Paradise Night Market, like many other markets and malls in Patong, has developed and cleaned up its act over the years. Nowadays this nightly market (18:00 – 23:00) has blossomed into at least 100 stores and you can browse through items ranging from mobile phone covers, sun hats, cushion and bedcovers, lamps, and beachwear and of course much more.
The market ‘begins’ along busy Rat-U-Thit Road outside the towering Royal Paradise Hotel and turns to snake through the middle aisle (or ‘soi’ in Thai) of the three Royal Paradise Hotel entrance sois.
Here, you’ll find carved soap ornaments, candle holders, polystyrene labeled beer coolers (known as ‘condoms’ in Thailand), and the usual stall goods but there are some very unique trinkets for sale, too, such as sandalwood ornaments, genuine scents, health oils such as coconut oil to be taken externally and internally, and even a stand selling handcuffs – no doubt for wannabe amateur Sherlock Holmes.
If you’re in the market (literally) for jeans then this is the place for you and indeed this market originally only dealt in jeans before branching out into bric-a-brac. Casual wear is the tour de force here and the sheer range of T-shirts, shorts, and jeans of all descriptions is surprising. Another attraction here is the array of ‘Dr. Fish’ stand featuring small flesh-nibbling fish that remove excess and dead sking from punters’ lower legs and feet. Simply get seated, insert your feet into the aquarium and off you go.
Apart from the evening breezes, there is no cooling ventilation at Paradise Night Market so make sure you dress light and wear a smile as you bargain, and speaking of prices unless they are clearly marked most vendors will assess your spending power by the way you look and from where you come. The language problem is not so prevalent here as many of the traders are from neighbouring countries and speak English quite well – and will assist if you come across a non-English-speaking Thai vendor.
As this is the central soi it’s not too far to wander through to the other sois and have a snack and a beer at one of the many bars and pubs that line Soi Paradise and there are some excellent seafood restaurants diagonally opposite the market on Rat-U-Thit Road.
Royal Paradise Night Market
- Opening Hours: Daily from 18:00 - 22:00
- Location: In front of the Royal Paradise Hotel