5 Local Markets of Phuket which you should Visit

Phuket market

Phuket may be known for a number of things, like its elephant sanctuaries, its expansive and pristine beaches, its collection of world-class beach resorts. However, there is one thing whose popularity exceeds the reputation of everything else you can find in Thailand, is its heady dose of culture.

While there are a number of temples spread across Phuket (and Thailand) that offer a glimpse into the traditional culture of the Thai people, if you want to experience how the modern Thai person lives, you have to visit one of their local markets during your next Phuket holiday.

Here’s our list of the most sought after local markets in Phuket

  1. Banzaan Fresh Market

Banzaan Market is a very popular fresh market located in the heart of Patong. The market is in a large, clean and modern building located on the Pungmung Sai Kor Road. The word ‘banzaan’ refers to fresh market in Chinese. Banzaan Market timings are from 6 in the morning to 5 in the evening on every weekday. 

Distance from Patong Beach

Banzaan Market is located at a range of less than a kilometre from Patong Beach. It should not take more than a couple of minutes to reach Banzaan market from Patong Beach.

How to Reach

This short distance from Patong Beach to Banzaan Market is a few hundred metres or so and can be reached by simply walking down the road.

  • Sunday Walking Street Market

Phuket Walking Street is basically a night market that stretches along the beautiful Thalang Road in Phuket Old Town and operates every evening from 5 pm to 11 pm. This market is also known as Lardyai after the southern Thai dialect version of talaadyai, meaning ‘big market’. Phuket Sunday Walking Street Market offers delightful typical southern Thai culinary specialities, local handicrafts and gift stalls. 

Distance from Patong Beach

Phuket Sunday Walking Street Market is located at a distance of approximately 13 kilometres from Patong Beach. It takes around 25 minutes to reach Phuket Sunday Walking Street Market from the Patong Beach via Route 4029. 

How to Reach

The distance from Patong Beach to Phuket Sunday Walking Street Market can be covered by bus which  takes around 23-25 minutes to reach the destination. Phuket Smart Bus plies regularly.On the contrary, taxi takes lesser time to cover the same distance but at a higher price. Renting a bike or car and reaching Phuket Sunday Walking Street Market is also a comfortable option. You can also opt for day trips such as old town cultural heritage tour of Phuket that will lets you discover the historical and cultural heritage that Phuket. The tours shall cover Wat Siray, Sunday Street Market, Phuket City Viewpoint and Phuket Heritage Trail with authentic Thai Dinners and beautiful city views. These trips include pick-ups and drops from your hotel.

  • Chillva Market

Chillva Night Market, Phuket, is a cool, trendy market that is replete in bohemian vibes. It presents an impressive selection of food and fashion stalls. Chillva Market is hard to miss while passing through the Yaowarat Road because of its distinctive look and feel that issues out of the use of colourful shipping containers used as shopfronts. It is known for its airy modern aesthetics. 

Distance from Patong Beach

Chillva Market is located at a distance of around 10 kilometres from Patong Beach. It takes approximately 14 minutes to reach Chillva Market, Phuket, from Patong Beach via Route 4029. 

How to reach

The distance from Patong Beach to Phuket Chillva Market can be covered by tuktuk or songthaews in around 30 minutes. A hired taxi will take maybe a few minutes lesser to reach. Driving down to the Phuket Chillva Market by rented two-wheeler or car is another option. An Old Phuket Town Cultural Heritage tour can be combined with the Night Market experience to get a complete package.

  • Karon Temple Market

Karon Temple Market is sprawled across Wat Karon or Wat Suwan Khiri Khet’s 12,000 square metre premises in Phuket. This market is held on Tuesdays and Fridays every week. The local food provides an insight into the local culture. Assorted items sold include T-shirts, Muay Thai shorts, sarongs and swimsuits and skin care products; watches, handbags, jewellery and handcrafted items. 

Distance from Patong Beach

The Karon Temple Market is located at a distance of around 8 kilometres from Patong Beach. It takes approximately 15 minutes to reach Karon Temple Market, Phuket, from Patong Beach via Routes 4030 or 4055. 

How to reach

The distance from Patong Beach to Karon Temple Market, Phuket, can be covered by bus by paying a bus fare of 170 baht and takes around an hour to cover the distance. There are buses from Patong to Karon Temple Market via Karon Circle. A hired taxi takes 15 minutes to reach and charges around  400 baht to cover the same distance. Driving down to the Karon Temple Market by rented two-wheeler or car is another option that can save the hassle of looking for public transport. Rates depend on the type of bike or car rented and the duration for which it is being rented. Alternatively, book a day trip attempting sightseeing of Phuket City Tour with Karon View Point, Big Buddha and Wat Chalong, including Karon Temple Market.

  • Phuket Weekend Night Market

Phuket Weekend Market is the island’s largest and most fascinating night market. It allures shopaholics with a brilliant array of second-hand goods, curios, live animals, souvenirs and tempting local food. The market happens along Chao Fa West Road just outside Phuket Town. It is locally called Naka Market or Talad Tai Rot or Chaofa Variety Weekend Market.

Distance from Patong Beach

The Phuket Weekend Market, Phuket, is located at a distance of approximately 13 kilometres from Patong Beach. It takes around 36 minutes to reach Phuket Weekend Night Market, Phuket, from Patong Beach via Route 4020. It takes a couples of minutes more if travelled by Route 4024.

How to Reach

You can reach Phuket Weekend Night Market from Patong Beach by taxi. The distance is approximately 13 kilometres and it takes around 500 baht or lesser by taxi and you can reach in 40 minutes. There are no direct buses connecting the two places. Phuket Weekend Night Market is located at Chao Fa West Road which is just outside Phuket and you will need to walk some distance to reach the market if you decide to travel by bus. You can also travel by a rented vehicle if you have one at your disposal. That offers hassle-free and convenient conveyance from Patong to the Phuket Weekend Night Market.

We hope you have enjoyed reading about 5 local markets of Phuket which you must visit. For complete information on any destination in Thailand like Phuket, Krabi, Bangkok, Pattaya and Koh Samui, please visit https://www.thailand-tourism.net/. If you have any suggestions then feel free to leave a comment in our comment box and we will be happy to reply on that.

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