Hua Hin and Cha-am are two beach towns located some 200km south of Bangkok on the Gulf of Thailand. Both have been popular local tourist destinations due to their close proximity and easy access to Bangkok. Hua Hin became famous at the start of the 20th century after Prince Purachatra – director of the state railway – built the Railway Hotel close to the ... More>beach; soon afterwards King Prajadhipok (Rama VII) felt in love with the place and decided to build a summer palace here. A funny, quirky fact about the palace’s name – Wang Klai Kang Won actually means ‘Far from Worries Palace’, and since 2006 has been the main residence of His Majesty the King of Thailand. Cha-am, 25km north of Hua Hin hosts a royal residence too, built approximately at the same period: called Mrigadayavan Palace, it is a popular tourist attraction and can be visited. Both Hua Hin and Cha-am share a wide range of attractions apart from their respective beaches, with Cha-am’s considered to be the most beautiful. In addition, temples, palaces, national parks – there are just so many sights to see in these two famous beach towns.