Getting to know : Anucha Voranetiwong
Managing Director of P.R.A. Solution Co Ltd, who is the key of Phuket Floating Market.
Phuket Floating Market is the only floating market on the island and is located opposite Loch Palm Golf Club in Kathu. It is quickly becoming a major attraction for Thai and foreigner visitors due to its full range of food, shops and OTOP products available from the market’s boardwalk.
The main attraction is, of course, eating Thai food and seafood on wooden the walkway. And the range varies from appetizers to snacks to full meals.
Throughout the day, several traditional Thai performances are performed on stage. In addition, many vendors dress up in Thai costumes giving the market a really authentic feel.
Visitors perch on rows of narrow steps leading down to the water and food is brought directly from the boats onto tiny tables. If you don’t feel like sitting, walk a bit to find restaurants with real tables and chairs. The nicest and most quiet restaurant is located at the end of the boardwalk.
All along each side of the boardwalk, interesting shops sell souvenirs, sweets, fresh coffee, snacks and ice creams. But all around the market one can find local foods with some more uncommon options also available such as boiled nuts and small meatballs with gravy, many Thais have said that
such items remind them of their childhoods.
Anucha Voranetiwong, General Manager of P. R.A. Solution Co Ltd, who is the key of Phuket Floating Market, is a 53 year old Phuket businesses man who has been involved in the tourism industry his entire working life.
Anucha revealed his ideology behind the market, “To see tourists get close to Thai culture and understand the Thai lifestyle is what inspired me to make this unique marketplace in Phuket, the only such attraction in southern Thailand.
“This floating market, a wooden building and street that floats on water, is totally different from other markets on the island. Water management is a priority at the attraction, including water treatment of the main lakes water,” he said. “B200 million has been invested in the Phuket Floating Market which sits on a 35 Rai plot, that figure does not include the land price. The stalls range in size, with 4×6 and 3×2.5 metre plots available. All plots are already taken, and this market is aimed at local vendors so they can ply their wares providing not only them, but also Phuket with revenue,” he added.
“In the near future, Thai cooking classes and Thai culture lessons will also be available. These features will be a chance for tourists to get as close to Thailand’s soul as possible,” Anucha concluded.
Phuket Floating Market is certainly putting its name on the map and is open seven days a week 10am-10pm.