Old Town is a very different place on the island of Phuket. There, the Peranakan and Sino-Portuguese architecture is still the same as it is in Penang, Malaysia, and Singapore. The Sunday Night Market in Old Town, an hour from Patong, is a great place to shop.
Old town night market in Phuket
On Thanlagan Road, where time has stopped, the Sunday Night Market is held every Sunday. In addition to the good-looking and reasonably priced handicraft stands, the stores on the street also stay open.
It’s beautiful to look at and take pictures of, especially after 4 pm, when most places are ready for tourists. People who don’t have much time in Bangkok can buy souvenirs at the market, where prices are low and have nothing to do with how much things cost on the beaches.
The food market part is a little farther down the street. There, the average price of a dish is a crazy 60 baht, which you can’t find on the beaches. Behind the golden dragon statue in the parking lot is where you can use the bathroom.
What to do in Phuket’s old town
The Central Phuket mall is in the Old Town of Phuket, where you can find everything (electronics, clothes, sporting goods, etc). From the market, it takes 10 minutes to walk to the mall.
The Gastronomic Tour takes place in this part of the country. It starts in the middle of the morning and goes until early afternoon, which is a great time to go to the Sunday market. Or, if you’d rather, you can go on the afternoon tour and visit the night market.
Thanlagan Road, where the market is, and the streets next to it and around it are worth seeing. These include Soi Romanee, Ratsada Road, Phang Nga Road, Dibuk Road, Krabi Road, Yoawarat Road, and Ranong Road. Along them are charming tea houses, cafes, and temples that have been there for a hundred years or more.
Try to get there before 4 pm, when the free Phuket Baba Museum closes. There, you can find out more about the Peranakan people and how they affected Southeast Asia.
How to reach Phuket’s old town
You can take a taxi, Grab, or Bolt to get to the Old Town of Phuket. The average price for each way is between 700 and 800 baht. The cost goes up the longer you wait. I would rather not suggest that you rent a motorcycle.
You can also take a public bus from Patong to Old Town. The bus will go by the Karon roundabout on the way. It runs every 45 minutes, costs 60 baht, and takes 1 hour and 30 minutes to get there. It’s like a truck that was changed. In Patong, it’s across from Ocean View Bar, and in Old Town, it’s across from 7-Eleven.
You could also go on a tour that includes the Big Buddha, the Wat Chalong temple, and the Karon Viewpoint. The Big Buddha, Temples, View Point, and Old Town are all on the full-day tour, which starts at 8:00 am and goes until 5:00 pm. Taxi drivers charge 2000 baht just to go to the Big Buddha, so this is the best deal.
Phuket night market
- When: Sunday from 4 pm
- Where: Thanlagan Road, Old Town
- How to get there: taxi, Grab, Bolt, bus, 1 hour from Patong Beach
- What to buy: quality handicrafts, souvenirs, clothes, accessories, street food
- What else to see: shopping, temples, century-old teahouses, food tour, Peranakan museum