One of the things we love the most about exploring Thailand by motorbike is the possibility to stop and hop off so easily wherever and whenever you feel like it. On our last night in Phuket we drove home from Layan Beach without following strict directions when suddenly bright lights and music drew us. We stopped and walked around among market stalls with clothes and food, and a podium where music was performed (Thai have their own way of performing (pop) music, which is really great to watch) and some announcements were made – we don’t speak Thai yet, so I don’t have a clue what the man was saying. But let’s not kid anyone, the market and music were great, but what’s always most important are the food stalls! With our tummies already pretty full of the delicious barbecue we had at Gaia Beach Bar we couldn’t try too much, but instead went for some light snacks. We had some spicy strawberries and an orange juice, and admired everything else.

When you read up on night markets in Thailand it’s mostly about the ones where tourists do their (souvenir) shopping. If you really want to immerse yourself in the local culture – like we strive to at every destination we go to – it’s best to explore the vicinity by yourself and see where you bump into. In the past weeks we’ve found a few of this markets (also in Ao Nang, more on this later!); most of the time these are the places where you can get the best local food and the atmosphere is always very nice!

Click here for the exact location of this market.

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