ride through the mountains and the jungle.

Entertaining shows with animals, trips on elephants or horse-drawn carriages, quad biking, paintball and other outdoor activities - all this will give an unforgettable experience of visiting the park.

Address: Hua Hin Safari & Adventure Park, Thap Tai, Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand.

Plearn Wan Market

Plearn Wan is a retro-style, two-story wooden building with a patio. The mall is stylized in 1950, and many stores sell vintage clothing.

Street snacks are very different - local and traditional, and some of them are a combination of old and new Thai cuisine, for example, sweet wafers Tong Muan Sod.

Plearn Wan has several original guesthouses where you can spend the night to continue your unforgettable shopping the next day.

Address: Plearnwan, Phet Kasem Road, Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand.

Waterpark Black Mountain

Opened in 2011, this water park attracts a large number of water sports enthusiasts among locals and tourists. Vacationers are invited to six pools and nine slides of various subjects.

Entertainment is designed for visitors of any age. For teens who prefer speed and extreme, slides with steep descent and turns, as well as wakeboarding, are suitable. Safe for children and rides are intended for young children.

Older people will appreciate the hydromassage pool, which has a pleasant, relaxing effect. Black Mountain Waterpark is a great place for families.

Address: Black Mountain Water Park หินเหล็กไฟ 2 หินเหล็กไฟ หัวหิน Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand.

Wat Huay Mongkol Temple

The temple was built to worship one of Thailand's most revered monks, Luand Phor Thuad. He possessed a miraculous gift, turning salt water into drinking water and saving sailors on dangerous trips.

Local residents erected a huge statue 12 m high and 10 m wide in the hope of protecting themselves and their families from all troubles. They ask the statue of the monk for happiness, health and good luck.

On the sides of the monument are large statues of elephants. There is an interesting sign: the one who passes under the belly of an elephant will have great luck.

Address: Huay Mongkol Temple, Thap Tai, Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand.

Park Santorini

Santorini Park is a kind of oriental view of Greece. The white walls of the buildings, colorful window frames and stone-paved walkways all resemble features of the Mediterranean style.

On the territory there is an amusement park with exciting rides. In the zone, stylized as Greek island architecture, there are more than 140 boutiques and grocery pavilions.

Live music is played in the entertainment area, and on weekends there are open markets for arts and crafts and flea markets where you can buy original souvenirs at a reasonable price.

Address: Santorini Park Cha-am, Khao Yai, Cha-Am, Phetchaburi, Thailand.

Photo and description

The formerly royal summer residence, the palace of Mrigadayyavan is now a tourist attraction. His second name is Phra Ratchanivet Marukkhathayyavan. It was founded by order of King Wajiravudha, or Rama VI, as a place to relax from public affairs. After his death in 1925, the palace was empty and was restored by decree of the current king Phumipon Adulyadej only in 1965.

King Rama VI himself designed the main building of the palace, consisting of 16 teak columns and multiple corridors. Construction lasted from 1923 to 1924 under the control of Italian architect Ercol Manfredi. Mrigadayyavan largely copies the Western style in architecture: it has high ceilings, stucco moldings and more than 1080 concrete columns. This is quite typical of the royal buildings of those times, starting with the reign of Rama V, the royal people of Thailand brought the best craftsmen from abroad.

In general, the palace consists of 16 wooden carved pavilions, divided into three groups located near the sea on Bang Kra Beach.
The first group, called Samoson Sevakamataya, is a zone for meetings and negotiations, as well as office space. The second group of Bisansagar is the king’s private chambers. Here is a bedroom, bathroom, dressing room and study, where the king composed poetry at night. The third group of premises of Samudabiman is the inner zone of the palace, where it was forbidden for all men to appear, except for the king. Here were the chambers of Queen Indrasakdi Sachi.

Mrigadayyavan is known as the Palace of Love and Hope, because it was here that Queen Indrasakdi Sachi lived while she was pregnant, and King Wajiravudh took care of his wife and put great hopes in the birth of his son, heir. Unfortunately, the queen had a miscarriage. Later she gave birth to her husband a daughter, Princess Bejaratan, but died on the same day.

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Mrigadayavan Palace, or Marukhataivan, is a former royal residence, now a tourist attraction in the coastal region of Cha-Am in Phetchaburi, Thailand.

The palace was ordered for King Wachiravuda as a country villa. The king personally prepared the projects for the villa, which consists of 16 original teak buildings, raised on concrete piles and connected by a network of footpaths.

Construction was carried out during the years 1923-1924 under the supervision of Italian architect Ercole Manfredi.

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Mrigadayyavan Palace, or as it is also called - Marukatayyavan, is a rather modern building. The palace was built in 1925 from teak wood as the summer residence of King Rama the Sixth. Moreover, the design of the building was developed by the king himself, who called his residence the Palace of Love and Hope. The final touches to the project of Rama VI were given by the Italian architect Ercole. Unfortunately, the king happened to visit his palace only twice. After his death, the palace was practically not used and even became desolate. Only in 1981 did this building become part of the National History Museum. And now the palace is open for excursions.

Located almost on the beach, near the sea, surrounded by a garden, the palace looks like an easy and beautiful building. A bike tour is available throughout the garden. Only 20 people are allowed inside the palace (a large amount can damage its light construction).

The palace is open to visitors daily, except on Wednesdays and holidays. Entrance is paid, clothes should be below the knee and cover your shoulders.

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