In Soi Ponsuk, the heart of Hua Hin’s ‘evening entertainment’ zone lies a beacon of hope for the enduring spirit of community and effort to earn a living, through honest hard work. Khun Darunee and members of the Ponsuk Women’s group craft and paint simple, wooden fans, which are on sale for Thai and international visitors in Hua Hin. The work is simple, but the fans certainly make a nice, small gift and support a good cause.
Contact: Darunee 086 314 0392
Prachuab Khirikhan province, including Hua Hin is famous in Thailand for delicious pineapples... Tucked around the corner of Phetchkasem Road, Soi 37, next to the Royal Palace, you will find an interesting row of local vendors, who have been supported by the Community Development Department, Hua Hin district, to sell local products, under the very successful ‘One Tambon, One Product’ (OTOP) scheme.
It’s worth making the journey to taste fresh Prachuab Khirikan pineapple, as well as typical Thai sweets and snacks made from preserved fruits. All vendors are registered with the OTOP scheme. The local vendors have limited English, but with a smile and a little patience, you will have a fun shop!
"Pom yaak chim saparot krup" spoken by a man or
"Chan yaak chim saparot ka" spoken by a woman
means "I would like to taste some pineapple please!"
Anantarak Health Training School aims to help Thai women find decent work as nurses, while also providing essential health services to children and the elderly around Hua Hin. In addition to paid services, the school organizes regular social activities, including free check-ups and house cleans for the elderly, activities with school children and beach clean ups.
Visitors in Hua Hin who wish to join activities are very welcome. Interesting news for senior travelers or the retired community in Huua Hin is that Anantarak also organize professional care and transportation for elderly or disabled visitors, to help them fully and safely enjoy the sights and flavours of the area.
Contact: Pornrawee - 081 646 6374www.anantarak.com
Thailand is a very friendly country. People always appreciate when a foreigner makes the effort to speak some Thai. Even just speaking a few words of Thai is enough to show your hosts that you are making an effort.
If you are in urban areas, where many people speak good English, you may find it more difficult to practice Thai. You will probably find that lots of people would prefer to practice their English with you!
If this is the case... head to the local markets. Have a bowl of noodles or a Thai coffee and chat to the owners. This is a great fun way to practice small-talk in Thai.
There are several, very simple Thai vegetarian
restaurants set in a small side-street off Petchkasem Road, Soi 70. Turn off Petchasem road into Soi 70. After 30 metres, you will see a Chinese temple on the right. Walk towards the temple and take the first, small street on the left. Look out for small, yellow, triangular flags, which indicate vegetarian food. Many western and Indian restaurants also serve some vegetarian dishes.
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