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5 Best Night Markets in Phuket – For some inexpensive retail therapy

Night markets in Phuket are excellent spots for travellers. These markets are where you can engage in the local scene, sample delicious food, buy keepsakes and walk around enjoying the atmosphere.


Chillva Market

Located in Phuket Town, Chillva Market is one of the popular night markets on the island. The character is somewhat bohemian, and there's a wide selection of food to be enjoyed. The market is packed with fashion and souvenir stalls. The use of shipping containers gives the market a distinctive look. Stores are housed in upcycled containers, and they are open every day. However, it's better if you can visit on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, this is when little hawker stalls take over the market. The market also features a pond and an amphitheatre. Chilva Market is known for its food stalls, cafes, ice-cream parlours and pubs; the market can easily replace the delights of a Thai restaurant in Phuket.


Phuket Weekend Market

This is the largest market on the island. Phuket Weekend Market is the crucible of second-hand goods, great local food and souvenirs. The market is located close to Chao Fa West Road; it is found right outside Phuket Town and a little away from Central Festival. The market has two sections: covered and open. In the covered market area, you can find a selection of clothes and small gift items. The open area, on the other hand, features electronic items, toys, clothes, beauty products and various fashion items. The western side of the market is occupied by food stalls; here, you can enjoy most of what you'd enjoy at a place like Dee Plee Restaurant.


Phuket Indy Night Market

Phuket Indy Market offers you a pleasant shopping experience. This particular market is very popular among young locals thanks to the live performances the market offers. You can find a number of stalls selling a range of merchandise, though the market has a quiet and peaceful air to it. In contrast to other night markets in Phuket, this market is clean, and it is more civil. You can gorge on Thai food here and buy small gift items for your loved ones back home. If you want a customised gift, go to one of the artist booths; these booths specialise in caricatures and portraits.


Malin Plaza Patong

Located off Patong Beach, Malin Plazza Patong is known for street food. While there's a large selection of gift items, the market's food stalls are the main highlight. Fried chicken, ice cream, sushi, fresh fruits and chips are fast-moving items at Malin Plaza Patong. Everything is so cheap here, and you will find just about anything. Budget travellers come here to sample Thai food, and they are never disappointed. If this is your first time in Phuket, Malin Plaza Patong is the best place for you to gain some shopping experience.


Phuket Walking Street

Unlike other night markets on the island, Phuket Walking Street has a cultural and picturesque character. A visit to this night market is a chance for you to discover Thai culinary specialities along with a wide array of locally made handcrafts. This is the perfect place for you to do some shopping if you are in Phuket with kids, the market features a lot of toy stalls along with many live performances. The two main components of this market are food and souvenirs. Pork, chicken and barbequed squids are found in abundance, and your kids will rejoice at the sight of stalls selling ice creams. If you are looking for some inexpensive clothes with exciting patterns, Phuket Walking Street is your option.