Plearn Wan Vintage Village

Plearn Wan Vintage Village
Plearn Wan Vintage Village

Walking through this faux village located on Petchkasem Road between Soi Hua Hin 30 and 40, is like stepping back into time; a nostalgic time capsule that affords visitors a glimpse of the seaside town’s “good old days”.

A great outing for the family, their website bills it as “a living museum... not just unique architecture, but a place of lively memories. At Plearn Wan, we think back to the place in times past, and imitate that period in the lifestyle of the people, in food, drink, architecture, language, etc.”

The two-storey wooden complex of stylized old-fashioned shophouses, reminiscent of those that made up the Thai-Chinese neighbourhoods of Bangkok and Hua Hin, includes shops and cafes that hawk a variety of vintage merchandise, retro fashion and toys, and home-made food and ice cream.

Plearn Wan Vintage Village

One café sells coffee freshly brewed in the traditional Thai style, while another vendor offers mini crispy pancakes stuffed with shredded coconut, sweet corn, taro, coconut jam. Children gather around a man fashioning nam tan pan (local candy) into tiny animals. A music store offers LP records by crooners from the ’50s and ’60s. A pharmacy displays herbs, roots and other concoctions that were once dispensed by grandmothers to treat the sick. There is even a gold retailer and a pawnshop.

You won’t go hungry here either with the many food stalls offering everything from keaw-pla-tha-chaloam (Thai fish noodle soup), kuay-jub (stewed noodles with pork and egg), and phad-Thai-ror-2 (apparently the original phad-Thai) to pon-kum-wan, or Thai desserts made from old recipes.

On weekends the highlight is Nang Klang Plaeng, the open-air cinema showing old classics. It’s so easy to lose all sense of time at Plearn Wan, that only walking out through its doors shocks you back to reality.



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