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HomePro / Thai Watsadu

Post by MDMK » Sun Apr 09, 2017 5:33 pm

Probably not the most typical tourist question, but here goes :oops:

We'll be coming to HH next month for 3 weeks. Will be our first visit to HH, but have been to Thailand many times. I always love a stroll around HomePro and manage to find home decor nick-nacks that I can't get at home. Am I right in saying the HH HomePro is in Market Village?

And I read an older post on here about a newish store called Thai Watsadu out towards Cha-Am. Is it worth my while taking a taxi out there? Is it pleasant to stroll around? I read it was massive, which I like, but I am just worried it's too "male" and all buildings stuffs and power tools.

It is not building materials I am looking for. More home decor things. Curtains, cushions, duvet cover, throws, nick-nacks type things.

Are there any other DIY stores around town I should check out for home decorry things? Anywhere like Home Depot in the US?

Many thanks in advance. M

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Re: HomePro / Thai Watsadu

Post by Big Boy » Sun Apr 09, 2017 7:28 pm

Yes, Home Pro is Market Village.

Thai Watsadu is large, and IMHO worth the effort.

In Pranburi, there's the fairly new Global House, which I liked a lot.

You might also like a wander around Boonthavorn just North of the palace.
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Re: HomePro / Thai Watsadu

Post by MDMK » Sun Apr 09, 2017 7:33 pm

many thanks BigBoy, will go to google-earth to get my bearings for Global House & Boonthavern.

When I do the Thai Watsadu one, is there anything in that part of Cha-am worth combining it with? If you get what I mean, kill two birds with one stone kinda thing. Like the outlet shopping at Cha-Am, is that anywhere near the DIY store? If so is it worth stopping at ?

Thanks again. M

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Re: HomePro / Thai Watsadu

Post by Big Boy » Sun Apr 09, 2017 7:38 pm

Thai Watsadu is a long way from anywhere.

You can't miss Global house as you go into Pranburi. On your left just before (or is it after :oops: ) the 2nd lights. Well sign posted.
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Re: HomePro / Thai Watsadu

Post by hhinner » Sun Apr 09, 2017 9:47 pm

There's a Fly Now outlet between Hua Hin and Thai Watsadu. It sells clothing and some household stuff. Also in Hua Hin, about a kilometer North of the palace, is Index which sells housewares and furniture.

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Re: HomePro / Thai Watsadu

Post by VincentD » Sun Apr 09, 2017 9:53 pm

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Homepro it's nice for window shopping (side note - I have spent a lot - several hundred thousand baht here) but they do not have a particularly good selection, nor do their staff know a lot. I have recently found a place that stock much more interesting things for less in Bangkok so it does pay to shop around for what you need.
If it's you first visit I would suggest looking around first - any purchases can be difficult to bring back home.

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Post by VincentD » Sun Apr 09, 2017 9:58 pm

F&N (Flynow outlets) are overpriced even with a discount. Was upset my wife and her sister parted with around 10,000 baht just the other weekend. Nothing to really show for it..
Waste of money IMO for some things, big a vice drip for the Bangkok hiso's who can afford the stuff
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Post by VincentD » Sun Apr 09, 2017 10:05 pm

Bloody spell check..
Bit of a nice stop..
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Re: HomePro / Thai Watsadu

Post by Nereus » Sun Apr 09, 2017 11:11 pm

Thai Watsadu is a long way from anywhere.
Not sure about that. :? I think it is further to Global House, and a damn site more dangerous road as well! Watsadu does not stock much "houseware" type of products. Also, there is Koncept Furniture near the airport.
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Post by hhinner » Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:10 am

VincentD wrote:F&N (Flynow outlets) are overpriced even with a discount. Was upset my wife and her sister parted with around 10,000 baht just the other weekend. Nothing to really show for it..
Waste of money IMO for some things, big a vice drip for the Bangkok hiso's who can afford the stuff
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I tend to agree with you, but it's there if the OP wants to visit in passing.

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Re: HomePro / Thai Watsadu

Post by MDMK » Mon Apr 10, 2017 2:35 am

thanks everyone. Have plenty now to keep me busy! I probably will give the outlet shopping a miss. I have a feeling my legs wont carry me much further after a "stroll" around Thai Watsadu.

Index & Boonthavorn are EXACTLY what I am looking for, judging by their websites that is. Will definitely do these two.

Vincent, we're flying biz class in Emirates (upgraded using points), so allowed as standard 40 kilo each, then we get an extra 10 kilo p.p because we're silver members, so 100 kilos hold baggage. I think we'll have a max of 30-40 clothes, so if I shop wisely I should manage some bits and pieces.

I just love finding little things that might be bog standard in Thailand but are a bit unusual here (bought lovely metallic-silver curtains a few years back in Bangkok, and they cost a tiny fraction of what I would have paid for something similar here).

Thanks again folks, it's very much appreciated. :sun:

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Re: HomePro / Thai Watsadu

Post by Ralfredo » Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:13 pm

MDMK wrote:
Sun Apr 09, 2017 5:33 pm
It is not building materials I am looking for. More home decor things. Curtains, cushions, duvet cover, throws, nick-nacks type things.
You also have a store called Hua Hin Home Art which is located south of Hua Hin center (maybe six kilometers or so) on the Petchkasem Road (the main road) just south of the Vana Nava water park. Not very big but might have some interesting stuff.

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Vincent, we're flying biz class in Emirates
Since you are a Skywards silver member I guess you're familiar with the Emirates fleet but for anyone that isn't I would recommend the A380 when flying in business class.

Business on the B777 is absolutely not bad but they have seven seat in each row in a 2-3-2 configuration. On the A380 there is only four seats in each row (1-2-1) so each seat has direct access to the aisle. There is also a nice bar in the aft on the upper deck, a perfect place to kill a few hours in the air while enjoying a drink or two and some great snacks. :cheers:

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Re: HomePro / Thai Watsadu

Post by Big Boy » Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:37 pm

Nereus wrote:
Sun Apr 09, 2017 11:11 pm
Thai Watsadu is a long way from anywhere.
Not sure about that. :? I think it is further to Global House, and a damn site more dangerous road as well!
People on here have talked about the dangers of driving on that road before, but so long as you keep your distance, and don't join in with the crazy antics (not denying the road does attract more than it's share of idiots), I think it's no worse than any other Thai Road.

As for Global House, I feel more relaxed walking around that store than any of the others. Yes, the staff come up to you, say hello, and let you carry on browsing at ease. For browsability, it's No.1 in my book, but we all have different needs.
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Re: HomePro / Thai Watsadu

Post by Nereus » Mon Apr 10, 2017 1:11 pm

I have not been to Global House in Phranburi, but recently at one in the north. The range of products in that store is absolutely staggering! I cannot get my head around just how much stock they have. All EXCEPT a kitchen cutting board that I needed!

If that particular store is any indication of the rest of them, it beggars belief how a business can carry that much stock, especially bearing mind that the relatively small city also has a Home Pro store and many old style general building supply shops.
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Re: HomePro / Thai Watsadu

Post by PeteC » Mon Apr 10, 2017 1:55 pm

^ Yes, I use the one in Rayong frequently. It is huge now, but some years ago it was 1/4 the current size. They seem to have undergone a very big expansion program and building add on. As BB says, the staff really leave you alone completely if their first approach is waved off. Great policy! Pete :cheers:

EDIT: It's my "go to" place now and we ignore the rest. We initially stopped in Homepro and some other places first and always walked around and walked out, and ended up at Global to find better and larger selections. I don't really care about knit picking over a marginal higher price, but they are generally cheaper than Homepro and the others anyway.
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