Venue: Cicada Market Hua Hin
Cicada market offers a new vibe of recreations for Hua Hin locals and visitors, a flea market / walking street / entertainment venue and open air food court on a 10-rai-plot of land is a place where you can appreciate art, enjoy a myriad of activities, savour good international food and shop till you drop.
Cicada, Hua Hin's latest art and entertainment playground
Yet, as a shopping vicinity, Hua Hin has just started to catch up with shoppers growing demand by welcoming metropolitan malls and stylish shopping centers. This is perhaps after realizing that its super famous night market couldn't really handle streams of tourists on a busy weekend.
Adding a new vibe to Hua Hin's shopping scene is Cicada Market which opened at Suan Sri, a 10-rai plot of land at the mouth of Soi Moo Ban Nong Kae on Khao Takieb-Hua Hin Road. This lovely venue is unlike other shopping destinations in Hua Hin with its art-inspired concept and outdoor tropical ambiance. Here visitors can stroll around the spacious garden and enjoy a colourful variety of design-oriented goods, a number of art installations and plenty of tasty food under the moon-lit sky among the singing sound of cicadas.
Hua Hin Cicada Market Photo's (Click to view photos)
"Every year the number of visitors coming to Hua Hin keeps increasing. Even though the town has an extensive choice of accommodation, it didn't provide enough choices for recreational activities'' said Sasi-ampai Siriviroj, manager of Cicada Market project.
"So this was the reason why we decided to come up with this project. And we named it Cicada Market because the insect, which has been a long-time resident in this garden, it represents a healthy natural environment and is also a symbol of distinctive individuals who gather together to create an ideal community of artful lifestyle."
Getting to Cicada Market
Cicada Market is located at the corner of Soi Moo Ban Nong Kae and Khao Takieb Hua Hin Road. To get there drive South through Hua Hin on the main Phetchkasem Road, at the end where the main road turns around to the right continue straight on following the sign for Khao Takiab. Cicada Market is on the left side 500m straight up the road.
Free Parking for cars is available on the street outside the market if you are early or lucky enough, if not then free parking is also available next door outside the office complex or in the car park opposite Cicada Market on the other side of the road.
The market, which operates every Friday and Saturday from 4pm -11pm and Sundays 4pm - 10pm, is divided into four sections: Art a la mode, Art Indoor, Art of Act and Art of Eating.
The Art a la mode, which occupies most of the space, is a place for selling and trading goods including arts and crafts, clothes, home decorative items, souvenirs and stationery _ brand new and used. This ''flea market with style'' is ideal for those looking for one-of-a-kind art pieces and hand-made clothing and fashion accessories.
A main base for Art Indoor are two lovely white houses in the middle of the garden which serve as fine art galleries catering to art enthusiasts who may come to enjoy photo or painting exhibitions, or other contemporary art displays. Those who wish to have their portraits drawn can also find this service here.
The well-built amphitheater-style concert ground is a main stage for the Art of Act. Here visitors can find, or even join in, a myriad of performing arts and activities such as music, theater, story-telling and dancing.
Deep down at one corner of the market garden is a zone dedicated to food. Representing the Art of Eating, it offers an impressive collection of food, snacks and sweets _ local and international. You might want to check out Hua Hin's authentic khao khluk kapi, or rice tossed with shrimp paste, and phad thai. At the same time, you can also sample dishes from the North, Isan and the South, while Japanese treats and Italian pasta are also available.
"We expect to have 150-200 vendors and other entertainment each evening. We hope this market can help serving the growing number of visitors to Hua Hin, while adding more recreational value and generating more income to the local community." said Sasi-ampai.Attraction type: Flea/street market; Entertainment; Live Show