Phuket Walking Street
Phuket Walking Street
Phuket Walking Street is the latest attraction featured in Phuket Old Town. Also-known-as Lardyai (talaad yai), which means ‘big market’ in southern Thai dialect, this weekly market started in October 2013 and is hosted on the beautifully renovated Thalang Road. As far as the timeline of its existence goes, the 350-metre long market was built uite recently in the middle of the historical Sino-Portuguese district of the town.
This commercial and cosmopolitan street is the hub of Thai Muslim and Indian shops. Over here at Phuket walking street, visitors can get a taste of typical Thai culinary specialties and specialty gift shops as well as souvenirs. Also, one can find special handicrafts goods, toy stalls, and entertainment for the little toddlers. This commercial hub is a lively spot for shopping in Phuket and lets you discover another side of Phuket in an economical manner.
Local food is one of the main attractions at Lard Yai. Don’t come to the market on a full stomach because the variety and uality of the food on offer is impressive, such as local hor mok fish custard and popular Thai dishes like pad thai and laab gai, plus bizarre looking coloured fried breads and freshly-sueezed juices and sugar cane drinks. Everything is prepared to take away, though some benches have been set up in the middle of the street for diners to sit down and relax.
From T-shirts to handbags to batiks, items for sale at Lard Yai are mostly local Phuket products, so it’s a good chance to pick up some things that are distinct from the usual souvenirs seen at the more tourist-oriented markets. In an effort to promote clean and green living, alcohol and smoking are prohibited, as is the use of styrofoam packaging. They’ve also banned the sale of counterfeit brands, so you’ll have to go elsewhere for those “Channel” or “Espirt” pocketbooks and “Rolex” watches.
The Lard Yai market is part of a wider local effort to revive the Old Town historical district of Phuket Town and promote the island’s history and culture. Thalang Road was the first of the Old Town streets to bury its unsightly power cables to allow the intricate century-old Sino-Portuguese architecture of the buildings lining the road to shine through.
On the market night, the buildings are lit up with coloured lights that give the whole street a rather magical glow as the sun goes down. If you can tear yourself away from the beach on a Sunday evening, Lard Yai is a great spot to shop, stroll and explore Phuket’s lesser-known cultural scene.