Blurb: "While the beaches of Phuket and Samui were discovered only recently and have since undergone rapid and sometimes destructive development, Hua Hin has already been the favourite Thai resort for over 70 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 was the resort's royal endorsement which has given Hua Hin a special character of its very own. In 1928, King Rama VII built his 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 a aristocratic resort with the added attraction of an 18-hole golf course, and as a fishing port. The Railway Hotel, today's Sofitel Central Hua Hin, was built by the State Railways of Thailand in 1923 in the architectural style of old Siam." http://www.hua-hin.com/
We had a great time around Hua-Hin, enjoying the sights, the seafood restaurants on jetties over the water, the Mai Thai bar around the corner and the holiday atmosphere of the place. Although we never did venture down the 'Soi of Disappointment' - I think you can guess why!
After the wedding we moved hotels and spent our honeymoon at the Anantara, a little way out of town. http://www.anantara.com/ (We have kept the X-rated photo's to ourselves - in case you were looking!!)
It was a very restful place, and they upgraded us to a beautiful room with petals thrown all over the bathtub!! We found a quiet pool where the families didn't come and relaxed, swam, ate and chatted. The only downside to the hotel was the loudness in the evenings of the reception area music and the various events going on. The whole hotel is open air and so the sound travels. It got loud and it carried on late. But...apart from that, we thoroughly enjoyed our last bit of private time before our fabulous adventure was to end and we were to return home.
Its been a hellava ride and we thank you, all of you, for coming along with us...