Experience colonial splendour in the perfect location. Once a sleepy coastal village, and lying 200 kilometres south of Bangkok, Hua Hin became Thailand’s very first beach resort destination in the early 1920s upon completion of the southern railway line connecting Bangkok to Malaysia. Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin is superbly located to enjoy all the attractions of the resort town, set between a wide sandy beach and the shops and leisure attractions of the town’s streets, and with eight 18-hole golf courses only minutes away.
Designed in 1924, the internationally renowned Royal Hua Hin Golf Course is a mere five-minute drive away. The quaint Hua Hin railway station is five minutes away from the resort, and Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport is reached in just over three hours by road.
Allow our team to arrange visits to some of the region’s most fascinating sites, including the mountains, caves and beaches of Sam Roi Yod National Park, the all-teak seaside Mrigadayavan Palace that was built in 1926, and Pala-U Waterfall. Wine tasting at local vineyards can also be arranged.
Created for artists to connect with locals and visitors alike, Cicada (Community of Identity Culture, Arts & Dynamic Activities) is open only on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Spanning over four acres, Cicada presents four zones. Art A La Mode is perfect for those looking for casual clothing and accessories. The Cicada Art Factory features original artworks from young artists, while the Amphitheatre is where guests enjoy various types of entertainment, ranging from live bands to theatre troupes. Cicada Cuisine is dotted with stalls selling refreshments and a wide choice of local and international dishes. Cicada is 15 minutes away from the resort by road.
With its whitewashed buildings, colourfully painted windows and doors, stone-paved streets and domed buildings, Santorini Park is a photogenic outdoor entertainment complex whose design and architectural style mirrors the Greek island of Santorini. Located in Cha-Am, Santorini Park is divided into several zones. Park Zone is an amusement park featuring games and imported rides such as G-MAX reversed bungee, XD Dark Ride and a 40-metre-high Ferris wheel. Village Zone has a large collection of boutiques and is evocative of the Greek island. Rest Area predominantly is for dining, while the Activities Zone hosts concerts and the Weekend Art Market. Santorini Park is reached within an hour by road.
A serene atmosphere is to be found at this temple, with the site dominated by a gigantic Buddha statue, the largest in Thailand. Wat Huay Mongkol is a 40-minute drive away from the resort.
This cascade is found on the south side of Kaeng Krachan National Park, next to the Myanmar border. The waterfall has 16 steps, making it one of the highest in Thailand and those who make it to the top will be rewarded by superb views out to the Thailand-Myanmar border. The third level is the most popular with visitors, who enjoy resting by the large deep pool that is perfect for cool dips. The waterfall is surrounded by dense forest, and climbing past the third level may be arduous. The waterfall is a one-hour drive from the resort.
The national park of Khao Sam Roi Yod, or Three Hundred Mountain Peaks is characterised by towering limestone formations forming a rocky landscape and with caves, coastal marshlands and beaches to explore. Highlights include the royal pavilion nestled within the Phraya Nakhon Cave, the freshwater marshlands, the park’s beautiful beaches and the diverse wildlife of its mangrove forests. The park is home to many bird species, most being migratory birds, and dusky leaf monkeys, crab-eating macaques and the Slow Loris are amongst the species of animals that can be spotted. Dolphins can sometimes be seen off the coast.
Hiking and cycling tours are available. The national park is a 50-minute/hour drive away.
King Rama VI built this all-teak palace as a summer retreat in 1923. The palace consists of sixteen buildings built on stilts and divided into three clusters, with the Bisansagara cluster once being the personal residence of the king while the Samudabiman cluster served as the residence for the queen and her entourage. King Rama VI drafted the original design of this Thai-Victorian styled palace while Italian architect Ercole Manfredi executed the final plans. The Mrigadayan Palace is reached within 30 minutes from the resort.
Only about 10 kilometres from the resort, Black Mountain, Hua Hin’s newest attraction, makes for a fun day out with the family or a group of friends. Billed as one of the largest water parks in Southeast Asia, Black Mountain has something for everyone, with a lazy river, wave pool and infinity pool, and slides ranging from gentle one-storey drops to the 17-metre tower from which there are nine water slides. The wakeboarding area features an 880-metre track with a series of jumps. Black Mountain also has a food court where visitors can enjoy Thai and international cuisines.
Internationally renowned for its impressive concentration of world-class golf courses, Hua Hun is the perfect place to tee off. Our guests are spoilt for choice with no less than eight 18-hole golf courses to be found within a short drive of the resort. The Royal Hua Hin Golf Course, Thailand’s very first golf course, opened shortly after the resort, in 1924. Designed by Scottish railway engineer O A Robbins, it is characterised by the ancient trees that line the fairways and the slight elevation of most greens that will test golfers. The Springfield Royal Country Club also is a favourite with avid golfers, offering a total of 27 holes, while the valley setting of the par 72 Black Mountain Golf Course appeals to golfers of all skills. Other prime greens include the Banyan Golf Course with views of the Gulf of Thailand, and the first 36-hole course in Hua Hin, the Imperial Lake View Hotel and Golf Club, which was created under the concept of one course with four styles.
Hua Hin is home to the Centara World Masters Golf Championship, Asia’s biggest week of amateur golf.
Step back into time by visiting the Plearn Wan Vintage Village, located on Petchkasem road, a 20-minute drive away from the resort. Catch a glimpse of Hua Hin’s bygone days, browsing the old-fashion shophouses, replicas of those found in Bangkok’s Thai-Chinese neighbourhoods, which offer vintage items including records that date back to the 1950s, coffee brewed in the traditional Thai style, a variety of local delicacies made from old recipes, and retro fashion. On weekends, the complex’s open-air cinema shows classic Thai films.