Hua Hin is located on the western side of the Gulf of Thailand, and is approximately a two and one half hour drive from Bangkok. Thailand’s original beach resort, it now sports a great selection of golf courses.
Hua Hin was developed in the early 1920’s by King Rama VII as an ideal getaway from Bangkok. The tranquil fishing village was turned into a resort for the Royal Family and thereafter became popular among the Siam nobility and upper-class.
For over 75 years now, the Hua Hin beach resort has been a popular holiday area for affluent Thais and foreigners alike. Although it still retains the intimacy of a village, it has successfully incorporated modern luxuries without the commercialism of other resorts. The area has kept much of its old world charm and colorful ways. Holidaymakers can stroll down and explore Hua Hin’s winding roads with a great variety of shops, boutiques, superb restaurants, and night markets.
Hua Hin is unlike any other beach resort in Thailand. If you’re looking for bright lights and the frantic all-night action of cabarets and discos, you may be disappointed here. However, if you enjoy walks through the quiet winding streets of a friendly coastal village, sampling delicious seafood in restaurants overlooking the brightly lit fishing boats on the Gulf of Thailand or a round of golf on one of the several international standard links, Hua Hin could very well be what you’re looking for; Hua Hin has a special character all its own.
There are seven courses within a thirty minute drive of Hua Hin and for those willing to travel a little further there are an additional 10 courses available. It all started in 1924 with the creation of the Royal Hua Hin Golf Course adjacent to the town’s snazzy little railway station. Designed by a Scottish railway engineer named O.A. Robbins, Thailand’s first golf course is reminiscent of links courses found in Robbins’ native Scotland. The other courses in the region are of international standard, notable Black Mountain which hosts tour events on the European and Asian tours each year and was recently voted in the best 100 golf courses outside of the US by Golf Digest.
Just last year, Hua Hin has been awarded 2013 Golf Destination of the year, should you come and see what all the fuss is about?
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