I - a bit about the journey from Bangkok to Hua Hin, Chatchai market
(day time), Hua Hin Night Market, Asia Herb Association (for spa
Part II - Amari Hotel Hua Hin
Part III - Santorini Park at Cha-Am
Park IV - Chao Lay Seafood, Koti Restaurant, Sangthai Seafood, Meekaruna Seafood
Cicada Weekend Art Market (http://www.cicadamarket.com/en)
Cicada market has got to be the highlight of my Hua Hin trip; I loved it so much that I went two days in a row :) And if there's any reason to go back to Hua Hin, it's for Cicada market.
CICADA stands for Community of Identity Culture Arts & Dynamic Activities, and happens only from Friday to Sunday. The whole area is an open-market concept among lush garden settings offering a very "chillax" atmosphere which I really like. The market has four zones, Art A La Mode, Cicada Art Factory, Amphitheatre and Cicada Cuisine.
The Art A La Mode zone lines the entire site along the pathways, where vendors set up stalls to sell handcrafted items like clothing, bags, accessories, souvenirs etc etc. Many of the vendors are students, and some vendors even from Bangkok.
The Cicada Art Factory is located at the centre of the site, where there are two white buildings that house studios for artists as well as a venue for art exhibitions.
The Amphitheater is located near the entrance, and hosts regular performances by cultural groups and bands.
Cicada Cuisine is the alfresco food area selling all kinds of local fare as well as international cuisine.
Unique and interesting handcrafted items are the highlight of the stalls here at Cicada Market. I would say hardly any stalls sell similar items from one another, which is what makes this market so attractive and popular. The stall vendors were all in very relaxed mood, not pushing for sales at all. When it wasn't busy, they would engage in friendly conversations or simply continue working on their creations.
I love these hand-painted canvas shoes, got a pair, they were so comfy.
These weren't just flowers, they were pens. Great souvenirs both aesthetical and functional.
Shop selling pretty-looking hats.
One of my favourite stalls, selling cushion covers and multipurpose holders.
Hubby's favourite stall, "Wooden Fish", selling hand crafted pictures of fish mounted onto boards to create a "pop-up" effect.
As well as a big red coral trout which looks really lovely.
Stall selling handmade soup in different shapes, designs and fragrances.
Cute handmade key cover. Each piece is unique.
Lots of lovely keychains which could double as fragrant pouches.
Handkerchief and hairbands. The flexi-hairbands are made of wires and sewn with pretty cloths, very popular among ladies.
Crochet stall selling an amazing collection of crochet figurines.
Vintage car can also turn into a make-shift art gallery/stall.
DIY message frames.
These two white buildings are the Cicada Art Factory hosting art exhibitions.
And studios for artists.
Ground level of the buildings is an alfresco cafe.
More handmade dolls and pillows.
Open-air performance by a local band. How nice it was to enjoy music while shopping, it just made the whole atmosphere felt so cozy.
Another of my favourite stall selling handmade watches. Love the funky designs and I bought one specially to wear for my holidays to Thailand beach resorts!
Shop selling acoustic guitars and ukelele.
This area is outside of the Cicada Market already (just next to it). A more rustic alfresco dining area, selling all kinds of thai street food.
This is a crepe cum prata-alike snack, topped with egg, corn, milk or butter. Very crispy and sweet. Yums!
We love the thai pineapple, so sweet and juicy. And they were already pre-cut, very easy to hold and eat.
Papaya salad which was so spicy and tangy!
Couldn't remember what this "train" stall was selling, but it's definitely an eye-catching stall.
This stall was selling freshly-squeezed orange juice and other fruit juices. Was very popular and we had to wait for a long time, but really nice.
Stay tuned for the last part of my Hua Hin trip, on Plearn Wan Vintage Village and Baan Sillapin Artists Village.