I have visited these markets three times now and I have thoroughly enjoyed them each time. The people I have taken with me (including guys who hate markets) have all loved the experience and are eager to return - two of them have even said they could happily visit these markets nightly!!
The markets are predominantly VERY fresh fruit, vegetables, seafood, pork and tasty, varied food. There are also dried foods such as spices and fish. So many kinds of food at bargain prices. The foods are really interesting as well as absolutely delicious!
Make sure you don't eat before you visit as it is a great way to eat dinner. Most food goes for about 10 baht per serve. The best time to visit is from around 5.00-7.30pm. There is a later-night market on Ranong Road itself from around 9.00pm. Day markets also run from this area with more of the clothing.
It is a great place to see the locals' way of life in Phuket. Some of the more interesting choices are; deep fried cockroaches and chickens bottoms on skewers. There are butchered frogs for sale along with a few other less palatable choices.
What can I say about Phuket Town? The shopping is the only reason to go there, so put on some confortable shoes and get ready to do some serious bargaining.
There are quite a few shopping complexes in Phuket Town where bargaining is not allowed, but you are still guaranteed to get a good deal.
There is Robinsons where there are thousands of pairs of womens shoes. Then there is the Big C, which sells bits and pieces of everything. There is also Phuket Shopping Centre, which is smaller but you will get a better deal.
Then there are the shops on the streets. These shops sell clothes, shoes, bags and everything else you could want. You can bargain at these shops so make sure you don't settle for the first price they say. Always go to the next shop and see what they will offer you.
Wherever you go, you are sure to have a great day out shopping.
You may need to buy an extra suitcase though . . . .
Check out some real Thai Boxing with up to 13 fights per night. This is the real thing not catering to the needs of tourists. Expect to be heavily outnumbered by locals with vested interests in the fights. Watch money change hand and guy from 8 years upwards go head to head in a trilling contest of skill and tactics. Try and get a ringside seat, we sat alongside the adjudicators and were right at the heart of the action. Well worth it I think about $4.
A shop inside the arena sell as the drinks and snacks one would need to sustain the body through a night of fights.
Please don't miss a visit to the capital of the island which is not Patong as some people might believe after a week spent on Patong beach....
Most inhabitants would advise you not to go there and tell you that there is nothing to see. But i think it is a pretext because this is the economic pulse of the island and they maybe don't want it învaded by tourists. I think the islanders might want to keep the tourists in their resorts.
I think it is interesting to see this city, the everyday working life of the people here.
Shopping is great and will find much more quality ware then in Patong. There were some nice boutiques selling decorative stuff (Tyara) and also 2 department stores selling cheap shoes for instance.
Just be warned of the "guides" that will come towrds you and offer you to show you the city. They will surely bring you their friends' shops and try to make you buy stuff. Just do it by yourself you can't get lost.
The best way to enjoy the full layout of Phuket town and southern part of the island, is to ride a car up to Rang Hill, or we call Khao Rang. Its just at the north of the town. Unfortunately I got there in the evening so what I can see is like on my picture. There are also a nice park and some restaurants up on the hill. If you visit Phuket town, don't miss !!
Simons Cabaret - an international Travesty show - high level - see my travelogues !
The show is running fast - the entrance fee rather high - the lady-boys unique - almost to perfection !!
The aprés small talk with the performers revealing ! But it is great !!
Reservation is necessary !
Phuket Town has an active community of Chinese, so it is no wonder, that you can find chinese temples here.
You have to look a little bit around to find them. The one in the picture was only reachable through a tiny entrance way that goes from the road where also the On On Hotel is (see tip there): Thanon Phang Nga. If you stand with your back to the hotel, turn right and follow the road for about 50 m, then you come to the entrance on your right.
The Temple was decorated for chinese New Year when we visited it. Quite a view.
Some streets in downtown such as Thalang street,.. I saw many beautiful antique buildings, also some areas around the town. The locals said the architecture of buildings is the old Sino-Portuguese, were constructed nearly a hundred years ago, during the period of the first great tin boom. The landscape of the town is also beautiful and many nice small streets. In central of the town, the best way to explore is by foot I think. I spent most of the time of my trip in town and enjoyed many things the town offer, nice scene of city / streets, Saphan Hin park, shell museum, shopping and also enjoyed an easy meal in night market, more......
Their multilingual dive team has highly qualified CMAS and PADI professionals. All are fully trained in First Aid / EFR management. Small classes and dive groups ensure that safety is top priority with them.
We were highly impress with Sea Bees. Two of us being Rescue and Adavnced PADI divers and the third one of the group undertaking a PADI Open Water course for the first time. He was very new to diving but seriously enjoyed the course and undertook extra dives after it.
They have also recieved three Golden Dolphin awards for Best Dive Centre in South-East-Asia & Pacific
jus go there for an experience... whereby 'ah qua' dances n sings (its actually CD playing, they jus match e lyrics), n u can take pictures with them after e whole show is over.. its cost 1000baht, if there no increase over e years lah....
This is the environment of the local people living in the Phuket Town area. One of the reasons for them living there is due to the tourist influx that raised the property prices throughout Phuket with Patong being the most expensive sites.
This picture is taken in the vicinity of where i stayed at a homestay in Phuket Town, Summer Breeze Inn.
Have a taste living with the local Thai people.
It is nice just to sit back (specially if you find a seat in the town center on the street) and watch how the town is living and how people are rushing from one side to another asking questions in their mind .. what are we doing sitting on the street?
Well the thing is it started to rain and we were looking were to find a good corner to wait that the rain stop and there he was this friendly local man sitting on a chair with two free chairs beside him and so we decided to chat a little bit and wait so that a storm stopped.
Quite nice way to meet people and must admit I have a great 10 minutes in this place!
I got really drunk with my thai friends before and went to clubs / bars in Phuket town, its a nice change cause these are Thais who wont be all over you, nice for the enjoy you can bring your own bottle into a lot of these places, and then just buy ice /mix from them.
This small museum is housed in the former post office which is a delightful single storey building, just to the east of the town centre. It exhibits some old post office equipment such as telex machines, scales, telephones, and a few stamp displays.
Open: 9.30am-5.30pm. Admission: Free.
Few realize that Phuket is actually very hilly. I took the photo of the town from a mountain top not too far from the town centre. yes, patong beach is busy and commercialised more quiet places are easily found in the outskirts of town. Thie other phto is taken from Surin beach (I think, the beach that is shared by The Chedi and Amanpuri.