Last weekend, Phuket Boat Lagoon held the first ever Lighthouse Market. The flyer circulated around my Facebook feed and promised a lighthouse tour and international food stalls among other things. Well, they had me at international foods. We had to go and check it out.
***Disclaimer: This IS NOT a sponsored post. I am simply writing about this event because I like to share about things to do in Phuket. All opinions are my own, and some may not agree with me, but I won’t hold it against you.***
We arrived at the Phuket Boat Lagoon at around 5pm. The flyer said that the market was on from 3-8 pm, but the crowds had still not begun to arrive when we got there. Which was a very good thing. The market was set up along the boardwalk, which was about 6 feet wide and was edged with a 3 foot tall wire fence that any precocious toddler desiring a dip in the water could easily get through or over. I also saw flashes of myself being accidentally pushed over the side by massive crowds trying to get past the stalls selling their wares.
Ok, so paranoia aside, there was not a whole lot of walking room. And using a stroller was not that great either (yep, we tried it), except for the fact that at least our child was contained. I felt bad for our friends that were with us that had more than one little one to watch over, it was a bit hectic. I didn’t even get a photo of the market itself because I didn’t want to take my eyes off Z long enough to do so.
We made our way to lighthouse as quickly as possible at the end of the boardwalk. We paid 20 baht for Z to make a flag that kids could leave at the top of the lighthouse for good luck. Then we all waited in line to walk up to the top.
The walk up the 7 flights of stairs circling around the inside of the lighthouse was actually really easy and fun. When we arrived at the top, Chad’s and my own fear of heights
slightly kicked in and we both took some quick pictures of the view and waited to head back down again. Z seems to have inherited our dislike of heights, or possibly just didn’t want to give up her flag (who needs good luck anyways?), and was perfectly okay with leaving quickly.
We then walked across a little walking bridge that crosses the watery entrance to the boat yard, just for the sake of crossing the bridge and getting good pictures of the lighthouse in its entirety… And some of us, too!
After the sun had set, the crowds began to grow. The crowds made me feel a bit claustrophobic, so instead of eating the fare from the many food stalls, we ducked into one of the restaurants on the boardwalk. Honestly, I am not even sure what the restaurant was called, but it should have been “Overpriced Tables to Sit at While Grabbing Yummy 100 baht Mojitos From the Stall Right Outside the Door Restaurant“, but really that name is way too long and gives the wrong idea that the yummy Mojitos I speak of are there every day and not just on the monthly Lighthouse Market nights.
My final thoughts on the Lighthouse Market in Phuket Boat Lagoon would be this: I would go again. This was Boat Lagoon’s first time having this event, and I think that the next one will be much improved (and I may get a babysitter so
I can enjoy more mojitos I can relax a little and actually stop at one of the stalls and browse). If I do go next month I will write an update and let you know if it was any better.
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