Tipped to be one of the must-visit highlights on a tour of Hua Hin the Plearn Wan Village is no run of the mill vintage village recreating the booming 1950’s in true to life form. Easily accessible from the heart of Hua Hin the living museum of sorts is open to visitors daily and is one of the seaside hamlet’s chief tourist attractions. Ideally located across the road from the town’s royal palace or Klaikangwon an afternoon spent at Plearn Wan Village is akin to stepping in to a time machine that transports one to a charming era in Thailand’s recent past when wooden shop houses occupied the main thoroughfares of this coastal town.
Tucked away down Petchkasem Road, Plearn Wan Village is located between Soi 30 and 40 with its architecture being one of its most recognizable traits. In fact the entire run of the street is littered with two floor wooden shop houses that served as residences and business places in time of yore. The neighborhood resembles Thai-Chinese community spaces that occupied Bangkok and the coastal towns of Thailand with quaint cafes and stores occupying the bottom floors. Guests can enjoy homemade ice cream and authentic Thai treats on a stroll across the streets of the village which also houses many vintage clothing stores with retro items and even toys available for purchase.
Some of the chief attractions in the village include its traditional coffee houses that brews coffee the old fashioned way while local flavor pancakes sprinkled with sweet corn, coconut shavings and taro and coconut jam are also sold in an eatery nearby. Nam Tan Pan candy is also available at the locale while other local specialties such as Kuay-Jub, Keaw-Pla-Tha-Chaloam and authentic Pad Thai dubbed Phad-Thai-ror-2 is also sold alongside glorious desserts from the past.
A retro music shop sells vinyl hit records from the 50’s to 60’s period and visitors can catch a cinematic offering from the golden age of Thai films in the open air theatre of the village dubbed Nang Klang Plaeng. Old classics are on show every Saturday and Sunday at this venue which recreates an old drive-in style movie experience for today’s audiences.
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