Click on title to view photo in large format: Giant standing Buddha on Khao Takiab hill in the far southern reaches of Hua Hin, Thailand. The hillside is also famous for its bands of roving wild monkeys, which have perfected the art of snatching bags from anyone carrying food. Hua Hin is located on the Gulf of Thailand, less than three hours south of Bangkok. It is also the location of the summer palace of the Royal Family and as such, has long been a popular holiday weekend destination for Thais. Most visitors agree that the stretch of beach in the vicinity of Khao Takiab Hill is the most beautiful in Hua Hin.