As a seaside town, Hua Hin offers lots of sunshine, seafood, clean beach and relaxation. The local residents live a less hectic lifestyle and you can’t help but feel laid back. Since Hua Hin’s nightlife is not as colorful and exciting as the other Thai cities like Pattaya and Phuket, having a stroll in the night market is probably the best thing to do.
I have been to a lot of night markets in Thailand but Hua Hin Night Market was one we truly enjoyed, after Chatuchak.
One thing we liked about Hua Hin’s Night Market is its petite size which allowed us to explore at our own pace. It does not need to be the largest or boast to have thousands of vendors to attract visitors, as the night market is charming enough as it is.
That said, there are still plenty to see and eat and you can easily spend a few hours here. Our main focus has always been food, so here’s a quick rundown on the things we tried that are worth your calories.
What To Eat in Hua Hin Night Market
1. Lobster and Seafood
There is no shortage of seafood restaurants in Hua Hin and you can find close to a dozen of them lined up along Dechanuchit Alley. All kinds of fresh seafood are on display but lobster takes the center stage. They are monstrous (bigger than my arm) and are steamed first then grilled on charcoal to retain their juiciness.
If you order a lobster, ask for complimentary fried rice (with crab meat) and vege, as the restaurants are more than happy to throw them in for free. We picked Lung Ja simply because it had the most impressive display of seafood. Lastly, ask for the accompanying sauces to be served separately, you will thank me later.
2. Rotee Inter
I know what you are thinking. Why on earth would we, Malaysians eat roti canai in Thailand right? What can I say, it’s just too good to miss. Plus, it’s only 20 baht a piece so why not?
Despite looking like roti canai, the texture is similar a thicker roti tisu. The original flavor is drizzled with condensed milk and sprinkled with caster sugar – one bite was all it took to send our skepticism out the window.
3. Homemade Ice Cream
3 scoops for only 30 baht, and you get to pick two toppings of your choice too. We had the coconut and chocolate flavors and both of them were delicious. There are a couple of stalls selling homemade ice cream but this particular stall was the most popular.
4. Crepes Indy
To order, fill in the order chit and tick the fillings that you want in your crepes. These savory crepes are available in original or charcoal flavor and of course we picked the latter. If you can’t read Thai, don’t worry because Indy speaks English.
From what we saw, spicy chicken floss and crab sticks are the popular fillings, but we stuck with peanuts, strawberry jam and banana. It was one of best snacks we had in Thailand, pretty awesome.
5. Coconut – Rice Pancake
Fluffy, crispy at the bottom and filled with coconut shreds, these sweet and aromatic bite-sized pancakes are a delight to eat. Best enjoyed on the spot while they are still hot off the griddle.
6. Nam Kang Sai (Thai Shaved Ice)
This is the only Nam Kang Sai stall in Hua Hin’s Night Market and fortunately it’s a very good one too. For 40 baht, you get a bowl with a few sweet toppings of your choice buried under a ball of shaved ice which is then given a coconut milk bath. Refreshing and just the perfect thing to wrap up your night.
Hua Hin Night Market
Intersection between Decha Nuchit Road and Phet Kasem Road
Opening hours: 6pm to 11pm