As everywhere in Thailand and Asia, one of the best places to visit is Market areas, especially during night or evening time. Lot of things to purchase and what the best, the food! Locals gather here to have dinner making the places living and the atmosphere is always cool and friendly, and the taste and smell marvellous.
Here you can buy clothes, jewelry, paintings, household stuff and of course food and drinks. In many places you can take a foot massage, make you nails or faces and have a time for relaxation.
Very colorful, lot of people and the food stands on the street were the most popular. We bought a shirt and shorts suite to our 1 (coming :) year old grandson.
Market Village is a shopping mall, probably the best in Hua Hin with tens of shops you have seen earlier and tens new ones. Currency exchange on the base floor with good rates. Free toilets are also included (close to Hua Hin Hiils Wine Cellar).
Hua Hin Market Village is the towns first large scale shopping center opened in February 2006. The three major outlets in Market Village are Tesco Lotus, Home Pro and Major Cineplex. There is also has a food court, a number of restaurants, a bowling alley and plenty of small shops (with brands like Levi, Lee, Lacoste, Bata and Body Glove). There are of course mobile phone and camera shops.
Tesco Lotus in the base floor to fill your fridge with 6-pack Leo for 140 and Tonic water for 12 bahts. A lot of other daily stuff of course with lower prices we have got used to in the Europe.
Occasionally live entertainment, we saw a violin band and there were Malaysian travel fares in the yard with dancing and other presentation.
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00.
This is a really inspiring shop in Hua Hin. It's bursting with colourful arts and crafts, as well as some cosmetics and clothing. The products are hand-made by different community groups, local artists and environmental projects around Thailand. The staff are enthusiastic to explain where the different arts and crafts are made, and by who. In most cases, there are photos of the artisans. The shop also supports a tree planting project. Definitely worth a visit.
What to buy: The highlight in the shop is natural-dyed Thai silks, which are made by a master silk dyer. Some of the awards which he has won were lent to the shop and are on display. There are paintings, pottery, jewelry, interesting bags and purses, natural cosmetics and lots of other unusual products. They have sculptures and jewelry made from recycled paper.
What to pay: Simple souvenirs start at around 50-100 Baht (around 2 EUR). There are lots of products for around 300-500 Baht (7-15 EUR). Some of the very special products, like natural dyed silk, ceramics, etc are more expensive - around 1000 - 3000 Baht.
A nice shop where you can buy quality sunglasses. Nice en friendly personel. They have a lot off good and famous brands. The prices are fair.
What makes this shop so special:
I bought a pair of Bolle sunglasses in this shop. After that i travelled allong in Thailand. No problem what so ever with the glasses. When i was back home in Holland i cleaned up my glasses. When i was doing so some off the coating from one off the glasses came off. A production error. The other glas was unaffected. I sent an e-mail to the shop. They asked me to sent the glasses to them. So i did. After 2 weeks i had a new pair of sunglasses without any extra costs.
So if you are looking for a pair of sunglasses buy it here !!
As Hua Hin is home to Thailand's second largest fishing fleet and a bustling fish market, you can do some fishing off the pier. This fishing shop is located along the road that leads from the main highway to the pier called Chomsin Road.
Hua Hin night market is of course smaller than the markets in Bangkok, but is a must see when you are in Hua Hin. You will find a lot of stalls selling almost everything here. And it's possible to sit down and eat delicious food if you get hungry and tired of walking.
The marked is located in the centre of the town and runs up from Petchkasem Road to the railway line. It opens around 18.00 and close at around 23.00.
Hua Hin Market Village is the latest glittering addition to Hua Hin, and it literally glitters at night with its high tech lighting. It's a shopping mall that houses a few top name brands like Jaspal (to my surprise!), the royally sponsored charity shop Phufa, numerous little shops selling bric-a-brac and many other things, and anchor tenants such as Tesco. There is also an outdoor area with more shops and art exhibitions.
The top floor has a cineplex and an large area dedicated to mobile phone retailing and a Thai bookshop.
If shopping is your thing, don't miss this place.
What to buy: Handicrafts, grocery shopping etc. Afterall, it's a shopping centre.
Most of the shops in Hua Hin tourist area are located in a shacklike premises. The new and modernly designed Sailom Pavilion is thus a fresh change for shopping. Elegantly made of wood, steel and glass, the minimall has charm to lure people inside to the shops.
The storerooms are not big, as there are more than a dozen of them in two floors. There are several Western-style eateries and cafés, and excellent ice cream parlour and a few stores selling books, bags and sporting equipment.
The inner patio is a good place to unwind a bit without buying something to eat or drink.
The centrally located Hua Hin Shopping Mall looks good on the map, but the feeling evaporates as you step inside. The whole place is filled with small stalls that sell all kinds of rags and other junk. Everything is catered; babies, toddlers, teens, males, females and so forth. Without any specific order.
The clerks (or shop owners, I don't know) don't speak that much of English, so be prepared to wave hands, show stuff and use calculator. The stuff is relatively cheap, but the experience is horrible.
There is a bigger grocery store at the other end of the complex, and it would be worth visiting -- but Tesco Lotus a couple of kilometers south is much better alternative.
Buying all food and drinks from hotel pool bar or restaurants is easy and conveniently, but unfortunately quite expensive -- especially on longer trips. Hua Hin is fortunately packed with small grocery stores, Mediterranean style supermarkets.
The FamilyMart chain has several outlets in the Hua Hin tourist area, one being very conveniently located just outside Hilton Hua Hin. The selection is extensive, including a wide variety of drinks (including, but not limited to alcohol), snacks of all kinds, ice creams, dairy products and so forth. The prices are okay, a bit depending on the product. The happy logo itself is a good reason to select FamilyMart instead of 7-Eleven.
Thailand is renown for silk, both the fabric and the garments. However, the greedy Thai businesses do their best to make buying silk problematic -- if you are not a professional or seasoned amateur, you never know what you are purchasing for real.
Fortunately, there is an upscalish silk shop at the northern end of Hua Hin; Thai Silk Village. The big store has all kinds of silk fabrics, and the people selling the stuff know their turf -- and manage not to be pushy.
The adjoining Mike & Co. tailor company can be used to make the suit of your dreams from the silk in the shop.
If you run out of books or decide to extend your stay, Asia Books on second floor of Sailom Pavilion shopping mall is an excellent destination for purchasing some more. Unlike traditional Thai bookstores, there are only English books -- and one Finnish, to my big surprise.
The prices are understandably higher than in Europe, as everything has been exported. The selection has a lot of bestsellers and other sure bets, but fortunately there is so many books available that everybody should find something -- this now excludes the pickiest bibliophiles.
The miniature mall around the store is also worth of visiting.
Thailand has been traditionally home for inexpensive tailors, and we Finns seem to be ardent customers -- deducted from the number of Finnish advertisements on tailors' doors.
Finding a good tailor is an adventure itself, as the first glance doesn't tell you that much, and it's already too late to cancel the deal when you know the quality.
So, it's best to ask for recommendations. We were recommended, by several sources, to Mike & Co. tailor, a couple kilometers north from the Hua Hin city centre and the tourist area.
The biggish tailor shop is located next to a Thai silk shop, and all silks sold there are also available for dresses. The service was excellent and at least seemingly honest, the number of fabrics was good and the results very good, too. It takes half a week to get a suit ready and the process has two fittings. The company send a car to pick us up from the hotel and later provided transportation back. All remarks were taken at face value and misfits were corrected fast.
The tailor is more expensive than those in the beachfront, but I think that the money is well spent on the quality and especially on the feeling that you are not being fooled.
If you have grown fed up with the Thai style shack stores and touts pulling you to see something genuine with special price only for you -- remember, you are unique as everyone else -- go to Market Village shopping mall a kilometer south from the city centre.
The quite new mall is spotlessly clean and the stores have fixed prices -- and there are no touts. There are a few dozen shops, no major brands outside sports and outdoor living. If you are staying longer in the region, Tesco Lotus supermarket is unbeatable for restocking your supplies. As an additional bonus, there are several nice restaurants, caféterias and ice cream parlours.
Hua Hin has always had lots of shopping but now the new Hua Hin Market Village is the first really large mall in Hua Hin. It has a large Lotus Supermarket, Home furnishings, lots of small shops, clothing, fast food outlets and it also has a modern cinema complex and a bowling alley, it has only just opened but will certainly be very popular.
What to buy: Has just about everything you would expect from a large mall
What to pay: Prices are reasonable