Honestly, by the time I made it to Hua Hin I’d been to so many markets I was pretty much burnt out on them. After a three hour drive from Bangkok, my host told me I must go to this one, a small market just outside the hotel.
If someone tells me something is a must, I usually give it a shot. So after a few hours soaking up the warmth of the sun and breathing in the salt air of the ocean, I meandered up to this spot. It is labeled as an art market and was certainly different than any other I’ve been to.
For starters, it was clean! Open only on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights, it was lit with white lights, surrounded with white picket fence, and organized. There were food vendors galore in a fenced area with clean shabby chic tables. AND there was a band. A really good band! They sang both Thai and western classics and it was such a joy to sit outside, eat wonderful food, and enjoy people watching.
In my limited experience, it seems Thailand doesn’t have a lot of venues that offer this type of lovely, relaxed experience. In fact it was so nice I went back Sunday night as well.
During my tenure here I’ve become addicted to Khao Soi (northern Thai curry) and found it wonderful here, too. Other great things I tried included crab with fried rice, whole white snapper, chicken katsu, cuttlefish, sugarcane juice served in bamboo ‘glass,’ and coconut ice cream with condiments served in a coconut. It was blissful.
In addition to the food and music, there were artists selling quite good oil paintings and sketching patrons. There were also the obligatory trinket vendors, but I did find some really good handmade leather items that they inscribed for free.
All in all, I highly recommend heading to this market. It was a great way to end a day at the beach!
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Location:Hua Hin, Thailand