Night markets in Phuket are always fun, from the new Chillva Market to the giant Naka Weekend Market or the Sunday Walking Market in Phuket Town, almost everyone loves to browse the incredible array of things you don’t actually need. Phuket night markets are intense, colorful, surprising, fascinating, puzzling, smelly, messy, confusing and overwhelming. But night markets all have one thing in common, they offer a unique glance of the daily life of Thai people, rich, poor or just like you and me.
1. Chillva Market Phuket
Chillva Market Phuket is the latest and definitely the best young night market on the island… Everyone loves those night markets and Thai teenagers more than everyone else, especially this new trend of making use of old containers! Every town in Thailand seem to have a surprising amount of those weekend or night chill-out places and they are always packed. (Note that this Chillva Market is not to be mistaken with the new Phuket Floating Market in Kathu few kilometre away which is a big bigger but mostly deserted)…
Open: Container part: Daily from 5pm – 11pm – Closed on Sunday
Full market: Thu – Sat from 5pm – 11pm
Location: 141/2 Yaowarat Road, Phuket Town (Between Tesco Lotus and Phuket Town)
2. Phuket Sunday Street Market
Phuket Walking Street weekend market also called ‘Lard Yai’ by the locals and is now the most popular attraction in Phuket Town. This weekend street market was an instant success wasn’t long to catch up, denoting a need for something to happen in Thalang Road, the historical part of town. Night markets are not new to Phuket Town, the original Phuket Weekend Market (Talad Tai Rod) on the outskirt of town near Central Festival has always been a very popular weekend destination but what is on sale over there is not as fun nor creative as the Phuket Walking Street (The weekend market sells a lot of copy tee shirts and cheap jeans).
Open: Sunday 5pm – 9pm
Location: Thalang Road, Phuket Town
3. Phuket Weekend Market
Phuket Weekend Market (Naka Market) is the name given by tourists to this overgrown Phuket town night bazaar, while Thai call it ‘Talad Tairod’, which literally means ‘Car Boot Sale’. ‘Naka Market’ seems to be the most popular name lately. ‘Phuket Chatuchak’ is also used, by reference to the giant week-end market in Bangkok. So many names for one single market!
Open: Sat-Sun 4pm – 9pm
Address: Opposite Naka Temple on the outskirt of Phuket town
4. Phuket Indy Market
A fun, young and creative little corner in Phuket Town, the Phuket Indy Market is tucked in a small lane off Dibuk Road, just next to the Limelight Avenue mall and not far from the well known Raya Restaurant.
Open: Wed-Fri 4pm – 10pm
Location: Limelight Avenue, Phuket Town
5. Malin Plaza Patong
Malin Plaza is a relatively new night market at the southern end of Patong Beach that succeeded where other night markets failed because Malin Plaza kept in mind that food is the magnet that makes people come at the first place. It applies to shopping malls just as well.
Open: Daily 2pm – 12 am
Location: Patong beach not far from Duanjitt Resort
6. OTOP Night Market
OTOP (which serves as acronym for ‘One Tambon One Product’ which means One Province, One Product) was originally designed as a local market to promote the handicrafts of each province of Thailand. This nice idea didn’t last very long and today the Patong OTOP market mostly sells a lot of copies, fake stuff and souvenirs you don’t even need. What is more interesting is the food street and the small beer bars in the back.
Open: Daily 10am – late,
Food Street: 5pm till late
Location: Patong beach, Opposite Hard Rock Cafe and Hooters
7. AWA Market
AWA market is the latest night market in Phuket, set in Kathu, just halfway between Phuket Town and Patong Beach. AWA has a lot of very good local food at low prices, a few bars inside recycled containers and a stage with occasional live band. The location of the night market makes it convenient. It is still a very young market but it is already quite popular.
8. Karon Temple Market
The Karon Temple Market only opens twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays, and is so popular that people start to plan their evenings around that event. Night markets have always been popular in Phuket and all over Thailand, but a Temple market sounds so much more exotic. In addition, Karon Beach lacks a little of attractions so the fair is always a welcome breeze of fun.
Open: Every Tuesday and Friday – 4 pm to 10 pm
9. Fun Friday Avenue Market
Fun Friday Avenue Market is a small weekend market popping up every Friday evening at the Boat Avenue on the way to Phuket Laguna. It’s modest in size but fun to visit if you are staying in the Bangtao Beach area. Night markets are part of Thailand life and wherever there is a market, there is a crowd…. and lots of food!
Open: Every Friday – 5 pm to 10 pm
A List of All the Beaches of Phuket
40 Phuket beaches are now in our list! A few are crowded, a lot are quiet, some are hidden and some are still secret. There are so many beautiful beaches where you can walk alone for kilometers, even during high season. So here is our updated list of Phuket Beaches by alphabetical order. Some are easy to find, some are really hidden. Surprisingly the nicest beaches, long and deserted, are just next to the main road! There are actually 2 more amazing secret beaches but we prefer to keep them…. secret So get a bike or a car and start exploring! Stay away from the crowd and discover Phuket!
1. Ao Sane Beach
A little Remote – not too busy
Ao Sane is a tiny hidden beach, very visible from Nai Harn Beach, but unless you know that you need to drive through a tunnel under the kitchens of the Phuket Yacht Club, you will never find out. Ao Sane consists of three very small sandy bays and you can walk from one to another through the few beach bungalows.
2. Ao Yon Beach
Remote and Quiet Beach
Ao Yon is so out of the way and far from the road, you could drive nearby ten times without noticing its entrance. Located between Panwa beach (past the Novotel Panwa resort) and Cape Panwa, it is not even indicated but few ‘restaurants’ signs and an old yellow giraffe sculpture might give you a hint.
3. Banana Beach
Phuket is a world wide famous holiday destination. Every corner of this tropical island has been explored, invaded, sold, developed and exploited. Or so you thought! Still one tiny beach is hiding itself from the crowd, but it won’t last long.
4. Bangtao Beach
Quiet in North Part – Busy in South
Bangtao is one of the longest beach in Phuket, half way between airport and Patong on the west coast of the island. With its beautiful stretch of sand, Bangtao is always associated with the gigantic resort complex known as ‘Laguna Phuket’. Read more
5. Freedom Beach
Relatively Quiet – By Boat Only
Freedom beach is a beautiful strip of soft white sand lined with coconut trees in the South of Patong. Since the land surrounding the beach is privately owned, the only way to reach it is by longtail boat from the south of Patong, near the big bridge. Freedom Beach is only accessible during high season, during low season no boats will go there because of rough sea. Read more
6. Friendship Beach
East Coast – Not a Sandy Beach
Friendship Beach is not really a swimming beach since it is on the east coast but offers nice views on the islands. The name of Friendship probably originated from the small resort built there as it is a very popular hangout for expats.
7. Haad Sai Kaew Beach
Haad Sai Gaew, is a beautiful endless beach located at the very north of Phuket Island. Haad Sai Gaew means ‘Glass Sand Beach’ in Thai, but sand is not that shiny. During the high season, The sea over there has a nice blue tone and walking alone for miles, you would never guess you are still in Phuket.
8. Haad Pak Phra Beach
Haad Pak Phra is the last beach when leaving Phuket from the north end and most people would drive past without ever stopping. But Haad Pak Phra has a little ‘Dirty Secret’.
9. Kalim Beach
Not a Swimming Beach
Kalim Beach is a modest bay located just next to the famous Patong Beach on the way to Kamala Beach. As the sea floor is mostly made of rocks and dead coral, Kalim is not a swimming beach, but in low season it is a popular spot for local surfers. However, waves are not very high so don’t go imagining some big action. It seems to be a good practice place. It’s not a popular place to hang either as the sand is quiet rough and coarse. People just come here to walk their dogs or eat at one of the many food stalls coming at the end of the afternoon.
10. Kamala Beach
To most, Kamala Beach surprisingly shines by its lack of particular signs, if you don’t take Fantasea parkinto consideration of course. It is however a nice large beach with clear waters during high season and a decent amount of dining and shopping options, several hotels, some with a beach access. Read more
11. Karon Beach
Karon Beach, the second longest beach in Phuket, enjoys a very long and wide stretch of white sand with an acceptable dining and nightlife. Yet it doesn’t seem to attract the crowds, and it’s not because municipality hasn’t tried. Read more
12. Kata Beach
Busy – very popular
Kata Beach is the most popular beach in Phuket after Patong. But it is still a great choice as it enjoys a wide white sandy beach with an incredible blue sea. Less crowded than Patong, it offers a large choice of dining, shopping, hotels, and not to forget a good nightlife! Read more
13. Kata Noi Beach
Kata Noi Beach is a great little bay if you want to be near Kata action but stay away from the usual herd. This nice wide strand of white sand has incredibly clear blue water during the high season. Fortunately, its ‘Out of the way’ location kept it relatively quiet and unless you know about it, you probably would miss it. Read More
14. Laem Ka Beach
Partly Hidden Beach
Laem Ka Beach, in the very south of Phuket near Rawai is a little gem hidden from view, only the ones in the know might find it. But you have to be a bit curious or adventurous to get something different and obviously some did their homework since I found about fifteen people lazying on sun loungers. Read more
15. Laem Singh Beach
Very Quiet – Accessible by Boat
Weather is lousy but you really want to go to the beach today… Laem Singh happens to look better in that exact weather. Laem Singh has this tropical touch that goes well with a bit of rain. It’s like been in the Caribbean, a bit nostalgic, very green with its palm trees leaning over the sand and you have the beach almost for yourself. Read more
16. Layan Beach
Quiet to Medium
Layan Beach, a remote and very little known beach on the west coast of Phuket, is located at the northern end of Bangtao Beach which itself is home to many luxurious resorts such as Banyan Tree Resort, Angsana Laguna Phuket and Dusit Thani Resort. Layan Beach ends on one side with a river harboring small fishing boats and the best known feature is the tall island standing at the mouth of the river. Read more
17. Mai Khao Beach
Mai Khao Beach, the longest in Phuket, still looks in some parts as deserted as it was when I first visited it in 1990. A lot has been built but the beach hasn’t yet been covered with beach chairs, umbrellas and food vendors. You can still walk eleven kilometers or more and only meet three fishermen and the beach remained mostly untouched. Read more
18. Merlin Beach
There is a lot of confusion and discussion about all the tiny beaches near Patong. So far, Tri Trang beach is the small hard to find beach hidden behind the Marriott Phuket Beach Club and accessible via a small dirt road on the side of the hotel. The beach is nice but the sea is a bit rocky. You’ll find nice massages on the beach and a popular restaurant on the hill. Read more
19. Nai Harn Beach
Medium to Busy
Definitely a very nice beach, different from the typical west coast touristy spots, Nai Harn is a popular beach among the expats and tourists. It is definitively changing but thanks the lack of possible developments, it still holds on to its local feel. The beach is in a protected bay where sailing or fishing boats anchors in calm waters. Read more
20. Naithon Beach
Quiet to Medium
Naithon Beach is one of these little known beaches on the west coast of Phuket, mostly because it is far from the crowded areas. People coming here are usually in search of a peaceful spot with just enough facilities and hotels. Read more
Naithon Noi Beach is not officially a private beach but since the land you need to cross belongs to Andaman White Beach, it ends up the same… lucky them, it’s one of the most beautiful in Phuket. Read more
22. Nai Yang Beach
Medium to Quiet
Nai Yang Beach seems to be one of those beaches popular with returning tourists… It is a nice shaded beach full of tiny fun bars and restaurants, but like most of the northern beaches of Phuket which are not along the main road, it remains relatively unknown to the crowds. Read more
23. Nakalay Beach
Nakalay beach is another case of beach surrounded by private land which makes makes it difficult for outsiders to access it. In this case, only the guest from Thavorn beach resort can enjoy it. It might not be the most amazing beach in Phuket but it’s large and very good for snorkeling.
24. Nui Beach
Nui Beach is hard to find and hard to reach. Just like a few other beaches it is surrounded by private land and therefore there is an entry fee. The entry fee for Nui Beach used to be expensive but recently price has been reduced. It’s located past the well known Karon Viewpoint on the dirt road that leads to Black Rock Viewpoint. The road that lead down to the beach is tricky, so drive carefully. Read more
25. Pansea Beach
Private beaches are not allowed in Thailand, but you can get around simply by owning all lands around that beach. Pansea Beach, shared by ‘The Surin Phuket’ and ‘Amanpuri Phuket’ is one of them, but there is a way to ear the beach. Read more
26. Panwa Beach
Panwa Beach, also known as Khao Kat Beach, is not a swimming beach, and yet has the charm of these remote bays not many would take the time to explore while visiting Phuket. Located on a east coast cape but facing west, the whole area is peppered with luxury villas and few resorts, a great alternative to relax away from west coast crowded spots. Read more
27. Paradise Beach
Private but Crowded
Paradise Beach’ sounds good, doesn’t it? With such name, people expect to discover another ‘beautiful-secret-hard-to-find-beach’ located near Patong. And yes, to its credit, the sea is very blue, sand is powdery and cute little boats are gently bobbing in the bay. Yes, it is small, remote and not easy to find. Read more
28. Patong Beach
If Bangkok is the Big Mango, then Patong is the Big Durian: you’ll love it or you’ll hate it… and it kinds of smells strong too. Patong Beach is the pulsating heart of Phuket Island and what makes it popular to some, is often what other people complains about. It’s big, it’s bold, crowded, bright and loud, yet people flock there like flies on honey. Read more
29. Rawai Beach
Quiet – Not Really a Swimming Beach
Located at the south end of Phuket island, Rawai is not a swimming beach but offer beautiful views on the many nearby islands in a peaceful local atmosphere. It’s a great place to enjoy great seafood and a good starting point to do some island hopping. Read more
30. Rayee Beach
Quiet – Not Really a Swimming Beach
Located in the southern part of Kamala, this tiny beach is not very attractive in itself but provides a nice view to the long established ‘White Orchid’ restaurant as well as some tiny bars. Read more
Part of the “Best Beaches of Phuket’ collection, Karon Noi Beach is one more inaccessible beach only for the use of a hotel’s guests. Not well known from most tourists, it happens to have the nicest sand and most amazing blue sea on the island, and it is not even far Patong beach. This is the nest of Le Meridien Phuket… Read more
32. Surin Beach
Moderately Busy – No Facilities
Surin Beach is popular for a good reason, with plenty of dining venues along a large beach blessed with a beautiful sand and an amazing clear blue water. Maybe it is already a bit too popular, with four of even five rows of beach chairs in some parts. But the quality of the water and sand still makes it one of the nicest beaches on the island. Read more
33. Tri Trang Beach
Tri Trang is without doubt the longest and the nicest of four beaches located south of Patong. Its only downside might be during low tide, when the sea reveals a rocky area that used to be coral. Fortunately at high tide there is more than enough sandy areas for a good swim. Read more
34. Trisara Beach
Small and Private
Trisara Beach is just a tiny strip of sand on the west coast, just between Bangtao Bay and Naithon beaches and only accessible from the exclusive Trisara Villas.
35. Ya Nui Beach
Ya Nui is tiny but has the charms of a small beach, tucked in a cove between the Windmill Viewpointand famous Promthep Cape in the very south of Phuket Island. Coming from Nai Harn Beach you would drive through, keeping your eyes on the curves, and miss it if it was not for the amount of cars parked alongside the road of this hollow. Read more
36. Thavorn Beach
Thavorn Beach, like the 3 other ‘private’ beaches are not really private, but the entire land you would need to cross belong to the immense Thavorn Beach Village, one of the oldest hotel in Phuket.
37. Yae Beach
Yae Beach is not really a great beach but since it is really hard to find, I really wanted to find it. It’s located on a cape between Patong and Kamala and you won’t find much there, just a small hut selling drinks… well, when it’s open.
38. Hua Beach
Hua Beach was unknown to us for a long time. Also not a great beach for swimming it is a very peaceful place not far from Kamala Beach. Read more
39. 40. Phuket Secret Beaches
Those 2 secret beaches might be the last ones so we will not reveal them openly here. They are hard to find and hard to reach too! So let’s make a deal follow us on instagram.com/willythuan and send us a message and we will tell you where they are.
Central Phuket (Central Festival Phuket) is one of the few mega malls on the island (the other famous one being Jungceylon) and is a great stop for a rainy day. It had a bit of a slow start but soon gained a popularity. They soon opened another wing across the street, mostly hosting Home Works, Tops Supermaket and a lot of furniture. In 2018 Central opens a third immense wing where the once famous Thai Naan Restaurant used to be. Update in Floresta will be added after the opening. Read More
What to Do at Jungceylon?
Jungceylon Phuket in Patong is still the largest shopping mall on the island. It’s almost a city within a city with a lot of souvenirs shops and foot massage on the lower floor, many restaurants a lot of attractions on the upper levels. Jungceylon is a perfect hideaway for tourists when it rains, or when the heat becomes unbearable, and occasionally people go there for shopping
Located in the very centre of Patong beach at the end of Soi Bangla, Jungceylon Shopping Center also features the Millennium Resort, a large hotel, plenty of restaurants, six rooms cinemas, bowling and Big C a two storey supermarket. And the list goes on.
The Restaurants at Jungceylon
Plenty of choices, but more pricey than anywhere else. To give you a scale: a double espresso at Starbucks is 100 Baht here while 80 Baht at Central Festival. On a scorching day, you still can eat Thai food in an air con room.
Churrasco Steakhouse – A great steakhouse with a South American cuisine found in the back of Jungceylon. Serves imported Wagyu and Black Angus steaks: Tenderloin, Ribeye, Striploin, T-Bone and Porterhouse cuts
Le Siam – Serves a decent Thai food, maybe a bit less sophisticated. Not spicy and affordable.
MK Gold Suki – The luxury version of MK Suki, better quality of food, more choice, design and layout a bit cosier and as you expect, more expensive. You also get a lot of ‘Wai’ in there (Polite Thai greeting).
Fuji Japanese Restaurant – A popular descent Japanese Restaurant. As it is a franchise, quality is consistent.
Shabushi – a fun concept of cooking your food (and still pay for it). It’s like MK Suki, but you get your boiling pot and the ingredients, such as meat and veggies, are always passing by on a moving belt in front of you. Probably great for the kids, but the choice is limited, and quality is so-so.
La Casa – a decent Italian restaurant formerly from Patong Bay Garden on the beach road
Wine Connection – this popular franchise is serving affordable European and Thai food, and as the name implies, they also have a wine cellar at a reasonable price too!
The classics: Subway, Burger King, 2 Starbucks, (yes! 2!) Haagen Dasz.
Irish Times: as expected is an Irish Pub serving breakfast (from 11 am), lunch and dinner. Expect great ribs, BBQ chicken wings, Fish & Chips and burgers…. and a quiz night every Wednesday
The Food Court: Located under the mall, where all the souvenir shops are, the food court has a lot more food to offer than people expect, and it is often a lot more real than most tourist restaurants found in the streets nearby.
What to Do at Jungceylon?
Perfect in case of rain, here is a quick list of all the fun things to do in Jungceylon:
The central cinema consists of 6 Rooms Movie Theater. Next, a 4D Mini Movie Theater is where you wear 3D glasses on moving seats and pay to get motion sickness going down a virtual roller coaster.
You’ll find plenty of Foot Massage and ‘Thai Massage‘ at the underground level. Prices are good, and it’s a great way to relax the day after the party. Let’s not forget the ‘Fish Spa’ where supposedly hungry little suckers will ‘eat your dead skins’… Just try not to think who dipped his sick legs in this aquarium before you.
Enjoy 12 lanes Bowling with loud music and fluorescent flashing lights, pool tables, Karaoke boxes, pinballs and video game.
A large playground for kids is now available on the top floor. It’s vast, colourful and all made of bouncy rubber so kids can have tons of fun in there. The team in charge seems to be attentive and responsible, and parents can go for a short shopping spree knowing that kids are in a safe and fun place.
The Shell Museum is a museum displaying shells! A lot of shells! Enough said.
WATER AND LIGHT SHOW
A daily Water and Light show narrate the history of Phuket while will spray you all over when you pass by on a windy day.
BLUE FACIAL TREATMENT
Blue facials are the latest trend in town. It’s fun to try, and even more to watch. Behind a large window, an army of beauticians pampers a large number of people comfortably installed on beds with some blue cream all over the face. Look closer: most people on the beds have beards, hairy chests and tattoos!… nothing wrong with it of course, but you might not expect men to occupy 80% of the beds ;). This business, started with Hanako Tokyo, became so popular and very lucrative, they opened two more, all competing for the modest sum of 299 Baht!
Evening entertainment is frequent on the central plaza usually set up as a beer garden: concerts, performance and live bands or exhibits.
Shopping at Jungceylon
Few brands are available in Jungceylon, mostly at Robinson Department Store and in the first building. ‘Big C’ is now the supermarket since Carrefour is gone. Apple shop, computer shops and large sports shops should keep you busy for a while. For phones, games and electronics, go to the top floor of the second building, next to the cinemas.
If you drive a car, you will soon find out how hard it is to park it anywhere near Soi Bangla in the evening. Park it at Jungceylon Shopping Mall and buy anything, or eat ice cream. BUT keep your receipt! This way you can get free parking till late. You might have to pay 20 Baht until midnight and beyond that, up to 100 baht but it is still a bargain! (you will have to walk down the driving way since the shops close at midnight, but it’s easy to find near the disco). Now if you lost your receipt in your excitement to visit your first Go-Go Bar, get ready to pay 190 Baht! (serves you right 🙂
The Banzaan Fresh Market located just behind Jungceylon Phuket has a fantastic display of tropical fruits. You also can buy your fish at the ground floor and take it to the restaurants upstairs to have cooked for a small fee.
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