Here’s your one stop article for everything you need to know about the night markets in Hua Hin. Read on for market opening hours, the food, the shops and the cost. Find the market that best suits you and your family.
The Hua Hin Night Bazaar: Go if you like seafood, shopping, and lively places
It’s not as big as the Hua Hin Night Market and more manageable.
You can enter from the railway side where you’ll see a cluster of seafood restaurants.
As you’re walking snack on mango with chilli dip. If it’s after dinner, try the coconut ice-cream. Get a fish pedicure for something different or a massage for something familiar.
Fill up on giant prawns, lobster, and other freshly caught seafood before you shop with ice cold Singha beer. For some people the food is the highlight.
Don’t be fooled by the plastic tables and chairs – these restaurants serve some of the best dishes.
It’s touristy, busy and lively. It’s crowded most nights, including weeknights.
You can get T-shirts, clothes and the usual Thai souvenirs. Grab a pair of the trending fish sandals. It’s a good place to pick up last-minute souvenirs. Don’t forget to haggle and negotiate on the price.
Before you go, check out the old railway station as part of your Hua Hin sightseeing itinerary.
This market is good for families. Kids will love to see all the food being prepared. It’s a real cultural experience. Go with an empty stomach.
It’s open every evening from 6:00 p.m.
The Hua Hin Night Market: Grab some ribs, have a beer and people watch
It’s a great place to sit, have a drink and people watch. It’s similar to the Hua Hin Night Bazaar but bigger.
Street vendors sell food, souvenirs and clothes. It’s also a good market to pick up accessories.
You might find a few food trucks. The one selling ribs gets rave reviews if you can find it. For something sweet try the 71 Crepe Shop.
It gets really busy later in the evening. Shop first then eat to avoid the crowds.
Get a taxi or tuk tuk there as parking is limited and hard to find.
The street turns into a night market every day from 6:00 pm. The best time to go is after 7:30 p.m. when all the stores tend to be open.
The Chatsila Night Market: Explore a more quiet part of the night market
This market is slightly off the main market stretch. You’ll find more contemporary clothes alongside local arts and crafts at this market. You can also pick up second-hand goods.
You can easily spend a few hours there wandering and shopping.
There’s also live music played by local buskers.
It’s recommended that you head to the night market to get dinner as the Chatsila Market is more for shopping. It’s connected to the night market but not as crowded.
Have a beer and chill here.
It’s open every evening from 6:00 p.m.
Note that the Hua Hin Night Market, The Hua Hin Night Bazaar and The Chatsila Night Market are all within walking distance of each other. In most people’s reviews, the night market and the night bazaar tend to blend into one.
The Grand Night Market: Women’s clothes and local food at reasonable prices
Located south of the other night markets, next to the Grand Hotel.
Despite the name, it is actually smaller than the Hua Hin Night Market.
Lots of local food stalls. Lots of choice. It’s great for women’s clothing. Pick up a few new outfits to wear on your Hua Hin vacation.
You can eat for around 30 – 100 baht. The chicken pad thai is recommended. You can also get a reasonably priced massage there.
It’s not open on Tuesdays.
The Cicada Night Market: Support the local design and art community at this modern and trendy market space
Located behind the Hyatt. This is not your typical Thai night-market experience.
It’s stylish and clean. Super suitable for families. It’s located on a block not a street, so you don’t have to worry about cars or bikes.
You can pick up unique designer goods and T-shirts, plus original artworks.
It’s very organised and the layout is good, but for some people it’s too organised and lacks the haphazardness of a typical Thai night market.
To buy food, you get a stack of coupons from the booths located at the two entrances to the market. If you don’t use them up, you just exchange them for cash before you leave.
There’s a huge variety of food here, but prices tend to be a little higher than the Tamarind Market next-door.
It’s crowded but the ambience is different to the street markets. Sellers are happy to talk about their wares and products. It’s also a market where you can talk to and meet the makers of the products and artists.
There’s an amphitheatre that hosts musical and theatrical performances. Most are free. You can book tickets in advance. Ask about it at your hotel.
There’s also a secluded garden with a bar and live music at the back of the markets. There is an entrance fee for this part of the market, but everything else is free.
This market has a young, entrepreneurial feel and it’s a little more upscale.
It’s only open Friday to Sunday from 5:00 pm. And gets really busy in the evening. Go early to beat the crowds and eat before you shop.
The Tamarind Market: A more intimate and cheaper version of the Cicada Market
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It’s not as big or crowded as the Cicada Market. The food is also a little cheaper here. There’s a BBQ rib truck that is worth a try. One serve is enough for two people. Order the bucket of steamed and grilled seafood for the family. Grab an ice-cream from the ice-cream tuk tuk. Sip on a smoothie made from devious tropical fruit.
You can pay for food in cash and don’t need to get coupons like at the Cicada Market. Most dishes cost between 40 – 100 baht, but some of the meat and seafood dishes might set you back 380 baht.
The live music adds to the relaxed and chilled vibes of the market. It’s great for families and feels like a market wonderland under the lights and multi-coloured flags strung between the trees.
The layout is good and there’s room to move around without bumping into anyone.
It’s right next-door to the Cicada market, so you could do both on one night. Tamarind is a little smaller than the Cicada Market. Grab a cheaper dinner there, look at the stalls then head over to Cicada for some more shopping, as it has a bigger variety.
For some people, Tamarind is a foodie market with nice live music that is modern yet still has local charm.
Go Friday to Sunday from 5:30 onwards. It’s open on Thursdays too, but not as many of the vendors are there.
Plearnwan: Step back in time at this retro 50s market street
A nice change from shopping malls and overcrowded night markets.
You can visit during the day from 9:00 a.m. or go in the evening until 9:00 p.m. It’s closed on Sundays.
There are tuk tuks and taxis waiting out the front, so getting back to the hotel or your next destination is easy.
For some people it feels like a themed resort mall. Parts of the market are designed to replicate an old Thai town in the 50s and 60s and remind Thai people of their childhood market experiences.
You can buy souvenirs and pop into one of the eateries. It’s kid-friendly.
Spend some time here before the night markets start in the late afternoon. It’s a nice respite from the heat.
Compared to the night markets, this place is quite small. Overall, it’s a place that you can drop by, walk down a street designed to look as if it were from the 50s, eat and ice-cream and then head to one of the other night markets in Hua Hin for some shopping and dinner. Admission is free.