The other side of Hua Hin and Cha-am

The other side of Hua Hin
and Cha-am

Known for its seaside charm, the Hua Hin coast line is not the sole attraction of this royal-entrusted
leisure escape. Exploration of the inlands, its Buddhism connection, and its tight connection
with the Royal Thai family offer post-tour elation.

WHY THIS TOUR?

Hua Hin and Cha-am’s name and fame as a quality beach destination merges with the fact that this retreat for relaxation seekers has long been favoured by the past and current members of the Royal Thai family.

A good 3 hours’ drive south from Bangkok, the sandy shores flow gently over into a verdant green landscape, characterized by gently-rolling hills and slices of the country’s deeply-rooted connection with Buddhism. Blending all elements together and culture, nature and religion form the backbone of a tailored escape, away from the beaches and into the other side of this invigorating region.

TRAIL ITINERARY

The other side of Hua Hin and Cha-am

12:00 - 17:00

Guests will be warmly welcomed by our English-speaking guide at your booked accommodation in Hua Hin or Cha-am before setting off to explore the cultural side of the Prachuab Khirikhan and Phetchaburi province.

The tour commences with a leisurely drive to the southernmost part of Hua Hin’s main beach and the elevated natural site of Khao Takiab. Also known as Monkey Mountain, this hill is a natural barrier between Hua Hin and the more southern Takiab Beach. As its nickname implies, a colony of monkeys occupy part of the slopes who roam both the viewing point and the temple grounds. Panoramic views over the Hua Hin beaches complement this first stop. Hua Hin’s railway station is said to be one of the most photographed landmarks in the region; its colonial Thai style architecture certainly will see you taking a few pics. Especially the Royal Waiting Room, once exclusively used by the Royal Family, brings forward the ornate decorative style of Thai design.

We leave the Hua Hin city centre and drive to the Huay Monkol Temple. Located around 20 minutes / 15 kilometres west from Hua Hin town, the temple grounds of Wat Huay Mongkol is dominated by the 12-metre high statue of a famous Thai monk, called Luang Phor Thuad. The temple is regarded as a very important one with many Thai residents making pilgrimage trips to this commemorative temple. We complete this excursion by entering the teak wooden seaside palace, constructed by King Rama VI, known as the Palace of Love and Hope. Officially known as Mrigadayavan Palace, these semi-open royal grounds served once royalty and their families as a seaside escape with lush gardens and large open spaces each connected with each other via hallways and elevated walkways.

We end this excursion by bringing you back to your booked accommodation in either Hua Hin or Cha-am which marks the end of this highly interesting outing.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A half day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description
  • All applicable taxes and service charges

EXCLUSIONS

  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply.
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in Hua Hin and Cha-am only.
  • Due to the nature of this tour, we regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • Guests are advised that some walking is required during this excursion; we always ensure that we take the most comfortable ways from the entrance of the sight to the sight itself.
  • Royal temples and palaces uphold a very strict dress code: it is essential that you dress appropriately during this excursion by wearing clothes that cover shoulders and fall below the knees.
  • Customers wearing shirts with obscene and disrespectful prints and pictures and brightly-coloured clothing may be refused entrance.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pickup and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.
  • This tour is operated only in the afternoon.

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