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
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.
Open 7.00-24.00 Daily
As supermarket,they offer so many kinds of stuffs but the special thing,they offer some stuffs which I cannot find in Bangkok.
What to buy: Special items 're many brands of Sun Protection and Sun Tan cream, snacks both import and made in Thailand and travel stuffs.
A night market with mostly everything you need is in here..Local foods are great but gee, I'm not that good if it's in street foods...You can still try though..we don't have the same stomach!
The photo here is sandals that are only a 99baht/pair..It's good for walking around the town and mind you,it's comfy and can also last long! Have mine, which is far good than with the signature ones..But, I have a hard time looking for bigger sizes..hehe
What to buy: There are alot to look for around and worth the night to stay up..You can have a sip of coconut juice if you like. in the other side of the street..
What to pay: 99baht/pc for this sandal!
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.
All this Night markets tips here is just beside the hotel we stayed in the second night in HuaHin(Grand HuaHin Hotel and Plaza)..As you can see in this pictures there are alot of Local crafts that are available which are cheap and affordable. And most of their costumers were locals so, the goods they've been seeling and the price are in cheap deals. From t-shirts, ladies clothing, baby toys, books, to kitchen utensils..you can find in here. At a very cheap deals,if you like you can still huggle to the best price..
What to buy: I bought a pair of pajamas and a very good one..I bought an airplane toys for Baby Al which is okey..Daddy bought pirated DVD's again..some won't play in the home theater but some was okey..
What to pay: My pajama-120baht
Baby al's toy-100/15pcs
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.
A small area shopping complex with good design where you can shop and eat. The restaurants 're The Great American Rib Company,Subway,Pizza Corner,Coffee World,New York Deli and Cream Fudge Factory. For shopping,here 's the good place to find internation brands for swimwear such as Oakley,Rip Curl,BSC&Speedo,Quicksilver,Roxy and Reef. And also the stuffs shop like Watsons.
What to buy: Swimwear
Look at those sea shells!! Arent they beautiful?? They are located somewhere near the Khao Takiab Monkey hills. Selling all kinds of sea shells from small to big. If one day, wanna open a seafood restaurant or decorate my room with "beach" topics, I know i will remember these stalls :D
What to buy: Sea Shells
What to pay: From 20baht to few thousands
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.
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.
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 !!
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.
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.
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.