To better learn the life and customs of Thais and buy souvenirs, fruit or high-quality and inexpensive goods, it is best to go to one of the markets of the island. Despite the opening of modern shopping centers, markets remain a popular place to buy everything you need at reasonable prices. A bonus will be immersion in the local flavor and the ability to make interesting photos on the memory of the trip.
Called the night market, the weekend market opens around 16 hours and runs until 22 hours on Saturdays and Sundays. It is located on the outskirts of Phuket City. The starting point can be the Central Festival. From the mall, drive south towards Rawai Beach. At the first traffic light, turn left. The market will appear 200 meters after the turn.
Numerous tents offer shoppers clothes, souvenirs, national food and plants. Here you can buy cheap wood crafts, pearl beads, crocodile and snake skin.
Patong Beach Markets
Patong products can be bought at the Banzaan market directly behind the Jungceylon Shopping Center. It is open seven days a week from 9.00 to 19.00. Offers an extensive range of exotic seasonal fruits, seafood, fish. Here you can eat cheap traditional soup Tom Yam or fried Thai noodles with chicken or shrimp. P>
Patong Cloth Market – OTOR opposite the Holiday Inn Hotel, located on Rat-U-Thit. It opens at 10.00 and works every day until almost midnight. At OTOR, you can pick up handicrafts as a gift to relatives and excellent clothes for a nice price compared to Europe.
Karon Beach Markets
Between the buildings of the hotels Movenpick and Woraburi on Karon every day from morning until late evening there is a market that offers excellent souvenirs from local craftsmen, high-quality T-shirts, shorts, sneakers and beach paraphernalia. Here you can find products from natural silk and cultured pearls.
A grocery market is open on Wat Karon on Saturdays and Tuesdays. In the afternoon, you can enjoy national cuisine, buy fruit or fish for a picnic.
Useful advice: do not buy in the Thai street markets, precious stones and jewelry. Without the proper skill of their choice, you can become a victim of deceivers and purchase a fake. Such purchases are better to make in large shopping centers and require a certificate for the products.