Hua Hin Itinerary Day 1 : Bangkok to Hua Hin by Van from BTS Victoria Monument -> Royal Pavilion Hua Hin Hotel -> Hua Hin Hills Vineyard -> Chatsila & Chatchai Night Market, OK Seafood Restaurant
Hua Hin Itinerary Day 2 : Royal Pavilion Hua Hin Hotel -> Santorini Park -> Swiss Sheep Farm -> Palace of Love & Hope -> Plearn Wan Eco Village -> Sam Phan Nam Floating Market -> Cicada Night Market -> Wilawan Hua Hin Restaurant
Many says that Hua Hin Railway Station is not only one of the oldest railway stations in Thailand, but also holds the crown of “the most beautiful railway station” in the country. No further clarification we can make regarding the statement since we have not visited all railway station in Thailand. However, we do have to agree that Hua Hin Railway Station is stunning beautiful, clean and well-maintained.
Hua Hin Railway Station is located in centre of Hua Hin town at the end of Thanon Damnern Kasem road, about 15 minutes walking from Royal Pavillion Hua Hin, the hotel for our 3D2N stay in Hua Hin. It was more far than we expected, plus the weather was humid, scorching hot, though it was just about 8.30am. But when we reached Hua Hin Railway Station, it became all worth the walking.
We were welcomed with buildings fully constructed in wood, painted in beige, finished with bright, red roof top for colour contrast. There are two separate buildings, where one is for ticket purchasing, luggage keeping and so on, while the other pavillion is the Royal waiting room, which is also the highlight of Hua Hin Railway Station.
Back in 1911, there was no train to this town. In order to provide easier access to Hua Hin, the seaside gateaway location for the Thai Royal family, Royal State Railway of Siam decided to built a line that connects Bangkok – Hua Hin. Till date, the station is still in operation, connecting Hua Hin with several locations.
The remarkable Royal waiting room was relocated from Sanam Chan Palace in Nakhon Pathom province, also built during the reign of King Rama VI. Exquisitely designed, with Thai-architecture details that is well-preserved till today. It boasts a “Victorian” feel similar to Maruekhathaiyawan Palace (Palace of Love & Hope) constructed in the same time.
Nowadays, there are various ways to reach Hua Hin, either by bus, van, personal cab or train. Train is the most time consuming method, approximately 4 hours (2.5 hours by van from Bangkok) but still much encouraged if you have ample of time to kill in your vacation. The experience is definitely different, and we are yet to try out.
Hua Hin Railway Station is now more than just a train station. It is the must-visit place when travel to Hua Hin, both locals and tourists love this place so much. When there is no train passing through, feel free to capture the best moments with the long railway. But do watch out for next coming train’s time for safety purpose.
Locomotive in glossy black and green for more photo opportunity.
In case you need a rest, hop over to the café which is just next to the station for a cup of coffee, tea or basic sandwiches.
Or, across the road, there are many food stalls lining up. We got hooked with the delicious pork satay which was only 10bath per stick, about 3 times larger than of our satay.
Perfectly grilled with a touch of charred surface, locked with tender juiciness and a layer of sticky sweet sauce, it tasted so good that we returned for another stick of the satay. Stall owner was especially friendly, feeling so happy that we loved their satay.
A great morning with historical, heritage rich Hua Hin Railway Station! Love this place a lot!
Write Up: Summergirl
Hua Hin Railway Station (สถานีรถไฟหัวหิน)
Western end of Damnernkasem Road
Opening Hours: 07:00-23:00
Tel: +66 (0)32 511 073