What to Do at Phuket Walking Street Market?
Phuket Walking Street and weekend market is called ‘Lard Yai’ by locals and is now the most popular attraction in Phuket Town. This weekend street market was an instant success, adding a much-needed event to the historical part of town. Every Sunday from 4 pm to 9 pm (and often beyond) the once quiet Thalang Road turns itself into a busy street.
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 trendy 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‘, adjacent to a modest shopping mall. 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 young creative Thai people could sell their designs, 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. This beautiful old street is very proud to be the first road on the entire 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 colours 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 was a horseshoe crab salad, something for the brave. It’s good but can have a seriously fishy taste.)
Most of the regular shops along the street continue their daily trade, enjoying a regain of popularity in the 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 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!
Phuket Walking Street Photos
Phuket Walking Street Hours
Location: Thalang Road, Phuket Town
Open: Sunday 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 081 677 9851
Phuket Walking Street Market Map