Phuket Town’s Sunday Walking Street

Every Sunday, Thalang Street in Phuket Town closes to automobiles and motorbikes and becomes a Walking Street (night market). It’s official name is Lard Yai (หลาดใหญ่). It is one of the things that we do often, and talk about enough, that a few of our friends have asked us to write about it. So here it is!

Entering Old Town in Phuket Town is like stepping back in time. It is lined with Sino Portuguese shop houses (town homes where the ground floor is a shop) that are stacked up in rows, some painted in bright, crisp colors, some run down and looking as though they may fall in if it wasn’t the shared walls on either side. The roads are wide and most are one way, so it is easy to walk around the area and take in the scenery.

A Sino Portuguese shop house in Phuket Town.
A Sino Portuguese shop house in Phuket Town.

During the walking street on Sunday (from 4pm-10pm) the shophouses are lit up with colored LED lights. Most of the businesses are closed, save for the bars. You can sit and enjoy an alcoholic beverage at any of the bars on the street, but you cannot drink them while walking, no smoking while walking either.  The food stalls and people selling their goods are all positioned down the middle the street, leaving large pathways on either side of them (smaller strollers are good to use here).  It is a nicer, more relaxed way to go to a night market than the often overcrowded and stifling humid Weekend Market. The crowds are mostly Thai (even during high season) and it feels safer and everyone is very polite and helpful.

A view of the crowd at Lard Yai
A view of the crowd at Lard Yai

On the end of Thalang Road near Yaowarat Road, there are people lined up to sing Karaoke (some are even pleasant to listen to!). Throughout the area there are street performers, musicians, and even a clown (eek!) that will make extremely complicated balloon “animals” for your little ones (or you if you so wish ).

One of the shows at the Walking Street.
One of the shows at the Walking Street.

Overall, the Walking Street is just a fun and easy thing to do on a Sunday night. We often grab our favorite foods (pork and sticky rice, Issan sausages, squid eggs) and anything else that looks tasty and sit at the far end of Thalang Road towards Yaowarat Road in a little seating area set up by Singha Beer where you can buy a pint, pitcher, or mini keg of Sigha or Leo beer. Then we just sit, eat, drink some beer (well, Z drinks water), and chat while people watching. It’s fun for the whole family!

Someone asked me where we park and for a map of the area… so I drew a map to show where to park. Please look past my less-than-perfect drawing skills.

walkingstreet
These are the streets that we have found to have the easiest parking.

 

 

 

Tips for Enjoying the Phuket Town Walking Street:

  • Go Early-  If you arrive between 4pm-6pm you will have an easier time finding parking and wandering slowly through the people selling their wares.
  • Use a Stroller- If you have a child(ren) it may be easier for you to use a small stroller. It can get a little crowded and often people do not look down when they are walking. I always freak out that Z will get stumbled on (I know it’s just a personal paranoia, but still…).Not only that, it gives you a way to carry the things you buy, and the drinks or food you can’t carry at the same time as enjoying something else delicious.
  • Take Your Time and Sit and Enjoy- Don’t rush! Eat some food, sit in one of the restaurants/bars and people watch for a while. Make sure that you get all the street food your stomach desires before rushing off. Most of the places will let you sit and eat street food if you buy a drink or two there.
  • Explore the Area- Thalang Road is where the walking street occurs, but the blocks around it are full of fun things to see and do. Most of our favorite restaurants, coffee shops, and craft beer sellers are in the area (more on those in a future post!).

 

Now it’s your turn! Would you go to the Walking Street? If you could eat any type of street food, what would it be? Do you have an abnormal fear of your child getting trampled? Or a real fear of clowns? Leave a comment and join in the fun!

photo credit: via photopin (license)

  22 comments for “Phuket Town’s Sunday Walking Street

  1. Benay
    March 13, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    Awesome post!!! Exactly the kind on intell I’ve been needing. We’ll check it out. Thank you! -B

    • andthreetogo
      March 14, 2015 at 6:53 am

      Thanks! I hope you guys like it!

  2. Benay
    March 13, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    Oh, one more thing – I love the map! Could be useful to include/ reference something really common to get bearings like Central or Choafa?

    • andthreetogo
      March 13, 2015 at 10:16 pm

      Good idea! That will take a bit more research. I may just drop a Google pin the next time I am there and Uodate my post with a true map as well 🙂

  3. Lani
    March 13, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    I do love a good walking street. Thanks for the tips!

    • andthreetogo
      March 14, 2015 at 12:42 am

      I hope you get to come try it out Lani!

  4. joylovestravel
    March 14, 2015 at 12:48 am

    Love the sound of that – seems like the perfect way to end up the weekend!!

    • andthreetogo
      March 14, 2015 at 6:46 am

      It is! Many Thais only have Sunday’s off, so it’s very popular with the locals. I love the more local feel of it.

  5. freebutfun
    March 14, 2015 at 3:13 am

    I need to start looking for flights… I’d love to be there too! Love markets!

    • andthreetogo
      March 14, 2015 at 6:47 am

      Yes you do! Low season begins mid-april so the prices decrease a lot! Hint hint 😉

  6. kemkem
    March 14, 2015 at 3:19 am

    Looks like a great way to end the day…mmm..pork and sticky rice sounds great..and l just had dinner too..lol..

    • andthreetogo
      March 14, 2015 at 6:48 am

      Pork and sticky rice is one of our favorites, the sweeter tasting sticky rice with the salty chewy pieces of pork make for a perfect meal while walking. 🙂

  7. thehomeschoolingdoctor
    March 14, 2015 at 3:34 am

    It sounds wonderful! We’d love it!

    • andthreetogo
      March 14, 2015 at 6:40 am

      I bet you guys would 😉 I will put that on the itinerary for when you guys come visit 🙂

      • thehomeschoolingdoctor
        March 14, 2015 at 7:58 am

        Sure! When a is about ten. !

        • andthreetogo
          March 14, 2015 at 8:27 am

          I can wait 🙂

  8. Tarynn Playle
    March 14, 2015 at 4:31 am

    No clowns for me. And I share your fear of my child getting trampled. Otherwise, it sounds like a lot of fun!! I would want to try everything so I would really have to try to focus on pacing myself.

    • andthreetogo
      March 14, 2015 at 6:44 am

      Most of the serving sizes are pretty small so I think that a person would be able to try a little of everything, or at least make a valiant effort to. hahah 😉

  9. melissajane01
    March 14, 2015 at 5:21 am

    Sounds like a great experience. I’m not a huge fan of crowds but living close to L.A., I’m used to some congestion.

    • andthreetogo
      March 14, 2015 at 6:53 am

      I feel the same way about crowds, but the walking street often looks crowded but never really feels that way. Although I think I have gotten used to the lack of a personal space bubble here that was so important to me when I lived in America though. 🙂 Still, if you get there early it’s not crowded at all.

  10. Sha
    March 15, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    Sounds like my kinda thing, sit, eat and watch people. Awesome. Now, if only there’s a/c as well, it would be perfect…haha…:)

    • andthreetogo
      March 16, 2015 at 8:01 am

      Haha. No a/c’s. But it’s much cooler in the evening. For example,
      It was over 40 yesterday, but dropped to 31 by 6 pm. Still balmy hot but not compared to the daytime 🙂

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