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Plearnwan Hua Hin is Thailand’s first eco vintage village. It was built in late 2009 to recapture to recapture the classic charm of old Hua Hin. Plearn means enjoy and wan refers to yesteryear in Thai language. It is described as a “Center of joy and happiness … stop the past in order to tell the various tales of Hua Hin in the past … toward present” on its website.
We had some time to kill after a visit to Hua Hin Hills Vineyard. So why not dropping by Plearnwan, since entrance is FOC.
Hua Hin Hills Vineyard’s shuttle bus dropped us at Hua Hin Market Village. From there, we hailed a tuk tuk to Plearnwan for a fee of baht 100. Plearnwan is highly popular with the local tourists due to the numerous photo opportunities here. We got to witness their intense passion for cam-whoring and posing too. Totally no fight!
wooden robot made out of recycled materials
Plearnwan is an open lawn area with a two storey wooden building around. It offers visitors about everything you can imagine the kind of store you might wish to see, including boutiques selling clothes, a beauty salon, food stalls, a massage centre, a jewellery outlet, as well as record stores and restaurants.
There is an outdoor cinema showing vintage movies at night, and a ferris wheel lit with neon lights.
It is an environmental premise so most vendors use recycled paper wrap and containers.
cute toilet signs
We had so much fun hanging out at this outlet outlet that sell snacks and plastic toys of old days.
Crispy Pancakes or Khanom bueng. These bite sized crispy pancake is served with thick coconut milk cream and grated coconut with small shrimps as topping.
sweets from yesteryear?
In Plearnwan, visitors can find great food offerings in a clean and well-maintained dining place.
The menus were all in Thai language, but we were very fortunate to have a very nice Thai school girl who took the liberty to order for us.
Pork Satay (15 baht for 10), Pad Thai (40 baht) and soft drinks (15 baht). The satays were so tender and juicy while the pad thai was nothing to shout about.
Grilled Pork Ribs (60 baht)
Too bad that it turned out a bit tough and ornery.
Grilled banana slices with drenched with a mixture of condensed milk and palm sugar. SO delicious!
Thai style croquettes with various fillings – green curry, black pepper chicken, tomyam, etc.
Plearnwan Eco Vintage Village
Located between Hua Hin soi 38 and 40, opposite Klai Klangwon Palace
Monday – Thursday from 10 am – 10 pm
Friday from 10 am – midnight
Saturdays from 9 am – noon
Sundays from 9 am – 10 pm