Hua Hin is the oldest and most traditional Thailand resort combines the charm and fascination of a still active fishing port and the attractions of a modern holiday destination. Most other Thai holiday destinations may cater mainly to foreign tourists but Hua Hin is a holiday resort for foreigners and Thais.
While the beaches of Samui and Phuket were only discovered recently and have since become rapid and sometimes destructive developed, Hua Hin has already been the popular Thai resort for more than 80 years. Hua Hin long history predated its current name. In 1834 some agricultural areas of Phetchaburi Province were hit by severe drought. A group of farmers moved southward and found a small village that had white sands and a row of rocks along the beach.
They settled in this area and gave its first name Samore Riang, which mean rows of rock. In the early 1920s, the resort was discovered by King Rama VII as favorite getaway from the muggy capital of Bangkok.
The serene fishing village had evolved into the royal resort town and eventually became the favorite getaway among Siam’s nobility and aristocrat. In 1920 Prince Purachatra, the director of the state railway, constructed the Railway Hotel, today’s Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas in the architectural style of old Siam.
King Rama VII liked the place so much that he built a summer palace Wang Klai Kang Won there (means Far from Worries), which until today remains an official royal residence. The palace is still frequently used by members of the royal family and open to the public for visits.
After the southern railway was built, ensured popularity and accessibility with a wider part of the Thai public, Hua Hin became the first and most popular beach resort in Thailand which the elite of Bangkok society began traveling to.
Hua Hin continued to develop in its own leisure way as an aristocratic resort with the added attraction of an 18-hole golf course. Many of Bangkok’s high society and rich families built their own beachfront summer houses along the curving white beach, enjoying laid back weekends in a resort which has maintained its unique identity. Nowadays, Hua Hin’s pleasures are still tranquil, not all that different from those enjoyed by the aristocratic visitors of its past.
The beloved Hua Hin – the oldest beach resort of Siam with a sense of history and a serene atmosphere is undoubtedly a holiday destination of international stature. Despite its amazing growth and development as a splendid tourist destination, Hua Hin still continues to be a peaceful sanctuary, maintaining rich as well as royal Thai roots.