The other side of Hua Hin and Cha-am
The other side of Hua Hin
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.
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.