Hua Hin Railway station is one of the local sights that is not to be missed when visiting Hua Hin.
The sky was still overcast with a strong wind, but the clouds looked like they were breaking up and it was going to be a glorious day.
From the balcony I could see the hills at the back of the town appearing as a golden outline in the early morning light.
The wind was picking up a fair amount of sea spray and casting it into the air to give that poor visibility that you get in tropical climates.
We went down to the beach early on, to sit and look out at the ocean.
The beach was quiet and there was a strong swell, whipped up by the wind.
Sitting under the shade of the beach umbrella made it feel a little chilly after a while and as we had no towels to protect us from the wind we decided to go for a walk around the town.
Just 650 metres from the Hilton Hotel is the Hua Hin railway station.
On the way to the station I noticed that the roadway was all decked out with those round Chinese lanterns and decided to come back one evening to get a photograph when they were all lit up.
Lots of tourists visit Hua Hin by train and they originate from Hua Lamphong station in Bangkok and then continue to head to the south of Thailand stopping at Hua Hin on the way.
We sauntered over to the Hua Hin railway station from our hotel and took some photographs of the signs and the little buildings.
Nearly everyone else was doing the same.
As we took photographs I could see that a train was due from Bangkok as there were many people waiting on the platform.
Looking at the train timetable it seemed that the train journey is about 5 hours from Bangkok, considerably longer than the journey in a car or van.
The Hua Hin Railway station buildings are all lovingly cared for and interestingly it seems that red is a very popular colour for stations.
The road parallel with the railway line was extremely busy with motorcycles and after leaving Hua Hin railway station we continued to walk south just to see where all the vehicles were coming from.
As we walked along we were stopped by a man with a flier promoting his songthaew business.
He had just started up in business and had various routes around town for the princely sum of 20 Baht.
The songthaew had a fixed route of Hua Hin -> Hua Hin floating market -> Hua Hin Sam Phan Nam floating market -> Wat Huay Mongkol -> Huay Mongkol floating market -> Crossway Nongthapao.
We took a flier off him and kept it in mind as possibly something to do in the next few days and walked a little further along the road.
Apart from the odd plant nursery there didn’t seem much ahead so we turned around and headed back the way we had come, towards the Hua Hin Railway Station.
Later we learned that the road was a back way from the Hua Hin Market Village shopping mall, that people were using it to avoid the main highway.
Whilst walking along we had passed a couple of noodle shops and so on the return we stopped for breakfast at one and ordered some noodle soup and a drink.
Thai noodle soup is comprised of glass noodles with some green vegetables and either fish balls or pork. You need to add chilli powder, sugar, vinegar and fish sauce to taste.
Together with one bottle of water this came to the princely sum of 70 Baht.
Leaving the noodle shop we walked back the way we had come and again passed the Hua Hin Railway Station on the left.
We then headed to the temple in the centre of Hua Hin that was called, not surprisingly, Wat Hua Hin, just to have a look around.
Inside the temple grounds and just outside the Ubosot or prayer hall, there was a lady with little birds in a cage.
For a small charge of 50 Baht we could release four birds back into the wild and feel that we had done a good deed for the day.
This looked like a great photo opportunity to me and I tried to get a photograph of the birds escaping, but before I knew it they had gone.
We walked back to the hotel stopping off on the way at the local 7-11 store to pick up some snacks for the beach.
As I can’t resist a Magnum ice cream, one of those went in the bag as well. This time the Magnum cost 40 Baht.
One of the interesting things about walking around the streets and getting out and about, is the sights that you come across.
When we got near to the hotel there was a roadside stall selling another of my favourite Thai dishes; mango and sticky rice.
We joined the crowd of customers and onlookers and waited a while to watch the lady peeling the skin from the mango and slicing the fresh fruit and placing it in a little tray.
Her assistant added a small bag of sticky rice and another small bag containing some coconut cream.
She had a constant stream of tourists and for 60 Baht a tray she should show a tidy profit at the end of the day.
All provisions were taken back to the beach chairs at the hotel and quickly consumed.
Later on I saw a sign in the grounds of the hotel that said, "No Outside Food".
The wind was still quite strong but most of the clouds had burned off by now and I was careful not to get sunburned.
I still had vivid memories of the time I fell asleep at Pattaya before putting my sunscreen on and getting serious sunburn that was extremely painful for a few days.
Not wishing to repeat that incident I made sure I had lathered up with sunscreen.
There is nothing quite like the sound of the waves crashing onto the shore to send you off into a relaxing sleep and Hua Hin doesn’t seem to have the jet skis and motor boats that can plague other resorts with noise and that is what makes it such a good place to relax.
As the sun set it started to feel a little cooler and to round off the afternoon we went for a walk along the beach.
The tide was out and as we walked along we could see a newly married bride and groom posing for photographs along the water's edge and further along there were some people taking kite boarding lessons and little children playing in the sand.
Turning around to head back to the Hilton Hotel I noticed a couple of beachside bars were setting up for the evening and there were already people sitting at the tables having a drink and enjoying themselves.
This has got to be one of the best Bangkok beaches in the area and as holidays are all about relaxing, what better way to do that than to sit down and look over the beach area with a cocktail in hand.
As the evening drew in, I thought about the walk over to the Hua Hin Railway Station, the visit to Wat Hua Hin and the birds we had released and the relaxing afternoon that we had spent sitting on Hua Hin beach.
If you are interested in staying at Hua Hin or Cha Am you can review this link to Hua Hin Hotels or you can read more of my Hua Hin holiday blog below.
Hua Hin Night Market - Day 1
Explore the Night Market in Hua Hin. Eat at the Railway Cafe and have some freshly barbequed seafood or take a freshly mixed cocktail to the sound of modern beats.
Hua Hin Cicada Market - Day 2
Take a walk around the ever popular Cicada Night Market on the weekend and browse the stalls with local art and gifts for sale.
Hua Hin Floating Markets - Day 3
Thailand is famous for its floating markets and no more so than the two re-creations just outside Hua Hin. Visit Hua Hin Floating Market and Sam Phan Nam Floating Markets to see life as it was in days gone by.
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