Chillva market on the side of Yaowarat road is a fun and exciting place to explore, with its bohemian vibes and shops made out of ship containers.These shops sell a wide array of colorful goodies and local trinkets including clothes and other jewellery. It is also the perfect place to experiment with some exotic Thai cuisine - including some fried insects like grasshoppers and silkworms!
Phuket Indy Market is not known to many people, but is truly one-of-its-kind for those looking for a unique experience of shopping in Phuket. It is a 'laadploykong' in local terms, which means it is a market where people can come to exchange their goods. There is a lovely mix of other kinds of shops too, which sell trendy clothes, unique souvenirs, Thai handicrafts, special bags made from water hyacinth and much more. It is a small market, which can be covered in a mere hour or so. There are artists' booths, manicure stands, live music and street shows within the market, which lend it a fun, lively feel. Many food stalls are also available, selling local foods for as low as THB 50. Some dishes to try are Thai spicy salad, fried fish-paste balls, chicken BBQ, seafood, crispy gyoza, kanom buang (crispy pancakes), and drinks from the cocktail booth. Phuket Indy Market attracts a lot of young crowds that come here to hang out and have a good time.
Location: Limelight Avenue, Dibuk Road, Phuket Town
Timings: Thursday - Friday: 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Phuket Walking Street happens to be a weekend market set up on Thalang Road, located within the heart of the old Phuket town. Makeshift shops are set up along the 350 meters long commercial street that also features multiple permanent shops, restaurants and guest houses. However, Lardyai Phuket (big market), as the weekly market is called in the local Thai dialect, literally converts into a fair with thousands of people thronging the street that becomes chock-a-block with people selling and buying different things.
Naka Market is a colorful weekend market where one can experience the Bangkok-style shopping. Cheap clothes, funky flip-flops, gadgets, and souvenirs to take back home, everything is available here but make sure to bargain as price can come down pretty quick. If you are a foodie, the place also offers variety of seafood and dozens of street stalls selling spicy noodles and deep fried insects. Located in the outskirts of Phuket Town, the place is a must for shopping lovers.
Malin Plaza in south Patong is a bazaar known for its amazing offerings of local food. Some of the popular choices include tropical fruits like mango and star fruits, Thai pancakes, sticky rice as well as buying fresh fish and getting it cooked by the locals. It is also a great place to pick up some traditional Thai trinkets!
Karon Temple Market on Patak road is popular for its cheap and delightful local trinkets, as well as the wide array of local cuisine. From mouthwatering meat skewers to delicious mangoes and passionfruit, the market is sure to whet any appetite. The street food, and Pad thai are other fast-selling favorites of this little market.
An absolute delight for shopping lovers visiting Thailand, Phuket weekend market is a big, vibrant and crowded night market. It is known by several names such as Naka Market, Phuket Chatuchak and Talad Tairod which means 'Car boot sale'. It is located at Chao Fa West Road, outside the town of Phuket and close to the Central Festival. The market is famous for second-hand goods, pirated items, crafts and curious and also live animals and their food. There are two sections of the market: open and closed.
Location: Thailand Rd, Tambon Talat Yai, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83000
Timings: 4 pm to 9 pm, Saturday and Sunday
Phuket Weekend Market is a popular tourist haunt with its endless display of exciting items and delicious cuisine. Tourists love to browse among the many items for sale like clothes, souvenirs and quirky accessories for very reasonable prices. It is also the perfect place to try some exotic Thai food - including fried insects!
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