One of the must-see tourist attractions in Hua Hin is “Raruk Hua Hin” whose name could make you imagine how the atmosphere of this place is like in many ways even before you physically go there. The ancient term รฤก (pronounced ra-roek) shares similar meaning to the modern and commonly used terms ระรึก (ra-ruk) or ระลึก (ra-luk). Located right in the heart of the city, Raruk Hua Hin is popular among shoppers and food lovers because there is an abundance of retail shops and restaurants offering savories, sweets and drinks. In addition to food, visitors can buy lovely souvenirs in reasonable prices and elaborate handmade crafts whose quality beyond their prices. The interior decoration of Raruk Hua Hin is exquisitely ornamented, making the place ideal for professional and amateur photographers to try out lenses in their collection because the perfect combination of contemporary arts must be very tempting to fire the camara’s shutter at intermittently.
Formerly Raruk Huahin was an empty piece of land on Naeb Khehart Road with one old wooden house standing in the middle. The 2-storey wooden house was built during the reign of King Rama VI and ages more than 100 years old. The house owner, who is a Hua Hin local, had an inspiration to preserve this house, so that younger generations can have an opportunity to see the ancient architecture. After the house renovation completed, the owner decided to displays rare photos of Hua Hin in the old days and lifestyle of people in the community of Hua Hin. It can be stated that this old wooden house is the highlight of Raruk Hua Hin. Furthermore, other interesting artifacts include a model of a lighthouse and a statue of an angler fighting with a big fish, which reflects that Hua Hin was a fishing village. Previously this statue was located in front of the Shrine of Tabtim Goddess. Unfortunately, visitors cannot view the statue anymore because it has been in a dilapidated condition as time goes by.
Raruk Hua Hin opens daily from 11.00 – 22.00. It is situated on Naeb Khehart Road, the entrance of Soi Hua Hin 51, Hua Hin district, Prachuap Khiri Khan.