Shopping and Eating in Hua Hin, Thailand
According to AbbreviationFinder, Hua Hin is one of the largest cities in the country of Thailand.
Shopping in Hua Hin
Hua Hin is a small town compared to e.g. Bangkok, of course, offers far fewer stores and markets. That does not mean that shopping opportunities are few. Hua Hin has its own “big” night market, you will find bazaars, fancy shops and smaller department stores. And the advantage is that you can easily roam the city in one evening.
From the main street Petchkasem and along the Dechanuchit street is Hua Hin’s Night Market. Here people are buzzing, both locals and not least tourists. The crowd is constantly moving up and down the Night Market to buy food, music, movies, clothes, souvenirs, suitcases and all kinds of wonder. In addition, there are several recommended restaurants that primarily offer good and cheap Thai food. The night market is as much a small tourist experience as a shopping experience. The night market goes all the way to the railway. You can easily walk the Liab Tang Rod Fai Street along the railway line to Hua Hin’s famous railway station. Then you will also be quite close to the area that houses one of the big night bazaars.Just follow the Damnoenkasem road from the station.
Between the beach and the area that houses the Night Market you will find a bazaar area that offers many of the same products that you find in the Night Market, but in a quieter atmosphere and which makes it more tempting to try a trouser or talk to the salespeople. The night bazaar is primarily in the side street of Naresdamri, called Soi Bintabat. Follow Damnoenkasem main street from the train station or find the Hilton Hotel landmark. The bazaar is close by.
Shopping malls and department stores
There are more shopping malls, or maybe more correct department stores in Hua Hin. Most are located along the main street Petch Kasem and south of the entrance to the Night Market. If you walk past the bell tower and almost to Satukarn Square on Damnoenkasem Street you may find the most popular center. Hua Hin Market Village is the name.
At the intersection of Dechanuchit and Petch Kasem, opposite the Night Market, you will find a larger shoe store that has shoes for big and small, boys and girls, at high quality and low prices. You will probably be very pleasantly surprised at the price level, even in “proper” stores where you cannot bargain.
Tailors and golf shops
Hua Hin floods like many Thai cities over by tailors. Down along Dechanuchit Street and along Narresdamni crossing street at the beach you will find many tailors. Get stitched dress, suit or whatever you want for a reasonable amount of money. Fixed in 48 hours. The vast majority of shops are serious and cooperate with craftsmen who can do their job. Don’t necessarily buy the cheapest suit. The quality of the fabric will be significantly improved if you go up in price. Anyway, these are prices you can only dream of here at home.
A proposal for a renowned tailor and also Thai silk provider is Mike & Co Tailor, located at 18/1 Naebkhehars Road. They have a wide selection of clothing / fabrics and can sew all types of clothing products and are known for their quality.
Golf is huge in Hua Hin and there are several golf shops in Hua Hin, including Dechanuchit Road. Here you can buy everything from golf equipment at very nice prices.
Eating in Hua Hin
Hua Hin has an international cuisine available to its tourists and here you can dine in Italian, German, Scandinavian and American restaurants. Plus on all the well known fast food chains and you understand that the selection is huge. The fact is that Hua Hin has hundreds of restaurants, in all price ranges.
But you can’t travel to Thailand without eating thai-may. Thai food is based on the flavors sweet, sour, salty and creamy. A good thairet is characterized by the right blend of these flavors. Rice is an important ingredient in most dishes. Otherwise, the Thai eat both meat and fish. Seafood dishes and various barbecue dishes are popular.
Restaurant areas in Hua Hin
There are two main areas of food in Hua Hin:
From the Hilton Hotel that you cannot help but notice in Hua Hin, you will find Naresdamri Street. This is the most popular food street in town. Choose from seafood and shushi, via pasta and pizza restaurants to barbecue restaurants in this street and its side streets. Along the beach you will find several seafood restaurants offering cozy seafront patios. By the way, the Hilton Hotel has a restaurant at the very top of the hotel. Exclusive and stunning views.
market The night market offers several affordable, charming and not least affordable Thai restaurants. Don’t be intimidated by the casual atmosphere or the kitchen is often on the street. The food is of high quality, not least because of outstanding ingredients. These smaller local restaurants are highly recommended.
The night market also has several “decent” restaurants with European food on the menu, or Mexican for that matter.
Also note that there are many restaurants on the outskirts of Hua Hin and in the markets mentioned above. These often have their very own atmosphere and many demonstrate the art of open-stage cooking and traditional Thai dance shows. An example of such a “show restaurant” might be the Sasi Dinner Theater, with address 83/159, Nong Kae, just off Intercontinental Hua Hin Resort.
Other restaurants in Hua Hin we recommend:
The address is 51 Petchkasem Road, right by Hilton Hotel and Naresdamri Road. Here you can enjoy a casual dinner with a sea view. The food is prepared by skilled chefs. Open from 1100 until late at night.
As the name suggests, we are talking here about European owners, more specifically Switzerland. Heidi’s is located in Poolsuk Road just off the City Beach Hotel. The menu is European and the beef is specially imported. Grilled pork, Cordon Bleu and Spare ribs are other specialties. The kitchen is open until midnight. Heidi’s also offers lunch for those who are hungry a little earlier in the day.
Nightlife in Hua Hin
The nightlife in Hua Hin is lively, but not in any way as breathtaking as in parts of Bangkok or for example Phuket. There are plenty of squats or bars, also with strong influences from Norway, Sweden or Denmark, on good and bad. We do not want to point out anything special above others, but recommend you take a lap around the side streets of Naresdamri Road.
Hua Hin offers a lot of live music and in the summer, more specifically in mid-June is the jazz festival in the city. Many of the bars also have bands that entertain guests year-round.