Hua Hin in Thailand
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SGA Airlines (now in alliance with (http://nokair.com Nok Air) budget airline) is offering regular flights from the new Bangkok#Suvarnabhumi_Airport|Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok to Hua Hin Airport three times a day. Online booking can be made through Nok Air website (SGA Airlines' website simply redirects there when you start a booking). The price is not budget by any means though, compared to the distance and time of flight-3100 baht one way, or 5800 baht return (adult, as of January 2008) for 50 minutes flight on a small Cessna 208 aircraft.
Train is an easy method to get into Hua Hin, as the train station is right in the center of Hua Hin. However, the trains go very slowly getting away from Bangkok so 2 1/2 hour road time to Hua Hin stretches to 5 or 6 on the train. The price of the train is around 100 baht(and only 44Bath for ordinary train). See State Railway of Thailand for time tables and fares.
From Bangkok, buses to Hua Hin leave from the Bangkok#SouthernBusTerminal|Sai Tai Mai terminal about every 20 minutes and take around 3.5 hours. The price (1st class) is under 200 baht. More convenient to downtown Bangkok, you can also take a minibus from the Victory Monument (Anusawari Chai) area, near the BTS skytrain. Cost is 180 baht, limited baggage. The Hua Hin vans board in the alleyway next to Rajavithi Hospital at the southwest side of the Victory Monument traffic roundabout. From the skytrain station, take the walkway towards the monument, then turn left and descend the staircase to street level. The minibus area is behind the food vendors area. Look for a small table with Cha Am, Hua Hin written in English to buy your ticket.
A 1st class bus service will eventually connect Hua Hin directly with Bangkok#Suvarnabhumi_Airport|Suvarnabhumi Airport (the new BKK).
Taking a taxi from Bangkok to Hua Hin (distance about 200 km) is possible. Price after negotiation should be in the 2000 baht range. The limousine services, available at Bangkok Airport, are more expensive than an ordinary taxi.
There are many ways to get around in Hua Hin, Sawngthaews run the same routes all day and cost only 10 baht. There are numerous motorcycle taxis and tuk-tuks, fewer car taxis. Negotiate price beforehand. There are quite a lot of upscale tourists in Hua Hin and prices are sometimes adjusted upwards. Better to clarify the matter ahead of time. Car rentals are available, and this can be convenient if you're comfortable driving in Thailand. Motorcycle rentals are readily available. Hua Hin is very flat, and bicycle is a good way to get around locally. Rentals available, but not so prevalent as motos.
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As the King has a palace here, the security in Hua Hin is very tight, with a lot of cops around.