When traveling to a new and exciting place, one activity that ranks high on most everyone’s “To Do” list is shopping in some local markets. If you’re headed to Pattaya, you’re definitely in luck. The area has a wide range of shopping venues to suit any taste and budget, making it easy to find that perfect souvenir (or 5) of your trip.
Pattaya has several large scale malls, much like you will find in any other major city – where you can find high end designer fashion, gadgets and décor. Pattaya also has many local markets and vendors where you can find unique items that have been handcrafted by the locals. Whatever your budget or tastes, there’s a shopping venue in Pattaya for you. To make it easier to find them, we’ve compiled a list of the best shopping districts in Pattaya to add to your itinerary.
Central Festival Pattaya
Central Festival Pattaya is everything you would expect from a shopping mall, plus a little bit more. It’s located right on the beach and features five stories of retail space that include some 300 stores. Central Festival Pattaya also has a ten screen movie theater, bowling alley and several food courts as well, which feature fare from all around the world. It has a sleek, modern design, but features several waterfalls and Thai accents in the interior, which adds a touch of nature to the glass and steel space.
Pattaya Floating Market
The Pattaya Floating Market is a man-made replica of the ones found in Bangkok, but it’s every bit a popular destination for both tourists and the locals. Vendors peddle their wares from their flat bottomed boats and are eager to make you a great deal. You can find handmade items like jewelry, clothing and housewares as well as fresh produce and other foods. There are also over 100 shops in the area, in addition to the boat vendors and they offer some of the best traditional Thai foods you can find in all of Thailand. You can also hire a boat to tour the waterways and get an up close look at local architecture and the Thai way of life. Sometimes there are cultural displays and festivals in the area, which only adds to the intrigue of this bustling shopping district. Don’t miss it, whatever you do!
Outlet Mall Pattaya
Savvy shoppers know that outlet malls can be a goldmine when it comes to getting the best deals on clothing and accessories. The Outlet Mall Pattaya is no different. You can save up to 70% on brands like Nike, Croc and Levis every day. Of course, these great deals make the Outlet Mall Pattaya a popular place with tourists and the locals, which means it can be a bit crowded at times – especially on the weekends. But such amazing deals make fighting the crowds worth it, right?
At first glance, this Renaissance-inspired French district may seem oddly out of place in the middle of Thailand. However, Mimosa is one of the most unique and popular shopping districts in the country. It’s modeled after the French city of Colmar and is filled with quaint shops and eateries. There’s also a small amusement park on site as well as street performers that entertain visitors throughout the day. Mimosa also has a petting zoo and a 6D movie theater in the middle of all its quaintness, making it the perfect family-friendly shopping and entertainment destination for visitors of all ages.
Mike Shopping Mall
From the outside, Mike Shopping Mall looks much like any other shopping mall you have been to. However, once inside, you’ll immediately realize the difference. Even though it’s a glass and metal structure composed of five floors, Mike Shopping Mall has more of a indoor street market feel than that of a traditional mall. You’ll find super deals on clothing, accessories and souvenirs for everyone on your shopping list. Vendors at Mike Shopping Mall are open to haggling and doing so can land you some great discounts on the items you purchase. Be advised that the name brand products found at some of the vendors in Mike Shopping Mall might not be authentic so do your research before you buy. Before you leave, be sure to check out the cool roof top pool and grab a bite to eat in the food court.