Laguna Phuket’s “Flea Markets” Showcase Local Traditions
Laguna Phuket’s Canal Shopping Village is being transformed into a traditional Thai “Walking Street” flea market each Thursday afternoon and evening to create a fascinating experience for the resort’s hotel guests and local residents alike.
Visitors can browse more than 50 stalls selling a variety of local arts and crafts, clothes, souvenirs, snacks and refreshments.
Vendors are registered under OTOP, the provincial government scheme that encourages local villagers to earn livelihoods through traditional arts and crafts.
“By supporting the markets, visitors can enjoy a traditional Thai experience while providing much-needed income for our local communities to help preserve their skills and livelihoods,” said Khun Chureeporn Manabutr, Canal Village assistant manager.
The markets – staged each Thursday from 3.00-8.00pm for the foreseeable future – also feature traditional and contemporary Thai music, as well as entertainment by local schoolchildren.
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Laguna Phuket is Asia’s finest destination resort – a collection of deluxe hotels and villas including Banyan Tree Phuket, Angsana Laguna Phuket, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, Laguna Beach Resort, Outrigger Laguna Phuket Resort & Villas, Best Western Allamanda Laguna Phuket, and Laguna Holiday Club Resort - all sharing 1,000 acres of tropical parkland and three kilometres of beach frontage with Laguna Phuket Golf Club, Canal Shopping Village, Banyan Tree Spa, four Angsana Spas, Laguna Wedding Chapel, the Quest team building facility, and Latitude, a unique stand-alone function venue.