Treated like royalty in Hua Hin

THE women hastily preparing steaming hot noodles and organising trays of snacks are on a tight schedule, and time is ticking.

The train from Bangkok to Southern Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore is only minutes away and hungry passengers on Canada Goose Jackets the 18 hour trip to the canada goose uk black friday Malay border present canada goose black friday sale the savvy stallholders a business opportunity.

Visitors wander through the photographic display of the Thai Royal Family, commenting on the Hollywood movie star looks of the much loved King Rama IX the world longest serving, current head of state and longest reigning Thai monarch and glamorous Queen Sirikit in their younger canada goose outlet in usa years.

Tourists jump the tracks for canada goose the best camera angle of the long red tiled station roof with its heavy timber platform seats.

Motorbikes, buses and cars roll on by in a constant flow on the main road, only metres beyond the station canada goose clearance sale fence.

A high pitched female voice comes over the PA to announce the canada goose outlet shop train imminent arrival and a station staff member rings the bell in almost ceremonial reverence.

We strain our eyes towards the end canada goose outlet nyc of the straight stretch of track coming into the town.

As the large, single beam of light grows brighter in nearing the station, cameras are at buy canada cheap canada goose goose jacket the ready.

Our Absolutely Fantastic Holidays guide, Pornpan “Poum” Chantanahom, has suggested we see why Hua Hin station is considered “the most beautiful canada goose outlet in Thailand”.

Once we arrive, we think the title is due to the quaint red and yellow public station buildings and the traditional Thai architecture of Royal Station, which is used only by the Thai Royal Family.

But the multi carriage passenger train brings an unexpected joy that once again reminds us of the beauty of the Thai people themselves.

Dozens of schoolboys in brightly coloured uniforms wave and yell “Sawadee Karp” hellos from open train windows. One or two reach down to buy an afternoon snack from the stallholder who is peddling her wares up and down the carriages official canada goose outlet in the few short canada goose coats on sale minutes the train will stop at Hua Hin.

The wide eyed smiles and happy giggles on cherub faces as we take their photos overcome any language barriers.

Our own journey to this beachside resort city has come by road via the scenic route from the central plains.

But lying only 230km south of Bangkok, the resort town is a favourite among those wishing to escape the Thai capital for a weekend or more.

Thai royalty and high society canada goose outlet uk have favoured Hua Hin since the early 1920s.

Physicians believed the area exceptional climate and low rainfall buy canada goose jacket cheap would help King Rama VI, who ruled Siam from 1910 25, with his rheumatoid arthritis. So he built the Royal Summer Palace in 1923 in Cha Am Hua Hin sister beach town.

And a more relaxing holiday home would be hard to imagine: the sprawling golden teakwood Maruekhathaiyawan canada goose jacket outlet Palace looks more like a magnificent colonial country mansion than a royal abode.

Painted in lollipop pastels and combining Thai and European style architecture, the complex, which is open to the public, comprises three groups of one storey buildings that span a total length of 399m.

The three main areas assembly area (including a meeting hall, guests reception room, ritual room, theatre and badminton court), men quarter with the king private residence, plus the ladies quarter incorporate 16 smaller buildings and are connected to each other by a long, canada goose outlet store uk covered timber corridor.

Maruekhathaiyawan translates as “the Place of Deers” and “the Place of Freedom” named for the many deer that roamed free in the surrounding jungle in Rama VI time.

These days, however, well kept gardens and neatly manicured hedge artistry flank the palace, leading out to the promenade overlooking Chao Samran surf beach.

While the grand royal estate is certainly impressive, we feel like we have arrived at our very own palace once we enter the elegant five star Cape Nidhra Hotel and Spa in Hua Hin.

Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha of Thailand canada goose outlet reviews opened the resort in April last year during her maiden stay in a hotel, under tight security.

All rooms in the low rise complex have an infinity edge private pool and my bathroom goose outlet canada alone is big enough to host a high society soiree or two.

And after having cocktails and canap at the hotel On canada goose factory outlet The Rocks rooftop bar at sunset with spectacular views of the Gulf of Thailand, canada goose factory sale uncovering the Euro Asian dining delights of in house Rocks Restaurant, and eating breakfast poolside with the sun climbing through the palm fronds, guests feel regal in their own right.

The 59 suite, absolute waterfront hotel is an ideal place to explore Hua Hin, which means “stone head” and is named after the rock formation at the end of the main beach.


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