About HUA HIN
Hua Hin is a seaside resort on the Gulf of Thailand. Once a quiet fishing village, it grew into a fashionable escape for residents of Bangkok after the 1920s, when the Thai royal family built summer palaces here. Hua Hin Beach, popular for kitesurfing and other water sports, is the main stretch of sand, lined with high-end hotels and seafood shacks
The oldest and most traditional Thai holiday resort combines the attractions of a modern travel destination with the charm and fascination of a still active fishing port. And while most other Thai holiday destinations cater mainly to foreign tourists, Hua Hin is a holiday resort for both foreigners and Thais.
Besides its great 5 mile (8 kilometer) long beach Hua Hin provides accommodation options of all levels, great restaurants of all cuisines and price levels, and last but not lest the highest density of world class golf courses anywhere in Thailand.
While the beaches of Phuket and Koh Samui were discovered only recently and have since undergone rapid and oftentimes destructive development, Hua Hin has already been the favourite Thai resort for over 90 years.
The resort was discovered in the early 1920s by King Rama VII as an ideal getaway from the sultry metropolis of Bangkok. The tranquil fishing village was turned into the Royal Resort and consequently became popular among Siam's nobility and upper-class.
The construction of a railway line from Bangkok ensured its accessibility and popularity with a wider part of the the Thai public.
But it essentially was the resort's royal endorsement which has given Hua Hin a special character of its very own.
In 1928, King Rama VII built Klai Kangwon (Far From Worries) Palace which remains until this today an official royal residence. It is still frequently used by members of the royal family and is open to the public for visits.
Hua Hin continued to develop in its own leisurely way, both as an aristocratic resort with the added attraction of one of Asia's first 18-hole golf courses, and as a fishing port. The Railway Hotel, today's Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin, was built by the State Railways of Thailand in 1923 in the architectural style of old Siam. Many of Bangkok's rich and famous built their own beachfront summer homes to the north and south along the curving sandy bay, enjoying **leisurely family weekends*8 in a resort that has maintained its unique identity.