Malin Plaza Patong offers the fair prices and impressive range of souvenirs of some of Phuket’s bustling and busy markets, but in a cooler environment and with a great range of cheap food available around it. Although not generally as busy as the likes of Phuket Town’s weekend market, this nightly shopping option is nonetheless popular and highly thought of.
The wares available at Malin Plaza Patong are mostly similar to those of any other market in Phuket and include t-shirts, denim, beachwear, bags, luggage, spa products, mobile phone accessories and a good range of trinkets and souvenirs. Some of the shirt designs are a little rarer, the souvenirs are a little better quality and very few of the local markets have a tailor’s shop, making this a good place to visit if you want something a little bit different.
The main part of the market is protected from the elements under a high metal roof, with the shops inside being semi-permanent and constructed from former shipping containers. They are well spaced, ensuring that the air under the roof remains cool and refreshing, though some shops go one step further and have windows, doors and air conditioning. The prices are maybe a touch higher than you might find in the less comfortable markets, but can be haggled down to an agreeable level.
The highlight of the market is the impressive array of food stands in front of the roofed area. These serve up anything from Thai street food classics to fried chicken and chips, crepes, fresh ice cream, sushi, 90-baht cocktails and fresh fruit. There are some stalls which specialise in halal food, which is also available at the Al Basha Restaurant, which is to one side of Malin Plaza Patong. The Italian Da Mario Restaurant is next door to that. The food throughout the market is very good, by street food standards, is safe and cheap for Patong.
Malin Plaza Patong is one of three in a chain of such markets (the others being in Chiang Mai and Mahasarakham). It is a good place for newcomers to experience Thai street food at great prices and to spend the money you just saved on dining on good quality souvenirs, which you can peruse in relative comfort. It is found by the side of the southernmost main road in Patong, between the exits for Rat-U-Thit Road and Sai Kor Road, with its glowing blue sign being impossible to miss.
Malin Plaza Patong
- Opening Hours: 14:00 - 24:00
- Location: Prachanukhro Road, South Patong Beach
- Tel: +66 (0)93 324 7888