Phuket Town Central Market is located on Ranong Road in the historical commercial hub of Phuket Old Town. Apart from the 2 fresh markets here – Talad Sod Satarana and the downtown market – there are lots of small shops selling clothes, eggs, incense, tools, birds, fireworks, baskets, hats, slingshots, raincoats, shoes, and more. You know that you're in Chinatown when you see no less than 10 gold shops within the first 100 metres of the street!
Ranong Road is also famous for being the locals’ bus station. Named songthaews (2-benches), these blue converted pickup trucks link Phuket Town to most of Phuket beaches from 7am until 6pm at very affordable rates (about 20 baht for a ticket to Patong Beach). Ranong Road bus station and its 2 markets make it a busy place from dawn ‘til dusk. It's also a place where you can find some out-of-the-ordinary things to eat as some of the most popular vegetarian restaurants in Phuket serve their healthy delicacies toward the end of the street.
Other places of interest in this street are Thai Airways offices, Wat Kajonrangsan (large Buddhist temple and school), and San Jao Jui Tui (Chinese shrine at the end of the street, one of the centres of annual Phuket Vegetarian Festival).
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Phuket Town Central Market
Phuket Town Central Market (Talad Sod Satarana) is a large modern beige-and-white 4-storey building in which you can find just about everything for sale and probably more. The exterior of the building offers some shaded seating areas for people waiting for local buses parked in front, and on the same level you’ll find shops selling dried fish, shrimps, biscuits, coffee, tea and other packaged snacks.
The signage explaining where to find goods in the building is in Thai and English so you’ll easily find what you are looking for; for instance, the second storey sign reads: ‘’Souvenir-Clothing-Fruits-Aquatic Animal-Meat-Lift-Old Man/Disabled Toilet’’.
Downtown Market is located in a soi on the right side of the one-way Ranong Road – approx. 100m from the entrance of the street, linking Ranong and Krabi roads. It is mostly a 24/7 open market where many vendors from other markets in Phuket come to do their shopping (wholesalers park their trucks at the back of the market, opposite Downtown Inn). Vegetables, meat, fish & seafood, exotic fruits, condiments and ready-made dishes are all sold here.
Due to its location, it‘s one of the most ancient markets of Phuket. Some 100 years ago, canals from the nearby port of Phuket reached Thalang Road and Ranong Road, and it was already the commercial centre of Phuket Town. It's definitely a place to visit while exploring the Old Town as, apart from the cars and modern neon and other signboards, the area and its buildings and houses still retain a charming vintage look.