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Property development in Hua Hin

During the last Skype meeting of the UK team and Hong Kong team of the project, we discussed about the property development in Malaysia, Thailand and Mainland China. After the meeting, Leona, from the Hong Kong team visited Hua Hin for a few days during the Christmas Holiday and paid special attention to the property development in Hua Hin.

A picture taken in night market, promotion of Hua Hin by Sansiri, one of the largest real estate developers in Thailand.

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Promotion booth of a new condominium in a “lifestyle shopping centre” in town.

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Loads of condominiums under construction or ready for sale.
















Popped in a café where a lot of western migrants gather and enjoy free internet services.



Developing the Beach City of Hua Hin

There have been significant changes to Hua Hin over the past two decades with new condominiums, hotels, tourist bars and restaurants and retail centres opening up to match the demands of foreign tourists and local residents, as well as the aspirations of Hua Hin’s developers. As would be expected there are mixed responses to the development of Hua Hin from a small town to a sprawling conurbation over this period. Here is a shot of one of the famed tourist spots of Hua Hin, Soi Bintabaht, 20 years ago

And here it is today complete with foreign run bars and cafes, multicoloured mopeds, lots more telephone posts and the Hilton hotel in the distance.

Many of those I have spoken to celebrate the changes, welcoming some of the Western conveniences that have come to Hua Hin through its development, such as the ‘lifestyle shopping centre’ Market Village.  Others say the pace and scale of the development in Hua Hin has generated some negative outcomes for lifestyle migrants and Thais, such as the higher cost of housing, the high turnover of businesses, and the displacement of workers from Northern Thailand who moved to Hua Hin during the development boom. Despite the various perspectives on the development of Hua Hin, it is clearly a significant issue that affects the daily lives of lifestyle migrants in different ways. As I analyse more of the data collected in Hua Hin I am sure there will be more to report on this topic.

Special thanks go to one of our research participants in Hua Hin for providing these photos from his personal collection. Thank You!

Landscapes of Hua Hin, THAILAND!

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.

 Hin Lek Fie

Hua Hin Beach 

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