The small coastal park of Khao Sam Roi Yot (300 Peaks Mountain) National Park sits in the narrowest part of the Thai peninsula overlooking the Gulf of Thailand covering an area of 98 sq km. The park is famous for their distinctive limestone pinnacles that rise vertically from the marshland to a height of 650 m. The park's wetlands provide a sanctuary for native and migratory water birds. Other attractions include extensive forest hikes and large caves. Tham Phraya Nakhon houses a large pavilion built for King Rama V in 1896 and Tham Sai contains fossilized falls.
Perched high atop a local hill inhabited by around 200 harmless monkeys, Wat Chong Kra Chok offers a panoramic view of the city and surroundings.
Hua Hin was Thailand's first beach resort with much of its success attributed to the railroad completion in 1911, making the 190 km. journey from Bangkok relatively easy. Hua Hin became a popular retreat for Thai royalties and Bangkok's affluents. King Rama V built a summer palace here, the Klai Klangwon (Far from Worry) , which is still used by the Royal Family today, though opens to the public when not in residence. King Rama VI also commissioned a nine-hole golf course in Hua Hin.
For an insight into the Hua Hin of the 1920's, visit the Hotel Sofitel Central, formerly known as the Railway Hotel. Teakwood floors and rich Thai silk tapestries are part of the elegant d ? cor that adorn this luxurious hotel set amidst a well manicured garden filled with animal-shaped shrubs.
Khao Takiep (Chopstick Hill) lies south of Hua Hin. The picturesque spot is covered with miniature chedis and shrines. Nearby, an impressive 20-meter tall Buddha stands looking out into the sea at Wat Khao Lad.