The night market on Koh Phangan is not to be missed: this place is a superb place for sampling Thai dishes but also for buying trinkets, clothes, souvenirs and so forth!

For some more Koh Phangan tips, check out my Ultimate Guide Koh Phangan Guide.



Nowadays the Saturday night market is also an excellent place for shopping second-hand (mostly for clothes and shoes)! I am really happy that Thais have adopted the idea of recycling because, in this country, wardrobe items, furniture, etc. get thrown away easily.

I will quickly explain the reason for this. My Thai friend made the remark and I totally get it: here it is so humid that things actually get moldy or ruined quite fast.  Us, Western people haven’t always realized that there is actually a logical reason behind it why things get dumped on the side of the road here. Well, historically, Thailand hasn’t been big on recycling and environmental issues either but luckily in recent years the improvements have been notable, such as the plastic bag ban.


The Chinese walking street market at night

The market is also called Chinese Walking Street Market


Saturday night market on Koh Phangan in a nutshell

Also known as

Chinese Walking Street market, Walking Street Market, or as Thais would say it “thanon khon dern” which literally means road person walk.


In Koh Phangan, Thailand. The market happens in Thong Sala which is the main village of the island and the port hub also. The market stretches from the Thong Sala Police station all the way to the end of the Chinese walking street.


Every Saturday from 5pm until 10pm.

Tips from a local

  • Remember to stand up and stay still 6pm sharp when the national anthem is broadcast from the loudspeakers.
  • In general, this is not the place for haggling. Food items have set prices. If you are buying clothes or expensive handicrafts you can try to ask for a small discount. Similarly, if you are buying in bulk, you can try to negotiate a lower price.
  • Carry some tissues with you in case you want to wipe your hands after eating some oily snacks.
  • There are public toilets in the park next to the Police station but I have never used them. The entrance was 5 baht if I remember correctly.
  • Water and other refreshments are sold in case you get thirsty. However, in my opinion, it’s good to refill your water bottle whenever you can so you don’t always have to buy a new one.


Nibble away

Deepfried small fishcakes with pink shrimps

Fried and spicy fish/ seafood cakes


There are numerous small stalls that sell both salty and sweet food. Most of the portions are on the smaller side but I think it’s better this way. You are able to sample different kinds of tucker. If you are really hungry, perhaps you can buy a whole grilled fish. Delicious!

All the staple Thai foods such as phad thai, no-name fritters, thai sausages, curries etcetera are available. If you want to be more adventurous, try the Isan (North-East Thailand) originated food; crickets, worms and so on. There is a smiling and friendly, local guy who is blasting psytrance while selling these crunchy treats. You don’t want to miss it!


The jovial local guy selling Isan delicacies from a food stall

The jovial local guy selling Isan delicacies, eg. crickets, worms and other small protein-rich creatures



The classic Isan area dish, laab, can be made with tofu as well!


Sweet tooth

Because no meal would be perfect without a dessert. They have modern delicacies, such as cakes, brownies, and doughnuts, but also Thai khanom (sweet or dessert in Thai). I would advise you to try some of the local specialties. Unfortunately, there isn’t good coffee available but this is where my The Ultimate Koh Phangan Cafe Guide becomes handy.

Some might not be to your liking but at least for me, the coconut-based sweets are usually super yummy. Why not try eg. coconut waffle, pancakes or custard-type sweet that is wrapped in banana leaves. The latter is my favorite Thai sweet! Vegans, be warned though, I don’t think there will be so much choice though you can find eg. amazing vegan waffles in many of the popular cities in Thailand.

If you are a sweetaholic (just came up with this one) or a chocoholic, have a look at this post on the chocolate brunch in Bangkok. This is unmissable if you are visiting the City of Angels.


Banana cake, donuts or brownies on display

Banana cake, donuts or brownies, anyone?


Thai sweet made of coconut

This is a traditional Thai sweet, or khanom as they are called in Thai. Coconutty with yummy custard inside. Sooo tasty!


If you haven’t tried the coconut ice-cream yet, now it’s about time. You can choose different toppings and sauces and it’s still only about 50b. Or why not try the new hit, frozen yogurt that is made in front of your eyes.


Coconut ice-cream served in a carved and fresh coconut

Coconut ice-cream


I like browsing through the clothes here. You can make real bargains and, obviously, when you buy second hand, you can find something special that the others don’t have. And save the whales (the environment that is). Prices are around 50 baht so it’s not gonna blow your bank either.


Local Thais sell different jewelry but also souvenirs and clothes. There are a lot of handicraft shops along the actual Chinese walking street section, such as locally made handbags, belts, and a silversmith. At the farthest end, you will also find Kodak shop in case you need some photos for your Thai Visa in Kuala Lumpur or in Yangon.

Interesting read: The Best Beaches of Koh Phangan (A Detailed Guide by a Local)


Anna’s tips

The lady selling sweet and savory samosas has one of my favorite stalls. Flavors range from tomato-mozzarella, spinach-ricotta, chicken, vegetable to banana-chocolate and coconut. They are only about 10-20 baht anyway so you can try different versions. Because they are so good it obviously gets busy here. You might need to wait for your turn a bit (not too long, don’t worry). Her stall is near the rotunda, where the Chinese Walking Street ends and you can see the beach.

Another good one is an old lady selling seafood omelets, prices starting from 50 baht. I must warn you though, a lot of oil is used for frying. As with the samosa lady, you might need to wait for your portion. But don’t worry, I can guarantee it will be worth it.


The most delicious omelet ever in the making


In general, be prepared to accept the fact that many of the dishes are deep-fried. Nevertheless, you can find some western-type salads as well as Thai somtum (papaya salad). There are sushi and Vietnamese spring rolls but otherwise, the food is on the heavier side.

If you are feeling stuffed and heavy, why not sit down for a cold beverage at one of the restaurants and pubs along the market area. It’s nice to rest your feet and watch the mix of the locals and farangs (non-Thais) alike enjoying their Saturday evening.


Need more tips on what to do here? Why not try saunas on Koh Phangan or Go hiking on Koh Phangan.

Fallen in love with the island and wondering how to make your stay here longer? I completely understand you. There are a few ways on how to get a valid visa:


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