Phuket’s Sunday Walking Street
No trip to Phuket, the Pearl of the Andaman, is complete without a visit to a nocturnal bazaar. The Lard Yai Street Night Market in Phuket Old Town is Where you can blissfully experience Phuket’s nocturnal energy as visitors, both foreign and local, flock to this one-of-a-kind market created to promote the island’s history and culture on Thalang Road.
Open on Sunday only, the stretch of Thalang Road hosts many shops selling fabrics/tissues, interesting T-shirts, handbags, batik, handicrafts, knitted dolls, custom-made flip flops, fancy jewelry, hats, knickknacks as well as a beautiful choice of cool and reasonable items. The haggle-happy merchandise vendor stalls are all set amidst the endearing century old Sino-Portuguese architeactural elements from the intersection of Yaowarat Road to Thepkasatri Road. Moreover, what also makes a visitto The Lard Yai Street Night Market an enjoyable experience and a popular place to hang out on Sunday evening is the street entertainment, singers and busker, and living statue street artists while walking along the bazaar.
The happy hour starts from around 4 p.m. until 10 p.m., the “Lard Yai” is glimmeringly teeming with a mix of Chinese migrants, Thai Muslims, and Indian shops. So, it’s nothing out of the ordinary to discover some typical Southern Thai culinary specialties as well as local handicraft and gift stalls. Don’t miss sitting back trying traditional barbecued squid, chicken and pork with fruit juices, ice-cream and Thai traditional sweets, including stalls selling horse-shoe crabs. You will also be amazed by the original tricycle “Tuk-Tuk” trading beef and chicken burgers along the walking street market. If you still have room, local Ho Mok Fish custard and popular Thai dishes like “Phat Thai” are also recommended.
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