Five Great Markets in Phuket
Attractive Fresh & Night Markets in Phuket
Markets are a very important aspect of Phuket and Thai social life. Fresh markets, food markets, and night markets 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 social life.
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 repulsing) and new sights – exotic fruits or seafood for instance. The five markets below resume all that can be experienced at Thai markets which are not only shopping or dining destinations, but a full attraction in themselves.
Located on the outskirts of southern Phuket Town, the Weekend Market (a.k.a. Talad Tai Rot and Chaofa Market) is the ‘mother of all markets in Phuket’. It can be compared to the legendary Chatuchak Market in Bangkok as mostly anything can be found here in the huge labyrinth of stalls.
Open on Saturdays and Sundays (hence its name) from 16:00 - 21:00 the listing of goods found here does on and on: clothing, fashion items, make-up, glasses, shoes, arty crafts, fishing equipment, toys, pirated DVDs, you are sure to find original (I mean out-of-the-ordinary, as ‘copyright’ is not yet in the Thai dictionary) and rather cheap items for friends and family back home.
Besides the shopping part of the Weekend Market, you’ll find here a large area dedicated to ready-made food, giving you the opportunity to sample delicious snacks: Satay (meat brochettes), kebabs, sashimi, fruit, ice-creams, seafood, insects, and so on. The Weekend Market is a good place for the whole family. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Saturdays & Sundays from 16:00 – 21:00
- Location: Wirat Hong Yok Road just south of Phuket Town on the way to Chalong
Banzaan Market is a modern-looking Thai fresh market located on Sai Kor Road right behind the megamall Jungceylon 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) 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
Started in late 2010, Phuket Indy Market has quickly become a popular get-together place for Phuket’s young people. So what draws them there? The food and goods? The live music and street shows? In truth, it’s probably a bit of everything.
Indy Market is located along a small lane off New Dibuk Road in the heart of Phuket Town. The many goods displayed here include jeans, flip-flops, shoes and ladies’ bags made from water hyacinth. But some items are quite unique such as customised handmade key rings.
As in any market of Thailand, quality street food and snacks are available, so it is recommended that you come with an appetite: Thai spicy salad, fried fish-paste balls, chicken/beef/seafood BBQ (with sticky rice), Chinese dumplings, Thai-style kebab and a large choice of sweet snacks are all here. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Thursdays and Fridays from 16:00 – 22:00
- Location: on New Dibuk Road, next to Lemongrass Restaurant
Talad Kaset Night Market is a street food market located right behind Robinson shopping centre in Phuket Town. The food served here is influenced by three different cultures; Thai, Chinese and Muslim. There are several vendors selling similar dishes such as pork or shrimp noodles soup, seafood, spicy salad and stir-fries and wok-prepared plates, so for the best eats, look for stalls that have the most customers.
Exotic drinks like soybean milk, sweet ginger tea, Asiatic pennywort drink and butterfly pea drink will help you wash down the snacks and you can complete your meal with delicious Thai traditional sweets. Prices are pretty cheap, and Talad Kaset is a great way to share a moment in the real Phuket’s local life. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 18:00 – 02:00 (note that after 01:00 many stalls run out of food)
- Location: On Ong Sim Phai Road, behind Robinson Department Store in Phuket Town
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