Getting to and from Hua Hin
The journey from Bangkok to Hua Hin is very pleasant and relatively short compared to travelling down to resort destinations like Koh Samui, Krabi and Phuket. Whatever method of transport you decide to take to get to Hua Hin, your views will be interesting. Coming out of Bangkok the landscape will change quickly. It changes from a sprawling urban landscape dotted with palm trees, bridges and rivers then into salt farms and then forested mountains start to come into view as you near Ratchaburi – about half way to Hua Hin.
All the way down to Hua Hin you will see beautiful Thai temples either side of the road. The views are amazing. But, what you will see on the roads will probably be just as interesting regarding how people use or misuse the roads on their journeys. Many Thai people are packed into the back of open trucks and lorries and unsafe loads along with terribly dangerous drivers are just a few things to look out for. You will also see on the sides of the main highway, bags of salt for sale; fresh fish, fruits and even cooked chickens hanging up in plastic bags in the baking hot heat of the day.
From Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, many people decide to jump straight into the waiting taxis from the airport after their flights in from their countries of origin. There are taxi companies that operate within the airport and their representatives will organize a taxi for you and take you to the waiting cars. The prices are quite high and may range from 2,500 Thai Baht to 3,000 Thai Baht. If you negotiate, you may get the price down a little.
If you have friends or contacts that live in Hua Hin, you can save money by pre-booking a taxi. By getting a friend to book a taxi in Hua Hin, you will then pay around 1,500 to 2,000 Thai Baht depending on the time of day and the amount of passengers and luggage. Then, you can walk directly from the airport where a taxi driver will be waiting for you with a board with your name on it and not have to queue.
You could also get the BTS Skytrain direct from the airport to Bangkok. There is a new airport link opened up so you can then hop off the BTS Skytrain and jump straight into a minivan in the city centre. The minivans leave from Victory Monument every 10 minutes or so and there is a BTS Skytrain station here so it is very easy to get to the monument. If you are travelling with lots of luggage this may not be suitable. On the other hand, it is possible to pay for extra seats for your luggage. Priced at 180 Thai Baht per seat, this form of transport is very cheap indeed. Your journey will be around 3 hours long depending on traffic. There may be the odd stop on the way for fuel and toilet breaks. Also, there is a very quick drop off and pick up at the town of Cha-am, which is 20 minutes’ drive north of Hua Hin.
There is also the main bus station in Bangkok called the Southern Bus Terminal. This is near the Chao Phraya River. Buses leave every half an hour from 4:00am until midnight. Buses are inexpensive and air-conditioned. Mornings and evenings are very busy so best avoid using this method of transport at these times. There is also a single track train that runs frequently from Bangkok to Hua Hin. The Special Express is the best train to catch. There is also a 3rd class train available. The train station is called Hua Lamphong. Unless, you are really in no rush, a taxi or minivan will be far quicker to get to Hua Hin.
For those who want to get to Hua Hin as quickly as possible, and depending on flight availability, it is sometimes possible to fly direct from Bangkok to Hua Hin. This trip will cost around 2,800 Thai Baht per person per trip. The plane is small and the trip can be interesting to say the least as the plane sometimes gets buffeted around on the thermals. However, the trip is short – around 30 minutes – and the views are spectacular as you follow the coastline down through the provinces.
If you need a reliable and professional taxi service to or from Hua Hin, we would recommend Hua Hin Taxiservice.