The 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.
While the Venezia has opened, it still has a way to go before it offers other local sites much competition. Much of the property is still vacant though there are currently several shops selling knick-knacks and clothes. There are many shops yet to have tenants so it may become more like Premium Outlet to the north or Market Village as time goes by. Right now, it reminds one of Santorini Park with all the immature trees.
Two drugstores have opened, both Watsons and Boots, and the Siam Commercial Bank (a major backer of the project) has opened a branch. It’s also said that a supermarket will be opening in the near future which would be a positive for those living in the north of Hua Hin.
Restaurants now serving include Samba, a 995++ Baht all-you-can-eat Brazilian steakhouse, a Korean fried chicken chain called Two Two, and an Italian restaurant, Porto di Venenia. There are also a few kiosks selling soft drinks and snacks.
There is an enclosed section on the south side of the property offering shops with air-con comfort. The restaurants are along the canal and the southern side has shops along a wide walkway decorated with statues such as a copy of The Thinker by Auguste Rodin, the French sculptor.
Located just north of the entrance to Palm Hills Golf Course and south of the Dusit Resort, the Venezia will undoubtedly become popular with the First-to-Facebook photo posters but it probably needs a few more months to get more shops up and going to be worth a visit for most folks. It opens at 1100.
Good news for those living in Bo Fai and other points north, the supermarket will be the second location of Villa Supermarket in Hua Hin. Located in the rear of the property, these means the old coots won’t have to bother with the Facebook fanatics when doing their grocery shopping. They will also open around 0830 so you can get your shopping out of the way before the hoards arrive. They are stocking their shelves as we type so it shouldn’t be long now.