Hop In To Hua-Hin

Right after our Damneon Saduak: The Floating Market and Our First and Last Elephant Ride experience, we run towards Hua Lamphong Station, the main rail way station in Bangkok to catch the train to Hua Hin. 

Hua Lamphong Station
Hua Lamphong Station
Hua Lamphong is the main terminal to northern, eastern, northeastern and southern Thailand.
The station was opened on June 25, 1916 after six years' construction.

Hua Lamphong Station
The ticket from Bangkok to Hua Hin costs BAHT 550 / person.
This is for 2nd class with AC, seat/sleeper. 

Hua Lamphong Station

Hua Lamphong Station

Yes, there are many ways to go to Hua Hin, we can take bus or coaster which might be faster than this 99 years old chu-chu train... 

Bangkok Railway
but here, we see can see and experience the history...

Old railway 
 and witness the progress and development as new railway stations were being built...

Construction of the new Bangkok railway station

The seats were converted to bed for the overnight train which caters regional destinations.
You will feel secured as police came in and out for inspection

It took us 3-4 hours travel via train, wherein we enjoy the scenery away from the traffic from the National road... 

until we reach HUA HIN - a beach resort town, one of eight districts of Prachuap Khiri Khan Province in the northern part of the Malay Peninsula in Thailand. 

Hua Hin Railway Station, Thailand
 The Hua Hin railway station is remarkable for its architecture.

Hua Hin Railway Station, Thailand
This is one of the oldest Railway Station in Thailand, from 1920.
Its main feature is The Royal Waiting Room that used to welcome King and his court when they were visiting the town. 

Royal Waiting Room - Hua Hin Railway Station, Thailand 
From Hua Hin Station, we went directly to PLEARNWAN for dinner; an open air mall which feels more like a living museum where you can experience a slice of life in 1950s Hua Hin.

Plearnwan, Hua Hin, Thailand

Plearnwan, Hua Hin, Thailand
It is a two-storey courtyard-style building, an architectural statement in itself, houses a community of period-style shops selling everything from liquor, inexpensive plastic-and-tin toys, snacks as well as a beauty salon, photo studio and of course, food - the main highlight at Plearn Wan.

Plearnwan, Hua Hin, Thailand

Plearnwan, Hua Hin, Thailand

Plearnwan, Hua Hin, Thailand
 One of the highlights of Plearnwan is its very cool, outdoor cinema... 

Outdoor Cinema @ Plearnwan, Hua Hin, Thailand
Indeed, it brought you to a different world, the feel, the atmosphere were just very authentic, despite being reproduction... the people, compared to Bangkok, were more accommodating. 

Plearnwan, Hua Hin, Thailand

Plearnwan, Hua Hin, Thailand

Plearnwan, Hua Hin, Thailand

Plearnwan, Hua Hin, Thailand
 And the food... they are just amazingly superb!

The food prices are reasonable to the venue and serving; average of BAHT50 per order; there are many food kiosks serving Asian foods.

Despite the hassle that we had from the Damneon Saduak, we still ended our day full of new experiences, both good and not so good.  We've seen many phases of Thailand: the soon-to-be-forgotten floating market, the should-be-stopped elephant ride. the soon-to-be closed Bangkok Railway Station and the should-be-restored Hua Hin life through Plearnwan. 

Exciting, isn't it?
Here's to more exciting adventure:

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deeps said...

historic place in fact

KALI said...

I agree...
beautiful and rich in history...

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