Walking Street Market

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Connie Ma

Yes, even here on Koh Pha Ngan they have a Walking Street market, but it is only on Saturdays. Walking Street is in the town of Thong Sala, where the main pier is located. The street is known as Chinese Street, although the real name is Talad Kao. For one day per week Talad Kao transforms itself into the pedestrianised, Saturday Walking Street at around 4:00pm, when the stallholders arrive to set up their wares. It’s a fascinating place to go, even if you don't want to buy anything. Crowds of locals and tourists all mingle together, buying and selling a wide variety of local products. There's locally made souvenirs, as well as jewellery, sunglasses, bric-a-brac and so on; and there is also a wide range of food stuffs, including many southern Thai delicacies, that are grown and processed on the island. Along the sides of the road are many shops, restaurants and bars, where you can grab a bite to eat or sip on a beer and take in the bustling, but friendly atmosphere. Open: 4:00pm - 10:00pm (best between 6:00pm - 8:00pm) Address: Chinese St/Walking St/Talad Kao, Thong Sala Getting Here: From the pier, turn to face the 7/Eleven and turn right. Chinese Street is about a five-minute walk at the end of the road.

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