Shopping in Phuket
Shopping in Phuket provides a retail therapy experience that satisfies all types of consumer. These range from mammoth shopping malls with high-end brands, outlet centres with a range of bargains, boutique-style Thai shops with unique items and markets full of knick knacks.
If you prefer to walk around an air-conditioned shopping centre that has the convenience of having stores, cafés, restaurants and various entertainments, then there are a few choices on the island.
Established for over ten years, Central Festival Phuket, located just outside of Phuket Town draws crowds of thousands. With a host of well-known branded shops, it is also home to many of Thailand’s top fashion labels. In addition, there are impressively stocked sports shops, electronic retailers and a myriad of mobile outlets that sell both new and used phones, laptops and tablets. These vendors also provide assistance with repairs.
In Patong, Jungceylon is another massive mall with shops, eateries and bars. Along the streets, you’ll find various stalls selling items that are perfect souvenirs or gifts. Be prepared to bargain to get the best deals.
Expo Market in Phuket Town is a maze of small shops under one air-conditioned roof where locals do their shopping whilst Premium Outlet on the By-pass Road offers last season bargains up to 70% off.
THAI BOUTIQUE SHOPS
Every town hosts a number of unique Thai fashion stores where you can grab a garment or few at a tidy price. You’ll find designs that you won’t see anywhere else while having a much more personal experience with friendly staff and the advantage of not being surrounded by hoards of hungry shoppers.
Phuket has several antique shops, many of which sell unique items that date back several decades and sometimes centuries.
Markets are everywhere and they sell everything! Some are smaller, concentrating on food and others are gargantuan with a whole host of goods, including clothing, shoes, second-hand items of all kinds and, of course, more food.
Phuket’s Weekend Market is extensive and a must see for any visitor to the island offering everything you can imagine, along with an authentic experience that will leave lasting memories.