No holiday experience would be complete with a bit of shopping thrown in, and Hua Hin has all sorts of shopping treats lined up for visitors. There are some shopping opportunities in nearby Cha-Am and Pranburi too, but for variety and choice you’d be better off exploring in Hua Hin.
Whether you want to have a new suit or dress made, or looking for souvenirs and the local crafts Thai people are so famous for, you’re in luck. Local markets like the Day or Night Markets offer a very wide variety of merchandise, and probably the best places to shop at!
Let me present before you Top 10 Shopping thingiees in Hua Hin:
1. Chat Chai Market with Hua Hin Night Market
Hua Hin Best time to go: after 19:00
Primarily, Hua Hin Night Market is a place to indulge in tasty street food and cheap cocktails but that is not to say that the shopping should be neglected. The sort of stuff you can expect to see goes along the lines of jewelry, crafts, some Buddhist tokens, beachwear, funky lamps and some counterfeit goods. Nearby Chat Chai Market (day market), where locals pick up groceries, fresh seafood, flowers and textiles, is worth checking out.
2. Hua Hin Market Village
Hua Hin Open: 10:00-22:00
This is the town’s first large-scale shopping center and entertainment complex, signifying the area’s gradual transition from quaint fishing village to a world-class resort town. Some of the reasons to head down here are the Multiplex Cinema and food hall. It is air conditioned and has a reasonable selection of fashion and brand name goods spread over three floors.
3. Cicada Market
Khao Takiab Open: 16:00-23:00
Art Stalls, Cicada Market
Cicada Market’s art-inspired concept is the first of its kind around here. Divided into four sections, the market offers mainly everything art-related, such as paintings, sculptures, home accessories and handicrafts. The landscaped garden features live music and dance performances most Friday and Saturday evenings, starting 19:00. Cicada Market is as chilled out as lounging on the beach but with a bit of colour and festivity thrown in.
4. Plern Wan
Open: 10:00-22:00 (Mon-Thurs), 10:00-midnight (Fri), 09:00-midnight (Sat)
Plearn Wan is like a living museum where you can experience a slice of life in 1950s Hua Hin. The two-storey courtyard building houses a community of period-style shops, a food court, an outdoor cinema screen and a 20-room guesthouse. The collection of one-off souvenirs and fashion accessories is quite impressive – even if you don’t buy anything, it makes for quite a pleasurable look around.
5. Cha – Am Night Market
Cha-Am after 18:00
Known as ‘talat nad’, the market is popular mainly with locals, who come here to check out new clothes, DVDs, CDs and cutesy accessories. Other than this, there is a few food stalls. Fridays are usually the busiest when more traders turn up. This market is not necessarily loaded with things that you would want to buy, but it has a great atmosphere and is a good way to gain an insight into the Cha-Am market experience.
Hua Hin Open: 11:00-21:00
Specialising in unique handcrafted jewellery made from anything up to 18 K gold to 925 sterling silver, Saphira is Hua Hin’s primary jewellery shop. Here you are guaranteed top-notch pieces, validated by warranties and the stones a certificate of authenticity. If you are interested to see how a piece of jewellery is made then you can actually watch your order in production. The shop has been around since 1958.
7. Hua Hin Antique Shop
Hua Hin Open: 12:00-20:00
This flea market style shop specializes in ‘antiques’, with everything from home furnishings to gramophones to unique forms of transport – think unicycles and vintage children’s bikes. You will be able to spend a good hour rummaging through this treasure trove of bygone gems. The shop is housed inside a gorgeous two-storey wooden shop-house at the corner of Phetkasem and Naresdamri Roads. Open: 12:00-20:00 Location: 6 Naresdamri Rd.
Hua Hin Open: 9:00-19:00 (Mon-Sat), 9:00-17:00 (Sun)
Founded in 1949, along with Jim Thomson’s company, Khomapastr is one of Thailand’s most cherished and highly regarded brands. Largely featuring cotton products, the Hua Hin branch was the first to open over 60 years ago and deals in hand-printed classical patterns, especially on ‘pha kiao’, the fabric adorning royal palanquins. Nowadays you will find near enough the same stuff but of course modernized to meet the demands of the new consumer.
9. Hua Hin Grand Night Market
Hua Hin – Open: 18:00-23:00 (Wed-Sun)
Hua Hin Grand Night Market has two main sections. The part fronting the main road contains typical mass market type goods. The section towards the back has a more hip, artsy vibe. Here, you will find unique handmade crafts, a few bars and a small air-conditioned zone with more shops, as well as a fish spa. Street food is also plenty, consisting mostly of Thai fare and a few Asian delicacies and steaks.
10. Premium Outlet
Cha Am – Open: 10:00-20:00 weekdays and 09:00-20:00 weekends
If you are looking to buy branded clothes at discounted prices then the Premium Outlet should be your first port of call. Stocking brands such as Naf Naf, Lacoste, and Jaspal, G200 you should expect to find a few steals here. Some items are discounted as much as half of what you would usually pay. Some stuff even competes with the prices you would pay for counterfeit brand-name goods in Thailand’s markets.
Well, Thailand is a place which satisfies your appetite for shopping in a true way. From big brands to local souvenir, fashionable stylish items to artifacts, you can find them all and whats the best thing is that you can munch on some mouth-watering Thai delicacies while shopping! So, I am sure whenever you will plan your trip to Thailand, you will not miss any of these spots!
Stay Fit! Stay Healthy and Shop a lot! 🙂
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