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Hua Hin Market Village is the first large shopping complex to be built in Hua Hin.
It is situated on Petchkasem road approximately 2km south of Hua Hin town center, just passed Salesian school.
The large complex has plenty of parking though does get very busy at weekends. Unfortunately the impact on traffic on the main road was not taken into consideration when they built it so the u-turns often become dangerously congested at busy times.
Local events such as motor shows are occasionally held at Market Village and it has become an extremely popular hangout for Thai students and youths who can often spend the whole day here.
The top floor has a bowling alley and Major Cineplex however very few of the movies are shown with the original English soundtrack, you may get the occasional one with English subtitles but it seems that the management have completely ignored this segment of the market. Fortunately, some local expats have been trying to get this attitude changed and have succeeded to a certain extent. To follow what's happening, check out and contribute to the ongoing disussion.
Fortunately the shopper wont be as dissapointed as the movie buff. Market Village has a wide array of quality fashion outlets including many international brand names such as Levi, Lee, Wrangler, Timberland and Lacoste. Additionally there are a number of smaller local clothing and jewellery shops, mobile phone and camera retailers and an art gallery or two. International cosmetics branches such as Boots also have a home in Market Village.
A food court and some of the big names in refreshments and cuisine can be found in Market Village, these include Sizzlers, Pizza Company, KFC, Swensens, Haagen Dazs, and Starbucks with many more smaller local eateries.
Some of the banks have branches here and there are shops for TOT and Hutch. The three major outlets in Hua Hin Market Village are Tesco Lotus on the ground floor, Home Pro on the second floor and the Major Cineplex on the third floor.
A brand new multi-million baht shopping complex is scheduled to open next year. The shopping centre will offer lifestyle, fashion and luxury products along with technology gadgets and also be home to hip restaurants, a gourmet market, and entertainment venues including cinemas and the "Splash Play Port" water park. It will also include a new five-star hotel under the InterContinental Hotel chain to be developed by the Proud Group.
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