By Supasa Kraiwaad
Pranburi is located close to Hua Hin. Founded 200 years ago during the Ayudhaya period, the Pranburi market used to serve as a gathering point and business area for both Thai and foreign merchants, especially Indian sellers. Since the former district office was moved from Pranburi Railway Station to the Pranburi intersection on Petchkasem Road, the once bustling old market lost a lot of it´s cultural heritage and glamour. To revive the good old days back to the Pranburi old market, the Chairman of the Pranburi Old Market Conservation Group Mr. Wilas Taengket and local people from Pranburi communities are organizing a walking street to the Pranburi old market.
This project aims to promote eco-tourism on Thai culture and tradition, preserve old Thai wooden houses in the market area and in particular promote local business and boost community unity in accordance with His Majesty the King’s self-sufficiency principles. The newly renovated Pranburi Old Market boasts traditional Thai utensils used in the past, some souvenirs, old books, handicrafts and local products, namely Thai desserts and traditional Thai coffee.
Visitors can go back to the yesteryear and admire its charm while taking pictures on the second floor of the old wooden house which is now transformed into a Thai coffee shop. Visitors are now welcome to admire romantic, sweet and lowdown charm at the Pranburi old market. Open every Saturday at 4 p.m., it is located 1 kilometer after the present Pranburi district office. And 2 kilometers before the Pranburi railway station.