Fishing shop: for all your fishing needs
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.
Market Village: Shopping Center
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.
Hua Hin Night Market: Small but living
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.
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In the evenings, when it's getting fresher (LOL - not very much) go to the night market which opens at 4PM and closes at midnight. It's situated on the main street at Hua Hin.
To get there from the Royal garden village (7 km) you just take a local taxi. Usually there are a few of them waiting at the hotel's gate
FamilyMart: Your local grocery store
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.
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The Family Tree: Fair Trade Crafts in Hua Hin, Thailand
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.
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Along the sidewalks: Shop houses
Many shophouses line the sidewalks of Hua Hin. They sell anything from a t-shirt, by a "famous maker," to antiques and paintings Just name a price and they will make you an offer.
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Chatchai Market Huahin: Night Market
A place to stroll around and may be examine the bargains : Cheap T-shirts, local handicraft, hats, other clothes. Enjoy the walk of a lively 24 hrs Thai's market in Huahin.
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