Phuket Night Market
One of the highlights for anyone visiting Thailand for the first time, is always the discovery of the local night market. Shopping in one of these noisy, busy markets is like no other shopping experience on earth. Phuket Night Market, which also goes by the name of Jatujak Market (also known as Chao Fa Market by locals) is one of the best examples of its kind to be found in Southern Thailand.
Phuket Night Market is easy to find, it is located directly opposite Wat Naka along Chao Fa West Road, just off the road which heads off to Phang Nga. Every Tuk-Tuk and taxi driver knows this market, just mention the name. The market is only open two nights of the week, on Saturdays and Sundays.
The Market itself opens about 4pm and closes around 9 - 9.30pm and is a carnival type atmosphere. If travelling in a rented car, its best to arrive early as parking can be a problem.
Consumer goods are possibly the best bargains to be found within Phuket Night Market, and can often be had at up to a 50% discount over store prices. Thai art and handicrafts are also worth investigating, and depending on the time of year, certain items such as Thia silk can be a real bargain.
Just about everything here is for sale from live animals to second hand goods, jeans, t-shirts, toys, phones, DVDs, shoes, jewelry, watches, handbags and more. After passing through the main entrance, there is an open food court and beer bars where just about everything is available. Enjoy corn on cobs, fried or grilled chicken, fruits, plates of rice with meat or vegies, sausages and all things Thai, then have it all washed down with a cool Singha Beer or cheap cocktail out in the open air.
This market is huge and you will need a good two or three hours to explore and enjoy eveything it has to offer. It is truly a great side trip from Patong as you will get a better insight of Thai life away from the tourist traps.
Phuket Night Market this is most certainly the best place on the island to pick up cheap and sometimes good quality gifts and souvenirs for your family and friends once returning home from your vacation in Thailand.