Sam Pan Nam Floating Market

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Sam Pan Nam Floating Market is a large scale market fashioned in the style of middle Rattanakosin Period (King Rama VI). The market’s vast landscaped grounds encompass a large manmade lake, show islands, mini train track, over 200 shops and 40 boat vendors offering all kinds of food and snacks. Tucked in Soi 112, about 6km south of town centre, Sam Pan Nam is one of the two floating markets found on the same street.

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Coming from Phetkasem Road, you reach Hua Hin Floating Market first, and Sam Pan Nam is about 1km further on. Both markets embrace a retro theme, with 1920s style architecture and long, wooden boardwalks connecting the shops. Daily cultural shows and boat tours are also offered at both markets.

The difference is the size and type of activities available. Hua Hin Floating Market is not as big but has a more sophisticated ambience, while Sam Pan Nam offers a wider range of activities and goods.

Highlights at Sam Pan Nam Floating Market

Designed to reflect Hua Hin’s unique history and architectural heritage, Sam Pan Nam Floating Market adopts the same identity as Hua Hin town. The sign posts, railings, roof tiles, folding doors all evoke an air of 1920s Hua Hin. There’s also a replica train station and a miniature tourist train that runs at the back of the market. Although there’s no actual fishing pier, the lake has a few moored fishing boats where you can climb aboard and take photos.

On the front section, red wooden bridges and boardwalks link one island with another, while the lake serves as a venue for boat tours and cultural shows. Shops resemble the shop-house buildings in Hua Hin town, but here they’re only one storey high. There’s a good mix of food, souvenirs and clothing shops – many have branches at nearby Hua Hin Floating Market as well as Pattaya Floating Market. Apart from a handful of snack bars wedged in between retail shops, the food section offers a larger variety of snacks, ready-to-eat meals, grilled meat skewers, seafood, noodles, drinks and desserts.

Sam Pan Nam Floating Market

Sam Pan Nam Floating Market Experience
The floating markets offer colourful alternatives to shopping malls and traditional outdoor markets. You get to experience a little bit of everything, whether Thai food, architecture, culture or shopping. But which floating market to visit? For sheer variety and fun activities, Sam Pan Nam scores much higher points than Hua Hin Floating Market.

Sam Pan Nam Floating Market

  • Opening Hours: 10:00-23:00
  • Location: Hua Hin Soi 112
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