Exploring Hua Hin Thailand

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.

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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.

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Market stalls in front of resorts a very typical view of Hua Hin.

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Horse men offering horse rides along the beach

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The older pier area has a lot more character but under threat of development.

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Quieter beach area around the other side of Khao Takiab (Chopstick Mountain)

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.

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Our work spaces!

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.

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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.

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A photographic display of the King.

We spent a few trips at the Night Market and sampled some delicious seafood. The market itself sells the usual market stuff.

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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?

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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.

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Lovely ladies coming back from local market trip

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Local transport going out of town are similar trucks but just larger

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.

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A few of these huts around. I think they were studios but much too dark so most of the artists work in the main area – an assortment of studio spaces.

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Watercolour paper stretched or pasted on a large wooden panel. The work is very detailed.

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I love these….might have to try my hand at sculpture when we get back!

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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.

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Arty Kids Thailand style

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Lovely bright children’s work.

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We are still to climb to the top of Khao Takiab to see the temple and the views. The monkey reports are putting me off!

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Exhausted after a 5 km walk along the beach one evening!

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A well deserved beer….would have preferred a wine!

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Caught a green truck home!

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Everybody finds the beach relaxing!

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.

Author: Pascale Zufferey

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