Fresh Markets are a very important aspect of Phuket and Thai social life. They not only provide basic elements for cooking and affordable clothing, but they also offer a glimpse into local life and are, in many ways, a kind of cement that holds together Thai society.
Walk through the lanes of any market in Phuket and you’ll enter into the core of Thai life. All your senses will be on alert as you’ll discover new smells (sometimes enticing, sometimes repulsive) and new sights like exotic fruits and seafood. The five markets below have all that can be experienced at Thai markets that are not only shopping or dining destinations, but also a full attraction in themselves.
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Banzaan Market is a modern-looking Thai fresh market located on Sai Kor Road, right behind the Jungceylon Shopping Mall in Patong Beach. The large building was designed by Chinese and Western architects and it features contemporary décor and style (they even have escalators!). Banzaan Market is a very clean place, and all goods sold here (meat, fish, seafood, vegetables and fruits, Thai sweets, etc.) are neatly presented. Banzaan Market also sells clothes, shoes, toys and gifts. A large food court is available on the second storey, where you can sample local delicacies at fair rates. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 07:00 – 17:00
- Location: On Sai Kor Road, right behind the Jungceylon megamall in Patong
Ranong Road is the commercial heart of Phuket Old Town, and two markets are open daily here. Talad Sod Satarana is located right on Ranong Road and you can’t miss it as it is a huge modern building built in 2009. It’s open every morning from 05:00 – 11:00, and you can find all types of goods here (fresh and dried ingredients/food as well as clothing).
Downtown Market is certainly one of the oldest fresh markets in Phuket; opened mostly 24/7, it is located in a small Soi off Ranong Road, diagonally opposite Talad Sod Satarana. Vegetables, meat, fish & seafood, exotic fruits, condiments and ready-made dishes are all sold here, and many vendors from other markets in Phuket come to do their shopping at Downtown Market (wholesalers park their trucks at the back of the market, opposite Downtown Inn). Read More...
- Location: Ranong Road is in Phuket Old Town
Located on Kata Road – one of the roads linking Patak and Club Med roads - Kata Market is a quaint L-shaped market held twice a week, on Monday and Thursday. Featuring a great choice of fresh products including fruit, vegetable, meat and fish, as well as a section dedicated to clothing, souvenirs, toys, and a multitude of other items from massage oils to religious artefacts, it is a cool place to wander around at the end of afternoon, even if you have nothing to buy. As with most Thai markets, it is also a great place to sample local snacks at one of the many food stalls available. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Every Mon and Thu from 11:00 - 21:00
- Location: On Kata Road opposite the Chaba Phuket Resort
Kamala Village Market (Kamala talad nat) is held on Wednesdays and Saturdays at the bottom of the hill that separates Kamala from Patong, along the main road. It is a colourful and lively market that can give visitors a glimpse of southern Thailand daily life and the occasion to discover a great choice of local products. In addition to the fruit, vegetable, meat, and fish available, Kamala Village Market also hosts stalls selling accessories, clothing, and delicious ready-made snacks. Note that on Fridays, a larger market (known as FantaSea Market due to its location opposite the huge entertainment complex) offers its visitors a smaller scale version of Phuket Weekend Market.
- Opening Hours: Wednesday and Saturday from 15:00 – 19:30
- Location: Opposite Bangkok Bank on Kamala Main Road
Located right opposite Cherng Talay Police Station, on the road that leads to the Laguna Phuket Complex of Hotels, this fresh market is very lively and gives its visitors a peek into the local life of this beautiful area of Phuket. The main articles available are obviously fresh fruit and vegetable, as well as seafood, poultry and beef. This fresh market is very busy, so it may be difficult to find a spot to park your vehicle. As in most southern Thailand markets, you also find ready-made local food here, and a few stalls selling clothing and various accessories. Note that a second market is held next to Surin Tesco Lotus Park on Mondays and Thursdays.
- Opening Hours: Early afternoon till about 20:00 on Wed and Sun
- Location: Opposite the Cherng Talay Police Station