Sort your way through a myriad of colours that will greet you as you make your way past each market, examining the little nitty-gritties that constitute some of the most sought after of local markets in Phuket. Unearth a treasure trove of produce that you are not bound to come across anywhere else in Thailand. In Phuket such places come in two varieties. The first is referred to as a ‘talad sod’ which translates to a fresh market. Secondly one can also select a ‘talad nat’ which is a community market which sees local farmers bringing their goods to sell in the town. Whatever your mood is, these markets are sure to keep you engrossed and busy throughout the day.

Well known as the ‘mother of all markets’ in the area, the Phuket Weekend Market found just south of Phuket Town is filled with lines of stalls that sell absolutely everything. Pick out a few fashionable accessories, toys and fishing equipment for quite an affordable price. An ideal destination for the whole family is the market that also offers access to an assortment of fresh snacks that can be sampled. From grilled chicken, boiled buttered corn to even succulent kebabs, the choices are simply too good to turn away from. While you are there, why not buy a few souvenirs such as a traditional carved object or a religious image.

Staying true to its name, Banzaan Market which can be located down Sai Kor Road offers visitors and locals nothing short of the freshest produce. If one is on the lookout for exotic fruit then this is the place to get them for they arrive in various shapes and sizes. The market can easily be accessed as escalators make navigating its premises a thing of the past. As you move through the area you will be greeted by the sweet scent of flowers while the aroma of seafood will always linger in the air. Open from 7.00 am till 5.00 pm, Banzaan is an experience that must be enjoyed when holidaying here. After a day exploring you may treat yourself to the sweet flavours of guava juice.

Ever wanted to have street food at a night market? Then there’s no better place than to indulge in the joys of sinking your teeth into juicy pork or having a shrimp noodles soup than at Talad Kaset Night Market. Get a taste of the local lifestyle by dining at Talad Kaset. Found down On Ong Sim Phai Road, the market will be where one could snack on local sweets while some soybean milk would complement any meal. The latest addition to these markets is Indy Market which began its operations in 2010 and sells a variety of ladies’ bags and jeans. Foodies would revel in these conditions as seafood BBQs and Chinese dumplings are all available in large quantities.

How about staying at a Phuket luxury resort while you savour the attractions that the island possesses? Point Yamu Phuket which is known for offering guests the finest of Phuket luxury accommodation will be a good bet worth thinking of. Make a trip to these local markets and be dazzled by the sheer pageantry that virtually unfolds on a daily basis.

Umanga Kahandawaarachchi is a passionate travel writer who writes under the pen name, Maggie Tulliver. Her field of writing covers a wide array of content and articles related to travel and hospitality industry.