Thailand, and Phuket in particular, is a paradise for shopaholics. Numerous shopping malls, local stores, and markets are everywhere. But why spend a precious sunny day for shopping, if there are equally fantastic offerings over long nights? Here is the list of the top 5 night markets in Phuket.
1. Phuket Weekend Market
The Weekend Market is the largest night market in Phuket. Here, you may find anything from various secondhand goods to live animals. The market is separated into “open” and “closed” sections. The open section is reserved for the many electronics, watches, accessories, bags, and other newish-type items can be found. In the closed section, there are more secondhand clothes, shoes, and other goods on offer. At the entrance, there is a delish food section. Here, you may try almost any local and exotic dishes from grilled chicken to deep-fried insects. The market opens at 4 pm, and closes at 9 pm, only Saturdays and Sundays. Go on, eat a deep-fried cricket! You are on holidays after all!
2. Phuket Walking Street
Walking Street is located in Phuket Old Town and is called Lardyai. On Phuket Walking Street vendors are selling souvenirs, handicrafts, and Thai food. The night market is family oriented, so the children can entertain while their parents are shopping. Moreover, Old Town is a historical sight of Phuket, and the best way to get acquainted with the cultural and historical heritage is to visit the night market. Working hours are from 4 pm until 10 pm, only on Sundays.
3. Phuket Indy Market
Like in any night market, Phuket Indy Market proposes a great variety of delicious homemade snacks. The market itself is small, quiet and clean. It takes around only half -an-hour to go through the whole place. This place is very popular among the local youth and teenagers, where they can meet their friends, have fun and even sell their own handmade goods for low prices.
4. Malin Plaza Patong
Malin Plaza night market is particularly popular for its Thai culinary specialties. The good taste and low prices attract tourists all day long. Malin Plaza opens at 2 pm, however, even before then there are food vendors and fresh juices stands. A variety of goods for sale include clothes, bags, shoes, mobile phones, and other useful accessories.
5. Royal Paradise Night Market
Royal Paradise Night Market is also located in Patong beach and offers any product from natural cosmetics to common household articles. Hundreds of stores, located under one roof, are open daily from 6 pm until 10 pm.
Local night markets are the perfect place to find something typical and unique while on your holiday. As for me, a handmade souvenir made with care by a local boy is a more special and valuable purchase than any designer handbag bought in the mainstream shopping mall. Visiting a night market is not only an exciting dive into the history and culture of Thailand but also a possibility to find something unique and precious, which will always remind you of your trip.