being creative in paradise city ...
There is plenty in Hua Hin to entertain the minds of the more creative among you. With local artists eager to display their talents, handicrafts, silk weaving, embroidery, basket making, pottery and wood carving are all readily available.
Art fairs are often held and there are a couple of local galleries in Hua Hin. Market Village is usually the venue for such events so get along there to check the schedule.
There is now a music school in Hua Hin located just along from Sport Villa on Petchkasem road. They offer lessons and courses in piano, violin, and guitar. Thais love their guitar so you'll never be short of someone to jam with here!
A number of restaurants now offer Thai and Balinese dance shows, there is one in Hua Hin night market and one in Khao Takiab. You may find dance and music events on offer at some of the bigger hotels in Hua Hin. If you like the festival atmosphere don't miss the annual Hua Hin jazz festival which attracts artists and fans from all over the world.
The Cicada Market (Community of Identity Culture Art and Dynamic Activities) has recently opened on the corner of Soi Moo Ban Nong Kae and Khao Takieb Hua Hin Road in Khao Takieb. Opening times are 3pm-11pm Fridays/Saturdays and 10am-9pm on Sundays. This colourful new addition to the local cultural scene features soft music, an artists' market, good food and drink and plenty of shopping.
Another recent addition to Hua Hin's vibrant arts scene is The Vic Hua Hin Art Complex and Victoria Theatre. Made up of an air conditioned theatre that can seat 320, seperate sections for performing arts, workshops, visual arts exhibitions, film screenings and mini market, this centre is a must to visit for those who wish to expand their artistic experiences of Hua Hin. It is situated a couple of kilometers south of the Khao Takieb flyover on Petchkasem Road, on your right hand side.
Another important location is Plearn Wan Eco Vintage Village. Found north of town on the left hand side of Petchkasem Road, just after the traffic lights at Klaikangwon Palace, this wooden complex is housed on two floors and offers a glimpse back into Hua Hin's past. You can shop for clothes, food and souvenirs while at the weekend there is an open air cinema. Weekends can get very busy with thousands of visitors. There is wheelchair access via an elevator.
Visit our Events and Activities forum to find out more about these establishments and discover other ideas, that have been posted by visitors and expats, to make your artistic experience of Hua Hin more enjoyable
There are no organised camera or photography clubs in Hua Hin but most of the photo buffs hang out on the Hua Hin Forum where monthly photo competitions are held, they are open to all.
There are plenty of camera shops in Hua Hin stocking many of the latest brands but be aware that prices for camera equipment are often higher in Thailand than back in the west.