Hua Hin By Train
You can get to Hua Hin by train at BKK Hua Lumpong Station.It's a pleasent ride to Hua Hin but so very slow. It takes at least 5 hours.Once you arrive at the classic old Hua Hin Station there are taxis ,samlors or you can walk to the main street of the town.
Bus or Train travel
Bus is probably faster but there are several factors invovled, what time of day you choose to travel, traffic, break downs, etc...Busses usually leave from the soi Eckamai station located way down on Sukhumvit. There is another option, and that is a mini bus but somethimes that is really packed with people and I think not as comfortable as a bus, especially if it is packed. Having said that, acording to the schedules, all modes take about the same amount of time. The train may be just as fast and just as comfortable, leaves at 0800 and gets in around 1100, which is really pretty fast. I thinkn that the web sites that I left you will help you decide.
Good luck and have fun at Songkran! It's a lot of fun!
Songthaews (pick-up taxi) are quick and cheap
Green and Red songthaews cruise up and down Hua Hin's main drag (Phetchkasem Road) at least every 15 minutes. Most go as far south as Khao Takieb, and pretty far north as well. A good place to catch one is near the Night Market on Decha Nuchit Road.
Cost: about 10 baht per trip
Bangkok - Hua Hin Air Shuttle Service
The BKK-Hua Hin air shuttle service offers travellers the option of flying between Bangkok and Hua Hin in 40 mins...The flight route passes over Bangkok, Samut Prakan, the Gulf of Thailand, the Chao Phraya River and the Petchburi province...
The airline operates 4 daily flights each way using a 12-seater Cessna aircraft... Ticket cost 3100 baht one way or 5200 baht return...
Getting to Hua Hin fast and cheap is easy! The Southern Bus Terminal in Bangkok has regular buses in between both cities. All the buses go to Pranburi cos via Cha-Am and Hua Hin, so don't miss your stop, but even if you do Pranburi is almost similar so no harm. The run every 30mins from day to night and it takes approximately 3 hours each way! Very fast and quite comfortable and so much cheaper than the plane which would have taken us the same time! The ticket only costs us BH128 each person and the ride includes a free bottle of water! Hahaha!
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And as usual, the friendly tuk tuk driver is more than willing to take you anywhere in or around town for a price that is. Normally a ride from the centre of town to the hotels further away would cost about Bh100 without negotiation. And if you want cheap cheap you get on the motorcycle taxis which are found at almost every street corner and hug on to your sexy Thai loverboy.
Take the Orange bus for longer distances
This a bus you can take further south, down as far as Pranburi past Khao Tao and Suan Son Beach. Buses leave from the intersection of Phetkasem and Chomsin Road (just north of the Night Market) about every 20 minutes from 07:30-17:30 daily.
Cost: about 10-15 baht
Bus to Bkk
As the trains to Bkk were not really matching the schedule, I decided to take the bus to go back to Bkk. It takes 3.5 Hours including the 20 min break for the crew to refill their stomach. The journey was ok and a lot of seats were empty so I could sleep comfortably !
Paid around 135 Baths
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Slow train to Hua hin
Hua Hin is on the Bangkok - Syrat Thani rail line and is a 3.5 to 4 hour journey. For a second class air conditioned carriage seat the cost is about 220 baht.
Trains leave from both Hualamphong and Thonburi station. When purchasing your ticket in Bangkok beware of the '"officials" waiting around the station. they will try and lead you to a private travel agency where you'll end up paying more than the face price of the ticket.
An air conditioned carriage for a 4 hour journey sounds tempting; these carriages seem to operate at sub-zero temperatures. If you don't have a sweater at hand you'll find you'll be shivering.
The journey south travels at a variety of speeds; the most frustrating being the initial departure from Bangkok. For the first 20 km's the train goes no faster than crawl. The spped soon picks up and by the time you're into the countryside the train will be travelling at a respectable rate of knots. Food and drink is available on board as food hawkers traipse along the aisles looking to seel their wares. If you're from the west, you won't recognise much. Not a cheese sandwich in sight.
To/From BKK center and/or airport
The journey to Hua Hin can be about 4 hours from the city center of Bangkok.
The bus is actually a faster option than the train. To get to Hua Hin by bus, take the 30 Baht bus (4 hours) from Bangkok's South Bus terminal (Sai Tai Mai bus terminal). Buses leave about every 30 minutes. The bus stop in Hua Hin is on Sa Song road, near the base of the Night Market street.
There is no direct transportation between Hua Hin and Bangkok's airport. If you need to do this and cannot afford or justify a private car, there are public bus options.
The only additional step that you must do to get all the way from the airport is take the bus between the South Bus terminal and the airport. This can be done by taking Bus #556 between terminal and airport (18 baht for 1hr15min). The public bus terminal at the airport can be accessed by free shuttle from the arrivals hall.
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Rent a scooter, see the are on your own schedule
Probably the best decision I made during my visit to Hua Hin was renting a scooter. The greatest benefit of getting around by scooter is the flexibility; after all, you're not restricted any bus schedules or routes. In terms of safety, Thai drivers are used to many scooters on the roads, and I found them to be very courteous and cautious when passing.
Disclaimer: Be forewarned that there is a certain element of risk involved in renting a scooter. I purchased an "insurance agreement" for a few extra dollars, but to be honest, I'm not really sure how much legal legitimacy these actually have. So if you get in a wreck, regardless of who's at fault, I really have no idea what would follow....
Quick tip: Take a few pics of your scooter before leaving, to prevent being accused of damage you're not responsible for.
Cost: about $8 for manual transmission; $13 for automatic per 24 hour period. The manual isn't particularly difficult to learn, but automatic is probably worth the extra $5 for beginners.
Bottom-line: An economical, efficient means for getting around Hua Hin. Highly recommended for those who can't afford rental cars.... Can be chancy in that the consequences of getting in an accident are uncertain, but just don't drive like an idiot and you should be fine.
Mr Roong- warning!
we drove BKK- hua hin with mr Roong which was a very pleasant and a good drive. he picked us up on schedule from the BKK Pullman King Power hotel and we got to Hua Hin in 2.5 hours very safely.
BUT on our way back, Mr Roong sent a different driver.
Never got his name, his English was non-existing, he was a BAD driver, very UNSAFE and FELL A SLEEP behind the wheel.
I noticed that his driving was weird as soon as we left our hotel (Devasom/lovely place) and after about 10-15 minutes i noticed his eyes closing and his arm getting those spasms you get when you fall a sleep and wake up rapidly....
I asked his if he was ok and tried not to panic. He said he was tired but 'no problem mam' (wtf!)- he took a long break at a gas station while we waited in the car. (about 25 minutes, which made us hit the BKK rush hour when we arrived to the cityl!).
While waiting in the car, we called mr Roong and he said he would do something about it and call us back. He never did. Nor did he call the driver's phone to talk to us- I understand if he couldnt call international numbers.
We offered the driver to take a nap and were ready to drive the car ourselves.
As we were about 45 minutes from Hua Hin at that time, we felt kind of stuck in the situation in the middle of the high way on a gas station.
luckily the driver got his s*** together and drove us semi-sefely back to BKK.
Its such a big responsibility to drive a car with other people and i am really upset with the fact that both the driver nor mr Roong acted more responsibly. We had payed 4000 upfront to mr Roong for the first trip, and payed the last 1000 to the bad driver when we got to BKK, none of us felt like arguing about the money and just wanted to forget this horrible experience. the driver looked very ashamed when we left the car.
so yeah- if mr roong can guarantee you he is the driver i guess its cool, but otherwise dont do it.
though i also think he is not serious sending such a bad and tired driver to take care of his customers instead of him self....
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Transpo between Cha Am and Hua Hin
I am assuming that you are considering splitting up the four days between Cha Am and Hua Hin?
Probably staying in each place is the best as I don't think it really makes any difference as far as time is concerned. Time is really the issue here. Is there a reason why you want to or have to do both places? To get from one place to the next is going to take some time. Bus transport is probably the most reasonable. Consider 3-4 hours from Hua Hin to Bangkok, transfer and then another 2-3 hours to Cha Am. Basically a whole travel day. You may do it a little faster if you took private taxis or shuttle. You may consider water transport, probably faster "if" that is an option. Years ago there used to be a hovercraft out of Pattaya, into BKK and I think Hua Hin but that was a long time ago. You'd have to go on-line and find out if that is still an option but I have not heard of it lately. Have no idea on time.
If you don't have to do both places, do one and just relax and have fun at the one place. You may find yourself scrambling to get from A to B. If you had more days, it would make a difference. That would be my advice. Otherwise, bus or private taxi are your options.
correction in locations and transpo
Sarah is correct. I stand corrected as I was wrong. I was thinking about a place near Rayong, whcih was why I was wondering why you wanted to travel that far with so few days.
Sarah, there used to be a hovercraft years ago that transported people between Rayong, Pattaya and Bangkok, and I thought the Hua Hin area as well. Probably not used anymore, even when it was running I didn't think too many people used it. I think it was mnore of a hydra foil than a hovercraft.
Bangkok flies to HuaHin
Currently there is scheduled air service between Bangkok and Hua Hin and is handled by Thai Regional Airlines.Instead SGA airlines and Bangkok Airways.Daily flight from Suvarnabhumi airport only35 minutes. Checkin 30minutes before flight.Due to few passenger,your luggage should be off in only a few minutes.Air ticket from about 1,700Bt.www.thairegionalairlines.com
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