Phuket Walking Street and weekend market is 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) located 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).
Downtown Phuket town you also have the ‘Indy Market‘ currently getting a facelift to become what apparently will be a small shopping mall. This small but fun Indy Market paved the way for this much larger street market located in the heart of the historical street of Phuket town: a teen gathering with street performances, where youngsters and creative Thai people could sell their designs and ideas, all kinds of personal items and many little sweets and cakes.
The Phuket Street Market brings the Indy Market concept to a whole new level in Thalang road, a beautiful old street very proud of being one the only road of the whole island free of any of those ugly electric cables usually hanging like a giant inextricable mess.
Starting from Thepkasattri Road and stretching all the way to Phuket Road, all the Sino Portuguese houses along Thalang road are lit with ever changing colors adding to the festive mood. On each side and in the middle of this now busy street you’ll find food, ice creams, drinks, tee shirts, stuffed animals and printed fabrics and street performances. (The weirdest thing we found was a Horse Shoe Crab salad, something for the brave. It’s good but can have a seriously fishy taste.)
Most of the normal shops along the street just continue their daily trade, enjoying a regain of popularity in a street usually dead quiet on weekends. Enjoy some of the street performances, music or dancing but don’t forget to give a little something to keep the place alive. We saw that many people enjoy some of the fun or even take photos and just walk away, so be generous: what is small money for you but might mean a lot to the young artists 🙂
The Phuket Street Market is open every Sunday from 4 pm to 10 pm on Thalang Road, right in the middle of town…. Have fun!
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