For most people, hookah is a social activity. Friends come over on Friday night, you light up your hookah and everyone enjoys the conversations spilling out of the next few hours. But did you know that there’s a huge global community of people who love hookah just as much as you do? Maybe even more! And, they’re constantly sharing their ideas about how to get the most out of a smoke session! Plus, being part of this global community can get you big discounts from some of the best online vendors. No, I’m not sharing just how to do that here. You’ll have to join a community to find out how. So, now the only question that remains—why aren’t you a part of this community yet?
There are three major hookah related communities out there. Each has their advantages and disadvantages, but being a part of any one of them (or all of them) is better than being a part of none. Here is a short write up of each of these communities to help you decide which is right for you.
Hookah Forum is among the oldest with the domain name dating back to 2003, though the community did not see significant growth until around 2006. The community is run by Mushrat (his mysterious avatar), who is not the owner of the site, but an administrator who runs things. The community is friendly and helpful, though the site’s functionality can be a little bit challenging to grasp at first.
Hookah Pro is the next oldest community with the domain dating back to about 2007. The community is massive and thriving—nearly any time of day you will find plenty of members exploring and responding to topics in various different sections of the site. Hookah Pro also has a huge repository of video how-tos and reviews (if that’s you’re thing). They also have a healthy selection of tobacco and vendor reviews which can be helpful, but also a little cumbersome to wade through. Hookah Pro is run by Sambooka (his website alias) and is regularly and personally involved in conversation. Hookah Pro regularly runs video contests, often with big ticket prizes.
Royal Hookah Forum was born recently out of differences of opinion with other forums. But nevertheless, the resulting community is thriving and enthusiastic. Royal Hookah Forum is owned and operated by John Naddour of HookahJohn.com. John is regularly involved in the conversation and keeps a strict “no censorship” policy on people’s opinions, which he feels is paramount to a healthy community. Royal Hookah Forum is new, but growing. The site is simple to navigate and new-user friendly.