We took the van from Victory Monument (near the entrance of Kodak Building to be exact). The ride costs us THB180 for one pax. To optimize the profits, the van operators would wait until the van is full of passengers. It is advisable to carry less luggage with you as the van does not have a space for luggage storage. You would have to put your big backpack on your lap or squeeze it in the middle of the van. Arrive early so you can get a front seat. The back seat is so cramped up, I hardly could breath.
Hua Hin Railway Station is the most iconic landmark in Hua Hin, one of the districts in Prachuap Khiri Khan Province.
Discovered in 1910 by a royal deer hunting party by King Rama VI’s brother, the beach of Hua Hin then a small fishing village had awestruck the royal prince persuaded his royal brother to build a summer palace in town to be near Hua Hin Railway Station. The palace was named Klai Kang Won (“Far from Worries”).
The presence of the royal family in Hua Hin since 1920s has lent to the popularity of Hua Hin as many Thai rich men bought sea front properties in Hua Hin. Being a site of the Thai royal family’s summer palace, Hua Hin Railway Station even had a royal waiting room complete with pagoda.
Set in cream and red paint, Hua Hin Railway Station strikes contrast against the blue skies. As in other places in Thailand, Hua Hin is hot and dry. When we arrived at the station, not many people were waiting at the platform. At first sight, I fall head over heels in love with this small railway station. It is not big. It is equivalent to the train station we have in Gemas.
One thing applaudable about Hua Hin Railway Station is the cleanliness of the station. As I did not have a fixed plan in Hua Hin, I sat down at the station waiting for the train to choo-choo in. I noticed few cleaners with brooms at hands sweeping the floor now and then. By my standard, the floor of the railway station was already clean. The presence of the cleaners sweeping the floor indicates how high standard is at Hua Hin Railway Station.
And the choo-choo train whistled in…
It is one of the most beautiful railway stations I have ever seen.