Shops & going out

 

Hua Hin has many local markets. The most popular is the “night market” in the centre of the city. The market is open every day from around 6:00 p.m. until late in the evening and you can have all kinds of food, clothes and woodcarving work. This market is visited by many tourists of which as a result the prices will be higher than on the local markets.

The Chat Chai day market is not far from the night market and is not very well known. Here you can find fish, fruit, vegetables, and meat at local prices. It is very nice to go around the narrow alleys of the market. The weekend market at the Grand Hotel is from Thursday to Sunday and has every day something different to offer. Here you find clothes, books, plants, animals, toys and tropical fish. This market also evening market start around 6:00 p.m.

Perhaps the best and biggest market in Hua Hin is the one in Pae Mai (every Tuesday). Over the railway next to the fishmarket). This market is very busy and is extremely popular by the local population, here you can buy everything; fresh products, clothes, accessories, electrical appliances, tools, household items and much more. It is well worth to spend a visit.

In the Khao Takiab region a fish market is open every day early in the morning. You can buy fresh and prepared products.

Hua Hin has a dynamic fishing port. This ensures that there is fresh fish served on a daily basis. You can find here some of the dishes that you will not met any longer in Thailand. In Hua Hin there are many restaurants, ranging from very simple to very luxurious. Most restaurants have Thai and Chinese seafood dishes on the menu. However, if you don’t like fishes you can also enjoy lovely pizzas and other international dishes. Also you can enjoy fine fruit meals and “Kanoms” (Thai sweets).

In particular, just south of the pier on the Naresdamri Road, you’ll find some great seafood restaurants. From these restaurants usually there is a beautiful view on the pier and the sea.

 

On the Night Market, located on the Dechanuchit Road, you can order all kinds of things. For example, you can here order baked rice noodles and grilled crabmeat. In the evening hours this part comes to life and provides a wealth of eatstands. Furthermore you can buy on this Night Market all kind of things as cheap clothing to CDs etc.

For those who don’t like oriental dishes you will find in Hua Hin restaurants of Pizza Hut, Mc. Donalds and the Burger King.

 

Excursions and Tours from Hua Hin

Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park

The entrance to this park, whose name translates to “300 mountain peaks”, is about 50 km south of Hua Hin.
The landscape features savanna-like plains and steep limestone cliffs at the seashore. Some of the plains have recently been misused to dig ponds for destructive shrimp farming. But the park still provides a rich experience of nature with good animal watching as it is home to several rare species. Near the coast or from a boat you may be lucky to spot an Irrawady Dolphin passing by.
Several caves in the park are worth a visit. 

Kaeng Krachan National Park

Kaeng Krachan is Thailand’s largest national park covering about 3000 sq km, almost half of Petburi Province. The park gets some of the heaviest monsoon rainfall in all of Thailand which makes the rainforest particularly abundant in places. There are also savanna-like grasslands, mountains, steep cliffs, caves, waterfalls, and two rivers which are suitable for rafting.
Animals living in the park include wild elephants, deer, tigers, bears, and gibbons.
The park is ideal for hiking and camping. A resort offers “floatel” accommodation at the La-U Reservoir.

Pa La-U Waterfall

An excursion to Pa La-U waterfall is a must for every visitor to Hua Hin and Cha-am. It’s about 68 km from Hua Hin by road, while the last stretch of the journey is a dirt-road requiring some driving skill. Many local tour operators offer trips to the waterfall which can get quite crowded on weekends.
Depending on the season swarms of butterflies can be seen in the area.