Chao Fah Variety Market on Chai Fah West Road opposite Wat Nakha Phuket is indeed a variety market as it offers some of the city’s best shopping choices. It is a popular destination of both locals and visitors. Anantara Phuket Villas a popular Phuket beach resort in an idyllic location arranges excursion to city attractions.
Chao Fah Variety Market is one of the great markets of Phuket known for its value for money shopping options. Primarily a week end market it is open only in the evening. Divided into a non food and a food section it is a popular destination of both locals and visitors because of the huge selection of food and other merchandise and because bargains are to be had here. The non food section features knick knacks, handicrafts, silk scarves, beach ware, leisure ware, sarongs, T shirts with quirky messages, leather goods, luggage, CDs, DVDs, computer games, electronic gadgets, toys, shoes, bags, accessories, home ware, pets, art work, sunglasses, slippers, jewellery, hair ornaments silk flowers, natural deodorants and collectibles. While the merchandise is of varying quality, some of it is really nice. Many of it are knock offs and shoppers need to be cautious and not be pushed into making ill advised purchases. As haggling is possible many come away thinking they have got one up on the seller. Although it can be crowded and hot the atmosphere is electric and to many the discomfort is worthwhile as the goods are a fraction of the cost of what is available elsewhere.
The food section is a hit too as it offers a mind boggling array of ready to eat offerings some familiar and others not. Grilled meats and seafood on skewers, pancakes and waffles with sweet and savoury fillings, meatballs, grilled and fried chicken parts, fried tapioca balls, fried crickets, prawn crackers, Thai soups, sushi, quail eggs wrapped in fish paste, prawns fried in a spicy batter, more quail eggs this time boiled, something known as green snake skin fruit and plenty of fresh juices are among the most visible. Because of the gargantuan selection of food many people spend time going around eating without feeling the time pass.
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