We are currently in Hua Hin a three hour drive South of Bangkok along the coast. We arrived at a very sad time with the passing of Thailand’s beloved King. The country is in mourning with most people subdued and wearing black. We give our deepest condolence to the Thai people at this sad time.
Hua Hin is a holiday town which doubles in size on the weekends when families visit from Bangkok. The town is a mixture of city, resorts and lively markets. A large number of expats and wealthy Bangkokians retire here and enjoy the long white beach that runs all along the coast. Hua Hin has some large ultra modern shopping centers and the public transport is very cheap.
We have been travelling now for three months and due to changes at this work, Bruce has just gone to working remotely for 4 rather than 3 days a week. On his days off, we seem to be doing less touristing and more everyday things. Bruce described it as having ‘tourist fatigue’. It’s actually nice to be able to stay in and cook at home or just bum out and read a book or take a walk on the beach. I have also been getting more painting done.
We have been in Hua Hin for three weeks with a weekend spent in Bangkok and have only one more weekend left here before we fly to Penang Malaysia, so not sure how much more touristing we will do.
So on that note I will share some pictures of our time here but it is by far not a complete guide to Hua Hin as we still haven’t visited some of the main tourist places like the old railway station or climbed to the top of Khao Takiab! There are also boat trips we could do…or maybe we will just spend the last weekend walking on the beach and eating some local seafood!
Cicada Market- only open on the weekend and a couple km from our apartment is full of lovely handmade products and delicious food.
We spent a few trips at the Night Market and sampled some delicious seafood. The market itself sells the usual market stuff.
The Plearn Wan Vintage Village is a recreated vintage village but mainly consists of shops offering various products as well as a retro style hotel. A bit odd but why not?
Baan Sillapin an Artist Village
We had a fun visit to Baan Sillapin an Artist village about 5 km out of town. Getting there on the local bus was a bit of an experience as it was different to the usual green trucks that go along the usual routes. Anyway we finally worked out which one to get on and depended on the local ladies to signal to us when to get off. The ‘translate to local language’ part of google maps is very helpful! It was good fun and the village itself was interesting.
Not so much a village but a collective of artists who work there. It mainly showcases the work of a famous Thai artist called Tawee Kesa-Ngam who is also the president of the Hua Hin Artist Group. The ‘village’ is set in a nice garden overlooking a pond.
The artist village apparently also runs art classes for both children and adults. I saw some children’s work but nothing really referring to adult classes.
Exhausted after a 5 km walk along the beach one evening!
We are enjoying our time in Hua Hin but it is very different to Chiang Mai. It has more of a big city feel and seems less spiritual – less temples and monks etc. It is more like a holiday destination with lots of high rise resorts and condo complexes, golf courses and large shopping centers. There appears to be a lot of expats living here and Thai/Western couples.