If you’re in Phuket on vacation, I totally understand if you don’t want to get up early visiting a morning wet market, which is a market selling fresh meat, fish, seafood, fruit, and vegetables. However, when my wife and I are in Phuket, we have access to a house and this day we were planning to barbeque and cooking with my wife’s family, which is why we hit the Talad Kaset morning market in Phuket Town after flying drone at Rawai Beach at sunrise. It’s always nice with a touch of local life, and if you enjoy markets like this, I recommend coming here around 07:00 or 08:00.
The fruit and vegetable stalls are lined up on the street, separated from the meat and fish section which is typical for a wet market. The beans as seen hanging on the stand is called “stink beans” and can only be grown in southern Thailand.
The Talad Kaset morning market is located at Soi Thavonwongwong, behind Robinson Department Store in Phuket Town and is at its busiest between 06:00 and 08:00.
A woman ties bunches of Gotu Kola, known as the “herb of longevity” due to its many health benefits.
Lime, corn, peanuts, and sweet potatoes on display. The girl sitting on the red chair is waving a plastic bag tied to a stick to scare away the flies, something you’ll see on every wet market in Thailand.
The market also sells flowers and dried goods.
Dried fish, ranging from 23 baht per hectogram to 350 baht per kilo.
Locals showing respect to a Buddhist nun. Every day you’ll see monks and nuns doing their alms round in the early morning walking barefoot.
Southern style curry is some seriously hot stuff. The paste in the middle is used for the famous yellow curry Gaeng Som.
Pineapples for 25 baht (75 cents) per kilo.
Green mango cost 40 baht per kilo.
While most of the goods are locally produced, some goods are imported like apples which cannot be grown in the tropics.
Being an island, Phuket has plenty of lovely fish and seafood.
Squid and prawns — perfect for our barbeque plan.
Blue swimmer crabs which are considered a culinary delicacy. But according to my crab-loving wife, black crab is better.
My wife showing off what we bought (she didn’t want to show her early morning face).
The market also sells cooked meals, and we made a mistake not coming here hungry. I would love to try some roti or dim sum — typical breakfasts in Phuket. Talad Kaset also has vendors selling street food at night which is why Google Maps calls this place Talad Kaset Night Market.
The morning market is open from 02:00 to 10:00.