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GENERAL INFORMATION HUA HIN AND SURROUNDINGS


Hua Hin (province Prachuab Khiri Khan)

Bordered in the south by a rock headland, the  white sandy 3 km long beach is the pride of this charming station which competes now with the resorts of the East coast, thanks to its situation on the fast road of the south peninsula  and to its excellent tourist infrastructure.
The picturesque fishermen quay , the fish market with the seafood restaurants and the very animated night market  (Thanon Dechanuchit), plus the beautiful beach make the attraction of the place.

Hua Hin also has a famous golf course, which is one of the oldest in South East, Asia  and an original railway station  made of  teak, where stops the Eastern and Oriental Express train from Singapore to Bangkok. This train is an alive memory of the great tradition of the great railway trips.

 

" Queen of peace "

Hua Hin deserved well this name at the time when it became the first easily accessible seaside resort from Bangkok by train . One of the royal princes discovered the area in 1910 during a f hunting. The frequentation of the royal family,  to her summer palate (the palate Without Concern), 

gave to Hua Hin a large a prestige. 

 

To discover 

absolutely, Railway Hotel (Sofitel hotel). Marvelous teak wood building of colonial style , this hotel was opened at the same time as  the railway line in the 20th years. It was restored,  its beach and its gardens, with their shrubs cut in the shape of animals come to perfect its elegance. 

 

Box Thai 

or " Muay Thai " traditional sport. In Hua Hin the boxing stadium  held by Mr. Tchop, is not far from the hotel City Beach. Opened every Tuesday and Friday  starting from 21 h. Each  evening comprises 5 engagements.

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Excursions 

Phra Ratcha Niwet Marukatayawan 

 At 15 km in north. Built in 1924 by Rama VI on a field pertaining to the police force, this " palate of Love and of Hope ", dreamy  royal place of retirement, includes harmonious teak buildings, renovated and connected by suspended corridors with direct access to the houses of the beach. The architectural style indicates the Victorian influence. The feet of the pillars are immersed to protect them from the insects. In the center  were the royal family apartments . There were also courtrooms and a theatre. The balcony offers marvelous sights on the sea and the gardens.


Forest park of Pran Buri 

At 13 km towards the south by road 4, and  take on the left on km 246. The road leads to an animated fishing port  and beautiful beaches, in particular the beach of Kao Tao, where the visitors will feel themselves alone on earth.  The area is in development and has several seaside resorts.. 


National park of Khao Sam Roy Yot (the mountain with the 300 peaks). 

65 km towards the south by  road 4 then leave the road Pran Buri on the left on km 286 and continue out of 30 km.
You will be subjugated by the shredded relief of the " mountain to the 300 peaks " whose highest point is at 605 meters. The thick forest  coat which covers the slopes and valleys forms a beautiful background for this park crossed by several paths of excursion. Formerly, the area was one of the most extended marsh zones  from the South East, Asia.  It is a natural reserve today. The shrimps breeding   which degraded the marsh  fields was prohibited, in the hope to restore  fragile ecological balance.

The wintering attracts many birds there; here gather herons, brushes, storks, as well as the rare imperial and spotty eagles.

The caves dug in limestone, with their geological formations in domes, their petrified cascades deserve a visit. Tham Sai, after the villages  of Ban Bang Phu, Ban Khao Daeng, Ban Khung Thanot. Caves of Tham Khaeo and Tham Phraya Nakhon  : access by boat, a  1h15  trip from Ban Bang Phu. From the beach of Hat Laem, take the abrupt path on approximately 400 meters and  go down to the first room.
After this climbing, you will be rewarded by the discovery  of several arches rooms  and 2 pits. An elegant house of Thai style, built for the king Rama V, 

comes to add a note of fantasy.


Khao Takiab. 

Several desert beaches ( Hat KhaoTakiap, Suan Son, Khao Tao )  oardered of marine  pines serve traditional fishermen villages . At the top of a hill, 2 temples (Wat Khao Thairalat and Wat Khao Takiap) dominate the sea and offer an admirable place to observe the population of monkeys in the neighborhoods.
All the national parks are paying: 400 Baths (ß)

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Various festivals regional

February. 

Celebrates of Phra Nakhon Khiri in Phetchaburi (65 km in the north of Hua Hin), at the beginning of the month, during  about eight days. The festivities are concentrated around Khao Wang and  the historical temples of the city, decorated for the occasion with lights garlands. A sound and light spectacle is given in  the palate of " Pha nakhon khiri " as  well as  representations of historic dramas, traditional Thai  dances such as Lakhon Chatrii or Li-khe, 

and historic dramas of modern style.

The fair is also the occasion to see the  beauty contest very awaited by the young widows of " Phet " who come to expose their assets in the hope 

to it to find a men. 

Ox carts races are organized in the northern periphery of the city.


March. 

During the school holidays, young Shan boys are ordered as novices  (Bouat Louuk Kéau). They form a procession around Wat (temple), during which one carries them under large umbrellas on the shoulders.

 

Octobre.  

The festival of Jong Para marks the end of the Buddhist  Lent.


November. 

National celebrates of Loï Krathong which one celebrates throwing a Krathong (small illuminated floating lotus  ) in a river, pond or the sea. Enlightened balloons (Krathong Sawan = which means paradise) are also dropped in the  night, giving the impression of a large starry sky .


December. 

December the 5th, birthday of the King Rama IX and by the same occasion the Father's Day (Wan Po). Christmas and new year (Pii May) are also appreciated by the Thais, who enjoy entertainment (Saanouk).

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Visas

 

The visa is given  for 29 days renewable 2 times ... If you wish to stay longer, you should renew your visa while going out of the country. At the border post,  make plug your passport for the exit, and the same for the new entry. Without forgetting the plugs of the intermediate country at the entry and the exit. From  Hua Hin, you can do it in one  day and you can go to to :


Burma : to the south of Hua Hin at the boarder town of Rannong in Thailand by  bus. Then t go to the port of immigration, then, 500 m further take a long tail  boat (Hang Yao) for 300 Baths outward journey and return for one or more people, who will take you along to Burma into 40 to 50 minutes. You will arrive at the Birman customs house and will present your passport which will be plugged by paying 10 $ US. On return to Thailand  do not forget to pass by Thai immigration to get  a new and free valid visa  for 29 days.
Nb: The trip is done with a night bus. Departure at the bus station of Hua Hin, from 20 h00 and until midnight, Arrival  in Rannong between 5 and 7h00 a.m. The formalities can be done in one morning.


Malaysia : Penang Besar which is the most closest city   from the Thai  border (approximately 1 h00 trip). By bus or train go to the Thaï boarder town of Hat Yai . Then to  the minibus station " Rot Toua". From the station, by  foot :   take the road opposite  of the station,  then on the third traffic light turn on the right at about 300 meters.  Take a minibus (50 baths). On the Thai border ridges to plug your passport for the exit of the country. The customs offices are approximately at 1km. 
Walk or take a motor bike-taxi (approximately 30 ß) outward journey and return. On the Malaysian border , you will received  a card for a free 3 months  visa. Take the road back,  with the plug of exit of Malaysia, the Thai custom will deliver you a new free visa  for 29 days. Cross the road to take a local orange bus which will bring you back  the bus terminal of Hat Yai (30 ß). From there, you can go to any part of Thailand.
Nb: If you travel by train it is preferable to take a night train, departure towards 18h00  pm and arrival towards 6 h00 am.
The formalities can be done in one morning.

On departure of Thailand, do not forget t he airport tax of 750 ß.  Most of the time, your travel agency  does not specify it

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Recommendations


The head  represents the greatest spiritually part for Thai people and there are some taboos. Never put  your hand on the head of a Thai, not more than you will not cherish the hair of a child. If that arrives to you, present your excuses immediately, with the risk to pass for coarse person.  Conversely  the feet represents the lowest spiritually part of the body. Never  point them towards something or somebody. Do not pose them on a chair or a table when you sat. 

Never touch someone  with your feet.
Do not sit on a pillow reserved for sleeping. 

Never span somebody, even in a very crammed coach of third class, where the passengers sat or lengthened on the floor.  

Try to circumvent them, or ask that they move.
To greet somebody, join your  hands like a gesture of prayer (Waï). If someone greats you , you must great back, except if it is a child.

 

Bus

 

There are buses starting from Hua Hin to Bangkok every hour in the morning starting from 3 am , and the afternoon every  ½ hours. An approximately 3 hours trip. 

On starting of  Bangkok, it is the southern bus station  (Saytay) which deserted Hua Hin. 


The Councils

Never put  your luggage under the seat of a bus , you risk to forget it to be stolen. Never show  valuable articles; watch, pendants, money...


Money

Travel with few cash, choose the travelers' cheques which in the event of loss or of rubbery, can not to be used without your signature and will quickly be refunded.

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Some sentences and their phonetics to bring you closer to the Thais

hello
sawat dii khrap ( a man ) sawadii kha ( a woman )

 

nice to meet you
yiindu thii roundjak khoun

 

sorry, what's your name ?
khoothoot khrap ( kha ) khoun tchu aray ?

 

I am English.
phom  pen khon agnkrit....

 

how much does that cost?
raakhaa thaoray ?

 

can you lower the price?
lot iik daay may ?

 

thank you
khoopkhoun khrap (kha)

 

can you speak slowly...
phouut tcha noï day may...

my name is.....
phom tchu....( a man )   tchan tchu....( a woman )

 

how are you?
khoun saabay dii may ?

 

I hope to see you again
wanlang phop khan may na khrap.

 

I go to the market
pay talaat

 

it is too expensive!
phaeeng djang !

 

no, this price is cheep
may daay, raakhaa nii thouk léo na kha....

 

goodbye
pay la khrap

 

I don't understand...
phom ( tchan ) may khaodjay...

Some numbers...

soun

nung

soong

saam

sii

haa

hok

djet

péet

khaoo

sip

sip ét

sip soong

0

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

yii sip

samm sip

sii sip

roï or nung roï

soong roï

nung pan

soong pan

20

30

40

100

200

1000

2000

Examples

6 : hok 

76 : djet sip hok

276 : soong roï djet sip hok

1276 : nung pan soong roï djet sip hok

 

9 : khaoo

89 : péet sip khaoo

489 : sii  roï péet sip khaoo

5489 : haa pan sii  roï péet sip khaoo

 

3 : saam

33 : saam sip saam

333 : saam roï saam sip saam

3333 : saam pan saam roï saam sip saam

 

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