After spending a month living on Soi 68 in Hua Hin in Thailand I am back in the UK and ready to impart a few reflections on my time there. During my stay I met and interviewed a diverse range of very interesting and friendly lifestyle migrants and I want to say a big thank you to all of you that took part and who continue to show interest in the project. Everyone had a different story to tell about their lifestyles in Hua Hin and there was an overwhelming positivity about moving to Thailand and settling in Hua Hin in particular. I hope to reflect on why Hua Hin is so popular for lifestyle migrants who have made it their home.
Hua Hin is a small coastal city two hours and 200km south of Bangkok in the province of Prachuab Khiri Khan. It is promoted by tourism operators as Thailand’s Royal beach resort and an impressive variety of high end resorts hug the beaches. The other side of the Petch Kasem road, towards the mountains, are the night markets and food stalls, the railway station and recently developed Western style shopping malls. More on this to come, but first here are some of my first impressions of the different landscapes of Hua Hin.
Anantasilla Resort on Khao Takiep beach
Hua Hin’s Night Market
Street Traders at the night market
Starbucks, Boots and the Queen on Petch Kasem road