Malin Plaza in South Patong is a bazaar known for its fantastic range of local foods. Popular options include tropical fruits like mango and star fruit, Thai pancakes, sticky rice, and buying fresh fish prepared by the locals. It’s also a great place to pick up some traditional Thai trinkets! Malin Plaza also offers a great selection of traditional souvenirs and Thai trinkets at fair and affordable prices. Although not as crowded as the other neighboring bazaars, it is still popular when it comes to shopping.
In addition to making and selling jewelry and souvenirs, Malin Plaza also sells clothing, spa products, and electronics. The bazaar is perfect if visitors want to buy something different than the usual souvenirs.
Malin Plaza Patong offers fair prices and an impressive range of souvenirs in Phuket. It’s as busy as most markets on the island but in a more relaxed environment with cheaper groceries. Things to buy at Malin Plaza Patong include t-shirts, jeans, beachwear, bags, luggage, spa products, cell phone accessories, and a good selection of jewelry and souvenirs. Some of the t-shirt designs at Malin Plaza Patong are unique. Very few local markets in Phuket have tailored, so this is an excellent place to visit if you want something different.
Highlights about Malin Plaza:
The central part of Malin Plaza Patong is sheltered from the elements under a high metal roof. The semi-permanent shops in the market occupy former shipping containers. They are well distributed and keep the air cool and refreshing – some shops go further and install windows, doors, and air conditioning. Prices may be a bit higher than other markets in Phuket, but you can still bargain down to a reasonable level. The market’s highlight is the impressive range of food stalls in front of the covered square.
You can find almost anything from Thai street food, fried chicken, and fries to crepes, ice cream, sushi, 90 baht cocktails, and fresh fruit. The food throughout the market is very good and cheap for Patong.
Shopping at Malin Plaza
Although Malin Plaza is a relatively new night market in the city, it certainly offers a range of unique designs in clothing, shoes, luggage, beauty and spa products, Thai jewelry, souvenirs and mobile phone accessories, among others. Malin Plaza also boasts a variety of food, including fruit, vegetables, meat and seafood, and cocktails to tantalize your taste buds.
Food and Restaurant:
Malin Plaza is well known for its food scene and offers a variety of food stalls serving delicious seafood, sticky mango rice, snacks and local foods, sweets, Thai pancakes, fried chicken, sushi, crepes, ice cream, and halal food. The bazaar also sells fresh fruits, including snake fruit, dragon fruit, mangoes, star fruit, and many other tropical fruits.
Due to the lack of air conditioning, Malin Plaza can get quite hot in the summer months. Try to visit the bazaar in the evening as the bazaar is more relaxed and gets busier. Also, the range of souvenirs and food on offer here is limited, so it’s best to get there early if you want to try the best food in Phuket. Taking a tuk-tuk to Malin Plaza is much better and cheaper than a taxi.
How to Reach:
Situated between the Sai Kor Road and Rat-U-Thit Road exits in Phuket, you can take a tuk-tuk or taxi to Malin Plaza. The tuk-tuk costs around THB 200, while a taxi costs a bit more, around THB 300 or THB 350.