Hua Hin and Cha Am
The area became popular with Thai’s during the reigns of King Rama VI and VII both built palaces as summer retreats. Still popular with residents of Bangkok especially who often travel here for weekend getaways.
Ideal for people looking for a more relaxed holiday away from the tourist masses found elsewhere, this is still a lively area but with a higher proportion of Thai visitors.
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December to February sees daytime highs of around 30°C/86°F and comfortable nights as temperatures cool down to around 22°C/36°F. Rainfall is low throughout the period.
Temperatures increase from March to June to daily highs around 34°C/93°F but cooling breezes often make it feel more comfortable. Rainfall increases but doesn’t dent the sun worshipping too much.
The rainy season starts in June and runs through to November. Temperatures are still hot and humidity levels increase. Rainfall isn’t as high as in other areas of Thailand that are affected more by the monsoon.
Although Hua Hin does have an airport most people coming from Bangkok will take the train with all stopping at Hua Hin and some also stopping in Cha Am so check which train you are getting if heading to Cha Am. The journey is around 3-4 hours.
Buses are available from Bangkok, Krabi and Phuket Provinces and will mostly stop in both areas a short journey to the tourist areas.
Ferries are available for those coming from Ko Samui.
International flights are also available including the 2 hour flight from Kuala Lumpur.
The area is fairly condensed so walking is a real option here as are the bicycles that many hotels will have for getting around the area.
Songthaews – are usually the best way to travel longer distances around the area. They tend to run along the main routes so don’t expect to find one if you are in a less travelled location.
Tuk-Tuk – three-wheeled rickshaws are more expensive than a Songthaew but are fun for a short journey, make sure you agree a price in advance.
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There is a host of spectacular countryside and national parks to explore throughout the region
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