Hua Hin isn’t a very big town but within it there are at least 5 night markets, namely Chat Chai Night Market, Chatsila Night Market, Cicada Market, Grand Night Market and a smaller anonymous market that is tucked away in the small lanes opposite the Colonnade Mall.
The Chat Chai Night Market, or simply known as Hua Hin Night Market is located at the intersection of Pecthkasem Road and Dechanuchit Road. The market is not too big that’s just about 2 blocks in length with plenty of things that will keep you distracted along the way – whether it’s shopping or food (opens daily from 5pm – 12am).
For seafood lovers, the second half of the market is a paradise because it is full of seafood stalls brimming with people.
With a smoky grilled seafood smell that permeates the market, it is tempting to try some seafood, and sometimes the strange looking ones too.
One of the dishes we ate was crab meat in curry. It’s mildly spiced and aromatic with a sprinkle of spring onions atop. Eating the crab meat without having to work the way through cumbersome shells was a plus.
After having a big meal, Gary, Kat (from Spoon Spatula & Saturday) and I still managed to stuff ourselves with more street food! I am not sure of what the leggy thingamagics satay is made from – but I am thinking it’s some sort of dried squid tentacles. It was chewy and seasoned with a light sweet & sour sauce.
I tried the coconut dessert for the first time; it was similar to eating pancake sandwich with gooey coconut cream in between.
Fried fish cakes accompanied by Thai basil and sliced cucumbers.
Mangoes with sticky rice.
As much as we would have liked to eat – we had to stop because we simply had too much. Pity we could not get a taste of everything like papaya salad,
and an assortment of desserts.
The Chatsila Market that’s adjoined to the Chat Chai Market has a completely different atmosphere. A little more up-scaled in terms of set-up, the Chatsila Market is designed in pristine white with organized stores under a roofed complex.
A few stores also offer more unique items compared to the Chat Chai Market.
The anonymous, smaller night market which we stumbled upon is tucked away in small lanes opposite the Colonade Mall. There’s limited shopping selection but it’s the abundance of quaint little cafes/restaurants/bars – mostly European and Thai, that makes it worth visiting. We had a fulfilling meal at Nana Place in the area.
There’s also surprisingly Muay Thai Boxing Show at affordable prices (I think it was about 400 Baht or so compared to 1500 – 2000 Baht at the Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok).
Here are some of the items offered by the vendors here – paintings, bracelets, candles and glass art.
In the same area as the night market on Petch Kasem Road, the OTOP souvenir store offers local food produces and bath/beauty items.
Cute body lotion and dried seafood snacks.
My favorite item in the store is the popsicles with funky flavor uniquely of Thailand. The first one is coconut flavored with black glutinous rice while the second one is Thai milk tea flavor.
And there are so many different flavors to choose from! If I stayed in Hua Hin longer I think I would be here everyday to try out all the flavors.
The aloe vera drink and pineapple cookies were pretty nice too!
There are two more night markets – the Cicada Market and Grand Night Market which we did not get to visit. The Cicada Market combines handmade crafts, performances, exhibitions and food together in a garden with romantic white chalets. The market is open on Friday & Saturday (4pm – 11pm) and Sunday (4pm – 10pm). (Image credit: Cicada Market Official Website)
The Grand Night Market is next to the Grand Hotel on Petchkasem Road and hence the name. The market is open daily from 5pm – 11pm and closed on Tuesdays.
Have fun with market-hopping in Hua Hin 🙂