In the heart of the beach resort town, Hua Hin, lies the famous night market, full of the vibrant Thai culture and fresh flavorful food. The Hua Hin Night Market, which opens at 18:30 and closes at dawn, is definitely one to look out for.
Hua Hin is a popular destination amongst tourists because of its tranquil atmosphere - a great getaway from the bustling city, Bangkok.
On my first day in Hua Hin, I spent the evening at the famous Hua Hin Night Market. We arrived at sunset, as most stalls started opening up. One thing I fell in love with the most in Thailand was the reception to tourists. Thai people are warm, friendly and welcoming. Everyone walks passed you with a smile or even a compliment. I remember being hailed in the street as “Britney Spears”.
I found this extremely funny, as I have not a single resemblance with the pop icon, Britney Spears. But it’s the humor and friendliness of the people that makes it a memorable moment.
There is so much to buy at the Hua Hin night market from food to clothes, although I was most interested in the food. It’s a great place to try Thai street food and amazing fruits, which are uncommon outside of Thailand. I tasted the “Mangkut” fruit for the first time at the market – it’s a round fruit, which contains in its deep purple shell, a white flesh, bursting with rich flavor.
If you are a seafood lover like me, then this is definitely your spot. The prawns, mussels, and so on are huge and low priced! You can even get up to other stuff like getting a new piercing or a tattoo if you’re adventurous. I got a temporary tattoo across my wrist in the fun of the moment. Here is also a good place to buy some souvenirs at good prices.
We settled down for dinner at one of the local restaurants in the market. Sat on the first floor, we had a good view of the market from the top – Vibrant, colorful and panoramic. A two-course dinner cost approximately 1000 baht for two of us – that’s just £22!
The market is pretty cheap but do not be afraid to bargain on items – this is a very common thing to do in Thailand. Even if you do not buy anything at the market, walking around and soaking up the culture should give just enough satisfaction.