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About Hua Hin

Hua Hin, Thailand's Royal Resort

SeaRidge is in the delightful royal resort of Hua Hin, just an easy 2.5 hour drive from Bangkok, but a world away. With its uncrowded beaches, and refreshing sea breezes, Hua Hin combines the beauty of ancient Thai traditions with a relaxed, modern, international lifestyle.

Convenient Access to Bangkok & Beyond

Hua Hin is 200 km (125 miles) south of Bangkok on the west side of the Gulf of Thailand. It is located in Prachuap Khiri Khan Province on National Highway 4 (Petchkasem Highway), a dual carriageway and the main north - south road connecting Bangkok with west central and southern Thailand.

One of Hua Hin's major advantages is its easy access to Bangkok. Although Hua Hin is well away from the congestion and urban sprawl of metropolitan Bangkok, it is easily accessible by road, rail and air. Access to Bangkok is being further improved through a major highway upgrading project to be fully completed by 2008.

Hua Hin is a weekend getaway for affluent Bangkok residents. Expatriates living in Hua Hin can easily make the trip to Bangkok with its new international airport, huge range of shopping and dining and world-class health facilities.

Convenient access to Hua Hin from Bangkok is also provided by five daily flights using commuter aircraft.

Climate

Hua Hin has a year-round tropical climate with three seasons:

• Warm & Dry: November to February

• Hot: March to May

• Green & Wet: June to October

The best time of the year, the warm and dry season, exactly corresponds to the European winter. During this time of the year, daytime high temperatures averages 26 degrees Celsius with low humidity and perfect sunny days.

Hua Hin is Special

Hua Hin is located along 8 km (5 miles) of white sand beaches. To the immediate west of town, a range of low coastal mountains runs parallel to the Gulf. SeaRidge is located 9 km south of the Hua Hin town centre nestled against these coastal mountains.

Although still relatively new to international visitors, Hua Hin is actually Thailand's oldest beach resort. In 1928, King Rama VII built his Klai Kangwon (Far From Worries) Palace which continues to be an official Royal residence. As a result of this Royal presence, Hua Hin quickly became the preferred vacation destination for the Thai nobility and upper-class. This has continued through to the present with Hua Hin being the most desirable location for vacation properties amongst affluent Thais.

The current reining monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej (King Rama IX) spends most of the year in Hua Hin. The beneficial impact of the Royal presence in Hua HIn is tremendous but often not fully appreciated by non-Thais. For example, influenced by the King's sustainable development policies, Hua Hin has the most comprehensive development controls of any resort area in the country. The Royal Family also has considerable land holdings in the area, which are usually maintained in an undeveloped natural state. This provides additional protection against over-development while also limiting the supply of land, thus enhancing investment potential. Another important benefit of the Royal presence is that because of the supporting security presence, Hua Hin is very safe and family-oriented, with one of the lowest crime rates in Thailand. International demand for vacation homes in Hua Hin has risen dramatically over the past five years, driven by many of the same factors that have made Hua Hin the favourite resort destination amongst affluent Thais. International tourism to Hua Hin was up over 16% in 2005, far higher than any of the other major Thai resort areas.

Attractions & Amenities

Golf. Hua Hin also has seven, and soon to be nine world-class golf courses, including Thailand's oldest course. Green-fees are among the lowest in the world while course maintenance and services are superb.

Hua Hin Beach. Miles of uncrowded beach, ideal for jogging, a moonlight stroll, or just relaxing.

Royal Palace. The main Royal Palace is right in the town centre with other homes and facilities used by the Royal Family around Hua Hin.

Night Market. Vibrant night market selling clothing, souvenirs and food.

Dining. Hua Hin is famous for its Thai seafood restaurants, along the beach and on the pier in the town centre. But Hua Hin also has excellent Italian, French, Danish, Swedish, Japanese and American cuisine, at incredibly low prices.

Jazz Festival. World-class jazz on the beach, for a week every June.

Khao Tao. Within sight of SeaRidge is Khao Tao, meaning "turtle mountain" with a temple and huge golden Buddha perched on the mountainside.

National Parks. Two major national parks within easy driving distance, Sam Roi Yod and Kaeng Krachan, which is Thailand's largest.

Hotels & Spas. Hyatt Regency, Hilton, Marriott, Dusit, Sofitel, Sheraton, and the Chiva-Som which was awarded the world's best destination spa for 2006

Shopping. Tesco Supermarket (food, clothing, general merchandise), Boots (pharmacy, beauty), Watsons (pharmacy, beauty), HomeMart (DIY home improvement), Index (home furnishings), a range of speciality food retailers (German bakery, European meats, speciality wine and liquor), even an Italian cheese factory.