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Market Madness

Trendy shopping at Phuket’s new hip markets

  Phuket City and Bang Tao

October 2017

A trip to Phuket is not complete without visiting one of the island’s many markets, where you can shop until you drop, eat as much delicious food as you want and even experience a day in the life of local residents. While fresh markets are dotted across the island and quite easy to find, it’s Phuket’s trendy new hip markets that are raising the standard when it comes to the overall ‘market shopping experience’ in paradise.

If you’re looking for an exciting atmosphere with a bit of a bohemian vibe, then these hip markets are a definite must-visit while in Phuket. Each of these teeny new markets has something unique to offer in the way of what is for sale, market setup, location and entertainment – as well as location and selection of local Thai street food and favourite snacks.

Here at Window on Phuket, we love a good market and we’re happy to highlight our favourite new trendy markets on the island.

Phuket Indy Market
Adjacent to Limelight Avenue shopping mall, Phuket Indy Market is a compact market that appeals to the younger crowd. The market is vibrant and creative, and a place where many of Phuket’s young artists display their handmade creations. Phuket Indy Market features live music as well as a decent choice of street food. It’s a fun, young atmosphere and the place to find a unique gift for a friend or loved one.
Phuket Indy Market
When: Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
Time: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Where: Phuket Town

Chillva Market Phuket
Although relatively small, Chillva Market packs a powerful punch. The market features a wide array of container stalls selling items such as t-shirts, homemade beauty products, sunglasses and handbags. There’s a stage showcasing local entertainment, but most of the music is in Thai. Chillva also features a wide selection of local street food, cute coffee shops and pubs. Parking is available and, to avoid intense crowds, it’s best to go after 8:00pm.
Chillva Market Phuket
When: Container shops daily, full market Thurs - Sun
Time: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Where: Samkong

Lard Yai | Sunday Walking Street Market
A popular market in Phuket’s Old Town district, Lard Yai is a local market with artistic flair. Every Sunday, Thalang Road comes alive with local musicians, artists and charming market stalls. This is a great place to shop for souvenirs, enjoy a robust coffee and try street food of the Phuketian variety. Lard Yai is well worth checking out as it offers a tiny glimpse into Phuket’s local life in the atmosphere of a lively street bazaar.
Lard Yai | Sunday Walking Street Market
When: Sundays
Time: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Where: Thalang Road

MA-KIN Night Market
Recently revamped, MA-KIN [means “come and eat”] Night Market is located in the old Tinlay Market stomping grounds behind Bang Tao’s Tesco-Lotus. It’s a small charming market with a stage for live music, hawker stalls and a few rows of shops selling clothing and accessories, homewares and homemade candles. If you’re feeling adventurous, there’s also a pop-up tattoo shop where you can etch your Phuket holiday memories on your skin.
MA-KIN Night Market
When: Saturday & Sunday
Time: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Where: Bang Tao

Lard G at Phuket Grocery
Lard G at Phuket Grocery is a tiny, well-organised market featuring an ample variety of food stalls. We recommend that you sample local items such as fried fish cakes and Hokkien noodles. Once your belly is full, head over to the performance stage to check out a local musician crooning away. Although there are clothing stalls here, Lard G at Phuket Grocery is best-known for its food stalls, which make for a quick, easy meal during the week.
Lard G at Phuket Grocery
When: Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday
Time: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Where: Phuket Grocery Parking Lot

Tuesday Night Market at HomePro Village, Chalong
The Tuesday Night Market at HomePro Village Chalong brings a bit of buzz to the cosy shopping plaza. The market features haircuts in the street, loads of food stalls, entertainment and fashionable clothing at beyond affordable prices. If you happen to be looking for cheap vintage-style sunglasses, this is definitely the place to go. It gets quite busy in the early afternoon, so it’s best to go just before 7:00pm to really enjoy the experience.
Tuesday Night Market
at HomePro Village Chalong
When: Tuesday
Time: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Where: HomePro Village Chalong

The markets are great for those sticking to a busy schedule. As they’re on at various days and times of the week, there really is no excuse to not drop by and check one or two of them out. Enjoy shopping, eating and exploring at Phuket’s trendy markets.

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