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Markets and Shopping In Phuket Town

Market in Phuket Town

 

1. Phuket Weekend Market

Phuket Weekend Market (a.k.a. Talad Tai Rot or Chao Fah Market) is the equivalent – at a lower scale – of Chatuchak Market in Bangkok: it is with no doubt the biggest shopping and dining opportunity in Phuket. Held every Saturdays and Sundays (hence its name) on Wirat Hong Yok Road (off Chao Fa West Road, one kilometre south of Central Festival Phuket), it covers a 30,000sqm area. In here you could find almost anything in matter of clothing (first and second-hand), souvenirs, pirated items, accessories, and live animals, as well as an entire section dedicated to local food. It is interesting to note that many items also available on Phuket west coast’s resort towns are sold here at far lower prices. Attracting thousands of shoppers every weekend, this market gives a chance to sample street snacks such as satay (chicken or pork brochettes), fried insects, pastry (colourful cakes), kebab, sushi, dim sum (Cantonese steamed buns), and much more; all this delicious food can be washed down with an ice-cold Chang Beer or a fresh fruit shake. Children also have a reserved section with a huge inflated castle and a small carousel. Phuket Weekend Market gives a glimpse of real Thai life and should be on the must-do list of any visitor in Phuket.

Phuket Weekend Market

Also known as “Naka Market”

Located – along Chao Fa West Road just outside Phuket Town not far from Central Festival or Talad Tai Rot and Chao Fa Market , 1 km south of central festival shopping mall and is opposite Wat Naka , a Buddha temple

The Phuket Weekend divides into two section – covered and open

Covered will find secondhand item

Opening hour : 16.00 – 21.00 Saturday and Sunday

 

2. Phuket Walking Street

Phuket Walking Street is an extremely popular market/fair held every Sundays in the heart of Old Phuket Town on Thalang Road. This 350m-long commercial and cosmopolitan street is already well frequented during the week due to the many shops, restaurants, bars and guesthouses it hosts, but reach an affluence climax from 16:00 until 22:00 during this weekly event; also known as Lardyai Phuket (talaad yai i.e. big market in Thai) Phuket Walking Street is a must-visit for people who would like to get a glimpse into southern Thailand life. The event gathers an outstanding number of stalls selling an eclectic range of products from handcrafted accessories and souvenirs to clothing to fancy jewellery; great place indeed to find original presents to bring back home. As in any Thai market, food is the centre of all attention at Lardyai Phuket; you could sample here some of the most favourite street snacks such as barbecued squid, chicken and pork, khanoms (Thai sweets), beef and chicken skewers, and even an international touch with a converted songtheaw (Thai local bus) selling hamburgers. Phuket Walking Street is indeed a lively and great Thai-style weekend market

Phuket Walking Street

Also known as ‘lardyai or talaad yai “

Opening hour : 16.00 – 22.00 every Sunday

Location : Thalang Road

 

3. Central Festival Phuket ( Mall )

Central Festival Phuket is the second largest shopping mall in Phuket after Jungceylon in Patong Beach. Located at the intersection of Bypass and Wichitsongkram roads in a four-storey building, you could find here mostly anything. Hosting something like 120 outlets (fashion, electronics, accessories, souvenirs, cosmetics, photography, health, optic, culture, jewellery, and more), a three-storey department store (featuring international brands such as Levi’s, Billabong, Camel, and AIIZ, just to name a few), about 50 restaurants/food outlets, and an SFX Coliseum movie theatre, Central Festival Phuket is the most important shopping hub in Phuket, and the perfect place to spend an entire rainy day with no chance to get bored.

Central Festival Phuket

Opening Hours: Daily from 10:30 – 22:00

Location: On the Bypass Road in Phuket Town

Tel: 076 291 111

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