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Phuket Markets

Phuket Markets
Markets are what shopping in Thailand is all about. The street markets in the beach areas sell all kinds of clothing, such as “brand name” t-shirts, DVD movies, watches, along with gift and souvenir items. Remember to compare prices, and bargain hard but with a smile. Ill-tempered bargaining will get you nowhere in Thailand.
The fresh markets sell fresh produce, such as fruits and vegetables. While they might not have too many items on a tourist's shopping list, having a look around a fresh market can be an enjoyable way to mix with the local people and soak up the colours and smells. If you have a keen interest in Thai food and how it is prepared, a visit to a fresh market affords an opportunity to see all the ingredients that are used in Thai cooking before they are prepared.
Street Markets

Patong Beach Road

This is the main shopping street catering to tourists. All along the beach road south of Soi Bangla, and down a few of the small alleys, are stalls and shops selling cheap designer goods, beach wear, watches, some electrical goods and souvenir items. Quite a few stalls and shops are open during the day but the street really comes alive in the evenings.

Bangla Road (Patong)

Pretty much a continuation of the stalls and shops along the beach road, interspersed with beer bars. As with the bars, the shopping is best in the evenings. (See Patong shopping).

Patak Road (Karon Circle Area)

Similar to Patong Beach Road, but much fewer stalls and shops by comparison.

Taina Road (Kata)

Quite a few shops and stalls beginning at the intersection near Dino Park and continuing down Taina Road. Also some more shopping at the southern end of Kata, before the road goes over the hill to Kata Noi.

Chao Fah Variety (opposite Wat Nakha, Phuket City)

Also known as the new weekend market, this market recently sprung up on the outskirts of Phuket City, just off Chaofa West road opposite Wat Nakha (Nakha Temple). This is now Phuket's largest weekend market, having taken over from the now defunct Chatuchak Phuket market. There is a wide range of items on sale, including clothes, accessories, pets, home decorations and plenty of delicious food.

Phuket Square (Tilok Uthit 2 Rd, Phuket City )

Another new market near the Royal Phuket City Hotel. Features clothes, decorative items, furniture and household goods. Open 'til late.
Cherng Talay market (near Cherng Talay police station)

This market, which is open on Sundays and Wednesdays, is a much smaller version of the weekend market in Phuket City.

Fresh Markets

Most Thais in Phuket still buy their groceries from fresh markets, and there are dozens all over the island. Some of these are everyday, while many operate a couple of days a week.

Downtown Market (Ranong Rd, Phuket City)

This market has been in existence since the city's early history, when pirates and traders came to sell their wares or pick up supplies. These days the shoppers are mostly housewives and cooks, but it is a buzzing and colourful market nonetheless.

Robinsons Market (Talad Kaset)

Located in a small road between Robinsons and Ocean department stores, this market is open during the morning hours. However, at night, there are lots of food stalls serving cheap and tasty Thai food.