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 Thai society together.
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 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 MarketPatong Beach
Banzaan Market is a modern-looking Thai fresh market located on Sai Kor Road, right behind the Jungceylon Shopping Mall in Patong. The large building was designed by Chinese and Western architects and it features contemporary décor and style. 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 6am to 9pm
- Location: 181 Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Rd, Patong Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand
Phuket Town Central MarketsPhuket Town
Ranong Road is the commercial heart of Phuket Old Town, and 2 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 5am 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's 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...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 5am
- Location: Ranong, Talat Nuea, Mueang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Kata MarketKata Beach
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, every 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's a cool place to wander around at the end of afternoon, even if you have nothing to buy. As with most Thai markets, it's also a great place to sample local snacks at one of the many food stalls available. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 2pm to 9pm
- Location: Patak Rd, Mueang, Phuket 83100, Thailand
Kamala Village MarketKamala Beach
Kamala Village Market is held on Wednesdays and Saturdays at the bottom of the hill that separates Kamala from Patong. It's a colourful and lively market that can give visitors a glimpse of daily life in southern Thailand and the occasion to discover a great choice of local products.
In addition to the fruits, vegetables, 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 3pm to 7.30pm
- Location: Kamala, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand
Cherng Talay MarketCherng Talay
Located right opposite Cherng Talay Police Station, on the road that leads to the Laguna Phuket Complex of hotels, Cherng Talay Market is very lively and gives its visitors a peek into the local life of this beautiful area of Phuket. The main items 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: Daily from 9am to 10pm
- Location: Bandon-Cherngtalay Rd, Choeng Thale, Thalang, Phuket 83110, Thailand