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What to Buy at the Cicada Market – A Place for More Than Shopping

Even if you are planning to buy nothing, the Hua Hin Cicada Night Market should definitely be on your list of must visit places. And if you are a holiday shopper, here are a few things to buy there.


Explore the World of Local Art

One of the most common characteristics of Cicada Market is the art; all around you will see presentations of creativity. The market is a gathering point for local artists to showcase their talents and sell off a few impressive pieces, to wandering tourists and natives of Hua Hin. A lovely place for the art lover to enjoy; these artistic creations range from contemporary and bold themes to traditional Thai works of art. They make excellent souvenirs or gifts.


Art and Crafts are Plenty

Another reason to leave the comforts of your Hua Hin resort, this vibrant night market which is just 16 minutes away for guests at Anantara Hua Hin Resort, is a one stop shop for exploring the world of handmade arts and crafts in the city. One of these features you will find fascinating is the little glass-blown animal's figurines on offer. Created on site, these delicate ornaments are hard to resist. You will also come across t-shirts with unique graphics created on the front, as well as, glitzy bejewelled cell phone covers for some added bling. Walk around, explore and dig deep into the labyrinth of Cicada's handworks stalls and you will come up with some really unique souvenirs to take back home.


Caricatures of Yourself

Another unique service on offer at this night market are the caricatures. Artists are readily available to create an amusing caricature of yourself that will most certainly be one of your treasured artworks for years to come. Prices range according to the size of the portrait, but is never too much, besides, consider this a good deed as you will be helping a starving artist to make a living.


Delve into the Food

No market in Thailand is complete without street food. Most of the major cities offer well established foodie streets and Hua Hin is no different; if you find yourself wandering around at night, the Cicada Night Market will prove to be the best alternative, to dining outside of top Hua Hin hotels. Since this is Hua Hin, expect to see lots of seafood varieties. There is special area allocated, complete with tables and chairs for customers to sit back, relax and dine on the delicious fare. However, as most food is the "grab and go" variety, you can continue to shop and munch.


Relax and Unwind

This is one commodity you can get for free at Cicada Market, and that is a very relaxing atmosphere. With the beach close-by, there is always a refreshing feel to the place, while the market, unlike others in Thailand, is laid-back and moves at a slower pace. Hence, you can browse, dine and sightsee on local vibes at your leisure.