The beach at Hua Hin is unspectacular and the modem town undistinguished, but
for many visitors, the beautiful bay and picturesque backdrop of green hills
make this a fine place to relax for a few days.
Early risers can watch fisher men set sail from the northern piers, then
walk six km south to a pair of limestone hills for ex cellent views over
the arching bay. Khao Takiab ("Chopstick Hill") can also be reached by
motorcycte. Below Khao Takiab is Wat Khao Lad, a Buddhist temple with a 20
-meter alabaster Buddha image. Two km west of Khao Takiab lies Khao Krilas
("Spirit Mountain"), a mystical site festooned with over 200 spirit houses,
holy relics, and miniature chedis.
During the day there's little to do but relax, read a book, wander around the
beach, and perhaps visit the quaint burgundy-and-cream building next to the
train station which once served as the private waiting room for Thai royalty.
Pilots might investigate the local flying school, which provides English
-language training and awards pilot's licenses for about $3000. More
information on local attractions, tours, and transportation is available from
the municipal tourist office on Damnern Kasern Road.