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Phuket Weekend Market

If you’ve already been in a tiangge, then you’ve been to Phuket Weekend Market; the only difference is that the vendors speak a different language and ask for a payment in different currency.

Phuket Weekend Market
Welcome to Phuket Weekend Market!

Known to the locals as Talad Tai Rot, Chao Fa Market, and Chao Fa Weekend Market, Phuket Weekend Market is not as big as the markets of Bangkok. Not even close to our Greenhills let alone Divisoria. It contains basically the same items though, ranging from clothes, pirated items, quirky souvenirs, touristy memorabilia, and a lot more. This is also where tourists get to shop with the locals.

Phuket Weekend Market
Cheapest sando we were able to find was THB 50 a piece.
Phuket Weekend Market
Kikay stuff
Phuket Weekend Market
Just like a tiangge in the Philippines selling pirated DVDs.
Phuket Weekend Market
And more girly stuff.
Phuket Weekend Market
They also have ukay-ukay!
Phuket Weekend Market
The alien has resurrected!

The weekend market is divided into two sections, the open section and the roofed section. I didn’t see any differences in prices and even the items sold between the two sections.

Phuket Weekend Market
The Rasta Baby is getting real high.

Phuket Weekend Market

And just like a normal tiangge, Phuket Weekend Market has food stalls and carts selling normal Thai street food and other Asian pica-pica like siomai, fried insects, grilled seafood, pastries, rice meal, and a lot more.

Phuket Weekend Market
Fried insects, anyone?
Phuket Weekend Market
Of course, there are grilled food.
Phuket Weekend Market
And pastries!
Phuket Weekend Market
Then dumplings and siopao. What’s siopao in English, BTW?
Phuket Weekend Market
And yellow food with bees on them.
Phuket Weekend Market
And more quirky food of different colors!

The weekend market opens from 4PM to 12AM during, of course as its name suggests, Saturday and Sunday. There aren’t much parking spaces within the market so bringing a motorcycle or just hiring a cab will be best.

Phuket Weekend Market
You see that pink Vespa, right there? Bet not. That’s our ride.
Phuket Weekend Market
Still more motorbikes on the other side of the market.

Phuket Weekend Market is situated along Chao Fa West Road, one kilometer south of Central Festival shopping mall and is opposite the Buddhist temple Wat Naka. Turn left at the first set of traffic lights. Bring along a map with you to make your navigation easier.

Phuket Weekend Market
And oh, here’s to boost your appetitite: a closer look of the fried insects.

Not interested? Well, it’s still worth visiting to at least say you’ve been there.

Kaiz is a stay-at-home mom and currently works as an Operations Specialist for a software engineering company based in the US.

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