Maeklong Market

Most folks just drive through Samut Songkhram on their way to somewhere else. If you’re on your way south to Hua Hin or beyond or are going to Don Hoi Lot, you just stay on the freeway and don’t even see the town. If you’re going to the Domnoen Saduak, Amphawa, or Bang Noi floating markets, you drive through town but usually don’t consider stopping. Maeklong Train Station, Samut Songkhram, ThailandThere’s been a good reason to stop for many years but most folks don’t know about it. The Maeklong Market (ตลาดแม่กลอง), or Maeklong Railway Market is unique in that a train goes through the middle of the market, scattering vendors and shoppers alike, a few times each day. Continue reading

Christmas and New Years in Hua Hin

I see that some folks are already planning for Christmas and New Years in Hua Hin and are looking for places to celebrate.

Almost all the larger hotels and resorts put on Gala Dinners and shows for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and a brunch for New Year’s Day.

Some of these are quite entertaining with music, shows, dancing and fireworks displays. They can also be on the expensive side with many places charging several thousand Baht per head. Continue reading

Villa Supermarket at Venezia

Villa Supermarket at Venezia Mall, Hua Hin, ThailandFBF gets started late on Sundays but needed some Italian parsley so decided to check on the new Villa Supermarket at Venezia. Not a wise decision. The hordes had already arrived and there were over 20 VIP buses desperately looking for a place to unload their charges and park in the rear of the property.

There were no facilities for buses so the parking that would be ideal for a quick dash to Villa were all blocked by double parking VIP buses. Continue reading

The Venezia Has Opened

The Venezia Mall, Hua Hin, ThailandThe Venezia, billed as a Lifestyle Destination, is the third tourist site in Hua Hin based on a water theme. Like the floating markets south of town, the newly opened Venezia offers boat rides (in this case, gondolas ply a ~200 meter concrete canal bisecting the mall down the middle), pony carts and train rides. Also like other nearby venues, there is a mini-zoo with sheep to feed and a children’s playground. Continue reading