Going to night markets is a must when you travelling to Thailand. Phuket is no exception. Phuket has a few of night markets that worth visiting. During my 3N4D trip in Phuket, I managed to visit 3 different night markets in each night. If you are planning to visit all of the night markets, you should do your research and plan your trip properly because every night market operates on different days. They do this to make sure less competing between the night markets.
Indy Market (a.k.a laad ploy kong)
Indy Market or also known as "laad ploy kong" by the locals located at Dibuk Road just next to Limelight Avenue (a small shopping mall), walking distance from Old Town Phuket. This is the first night market I went on the my first night in Phuket since my hotel just nearby.
The first moment I went here, I just felt in love with it. It was so clean, something I usually don't expect at a night market (especially in Malaysia 😬). Indy Market operates on Wednesday to Friday every week from 4pm-10pm. The time that I found the most happening time was around 7pm to 9pm where live performance by local buskers is performed on a small stage built for the market.
In front of the stage area is decorated with lots of fairy lights made you feel welcomed, cozy and relaxed. A nice place to chill while enjoying the music performance. Also, definitely a perfect place for those who likes selfies & photos. Speaking of selfies, I noticed this market is more popular to high school students & young adults compared to other markets.
Indy market is not a big, so it lacks of choices in term of shopping. Most of the stalls sell women shirts, jewellery and accessories. If you are planning to do shopping, I suggest you to go to the Weekend Market instead.
On my second night, I went to Chillva market from Phuket Old Town by motorcycle taxi for 100 baht. It was about 10 minutes distance. Similar to Indy Market, Chillva Market was also bright decorated with lots of fairy lights but much bigger and crowded. Thus, it has more choices of food and stuff to buy compared to Indy market. They do also have a stage and live performances.
|Why people have to sit here blocking the sign?! 😡|
|Love what they did to bring this market alive. 😍|
Chillva Market is a more like adult or family friendly compared to Indy Market (which is more high school kids friendly). They have container restaurants serve variety of food; local foods, burgers, sushi, yakisoba (Japanese noodles) etc. The price are standard price, but if you wanna much more cheaper, perhaps you wanna buy some food at the stalls and enjoy the meal in front of the stage while watching the live music like I did.
I spent almost 2 hours there but I didn't buy anything because I was hoping to do my shopping at the weekend market the next day. Most of the stuff here are for females, women outfits, jewelleries, cosmetic products, handbags etc.
Overall, I think this market is great place to chill but not a heaven for shopping lovers. I recommend you to go here not for shopping but just to chill and relax. It's worth your time. By the way, Chillva Market operates every Thursday to Saturday, from 5pm to 10pm. The best time to go there, is at 7pm or 8pm.
Weekend Market (a.k.a Naka Market)
Weekend market located quite far away from Phuket Old Town. On my third day, I actually went to Patong and in the evening, from Patong I took a local bus and stopped at Central Festival shopping mall, then I walked to the Weekend Market. It was a 20 minutes distance. Weekend market is something you will expect when coming to night markets in Thailand, the Asian style.
Most of the shops are under the roof, so you doesn't have to worry when it's raining. Still can do your shopping. Fortunately, the sky was clear when I got there.
This is a good place for you to get some cheap souvenirs, t-shirts, bags, and other several interesting items. I recommend you this market for shopping due to its variety of items. But since you'll find repeating items, it would be a good idea to browse around before you decide to buy anything just to compare the price. No need to shy to ask the shoppers the price if no price tags. Once you find the cheapest price, try to bargain the best price they can accept.
Weekend Market, as its name suggests, operates on Saturdays and Sundays, 4pm-9pm.