Patong Night Markets

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The local markets of Phuket, especially the night markets in Patong, are fun places where the visitors can bargain vigorously, often obtaining products at throwaway prices. The night markets are colourful places with a surprising array of goods offered by the hawkers. The smells emanating out of the area are unfamiliar and interesting at the same time often leaving the visitors enthralled. The Patong night markets operate from early evening and continue to sell their wares until the late hours of the night. 

The Malin Plaza can be found at the southern end of the Patong beach and has become immensely popular as a night market in Patong. Although newly constructed, it managed to carve out a niche for itself by focusing on lip-smacking local food that attracts people in hordes. OTOP (One Tambon One Product), was created to encourage entrepreneurship among the local residents of Thailand. The market offers an exciting variety of handloom products, pottery items and a lip-smacking array of foods that are sold to the people visiting the Patong night market. 

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Highlight of Patong Night Market

Malin Plaza is one of the most popular night markets in Patong that remains cool and less crowded making it a must-visit for foreign tourists. The range of souvenirs and other items sold is astounding with the visitors being impressed by the quality of the products sold here. Notably, there are tailors offering to alter the garments bought in the market making it an excellent place to visit for people looking to wear something offbeat. The entire area remains secluded from the elements of nature by a high metal roof while the shops have been constructed out of old shipping containers. The asking price may seem to be trifle steep in comparison to other markets but the rates are sure to come down by bargaining hard.

The most impressive part of Patong Night Markert is its food stalls that offer both local, Asian and continental dishes at low prices. The food here is considered to be the best in Patong and totally safe for the foreign tourists who are concerned about the quality and hygiene. An acronym for ‘One Tambon One Product,' OTOP happens to be a excellent market to go to for shopping for genuine Thai products. While, the market was constructed to promote indigenous handicrafts of Thailand but have since then gone on to sell souvenirs and imitation goods of world known brands. 

Patong Night Market Food

The open-air food stalls at the Malin Plaza happen to be a top draw with almost all classic Thai dishes being served by the busy local chefs who cook the ingredients picked by the visitors. Fried chicken and chips is a popular food item at this night market along with sushi crepes and ice cream that is freshly churned by hand. A platter of fresh fruit along a cocktail can be enjoyed by spending THB 90. There are several food stalls serving halal food as well.

The area reserved for food stalls is small but gets crowded in the evening as the tourists and locals pour in as the night advances for a quick or leisurely bite of mouthwatering local cuisine. One can choose to sit at the plastic tables and order scrumptious chicken dishes as well as fresh seafood items from the stalls. The Pad Thai is one of the most popular dishes that can be had for THB 60 here whereas a full meal usually costs THB 100 to THB 150 at the makeshift stalls.

Shopping & Thing to Buy at Night Market in Patong

People hunting for apparels are elated to find denim, tee-shirts, skirts and beachwear in all possible colours and designs at the night market in Patong. The men are amazed to find both casual and formal shirts in unique designs with a tailor’s shop nearby, ready to alter the ill-fitting garments within minutes. The mobile phones along with their accessories have many takers too along with the souvenirs and inexpensive trinkets that happen to be of better quality than those available elsewhere in Patong.

Tourists often shop for luggage, handbags and beauty products here as well due to the low prices offered after a bout of successful bargaining. The OTOP was set up to promote the handicrafts and handloom of Thailand but times have changed now with imitation articles bearing the top designer labels are sold to the buyers at throwaway prices. The customers are overjoyed to obtain top brands such as Louis Vuitton, Nike, Dolce, Gucci, and Adidas at a fraction of the actual price.

How to Reach Patong Night Market

Malin Plaza can be found on Prachanukhro Road to the South of the Patong Beach. Located in between the exits to the Rat-U-Thit and Sai Kor Roads, it sports a bright blue lighted sign that is noticeable from afar. Malin Plaza can also be accessed via tuk-tuks that cost around THB 100 from any area in Patong. Travelling from Phuket Town to Patong Beach for reaching the market can be done by taking the blue coloured, open-air Song taews bus by buying a THB 20 ticket. Single tourists to Patong prefer to hire motorcycles to roam along the beach area and stop by the night markets at convenience.

The OTOP market is also situated on the beach but on the 237/15-20 Rat U Thit Road. It can be found bang opposite the Hooters. The OTOP market can be reached on foot from the Jungceylon Mall that is located in the centre of Patong. One can also choose to hail a red taxi truck or take a tuk-tuk ride. 

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Tips

1. Buying fresh produce at Banzaan Market and Malin Plaza is recommended by the locals
2. Malin Plaza is the place to go to for tailored & customized clothing
3. Sunglasses, hats and shades are plentiful in OTOP that become essential while touring the beach area during the day
4. It is advisable to go well after 6:00 PM and stay for at least an hour in the night markets for the best experience

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