100th Anniversary of The Hua Hin Railway

100th Anniversary of The Hua Hin Railway
100th Anniversary of The Hua Hin Railway

By Supansa

The State Railway of Thailand the Hua Hin Municipality, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the Thawimuk Sport Complex and the Hua Hin/Cha-Am Tourism Business Association, are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Hua Hin railway from November 25-26, 2011 at the Phon Kingphet Memorial Park.

According to the Deputy Mayor of Hua Hin Mr. Suwit Rienrungreung, the Hua Hin railway is dated back in 1911 when the SRT opened the train track from Bangkok to Hua Hin. That time is known among Thai people as the Laem Hin period of traveling.

The anniversary for Hua Hin railway, organized á la Thai retro style, will start early in the morning on November 25 with a Buddhist ceremony at the Hua Hin Railway Station. In the afternoon, famous people from Hua Hin and Prachuab Khirikhan as well as businesspeople, with traditional Thai dresses, once common during the reign of King Ramas VII and VIII, will board a train from Cha-Am to Hua Hin. Then, at 6 p.m., they will come to the event venue and visit an exhibit relating history of Hua Hin railway and old fishing villages in Hua Hin.

On-stage entertainment highlights the multi-visioned slide presentation about Hua Hin, retro performances and a dinner banquet with classic Thai songs about this beachfront city, namely “Hua Hin Sin Mon Rak (Love Is Over in Hua Hin)”, “Siang Sa-eun Jak Sai Lom (The Sobbing Wind)” and “Mon Rak Ruedoo Ron (Love in Summer)”. All of them are well-known among Thai people.

On this auspicious occasion, the Thawimuk Sport Complex will provide visitors in Hua Hin a car-adapted train of 60 seats for a relaxing day trip. Starting at the Sport Complex, the train will go to important tourist spots of Hua Hin, such as Klai Kang Won Royal Palace, Chatchai Market, Hua Hin Railway Station, the statue of King Rama VII and Hin Lek Fire Hill. Throughout the trip, a qualified tour guide will tell the story of each visit with classic Thai background music.

For more information on the 100th anniversary of Hua Hin railway, please contact the Hua Hin Municipality at tel. 032 532 433 ext. 100 – 102, or the TAT, Prachuab Khirikhan Office at tel. 032 513 885.