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The Cicada Market – A Place You’ll Enjoy Even When You Hate Shopping…
But that’s just me. I’m a big grump when it comes to shopping. However I do love taking a stroll through any of Thailand’s famous night markets like Bangkok’s Talad Liab Duan. And certainly around Hua Hin’s Cicada Market.
Now there really isn’t that much to do in Hua Hin ( in my most humble opinion). So checking out the Cicada Night Market is most likely on your check list also.
My wife and I certainly visit Cicada Night Market every time I stay over in Hua Hin. Because it truly is a lovely market to stroll around even when you don’t plan on buying anything.
Cicada Market’s Location and Hours
This popular market by the sea is just south of Hua Hin’s city center, about 4.11 kilometers from the city’s equally famous Hua Hin Night Market.
There are many budget, mid and high end hotels in the area and I’ve stayed in many of them. Here are some hotels I recommend near Cicada Market:
- The Escape Hotel (3 stars)- This hotel offers guests complimentary scheduled shuttle service to the market.
- Ibis Hua Hin (2 stars and pet friendly) – 5 minute walk to Cicada Market.
- Amari Hua Hin (4 stars)- 2 minute walk to Cicada Market.
Cicada Market opens from Friday to Sunday, from 4pm to 11pm.
Please note on Sunday the market closes 1 hour earlier at 10pm. With those short hours I guess you can’t technically call Cicada a night market. Though I have to admit, the market looks beautiful at night with all the cool incandescent lights.
There is also a small amphitheater where plays and even stand up comics can be enjoyed. Though I haven’t purchased a ticket to enjoy a show so I can’t provide too much information on that.
What to Buy in Cicada Market
You’re going to see a common theme while strolling around. And that theme is art. Cicada Market is the kind of place where artists, whether they be amateurs or professionals gather to showcase and perhaps make a bit of cash selling their creations.
All kinds of modern art paintings are sold from contemporary to modern. Art lovers will certainly enjoy Cicada Market.
You’ll also find handmade arts and crafts. Many are run by young enterprising Thai entrepreneurs. Need a bedazzled iPhone case? You’ll find it there. T-Shirts with unique graphic designs? You bet, you’ll see it there.
Amongst the arts and crafts is a family I came across making glass-blown figurines of animals. They create a lot of animals like giraffes, elephants, tigers and even all types of fish, right on site.
And you can watch how they do it from start to finish. And it involves a blow torch. In my opinion nothing else is more entertaining then watching a blow torch go to work at night. The glass figurines they create are also very affordable and a wonderful souvenir to take home.
A caricature souvenir of yourself. Check. Many artists are available to paint a caricature of you starting at 300THB, depending on the size of the portrait. That’s a reasonable price. Plus you’ll be helping to feed a starving artist. Speaking about food…
When is it never about food? Any self respecting market anywhere in the world has got to have some food for the hungry masses.
Cicada Market has quite a vast assortment of offerings. And because you’re in Hua Hin seafood is the specialty.
But I would skip the seafood because even though I know it’s fresh it’ll be more expensive too. I know of a really good seafood restaurant right across from Cicada Market that I highly recommend. I’ll write a post on that restaurant really soon.
I haven’t really tried all the food in Cicada Market because I already have a couple of favorites nearby. But it’s a good place to grab desserts as there is a decent variety.
Cicada Market is a fun place to just chill out. The atmosphere is non rushed and hectic as other major bazaars and markets in Thailand, for example Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok.
And because the beach is nearby you get this nice ocean breeze during the evening.
In a way it’s one of the biggest attractions in Hua Hin. Which is why many hotels in Hua Hin with shuttle services offer rides to Cicada Market. And spending an evening wandering around there is a perfect way to end the night.