Venezia Hua Hin
Venezia Hua Hin, Phet Kasem Road, Cha-am, Cha-am District, Phetchaburi, Thailand
The Venezia is a themed shopping village close to Hua Hin, styled on the beautiful Italian city of Venice, it even has a 200m Grand Canal with replica Venetian gondolas! With over 300 shops and restaurants, the place is huge and offers many amusing photo opportunities and entertainment for the youngsters, including a mini zoo, train rides, a 3D art gallery and even a Ferris wheel. It is somewhat reminiscent of the shopping mall inside the Venetian in Las Vegas, if you’ve been there, with the difference being that The Venezia is outside.
What to See and Expect
The complex is a brightly coloured shopping and dining destination in Venetian style with a replica of the San Marco bell tower and plaza, featuring a brightly lit modern water feature. Lining both sides of the canal are a huge number of pastel-coloured shops, cafes and restaurants, and there is an Italian-themed garden area as well. Roughly half of the shopping complex is under a large roof structure, indeed the complex is huge but you can give your legs a rest by either taking a gondola ride along the canal, or a horse and cart ride if you don’t mind paying the 160 Baht ($5.20) fee for each. There is lots to do if you have young children, with most rides and attractions costing 40-50 Baht ($1.30-$1.60), with the exception of the 3D gallery which costs 160 Baht ($5.20).
How to Get There
The Venezia is around 11km north of central Hua Hin, and should take no more than 15-20 minutes in a taxi or tuk-tuk. If traveling by motorbike, you only need to follow the main route number 4 north along the coast, you won’t be able to miss The Venezia because you will see the bell tower as you get close.
Opening Times and Admission Fee
The complex is open every day from 10am until 11:30pm, and there is an entrance fee of 50 Baht ($1.60) per person. Remember that between 1pm and 3pm the heat can be overbearing, it is advised to bring a bottle of water at least. There is no dress code, however, this is Thailand and overly revealing clothing can be disrespectful and even offensive to some, this means no bikini-style clothing for ladies and men must leave their shirts on, no matter how hot it gets.