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Things To Do in Hua Hin: Shop at Hua Hin Floating Market

December 11, 2013
Hua Hin Floating Market, Thailand

Frankly, I was quite disappointed with the night market in Hua Hin. I thought it was going to be as huge as Chatuchak in Bangkok but it turned out to be a tinier version of it. There were not many choices then for shopping and food. On the plus side, Hua Hin in general is so much cheaper than Bangkok. The general merchandises such as the t-shirts, keychains and fridge magnets were all priced the same in every stalls that you’re going to which somehow makes you think that you’re not getting looted as a tourist. The people in Hua Hin are a lot nicer as well than in the city, as with any country I suppose. Lol.

So on our second day, the concierge of Anantara Hua Hin arranged a tour for us which includes a visit to Hua Hin Floating Market. I wasn’t so psyched about it as well since I was expecting that it’s going to be as crowded as the more famous Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. When we arrived though, I was surprised even just by seeing it from the outside. It was very organized, a bit more upscale than the other floating market and a lot cleaner. When we walked in, there was a man-made lake in the middle and a lot of shops, restaurants and food stalls surrounding it. I loved it! I was able to find a lot of unique gifts for my friends and it was really cheap too (although a lot of people on tripadvisor mentioned that it’s actually a rip off). Some people might be put off though as the place screams “tourist trap” all over it since there really is nothing cultural about it, if you know what I mean. The market was built for the main purpose of becoming a shopping destination for tourists but of course with a little local decorations here and there.

I took very few photos of the place as I was too busy looking around the numerous shops. If like me, you were a little disappointed with Hua Hin’s night market and would like to see a little more variety – then you’ll love it here!

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