There are many different markets in Surat Thani, which are all fun and interesting to explore. Coming from the U.S. to me there are many unfamiliar sights, smells, and tastes. Shopping at markets is also a great way to give back to the local community. Here’s the lowdown on some of the popular markets in town:
Sunday Night Market
This market starts at about 3 PM. It is located next to the river near the bridge. At the Sunday market you can watch people on jet skis and waverunners, and sometimes there are competitions on the water. It’s also a great place to watch the sunset over the river and live performances.
Food you can find: Mango sticky rice with coconut milk, chicken skewers, sushi, waffles, pad thai, fried coconut balls, salads, small spring rolls with a sauce, coconut and corn bowls, squash/pumpkin coconut bowls, and there is a kebab stand along with other unique meals and treats.
There is also a table near one of the small boat ramps where you can buy tickets for 50 baht to go on a boat and see fireflies along the river for about one hour.
Everyday night market by the pier
This market starts going around 4 PM. It is located down the street from the pier the pier fruit market. At the market near the pier you can find mochi ice cream, cheap clothes, corn on the cob, pre-made mixed fruit and vegetable salads, curries, all kinds of meat on a stick, fresh-squeezed tangerine juice, and many other savory and sweet treats. The kabob stand is popular with the expat teachers.
Fruit market by the pier
The fruit market at the pier is open every night starting at about 5 PM. Depending on which types of fruits are in season, you can find bananas, papayas, oranges, grapes, rambutans, lychees, mangos, apples, watermelons, pineapples, coconut, and more.
Morning market across from the pier
This market gets going around 6 AM. It is located across from where the fruit market is held. At this market there fish, fish, and more fish! There are also live eels, small sharks, prawns, and crabs.
Market at Karunrat
At this market there’s fried chicken, massaman and panang curries, pork steaks, pad kra pow, kao pad gai.