Phuket Markets

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If you want an authentic Thai shopping experience, you cannot beat a visit to one of the many Phuket Markets. There are markets everywhere in Phuket. Most of them are selling fresh food such as fruit, vegetables, meat and fish but there are also markets selling clothes and other merchandise. A wander around the Phuket markets is a colourful and entertaining experience. You will marvel at the extraordinary variety of bizarre foods many of which you will not recognise.

 

Phuket Town weekend market

Modeled on Bangkok’s famous Chatuchak Market (the largest open-air market in Asia), the Phuket Weekend Market (also called Talad Nad Chaofa Variety, Chao Fah Variety market,or Talad Tai Rot ) offers row upon row of clothes stalls, footwear, handbags, jewelry, souvenirs, collectibles and crafts.

Peak shopping hours are between 6:00pm and 9:00pm. Keep a tight hold on your purse, as it can get quite crowded. If it’s rainy, expect to see fewer stalls but rest assured the Phuket Markets will still be open.

 

Phuket Markets Weekend Market

Excellent shopping at the Weekend Market

 

Expo Market

This indoor clothes and accessories market is on Tilok Uthit 2 Road near the Thavorn Grand Hotel in Phuket Town and is open 7 days a week. It is one of the best Phuket markets to get good deals on clothes. On the road outside are more shops selling more clothes and household products.

 

Phuket Downtown Market

The Downtown Phuket markets are the main fresh food markets. They are located on Ranong Road in Phuket Town and  is open 24 hours a day but the produce available varies depending on the time of day. The best time to shop is early morning from 2:00am to 6:00am.

On one side of the road is the open-air market selling mostly fruit and veg. On the other side of the road is the new indoor Phuket markets and is a much more pleasant shopping experience.

 

Phuket Markets

Phuket Downtown Market

 

Smaller fresh food Phuket markets

There are many other fresh food Phuket markets. The smaller ones are not open every day. Some of the major markets are:

  • Baanzan Fresh Market located right behind Jungceylon Shopping Mall, open daily 09:00am – 7:00pm
  • Kathu Market – out of Patong on to Wichitsongkram Road and turn left at the lights.
  • Kamala Friday Market  located at the coconut plantation opposite Phuket FantaSea, open Fri 2:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Karon/Kata Beach –  Talad Nat market on Patak Road, open Mon & Thu 12:00am – 8:00pm
    Cape Panwa – drive south along Sakdidet Road and turn right at the third set of traffic lights These Phuket markets are open daily 07:00am – 10:00pm

 

Buying genuine “Fake” goods at Phuket markets

Fake designer goods and copied CDs are widely available at the Phuket markets. As long as you understand the goods are fake, then it is your choice whether to purchase or not. Some of the fakes are good quality while others are very poor. If you want the genuine article then you should go to the department stores where the prices are still generally lower than you would pay at home.

If buying CDs, always ask to preview the movie to check the video and audio quality.  This is particularly necessary if the movie is a recent release as more that likely it would have been made by a hand held camera in the back of a cinema and of poor quality.

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Updated: January 7, 2013 by admin

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