Venice comes to Hua Hin

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Re: Venice comes to Hua Hin

Post by Paul888 » Fri Feb 20, 2015 4:24 am

Is it still open? I went there once a year ago.

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Post by BOZ » Fri Feb 20, 2015 4:39 am

Yes it is still open... Many shops are closed or not opened as of now... Still some decent resturants and shops there....
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Post by Paul888 » Sun Feb 22, 2015 12:57 am

Do you know if the furniture shop in Venezia is still there? I can't remember the name of it, but there was only one furniture shop.

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Post by Blacky » Sun Feb 22, 2015 12:20 pm

Paul888 wrote:Do you know if the furniture shop in Venezia is still there? I can't remember the name of it, but there was only one furniture shop.
Ventured out there last week...for the first and last time! Most pathetic mall on the face of this earth....however I do remember a small furniture store opposite of Boots towards the end of the hallway.

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Post by Ratsima » Sun Feb 22, 2015 4:39 pm

We went to Villa today, but it is really grim. One wonders why they bother. Most of the space is empty and the stock is about half of what it once was. The once wonderful beer selection is no more.

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Post by dtaai-maai » Sun Feb 22, 2015 4:59 pm

^^They're closing down and opening a new store opposite Pure Plaza. Due about a month or 2 ago, so expect it any time in the next few months!
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Post by Ratsima » Mon Feb 23, 2015 8:46 am

That's a shame. It was nice to have a decent supermarket north of the airport....

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Post by Bristolian » Thu Dec 22, 2016 8:40 pm

This thread has gone very quiet.
I live very close but other than visits to Villa, when it was there, have never considered paying to look around.
I pass the place frequently and of course it's still open. The initial euphoria shown by the weekend invasion from BKK base appeared to wane. I guess that it's become old news and Blueport has taken "the place to be seen at" title for the time being.

How long can this place keep going without a new direction and maybe ownership/management?
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Post by Big Boy » Thu Dec 22, 2016 8:58 pm

It shot itself in the foot.

I was there (Villa Market) the first week they started charging. Tour buses were arriving quite regularly, but everybody was just turning around at the turnstile. I guess they stopped giving tour buses a backhander for every load that arrived, so it disappeared off the tour bus itinerary.

I see they've been advertising a Christmas Market, but I don't even consider it any more - no idea if they've stopped charging.
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Post by Bristolian » Thu Dec 22, 2016 9:11 pm

I know no one who has been there recently (last 6 months) but it would be good to hear any report from someone who has visited recently.

I also agree that it shot itself in the foot big time but for such a huge investment surely the owners must do something to, at least try to recover their investment!
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Post by Big Boy » Thu Dec 22, 2016 9:58 pm

Unfortunately, I think the horse has bolted. It was a different kind of attraction when it opened, and most locals and many visitors saw it. To me, it was shops with a stream through the middle. I and obviously many others will not pay to go shopping. I don't see what anybody got out of a ride down a plastic stream in a gondola.

They will need to do something very special to attract people back in to see an attraction they saw when it was new. We all saw what was in there - very expensive shops, and a few kiddie attractions.

The first thing they need to do is drop the entrance fee, and introduce some sort of adult attraction that would get people interested. Thinking as I type, maybe something like Madame Tussaud's and maybe an interesting museum. From what I can see, its a totally wasted bit of real estate at the moment. I always look in as I pass, but you rarely see more than a dozen cars inside.
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Post by hhinner » Thu Dec 22, 2016 11:29 pm

Looking at their Facebook site they sell daily packages between 180 and 480 baht that gets you into different attractions. Foreigners add 100 baht entrance fee.

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Post by Bluesky » Fri Dec 23, 2016 3:29 pm

Bristolian wrote:I know no one who has been there recently (last 6 months) but it would be good to hear any report from someone who has visited recently.

I also agree that it shot itself in the foot big time but for such a huge investment surely the owners must do something to, at least try to recover their investment!
We took a group of friends from Australia there last January and felt quite embarrassed after paying the entrance fee only to find the main attraction being a gonadala ride on an oversize swimming pool and being pushed by photographers to take pictures of the event at an exorbitant price. The shopping mall was pretty well deserted with only about 30 % occupancy and looking fairly sad. I did feel sorry for the remaining vendors operating there as business would have been pretty tough. We had planned to eat there however had concerns as to how fresh the food would be so ended up leaving after a walking around. Perhaps it may have improved, but based on our earlier experience we are unlikely to revisit.

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Re: Venice comes to Hua Hin

Post by jingjoe » Fri Dec 23, 2016 6:36 pm

we were there a few months back and it was being used as film location for a bollywood movie!!
Lots of actors and crew around.
they have a few attractions such as 3d pictures,here u take a photo and look like you are in the portrait,horse and cart ride,gondola,train, childrens playground. The biggest problem is it is so damn hot outside and walking between shops is uncomfortable

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Re: Venice comes to Hua Hin

Post by PET » Sat Dec 24, 2016 10:23 am

The real estate cost must be huge and certainly exceeding Bht500 million and probably closer to bht1 billion which will have been bank financed. Include the Energy condos' up the road which run into many Bht Billions so yet another white elephant - one has to wonder how these projects get to be financed and the resultant question about bad loans in the banking sector .
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