After a great deal wrangling, horse trading and compromise the new Phuket Town market on Ranong Road has finally opened.
The old market was not a place for the squeamish (or a Health & Safety Inspector). It was dark, smelly, with blood running freely on the floor, writhing fish in buckets, crabs trying to escape and piles of vegetables. Sure it looked ‘exotic’ but it stank and was filthy.
Now the same crowd is back but in a decidedly more pleasant environment – there’s even a car park (something Phuket definitely needs) at the back.
Welcome to a more accessible market BUT don’t forget there is a more traditional fruit and veg market opposite and if you want to see a genuine fresh fish market there’s one behind Robinson’s in Phuket Town – see you there, there’s a great Thai coffee stall on the corner.