The best night markets in Phuket have a special festival feel to them, often being accompanied by street performances and music. Local markets are generally a good place to find some great bargains on souvenirs and keepsakes. However, why waste a perfectly good beach day? Wandering around a busy marketplace under the scorching sun will have you drenched in sweat within minutes. 

    That’s where night markets have the advantage. Food vendors do a roaring trade at Phuket night markets, making them excellent spots to enjoy your evening meal, experience genuine Thai street food, and shop in cool comfort, all at the same time. These are some of the best to choose from around the island.

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    Chillva Market

    Phuket Town

    Chillva Market in Phuket is a trendy night market with a somewhat bohemian vibe and an impressive selection of food, fashion and souvenir stalls. Located by the side of Yaowarat Road, it has colourful shipping containers as shopfronts. The night market also has an overwhelmingly local feel, with attractively low prices to match.

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    Location: 141/2 Yaowarat Road, Phuket Town, Phuket 83000, Thailand

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 5 pm to 11 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +66 (0)99 152 1919

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    Phuket Weekend Market is the island's largest night market. It's a fascinating jumble of secondhand goods, curios, and souvenirs, as well as great local food to sample. Finding something original and unique at this night market takes a little perseverance, but there's enough to choose from so exploration will generally be rewarded with the ideal souvenir. Phuket Weekend Market can get very crowded and quite stuffy, especially in the covered part of the market.

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    Location: 7 Wirat Hong Yok Rd, Phuket Town, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand

    Open: Saturday–Sunday from 4 pm to 11 pm (closed from Mondays to Fridays)

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    Phuket Walking Street, occupying a picturesque part of Phuket Old Town, is both a cultural attraction and night market. The old Sino-Portuguese houses, which line the 350-metre-long street, are lit up in vibrant colours. The space between these buildings is packed with stalls selling traditional local foods, Thai handicrafts, modern fashion and souvenirs. You'll often find buskers and performers offering entertaining distractions from your retail therapy.

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    Location: Thalang Rd, Talat Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand

    Open: Sundays from 4 pm to 10 pm

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    Phuket Indy Night Market hosts independent traders (hence the name) instead of typical market peddlers in Phuket Town. It's one of Phuket’s quieter night markets, but very popular among young Thais for its entertainment and homemade snacks. Despite its small size, Phuket Indy Night Market offers a pleasant shopping experience, and you'll likely be able to find something special at a great price.

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    Location: Limelight Avenue Phuket, Dibuk Rd, Talat Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand

    Open: Wednesday–Friday from 4 pm to 10.30 pm (closed from Saturdays to Tuesdays)

    Phone: +66 (0)89 474 5253

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    Malin Plaza Patong

    Patong Beach

    Malin Plaza Patong is particularly popular for its food stands, but you can also find an impressive range of souvenirs. The night market is fairly small, with its main part protected from the elements under a high metal roof.

    If you're here for dinner, must-tries include fried chicken and chips, crepes, ice cream, sushi, 90-baht cocktails, and fresh fruit. Prices are low, making Malin Plaza Patong a popular dining spot for budget travellers in Patong.

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    Location: Prachanukhro Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 11 am to midnight

    Phone: +66 (0)93 323 0333

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