Attraction Thanon Dibuk, Tambon Talat Yai, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83000, Thailand Published on: 26-06-2016
|2 hours 30 mins|
|04:00 PM - 10:30 PM|
People watching (street)
Indy Market is good for
- Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
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Why Indy Market is special ?
Phuket Town’s twice-weekly Indy Market on Dibuk Road is known in Thai as ‘laadploykong’ (‘a market to let go of your goods’). It is also a place where locals, especially teenagers and young adults, come to enjoy themselves with an entertaining mix of vendors, live performances and more.
The good thing about this lively but relatively unknown market is that it’s small and clean. It made up of just one lane along Limelight Avenue, next to the popular Lemongrass Restaurant. It takes about 15-20 minutes to take the whole place in and it has a happy, carefree feel to it.
What to explore at Indy Market?
The many goods displayed at Phuket Indy Market include jeans, flip-flops, shoes and ladies’ bags made from water hyacinth. But some items are quite unique such as customised handmade key rings. Happily, prices are very low and the most fun item of all is a single rice grain with your name stenciled onto it, to be used as part of a pendant, key ring or bracelet. This costs about 120 baht.
If you fancy having a special souvenir made just for you and/or your loved one(s) check out the artist booths. They do portraits and caricatures by order in a short time (price starting from only about 100 baht per picture). Nearby, you’ll find professional manicurist stands. Prices depend on the choices of material but start as low as 90 baht.
It’s best to come here with an appetite as there are a lot of delicious and cheap snacks available. If possible take your time and try as many as you can; Thai spicy salad (don’t worry, tell the server ‘mai pet’ to keep it not too spicy), fried fish-paste balls, chicken BBQ (that goes very well with sticky rice), beef and seafood BBQ, crispy gyoza (a kind of Chinese dumpling) and fish maw soup. The latter is a must.
Also, don’t miss Thai-style chicken kebabs; the stall owner will slice the chicken meat off a rotating vertical spit; it’s served with pita bread and costs around 50 baht. For the sweets section, the list goes on and on from soft sponge cake to colourful candies and Thai-style crepes. Check out the traditional street sweet by the name of kanom buang (or Thai crispy pancake) that resembles a taco, but is made from rice flour rather than corn flour. They first top it with coconut cream followed by some sweet toppings. It not only looks lovely but it tastes good too.
Beverages range from sugarcane and orange juice to old-style tea and coffee. If you are looking for a more sophisticated drink, try the cocktail booth featuring both alcohol and non-alcoholic cocktails for about 100 baht a drink.
How to get to Indy Market?
It takes 47 mins driving from Phuket International Airport.
- A very local nick nacks and fashion market
- Decent street food, quirky arty fashion and more
- A lot of different types of food
- Great place to hangout
- Great place for family day out
Thanon Dibuk, Tambon Talat Yai, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83000, Thailand
Tips for you
Indy market is a good fun way to spend an hour browsing if you're in the Phuket Town area. It seems like it's mainly a place for the youth and teens to hang out and there's all sorts of accessories and teen fashion on display, including a few relatively ok vintage stands. You might just find a bargain. I rummaged and found an original Emmanuel Ungaro blouse for the equivalent of around 2 pounds!!! As well as some cute earrings, 4 pairs for 100 baht. It's quite a small market just at the end of Dibuk road literally just after the bridge on the left. Super easy to find. Ask anyone though as most of the locals know it. As far as we know it only runs on thursdays and fridays from 6pm to 10pm. The atmosphere is very laid back teenage cool. You can pretty much do the entire thing inside of an hour its so small. The food stalls are all at the back, the fashion and accessories at the front. There's a stage in the middle with young groups getting up to jam and a lovely local vibe going on. There are also relatively clean toilets also at the back in case you're in need. I wouldn't necessarily suggest going out of your way for this market, but it's a fun way to spend an hour with something for everyone. There are also two quite cool second hand sneaker stands in the middle selling old retro nike and converse. Little tip, at the back of the market there's a lady making fresh coconut pancakes that are to die for. You get 6 little ones rolled up for 20 baht. This will be our main reason for ever going back!
If you can walk there or it is a short cab ride it is worth it, otherwise you will spend a ton of money to get there and be done in 15 minutes.