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Hua Hin (Part 2)

(Part 1)

Hua Hin is one of the beach resorts in Central Thailand that is popular, especially with Thai people. But also you, as a western tourist, can have a great and quiet time there.



The direct surroundings of Hua Hin (continued)

A Buddha Image just outside Hua Hin Hua Hin as seen from outside the town

From Wat Thammikaran (or on your way to it) you can see the large standing Buddha on the left hand side picture above. When you turn around, you will have a fine view over Hua Hin and its beaches.

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Around Hua Hin

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Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park

Khao Sam Roi Yot national Park

If you want to take the trouble to travel a bit further from Hua Hin, you should take this chance to see some fine places.

One fine place to visit is Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park. It is not easy to get there, however. We first took a bus to a nearby village and from there we continued our way by songthaew. Sadly we had a lot of rain that day, so we did not see much more of the park than this fine forest Temple.

Mareukatayawan Palace

Main Palace building Palace garden

Mareukatayawan Palace is very much worth a visit. I can highly recommend is, as will become clear from these pictures. It was the summer residence of King Rama VI, and is a museum now. The palace has a main building, of which you can see the main hall on the left hand side picture above, with several smaller buildings connected to it. All buildings are interconnected by a system of covered hallways, as will hopefully become clear enough from the right hand side picture above.

Connecting hallway Palace garden

Here is a good view of one of these impressive hallways (left hand side picture above). The palace grounds are very large, and so is the building. This becomes clear when you look at the length of one of the interconnecting hallways. The right hand side picture gives another view of the garden.

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Phetchaburi

Buddha in Wat Mahathat Chedi at Wat Mahathat

Many people will take Phetchaburi (often spelled as Petchaburi) as their base and then make an excursion to Hua Hin, but we did the opposite and went by bus from Hua Hin to Petchaburi. You can, in fact, combine your trip to Phetchaburi with your trip to Mareukatayawan Palace. This is what we did. We took the bus from Hua Hin to Phetchaburi, and asked the driver to stop near the entrance of the palace grounds. We got off the bus there. When we left the palace, we stopped one of the buses passing, and traveled in that bus to Phetchaburi.

Above this piece of text you see Wat Mahathat in Phetchaburi. This is the most important Temple of Phetchaburi, with a beautiful Buddha Image inside, and Buddha relics in the chedi. (A Temple called Wat Mahathat always has a Buddhs relic). The chedi can be seen from most places in town, so just follow your eyes towards it.

Phra nakhon Khiri Palace

Another great attraction in Phetchaburi is Phra Nakhon Khiri Palace. This palace was built by King Rama IV, and contains an observatory for the sky. When you go up the mountain on which it was built by foot, you will be accompanied by hundreds of macaques. If you want to buy food for them, it is very likely that one of them will catch it sooner from the hands of the seller than you. These monkeys are difficult to keep away from any food in their surroundings!



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