When visiting the best markets in Hua Hin, you don't need to venture far from one to the next. This Thai fishing village is as famous for its markets as its beaches. Scour the stalls for souvenirs or grab a tantalizing skewer of food and weave through the crowd to enjoy the atmosphere.

    From floating markets to dazzling night markets, the variety ensures that each experience is unique. You'll find just about everything, like modern fashion and old relics, but it's the fresh seafood you don't want to miss. Standouts include broiled shrimp, curried crab, and squid kabobs, along with the quintessential plate of pad thai (stir-fried rice noodles). Check out our guide to the best places to go shopping like a local in Hua Hin.

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    Hua Hin Night Market

    The Thai night market that started it all

    The Hua Hin Night Market is widely believed to have started the phenomenon of night markets in Thailand. Each night, the town center comes to life, attracting visitors with traditional Thai souvenirs and street food. One street, covering 2 blocks between Petchkasem Road and the railroad, is closed off to traffic so you can wander at ease.

    Under canopies of lights, storekeepers line the street with their wares and draw in passers-by with the enticing aromas of steaming and sizzling street food. Expect to find restaurants with good seafood at low prices, plus items such as jewelry, Thai souvenirs, crafts, beachwear, and Buddhist relics.

    Location: Hua Hin 72, Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 5 pm to 1 am

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    Cicada Market

    Showcasing art, entertainment, and a large food section

    Cicada Market is a well-loved Hua Hin experience that brings together food, art, crafts, and theatrical performances. Set in lush gardens on the outskirts of town, it offers a relaxed atmosphere where local artists come to display and sell their work. 

    Cicada Market is divided into sections, with Art a la Mode taking center stage and cuisine from Thailand and beyond occupying another large area. Indoor galleries contain paintings and sculptures, while an open-air auditorium showcases live music and theater. Note that these shows require a separate ticket. Throughout the market, you can also see buskers livening up the evening

    Location: 83, 159 Hua Thanon 21 Nong Kae, Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand

    Open: Friday–Sunday 4 pm to 11 pm (closed Mondays to Thursdays)

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    Tamarind Market

    Casual night market with street food and entertainment

    Tamarind Market is found near the beach, not far from the slightly more popular Cicada Market. Sheltered among a large tamarind tree and laid out like a grid, this market has a relaxed vibe with a wide variety of stalls, a large food court, and a music stage. It’s a great place to shop for traditional souvenirs, jewelry, and clothing in Hua Hin.

    Wide paths are lined predominantly with food stalls, and there is also a beer garden, making Tamarind Market a favored spot for dining. You'll have the opportunity to try delicious Thai cuisine, but you will also encounter western favorites like pizza and sandwiches. Sit at one of the many stone tables and enjoy the open-air, live music performances while you eat.

    Location: 117/75 Soi Mu Ban Hua Na Village Nong Kae, Nong Kae, Hua Hin District, Chang Wat Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand

    Open: Friday–Sunday 5 pm to 11 pm (closed Mondays to Thursdays)

    Phone: +66 (0)88 611 1644

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    Sam Phan Nam Floating Market

    Floating market and notable Hua Hin attraction

    The retro-style Sam Phan Nam Floating Market is one of the largest floating markets in Asia. A quintessential Hua Hin experience, this market has been designed to recreate the 1920s – a time when King Rama V and King Rama VI ruled the area.

    The moored fishing boats make for a good photo-op, while white and black swans float on the manmade lake, hoping to be fed. A mini train takes passengers to different shops selling souvenirs, clothing, and delicious Thai cuisine. 

    Location: Hua Hin, Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)32 900 111

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    Chatchai Market

    Daytime market inside a historic building

    Chatchai Market is an indoor fresh market that is popular with local restaurant owners, as well as international and domestic visitors. You'll discover an authentic selection of food and trinkets inside a historic building, which has a distinctive 7-eave roof in honor of King Rama VII.

    You can find Chatchai Market on Petchkasem Road, between Soi 70 and Soi 72. It’s a fascinating place to browse – you're sure to see many items unrecognisable to most Westerners. There are also plenty of stalls offering souvenirs, but if you're hungry, you'll find almost everything at the market, from fresh produce and herbs to dried seafood and hot soup.

    Location: Hua Hin 72, Hua Hin, Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 5 am to 4 pm

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    The Grand Night Market

    Night market with a good selection of bars and restaurants

    Despite the name, the Grand Night Market is not much bigger than most night markets in Thailand. However, it might seem grander because some stalls are permanent structures rather than tents. Located a few blocks north of Market Village, the market is part of the Hua Hin Grand Hotel and Plaza. It's best to take a motorbike, tuk-tuk or a taxi cab because it can be challenging to find parking nearby.

    Goods sold at the Grand Night Market include clothing, jewelry and souvenirs. There is a splendid range of food too, with bars and restaurants close together, making it easy to hop from one spot to the next.

    Location: Soi Chongsiri, Tambon Hua Hin, Amphoe Hua Hin, Chang Wat Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 5 pm to 11 pm

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    Hua Hin Market Village

    Partially air-conditioned shopping and entertainment pavilion

    Hua Hin Market Village is a large, partially air-conditioned shopping mall on Phet Kasem Road, the main street in Hua Hin. You'll find a wide range of stalls and shops selling virtually everything from Thai handicrafts to international clothing brands. With a mix of indoor and outdoor settings, Market Village also had a large food court and family entertainment.

    On the third floor, the Major Cineplex shows movies in English or with English subtitles. You'll also find a kids pavilion with games and a ball pit for little ones. The lower level hosts air-conditioned shops, while the food court offers traditional Thai cuisine and desserts – try the mango with sticky rice or coconut ice cream. Western favorites such as Burger King, KFC and Sizzler are available at the mall, too.

    Location: 234/1 Petchkasem Rd, Hua Hin, Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 10:30 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)32 618 888

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    Pae Mai Market

    Tuesday market popular with locals

    Pae Mai Market is on Klong Road, where the town’s songthaews (pick-up trucks c) begin and end their route. Here, you won't find any of the glitz and entertainment found at other markets that cater more to tourists. This is a popular shopping location for locals to find almost anything they need.

    Many of the stalls are built from old freight containers. The vendors sell a large selection of clothing, accessories, shoes, electrical appliances, tools, automobile accessories, snacks, ready meals, fruits, vegetables, and desserts. This market is only open on Tuesdays, which is why it’s sometimes called the Tuesday Market.

    Location: 3/107 Hua Hin, Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand

    Open: Tuesday from 3 pm to 10 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)95 770 8995

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    Saphan Pla Walking Market

    Food street along Hua Hin’s fishing pier

    The Saphan Pla Walking Market offers an enjoyable, authentic experience for anyone visiting this laid-back beach town. On weekends, the main fishing pier in Hua Hin transforms into a walking promenade. Enjoy the salty evening breeze, delicious food, and delightful entertainment as you stroll through, or lounge in one of the deck chairs at the end of the pier.

    Local seafood is the primary food on offer. However, there are burgers, kebabs, and barbecue options for those who fancy western flavors. At the end of the pier, you'll come across traditional music or dancing, plus a spot where you can relax and look out at fishing boats bobbing in the ocean. 

    Location: Chomsin Rd, Hua Hin, Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand

    Open: Friday–Sunday from 4 pm to 11 pm (closed Mondays to Thursdays)

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    Huana Market

    Enjoy exotic food selections and a view of local life

    Huana Market is a great place for authentic Thai culture and food in Hua Hin. It comes to life in the evenings when the residents of Hua Hin scan the stalls for their dinner selections. The market is located off Petchkasem Road, across from the water park. It offers a mix of clothing, jewelry and accessories, but is most renowned for its abundance of food, including many exotic selections.

    Once you move past the fruit and vegetable stands, you'll venture through a butcher area of meats and seafood. Live fish, live eels, shrimp, clams, squid, rock lobster, horseshoe crab, dried fish, dried squid, cooked fish, and different variations of cockles abound at Huana Market.

    Location: Nong Kae, Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 2 pm to 8 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)99 252 2583

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    Mandy Haakenson | Compulsive Traveler

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