Getting to Hua Hin from Bangkok and Back
AirThere will be scheduled flights between Subang (former main airport of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) and Hua Hin, thrice weekly starting Nov. 18, 2012. However, still no flights to and from Bangkok.
Hoping this is built to last: Finally (again) scheduled flights by a major carrier, i.e. Thai Airways affiliate Nok Air, from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi to Hua Hin and back. And for a reasonable price of 1,299 Baht.
RailDaily several trains go from Bangkok to Hua Hin, stopping on their way south.Ask the information counter in Hua Lamphong Station in Bangkok or the extremely helpful assistance staff in the newly renovated Hualamphong Station (main train station of Bangkok). Please note that the adventurous rides in 3rd class can be booked only on the day of departure. An experience not to be missed. Enjoy it while it lasts, before Thailand gets its own sterile and soulless high-speed rail system.
A 2nd class seat on an air-conditioned Express train costs about a fifth of rich-world rates and punctuality used to be quite impressive. It has desclined though in recent years as the rail network has deteriorated and is largely neglected by recent successive governments. The real experience though is third-class travel that is cheap and you have unique opportunities to meet and converse with Thai citizens over a longer time period.
Tickets of all classes except 3rd may be purchased 90 days in advance at principal stations at advertised times at each station and at the Advance Booking Office (Bangkok Station) where tickets to and from any station on all trains are available between 8.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. on weekdays and 8.30 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and official holidays.
Children under 4 years travel free unless they require their own seat. Children between 4 and 12 whose height does not exceed 150 cm (~5 feet) pay half adult fares.
Refunds are available only up to 3 hours before the original departure time.
For further information, please contact the Station Office, Damnoenkasem Road, Hua Hin Tel. (032) 511-073. It's really just a ten minute walk from the beach.The new web site of the State Railway of Thailand with the southern schedule is here.
Air-conditioned buses of local operator Pran Tour leave the Southern Bus Terminal in Bangkok every 30 minutes between 0500 and 2200 for Hua Hin. The journey takes about 3 hours and costs a few hundred Baht. The air-conditioned bus terminal in Hua Hin is at the Siri Petchkasem Hotel on Srasong Rd, near Dechanuchit Rd, and buses leave for Bangkok every 30-40 minutes daily between 0300 and 2100. Tel: (032) 511-654, 512-543.
There are also nightly air buses to other cities in southern Thailand. Most depart Hua Hin around 22:00.
There are also non air-conditioned buses which travel between the market on Srasong Road in Hua Hin and the Southern Bus Terminal in Bangkok around the clock. These take 3 to 4 hours and are somewhat cheaper than the PranTour buses.
For the daring tourist it should be a challenge to drive by car from Bangkok to Hua Hin. Take the Thonburi-Paktho Road, pass Samut Songkhram, turn left onto Petchkasem Highway and go in the direction of Prachuab Khirikhan.
Or take the Phuttamonthon route from Bangkok and head to Prachuab Khirikhan via Nakhon Pathom, Ratchaburi and Petchaburi. This somewhat longer route is about 281 km and takes approximately 4 hours.