Bookstores and Music Shops

First, there is the Blue Note Coffee at 144/2 Chomsin Road (Chomsin is the road that heads from the more northerly of our two downtown traffic lights). From Petchkasem Rd. turn towards the beach and look for the Blue Note in the middle of the first block, on the left. Formerly called Cups & Comp, the Blue Note is the baby of Mr. Wong, a Thai entrepreneur who has been operating internet cafes and computer services here for a number of years. He’s also a sincere lover of jazz and of old vinyl records, which he has been buying and selling on the Internet for quite a while. He’s combined his passions in the Blue Note, a coffee shop and internet cafe with a music focus.

When you enter the Blue Note, you’ll see a display of old-style vinyl records right in front of you. To the right is a turntable and speakers. That’s correct, Blue Note deals only with vinyl records, Mr. Wong being among those who do not feel that CDs and DVDs equal the warmth and character of the original medium. If the owner himself is in the house, there will almost certainly be music filling the air. If he’s not on hand, you might have to ask the staff (politely) before listening. The records are for sale (mostly), and if you have a turntable in your home system, you can stock up. It’s a very good selection!

Just off of Naebkehardt Road on Soi 56 is a little book and music shop called Rhythm & Books, the brainchild of Mr. Bhuna, a Thai gentleman of international extraction and orientation. Rhythm & Books (or ‘R&B’) is the friendliest book and music store in town, with a comfortable table and chairs where you can relax and enjoy music, books, coffee, photos and art on the walls, and wonderful conversation with Bhuna (He loves a good conversation and speaks English extremely well) and other customers. Fro music, R&B stocks both CDs and vinyl records. The selections is not huge, but extremely tasty. The owner loves to listen, so don’t hesitate to ask to play any record you find there. The book selection is eclectic, in both Thai and English, with mostly the kinds of books you won’t find in any other bookstore in town. R&B is a lovely place to while away the time, and you can bring home a lot of great listening and reading.

To find Rhythm & Books, proceed North on Naebkehardt (That’s the road that parallels Petchkasem starting at the Clock Tower and ending by the King’s Palace). After passing the large Soi 51 (Soi Coco’s), starting looking for the sign to Rhythm & Books at Soi 56. Turn into the soi and R&B is in the 2nd shophouse on the left. Park and go in. R&B is open every day except Tuesday and Wednesday, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. It’s a one-man show, so occasionally the owner has to keep an appointment elsewhere. If you find the shope closed, well, just come back. You’ll be very happy that you did!

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. calendi mirco
    Dec 23, 2010 @ 18:53:57

    is it possible that in ten day in hua hin i cant find any music instrument shop?please help me!!!!!!!

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    • The Hua Hin Arts Guide
      Dec 23, 2010 @ 19:19:42

      Well, yes. I’m sorry to say there’s not one decent instrument shop in Hua Hin. Everbody gets their gear in Bangkok. Everyone who ever tried to open a decent shop here failed because the ‘big-bad-city’ is too close. Let me know if you need info about Bangkok dealers. It’s not New York, but there are a fair number. You can go and come back the same day, so if you need something it’s not unreasonable.

      Places you can try in Hua Hin.
      * Yamaha shop on the top floor of the Market Village shopping mall, at the top of the escalator by the cinema and bowling alley. Small selection, but reasonable quality (being Yamaha). One staffer, but he’s a nice fellow.
      * Small shop on the ‘Pala U Road’. Right-hand side as you start up the hill towards the elephant village, etc. A lot of cheap, off-brand stuff. What they will do for you, though, is make any cable you want to length.
      * Yamaha-branded music school at the south end of town, just North of the overpass out of town. If you find anyone there who knows what they sell, let me know. I never have.

      btw, what’s your instrument?

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      • Overreach THIS!
        Jan 03, 2011 @ 16:05:40

        Hi, I’m looking for someone to do a very minor adjustment to my guitar when I’m there later in January. Don’t mind paying whatever for the trouble.

        Assignment: Unscrew the old pick guard and put on a new one that I will bring. It’s a a Fender American Stratocaster. If you know anyone who can handle this simple operation (I am nervous, myself), would be much obliged.

      • The Hua Hin Arts Guide
        Jan 03, 2011 @ 17:10:40

        Drop me a line at . I’ll get you in touch with my guitar playing friends. If they can’t help you directly, they can tell you who they trust with their work. Cheers

  2. calendi mirco
    Dec 23, 2010 @ 18:55:20

    sorry i didnt mean to be agressiv i?m only desperated

    Reply

  3. Overreach THIS!
    Jan 04, 2011 @ 23:43:09

    Thanks for the leg up on this!

    Your e-mail if that’s what it was did not come through:

    “Drop me a line at . ”

    Again,
    thanks

    Reply

  4. Vanessa
    Jul 26, 2012 @ 22:02:16

    I know I’m way too late.. but there IS a Musik Instrument Shop in Hua Hin.. In the Music School at Soi 106/108 is the MyWay Hotel+Music School + Intrument Shop.
    I stayed in the Hotel 2009 twice and will again this year. … they have guitars and pianos in the rooms too 🙂

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