Hua Hin is Thailand`s oldest sea resort. Its development from a small fishing harbor to an important tourist center began in 1911, when the railway line from Bangkok to Singapore was built. At that time the line firstly operated from Bangkok to Hua Hin and covered 213 km distance. It has made Hua Hin a place of retreat from the summer heat, especially for people from Bangkok. The present building of the station was built in1926. The building - half wooden and half brick - was influenced from Victorian architecture. More designs were added in Chinese art and architecture. The columns are richly decorated.
In connection to the building of the railway station the railway hotel was established as an accommodation for railway passengers. The ingenious Italian architect A. Rigazzi has designed it as a luxurious two-storey European-style resort hotel (Victorian style as the Railroad Station).
Since 1926 the Royal Family in Hua Hin has been using the palace Wang Klai Kangwon as a summer residence.
|Hua Hin Railway Station|
|view on the Royal Reception Pavillon|
|Front face of the railway Station - Park and Ride: The motorbike is still a very much appreciated vehicle.|
|Pavillon for the King's reception, built in Thai-Style|
|Pavillon with mourning decoration for King Bhumibol (deceased 2016)|
|Baldwin Lokomotive, unit 305|
|bushes and trees are trimmed to look like animals|
|gardener of the Railway hotel, head completely protected against sun|
|entrance to "The Museum - Coffe & Tea Corner" of the Railroad Hotel|
|beautiful table, made of the rootstock of a teak tree|
|short walk to the beach|
|beach of the Railway Hotel|
|next to the beach fisherboats and restaurants in stilt house architecture|
|on the street market: "Rotee", pancake, with banana, perfekt for the small in-between hunger|
|Thai foot massage - enjoyable after long shopping|