Shop - Markets / Shopping Areas
Markets in Thailand are some of the very best and most interesting places to observe ordinary Thai people going about their everyday business of shopping for food and other items. The markets are always a hive of activity where all kinds of people rub shoulders, and the most popular ones inevitably attract people from miles around, both for shopping and to sell their fresh produce. Markets are considered by many to play a key and very important part in daily Thai society, probably much more so than in western countries. One advantage and reason they are so popular is that you can find many goods selling far cheaper than at the more modern supermarkets and department stores.

For a slice of the real Thailand, you can do much worse than spend an hour or two at a local market, even if you are not really intending to buy anything. Once you see what’s on offer, you just might be tempted to sample some fresh exotic fruit or enjoy a snack at one of the many food stalls. At the very least, it will provide you with some great photo opportunities and a welcome insight into life in Thailand away from the bars and beaches. Most of the Thai cooking classes in Phuket also take you to the markets to buy fresh produce under the guidance of the chef or class tutor.

Many Thai people as well as farang (foreigners) make full use of markets in Thai cities, not just the large ones in Bangkok and Phuket. Most of the smaller towns and provinces all over the country have their own local markets. Ask any expat or local resident in Phuket and they will tell you that they often shop for groceries at a market, especially anyone that owns a local restaurant or food business. For the low prices and sheer variety of products on offer, it’s hard to beat local markets in Phuket and you can choose between many different vendors.
Patong Beach
Other Fresh Food Markets (Banzaan Fresh Market Patong)
Banzaan Fresh Market Patong
Banzaan Fresh Market Patong
Banzaan Market (‘banzaan’ means 'fresh market' in Hokkien) is very clean and bright, it might lack a bit of the local feel you get in other fresh markets on the island, but foods on display is of very good quality and offers a wider variety as well. A good way to start on the first days and try to get to a real local one later.

Location: Sai Kor Rd., Patong Beach, Phuket
Opening Hours: Daily from 06.00 am. – 09.00 am.
Type: Market
Patong Beach Shopping
Nakalay and Kalim Beach is located on a private bay just north of Patong Beach. It is suitable for people who like it quiet but still want to be near the entertainment area of Patong. The Patong Beach is famous for its night markets. There is the recently opened Jungceylon, a large shopping complex, as well as plenty of clothing boutiques, souvenir shops, tailors, and of course roadside stalls.

Location: Patong Beach
Opening Hours: Daily
Type: Shopping Area
Kata Beach
Other Fresh Food Markets (Kata Market)
Kata Market
Kata Market
On the inland Kata/Karon road (Thanon Patak), coming from Chalong Circle, you’ll find another day market on the right-hand side, just before Kata/Karon post office. This sells a huge selection of fresh vegetables, fruit and meat but is also surrounded by a number of lingerie, clothing and accessories stalls. Twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays, just opposite to this market, is another open air market, selling a variety of products from food to house wares to clothing.

Location: On the inland Kata/Karon Rd. (Thanon Patak), Phuket
Opening Hours: Twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays
Type: Market
Kata Plaza
Kata Plaza is a large, tarpaulin-covered bazaar with a wide range of articles for sale. Just at the entrance you can buy biker leatherwork, motorcycle helmets baseball hats and football T-shirts – all of quite good quality. Don't forget that this is bargaining territory and you'll be expected to bring the original asking price down by sometimes as much as 60% before the serious stuff begins.

Inside, many stalls sell children's accessories as well as a mind-boggling array of T-shirts, casual clothing and footwear, travel accessories, replica watches, sunglasses and knick-knacks of varying quality and usefulness. Many of these storeholders are from Nepal and their English is actually quite good but to be on the safe side they have calculators to show prices to non-English speakers. What you can't buy in Kata Plaza you probably don't need – there's even an exterior restaurant. It's really best to shop here early evening or at night due to the heat from the tent-like roof.

Location: On Kata Road, halfway between southern Kata and Central Kata, 6/22 Patak Rd., Karon, Mueang, Phuket
Contact: Tel: 0 7633 0511
Opening Hours: Early afternoon – late evening
Type: Shopping Area
Mini-Mall with Sai Nahm Restaurant
The three-floor mini-mall on Kokthanod Road has been open for sometime but still doesn’t have a name. It has a small spa corner as well as a few shelves stocked with goods such as sun cream lotion, chewing gum and other beach essentials. The second floor is more interesting and houses women’s and menswear as well as local souvenirs. The women’s corner features unique evening and beachwear using attractive materials from Thailand and overseas. Prices are on the high side. This building features the only escalator in Kata (not that they need one). A Thai restaurant lies on the top floor with views of the beach and diners can choose air-conditioned or al-fresco seating.

Location: Opposite Oasis Tapas Bar on Kokthanod Rd., Phuket
Opening Hours: Daily from 10.00 am. onward
Type: Shopping Area
P&P Mart
P&P is the best place in the area for new books, magazines and same-day international newspaper printouts. For an excellent selection of secondhand books go to Kata Bookshop 300 metres further down the same road.

Location: Next to the Adidas and Nike outlet, opposite Kata Beach Resort on Kata Rd., Phuket
Type: Shopping Area
Karon Beach
Karon Shopping Plaza
Karon Shopping Plaza
Karon Shopping Plaza
With a wide range of souvenirs, clothing and Thai handicrafts, the Karon Plaza on the Karon beach front will not disappoint. Open until late in the evening, the undercover market is laid out over a large area with many stalls to delve into and explore. The market has everything you will need for a beach holiday with sarongs, bikinis, sun dresses, shorts, T-shirts and sunglasses. To add a touch of Thai to your home there are plenty of trinkets, silk cushion covers, table runners and novelty items. It is recommended you haggle for a good price as few vendors display pricing.

Location: Next to Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach, Patak Rd., Karon Beach, Phuket 83100
Type: Shopping Area
Karon Beach Shopping
Shopping in Karon starts at the beach traffic circle. Here, you will find a supermarket for all your drinks/snacks and hygiene needs. If you walk up the main road towards Karon's Buddhist temple you'd be forgiven for thinking that the area is made up entirely of photo labs, pharmacies, banks and tailors and more tailors and more bars than Las Vegas, although with more modest prices.

However, after a while you will find a wide selection of shoes, fake name-brand watches, sunglasses, bags and suitcases and all sorts of souvenirs, from silk cushion covers to wooden handicraft items, to toy elephants. There is also a squeaky clean brand-new optician shop, KT Optic that offers pretty good discounts on name-brand sunglasses (Ray-Bans, down to 5,900 baht from recommended price of 7,300 baht). In Thailand, spectacles cost a fraction of the prices they command in the west and of course computerised eye-examination is free here.

Further up the same road, the shops (mostly tailors) are soon outnumbered by bars and restaurants. In the side streets by the Centara Karon Beach Resort stand more tailors and a dental clinic (dental treatment is a bargain for foreigners visiting Thailand and many people come here expressly for this reason) but this two parallel backstreet area is largely guesthouse and bar/restaurant territory

Type: Shopping Area
Karon Plaza
Karon Plaza is another Karon Thailand shopping venue where you can do a lot of haggling and bargaining. There are numerous stalls which sell a myriad of electronic, clothing and novelty items which are all low-priced.

These are just a couple of the areas in Karon Thailand where you can do your shopping. If you are headed off to this part of Phuket, make sure that you have a lot of pocket money as you would surely not be able to resist the great items which are being sold at low prices.

There's a big sign saying 'Special & Cheap Price' at the entrance of Karon Plaza, and experienced shoppers will know that a lot of fun is to be had here, bargaining and haggling. Products are mostly Thai made and the usual gamut of T-shirts, DVD's and handicrafts is for sale.

Location: Opposite Harry’s Restaurant on Lung Phochuan Rd.
Type: Shopping Area
Kamala Beach
Beach Shopping
Friday Market in Kamala
Friday Market in Kamala
During the high season (November-April only), vendors set up shop along the walkway by the beach and sell items such as beach clothes, hats and low-cost souvenirs.

Location: On the beachfront near Kamala Police Station
Type: Market
Friday Market in Kamala
Starting just a few years ago, the Kamala Friday Market has become popular and runs all year round, come rain or shine. It is very similar to the local village market but bigger. Goods range from fresh fruit and vegetables, second-hand and new clothes, hair accessories, CDs, DVDs, handicrafts and many more items.

Location: At the coconut plantation opposite Phuket FantaSea
Opening Hours: Every Friday from 14.00 - 07.30 pm.
Type: Market
Kamala Walkway Shopping
This small arcade houses a few tourist shops, including an art shop/gallery, a souvenir shop and massage shops.

Location: Next to Bob’s Bar and Papa Crab's Guesthouse on the road that runs parallel to Kamala Beach
Opening Hours: Daily from 04.00 pm. till late
Type: Market
Village Market
If you're interested in local produce, especially Thai snacks, visit the 'talad nat' or village market. Close to the main road, the twice-weekly colourful market is interesting and fun. Mingle with friendly local residents, and sample goodies like deep-fried bananas, fruit or dried squid and chat to the locals. Where food is concerned, language is never a barrier! Read more about Phuket village markets. Read More.

Location: Opposite Bangkok Bank on Kamala Main Rd., Phuket
Opening Hours: Wed and Sat from 03.00 pm. – 07.30 pm.
Type: Market
Kamala Beach Plaza
This is the latest addition to Kamala’s shopping scene. Kamala Beach Plaza is located on the beach road. The Plaza has two rows of small shops and is currently about 90% occupied. Tourists can enter from either the beach or from the road. This is a good place to get holiday. The shops here mainly sell souvenirs, sarongs, clothes glasses, bags and swimwear.

Location: 97/60 - 88 Kamala Beach Rd., Tambon Kamala, Kathu, Phuket
Opening Hours: Daily
Type: Shopping Area
Nai Thon / Layan
Nai Thon / Layan Beach Road
Nai Thon / Layan Beach Road
Nai Thon / Layan Beach Road
Shopping is not really on the top of things to do at Nai Thon and Layan Beach, however there is a mini-mart which can be found along the beach road.

Location: Along the Nai Thon and Layan Beach Rd., Phuket
Type: Shopping Area
Bang Tao Beach
Other Fresh Food Markets (Cherng Talay Market)
Cherng Talay Market
Cherng Talay Market
Fresh foods, seafood, vegetables, local Thai seasonal fruits including durian, mangosteen, pineapples, rambutans, coconuts, mango, custard apple, small bananas, longan and pomelos, cooked foods, clothes and more are on sale.

Location: Opposite the police station in Cherntalay close to the Laguna Complex in Phuket
Opening Hours: Daily from 02.00 - 08.00 pm.
Type: Market
Canal Village Shopping Center
Set around the village's pleasant courtyard are more than 30 shops offering a range of products and services from carefully crafted antiques to designer clothing; from film processing to currency exchange. One can easily while away a good part of an afternoon lounging in one of the cafes, or just strolling along the covered walkways to marvel at t he fine window displays.

Location: At Laguna Resorts & Hotels, 390/1 Moo1 Srisoonthorn Rd., Cherngtalay, Thalang, Phuket
Type: Shopping Area
Mai Khao / Nai Yang
Turtle Village
Home Pro Village
Turtle Village
Mai Khao Beach is 1 of 14 beaches in Phuket ,which is the location of many five & six-star hotels such as JW marriott Hotel ,Sala Phuket ,Marriott Vacation Club , Anantara hotel & Spa, Renaissance hotel ,etc., with the total rooms of 1000.Consequently,Phuket is a place for tourist around the world are visiting yearly. As far as the transportation, Mai Khao Beach is only 15 minutes away from Phuket international airport.

The Best Shopping & Dinning on Mai khao Beach. Located just a short walk from Anantara and JW Marriott Phuket .Turtle Village encompasses over 3000 sqm. of retail space on 2 levels. This uniquely designed Chino-Portuguese village provides visitors with a wider choice of resort shopping & dinning experience.
Turtle village has been purpose built to blend harmoniously with the island's natural setting. It offers an array of premium international brand name products and provides a variety of casual dining restaurants and bars that will enrich your stay at our fully integrated resort.

Location: 889 Turtle village, Mai Khao (Near JW Marriott Resort & Spa Phuket)
Contact: Tel: 0 7631 4898; Website: royalgardenplaza.co.th
Opening Hours: Daily from 10.00 am. until late.
Type: Shopping Area
Chalong / Cape Panwa
Other Fresh Food Markets (Cape Panwa Market)
Cape Panwa Market
Cape Panwa Market
Muang Tong Fresh Market Coming from Cape Panwa on Sakdidet Road, at the first traffic lights (look for a 7-Eleven shop at the corner), turn left and the market is about 200 - 300 metres from the turn opposite a Tesco Lotus Express Shop.

Location: on Sakdidet Road, at the first traffic lights
Opening Hours: Daily from 07.00 am. – 10.00 pm.
Type: Market
Phuket Town
Chatuchak Market
Downtown Market (Phuket Town)
Downtown Market (Phuket Town)
This market in Phuket Town is a smaller version of its namesake in Bangkok and has in fact become very small since the opening of the weekend market above. It is at the east end of Phang Nga Road. It was a lot bigger until the Phuket Town Weekend Market opened and a lot of the stalls moved there.

Location: The east end of Phang Nga Rd.
Opening Hours: On Saturday and Sunday from around 04.30 pm.
Type: Market
Downtown Market (Phuket Town)
The oldest market in Phuket is located in Phuket Town on Ranong Road. It’s one of the best fresh fruit and vegetable markets and opens extremely early in the morning between 3am and 9am so you need to be early if you want to visit. The very freshest foods are sold here and come direct from the local farms, so many Phuket restaurants shop at this time to get the best produce. There’s a small extension to the market on the other side of the road selling fresh fruit and vegetables throughout the day.

Location: In Phuket Town on Ranong Rd.
Opening Hours: Daily from 03.00 am.- 09.00 am.
Type: Market
Expo Fashion Market
This indoor clothes and accessories market is on Tilok Uthit 2 Road near the Thavorn Grand Hotel in Phuket Town. It is one of the best places to get good deals on clothes. On the road outside are more shops selling more clothes and household products. It is open seven days a week.

Location: At Expo Fashion Market, Phuket Town, Tilok Uthit 2 Road, Mueang Phuket, Phuket, 83000
Type: Market
Expo Market
This indoor clothes and accessories market is on Tilok Uthit 2 Road near the Thavorn Grand Hotel in Phuket Town. It is one of the best places to get good deals on clothes. On the road outside are more shops selling more clothes and household products.

How to get there: On Tilok Uthit 2 Road near the Thavorn Grand Hotel in Phuket
Opening Hours: Daily
Type: Market
Other Fresh Food Markets (Chao Fa East Market)
A fairly new market in Phuket City (just off Chaofa West Rd opposite Wat Nakha) is called Chao Fah Variety, (though most Thai's call it Talad tai rot or the weekend markets). These markets are now Phuket's biggest weekend markets and you can buy everything here, fresh foods, clothes, pets, accessories, home decorations and there are lots of delicious food stalls.

Location: Behind King Rama Park and the bypass road connecting Chaofa east & west road.
Opening Hours: On Saturday and Sunday from 04.30 pm.
Type: Market
Phuket Town Weekend Market
This very popular market on the edge of Phuket Town sells a huge range of products. Clothes, accessories, toys, souvenirs, CD's, handicrafts and all kinds of other stuff. It is a relatively new market located on Wai-Rat-Hong-Yuk Road. Drive from Patong to Phuket along Wichitsongkram Road. At the Central Festival traffic lights (Thai Naan restaurant is on the right hand side), turn right. At the next set of traffic lights, turn left. The market is on the right hand side of the road.

Opening Hours: Saturday and Sunday from mid afternoon to 22.00pm.
Tayp: Market
Boat Lagoon / Thalang District
Boat Lagoon Weekend Market
Boat Lagoon Weekend Market
Boat Lagoon Weekend Market
The main concept of the market is a new shopping and trade market focusing on boats and marine equipment. It will also hold garage sales and feature a garden food park. Promoted as a highlight is an outdoor stage for presenting live entertainment. The market will have various products including secondhand items. Besides, things will be cheaper than the market price because this market will be a center for boat products. People can discuss the price and exchanging equipment.

Located: Located at the Boat Lagoon Marina venue
Contact: Tel: 08 8768 0471, 0848477630, 08 9474 5253
Opening Hours: Every Saturday and Sunday from 03.00 pm. - 10.00 pm.
Type: Market
Islands Around Phuket
Other Fresh Food Markets (Kathu Market)
Other Fresh Food Markets (Kathu Market)
Other Fresh Food Markets (Kathu Market)
Kathu market is home to a very popular and large market aimed squarely at the locals. Thankfully, you won’t find stalls selling overpriced tourist tat and useless souvenirs, but instead there are huge amounts of fresh food, clothing and such. It’s a fabulous place to obtain fresh meat, fish and vegetables. Just like many markets in Thailand, countless stalls set up shop outside selling delicious Thai snacks and takeaway meals.

Located: almost halfway between Phuket Town and Patong Beach, Phuket
Opening Hours: Daily
Type: Market