What to do at the Chillva Night Market?
Chillva Market Phuket is one of the best weekday night markets on the island. Everyone seems to love them, Thai teenagers, more than everyone else. Every town in Thailand has a surprising amount of shopping and eating playgrounds, and they are always packed, so it’s no surprise that there are now more than 9 Night Markets in Phuket. Chillva Market Phuket also makes smart use of those old metal containers, as this is the trend in Thailand!
Video of Chillva Night Market
What to buy
Chillva Market has a young and fun vibe. Many items on sale are original and local creations; not as many fake brands here, but the watches looked a little dodgy (go to the other Naka Weekend Market if knock-off merchandises are what you are after). Clothing, jewellery, sports shoes, accessories and gadgets you don’t need but will buy anyway will grab your attention.
Prices are reasonable, and bargaining is ok, but try not to bargain as hard as you would in the streets or bazaars of Patong or Kata. These young people often try to make a little money for fun and studies.
What to eat at Chillva
Don’t miss this chance to try some local food while visiting. Salty or sweet and colourful snacks are one of the main ingredients of the market’s success. The choice is impressive: seafood, meatballs and sausages Thai people like so much, delicious fried chicken with crispy skin, stays and juicy ribs. On the sweet side, you can enjoy deliciously fresh tropical fruits, banana pancakes or the much-loved mango sticky rice.
Did we mention you can also try all kinds of fried insects? An experience not to miss! This market is a unique chance to have a bite of a grasshopper, a silkworm, a cricket or a plump silk pupa! It’s not as bad as you may think. If munching insects is not your thing, you could try crocodile meat, but it’s not as good a photo to take back home and brag about, but it will be an entertaining topic of conversation.
In two corners of Chillva Market, you will find small bars and restaurants built inside containers. This way to recycle containers is a new favourite way to set up markets with a new dimension. It’s easy to carry and fun to decorate the way you want it. Best of all, by putting two containers on top of each other, you get an instant rooftop bar with a birdview of the market!
Chillva Retro Area
Once done with your shopping and browsing, you can escape the busy market by walking to the back and entering the new Chillva Retro. Order a drink or snack, sit at one of the many tables, and enjoy this area’s more relaxing atmosphere.
Market Street View
Chillva Market Info
Location: Phuket Town
Address: 141/2 Yaowarat Road, Phuket 83000
Hours: 5 pm – 11 pm – Wednesday to Saturday – Sunday closed
Phone: 099 152 1919
How to get to Chillva Market?
Get the directions on your phone: https://goo.gl/maps/ii9DTUXQt3Asc2w79
Chillva Market Map