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Naka Market
Ranked #7 of 119 things to do in Phuket Town
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Phuket weekend market (locally known as Naka Market), located along Chao Fa West Road just outside Phuket Town not far from Central Festival, is a fascinating jumble of secondhand goods, curios, pirated items, live animals and a large amount of great local food to sample. It really is worth a visit even if you're not planning on buying anything. If you were to ask, "What's for sale here?" The answer would probably be, "How much time do you have?" as the list of goods is endless.
Reviewed 13 June 2012

I went to Phuket last July, we didn't get to the night market until we were almost going home- Save your money and buy here, it was much cheaper than Patong beach, and actually a lot more pleasant. Oh as a Kiwi, we don't eat bugs per se, lol, but I had to buy some and eat them, some big nasty looking crickets,,lol they're okay, a bit like fear factor I guess look horrible taste like nothing, woody I guess if I had to give a taste lol. The night markets are a must, we hired a driver from Patong beach who came and picked us up, maybe cost about $40 NZ dollars 1000 bhat- so well worth it, anyway, we are going back in September of this year for another holiday, we land on Saturday, so will be going to the market that night...

2  Thank Zcorpion
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Reviewed 10 June 2012

From Patong Beach to Phuket Town you can catch a bus which cost 25 baht each. The bus is pretty slow but definitely better than taking a taxi or tuk tuk which will cost you around 500-600 baht. From the bus stop to the night markets is a bit of a walk.

The night market is pretty good and there are lots of bags, clothes, shoes, food and everything else. Definitely a great place to try out those bargaining skills.

5  Thank DJ_Mizit
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Reviewed 5 June 2012

WOW just the size of the market, its huge and there is just about everything there, from pet shops to fishing gear, clothes to food stalls, The market is pretty much under cover from tarps but its still not much fun when it rains, I am a tall person (over six foot) and the tarps hang fairly low, so I had to walk around stooping down most of the time. The array of clothing item equals anything at Patong beach and cheaper as the stall owners will haggle on price of items, I generally half the asking cost and start from there when bartering. The food section of the market if good and all food purchases was cheap and tasted great with no tummy upsets. There is fresh fruit available as well as the usual food items found at a market. There is also a fair amount of specialty shops at which we bought a lovely hand made Thai silk wall hanging, at a price you would dream of in Australia. It is better to catch a tuk tuk or taxi to the market as parking a vehicle would be a night mare due to the amount of traffic from people visiting the market, there are plenty of tuk tuk's or taxi's for the return journey. Wheel chair bound people might have an issue getting around the market due to drains in the middle of walk ways, and the market can get crowded. There is food items like dim sims of various kinds, sweet pork to satay pork, plenty of chicken and seafood on offer, salads and other green leafy matter, spices and sauces. I would strongly recommend a visit to this market but keep an eye on the kids as they can easily get lost in the crowds, it is also a great place to pick up souvenirs for a cheap price.

17  Thank Andrew M
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Reviewed 3 June 2012

I am attaching the link to the video of the video I made showing a little of the fun I had here. Check it out every Saturday and Sunday Night in Phuket Town. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGw9mGpEauk

5  Thank Christophilosopher
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Reviewed 7 May 2012

This is a weekend experience that should not be missed. Yes it is crouded and there's allot to take in but if you get there about 6 pm it is in full swing. There are hundreds of small stalls with bargand a plenty. The stall holders are not as pushy as they are in the streets of Patong and you get a chance to see what is on offer as apose to having the stall owners pushing their ware on you. Bartering is a way of life for the Thai people so get ready for a fight with the calculater. The market also has fresh food and I have been there a few times now and have found you can take your time and just enjoy the challange while taking a break. try some real Thai food cheep. the trip to the market by Taxi from Patong with the drive waiting will cost about 800TBHT for that it would be worth a 200 TBHT Tip. A cheep and inexpencive night out.

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