When you’re traveling, eating out every night can definitely add up. Luckily for foodies, Phuket is filled with delicious food options that won’t empty your wallet, and you can find many of the island’s great cheap eats at markets far and wide. Even if you’re not a food lover, you can still score fantastic deals on clothes, crafts, and even electronics – so if you’ve ever wanted a pair of Beats headphones and some knockoff designer gear, you’ve come to the right place.
Here are our picks for the best shopping experiences Phuket has to offer.
If you’re looking for a market with a bohemian vibe come to Chillava. Located on Yaowarat Road in Phuket Town, this trendy night market, filled with colorful shipping containers as shopfronts, features food, fashion, artwork and so much more. Plus, it’s super easy to navigate due to its relatively small size. The stalls in containers are open every day from 16:00 onwards. However, for an even livelier vibe come Thursday, Friday or Saturday for the full flea market experience. On these days, tents and little hawker stalls to fill the 6,400 sqm marketplace to capacity.
Kathu Fresh Market
This market serves up some of the freshest food in Phuket’s Kathu District. You’ll find vendors selling fish, shrimp, meats, vegetables, chili paste, eggs and even ready-made meals, which are always nice for backpackers to take on the go.
Banzaan Fresh Market
If you’re looking for some authentic seafood close to Patong Beach, here’s where to get it. Plus, Bazaan has other goodies too like Thai sweets and a unique selection of fruits that may look strange yet taste delicious. There’s food here that you can take right to the beach with you. Indulge in ready-made meals, plus fresh exotic drinks like sugarcane, coconut and guava juice.
Karon Temple Market
Located near Phuket’s Karon beach, the Karon Temple Market is a great spot to get a slice of local life. The scenery itself is simply worth a visit. Set at the foot of the Karon Temple grounds, the market has a picture-perfect backdrop of a temple doused in hues of gold, green and radiant red. In addition to the picturesque scenery, shoppers can enjoy a mix of fresh produce, snacks, ready-made food, clothes and even a few stalls selling swimwear for the perfect beach day.
The market takes place twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Phuket Weekend Market
If you’re going on a weekend getaway to Phuket Town, you’ll arrive just in time for its market outside the city. Find a huge selection of secondhand items like jeans, T-shirts and even touristic souvenirs like carvings and religious images. Plus, you can buy new things too; dozens of vendors sell everything from fluffy toys and fashion accessories to mobile phones. After shopping, chow down on some delicious boiled buttered corn on the cob, spicy sausages or grilled chicken. You can even try the deep-fried insects – if you dare.
The Phuket Weekend Market is open Saturday & Sunday from 16:00 until 21:00.
Phuket Walking Street
Phuket Walking Street is one of the liveliest attractions of Phuket Old Town. This market is also known as Lardyai, meaning ‘big market’ in southern Thai dialect, for a good reason. The variety here is endless. You’ll find Thai Muslim and Indian shops, typical southern Thai culinary specialties, local handicraft and gift stalls, toy stalls and even a free-of-charge trampoline to keep the kid inside you entertained for hours.
The market is hosted every Sunday from 16:00 – 22:00.
Phuket Indy Night Market
This market isn’t as big as some of the others, but it’s still worth a visit. It’s fun, creative and has a young, hip vibe to it. The vendors, who look like they’re in their 20s and 30s, cater their shops to teens and young adult fashion trends. You can even enjoy a few bars, restaurants and a live band that make the market the vibrant spot that it is.