Vintage or contrived?
Recycled wood and galvanised metal blend with old flags, lanterns, "street carts" and Chinese-Thai food shops that are supposed to look like they did decades ago.
As it turns out, that’s not much different than how they still look today (including just down the street in Hua Hin), so we don’t really see the need to "recreate" something that still exists in abundance.
While we found the experience a bit contrived, the market is worth a breeze through if you’re keen to see how some Thais get their kicks (hint: cameras are usually involved). Several shops sell retro souvenirs and the back of the grounds features a drive-in style movie screen. You’ll also find a decent selection of classic Thai-market-style finger foods and sweets.
Plearn Wan is located to the north of town right on Phetkasem Road between sois 38 and 40 (across from Klai Kangwon Palace) and can be reached by songthaew or tuk tuk.
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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