Shopping in Phuket

Though Phuket comes nowhere near the range and volume of products found in Bangkok and Northern Thailand, it still has a lot of offer to tourists. Phuket is well known for cotton and silk fabrics, ready-made and custom-made clothes, batiks, ceramics, jewelry, antiques and leather products.  Recently, furniture and home décor products are also becoming popular with tourists. Both permanent and makeshift shops are found all over Phuket. Thai-style makeshift shops operate in the mornings and evenings in the tourist areas and sell mostly handicrafts, souvenirs and knickknacks, normally popular among tourists. phuket shopping

Phuket City

Phuket City has a wide range of shops from department stores and hypermarkets to handicraft and furniture stores. The famous hypermarkets are Big C and Tesco-Lotus, located on the Bypass Road. To buy branded clothing it is advisable to visit department stores. Central Festival Mall is a favorite among tourists. ‘Old Phuket’ has on offer a few unique boutiques offering great deals. As the place has old style buildings and small restaurants offering great local cuisine, the place is worth spending a full day. It is as if the time has stood still here. For inexpensive shopping, the weekend market, Chatuchak Phuket, located in the Phang Nga Road, is very good. You will get anything from clothing, shoes and jewelry to handicrafts and local food. Take a break from the beaches and visit Phuket City for a wonderful shopping experience. phuket map

Patong

In Patong, most of the shopping is through makeshift street vendors. They are not seen during the daytime. As night falls, the main roads and lanes become active with these vendors. They sell anything from clothes, souvenirs and accessories to luggage, leather goods and paintings. Fancy electronic gadgets are a favorite among tourists here. Pirated and fake goods are found in plenty and there is great demand for these products. Duplicates of famous brands are the hottest selling items here. Raids are conducted here to crack down on this market, but still they flourish due to high demand. In addition, if you choose your holiday rentals near Patong beach, you can easily find the places for shopping. The major night market of Patong is located on the Beach Road and its adjoining lanes, which is convenient for the tourists coming to the beach. During the peak tourist season, a similar market operates thrice a week on Rat-U-Thit Road, opposite to Paradise Complex. Regular shops here are Ocean Department Stores, one on Bangla Road and one on Beach Road, 7-11s, small grocery stores and pharmacies. http://www.jungceylon.com/

Kata and Karon

Both the beach areas are chock-a-block with vendors selling handicrafts, souvenirs, clothing and home décor products. Electronic items like ipods are sold at unbelievable prices. They even arrange the shipping of the bigger items brought here.

Bang Tao and Surin

As these areas are seeing the property development boom, they are well known for their furniture and home décor products. You will find modern as well as antique pieces of furniture here. Most of them are located just outside the luxury Laguna Complex. Inside the Laguna Complex, the Canal Village shopping center has expensive shops offering gifts, home décor items, spa products and silks. Surin Plaza is the only worthwhile shopping center in Surin, located on the main road to the north of the beach. Here you will find boutiques and restaurants. Bang Tao has an open-air market, selling inexpensive clothing including t-shirts. This is located opposite to Cherng Talay police station.