Where to shop in Phuket?
Attention serious shoppers: The Thai island of Phuket has all of your shopping desires covered. The island has a variety of indoor shopping centers with the latest fashions, as well as markets and handicraft stores selling unique merchandise. All of the possibilities give you products at a fraction of the price you would pay back home. Take a look at our choices for the best shopping spots for a shop-till-you-drop experience in Phuket.
- Jungceylon Shopping Centre
Location: Rat-u-thit 200 Pee Road, Patong
Directly opposite of Bangla Road, this mall has over 200 stores selling brand-name clothing, cosmetics, shoes, electronics, and home goods. Here you’ll find the popular Robinson Department store, as well as a Big C Supermarket for all your shopping needs. There’s also a variety of food options, such as a fast food court and a number of restaurants. Make your way to the tailor shop and luggage store too so you can easily take your new custom-made purchases back home. The entertainment options at this mall are endless.
On the 2nd floor, there is a gaming arcade and Mario Land Games Zone, while on the 3rd floor you’ll find a theatre, a 16 lane bowling alley, 4D rides, and a laser shooting range.
- Central Festival Phuket
Location: On the Bypass Road in Phuket Town
Said to be the shopping hub of the island, here you’ll discover 120 outlets and boutique stores spread over four floors. Products for sale include clothing, fashion accessories, household items, and children’s toys. On the ground floor you’ll find the famous Jim Thomson store; a Thai silk shop renowned for high-end silk textiles. Make sure to also check out Thailand’s premier sporting goods store, Supersports, for sports brands at a cheaper cost than at home. You can stop by B25 for a large variety of books, stationary items, and genuine DVDs/CD’s. If you get hungry during your shopping spree, there is an array of international and Thai restaurants.
- Banana Walk
Location: Patong Beachfront next to Banana Disco
Phuket’s newest shopping center, Banana Walk, is a complex right next to Banana Disco on Patong’s beachfront. Over 4,000 square meters of retail space, spread on three floors, meets all of your shopping needs. There are a total of seven different food and drink outlets, as well as a large open outside area with a covered beer garden and nightly live music. On the ground floor you’ll find a spa, nail salon, electrical gadget stores, and an official Apple computer store. The second floor has amazing views of Patong Bay, as well as a Wine Connection store and Villa Supermarket for food and toiletry options. The third floor is not only lined with fashion and sportswear like Quicksilver, but also has a Paul Mitchell hair salon to glam you up for a night out.
- Premium Outlet Phuket
Location: On the Bypass Road
This premium outlet has over 300 brand names (90% international brands) in 18,000 square meters of retail space. Lacoste, Levi’s, Nautica, Adidas, and Nike outlets carry products with up to 70% discounted prices. Golfers will want to check out Golf Challenge for an array of professional equipment. For unique Thai handicrafts and souvenirs, stop by Stop by Tha Chang Shop. Other popular items you can find here include silver cutlery, woodworks, shell products, handbags, cotton and silk sarongs.
- Phuket weekend market
Location: Talad Tai Rot located along Chao Fa West Road
One kilometer south of Central Festival you will find the Phuket Weekend Market. Locally known as “Naka Market”, this spot is open Saturdays and Sundays from 4-9 in the evenings. This market has covered and open sections, with stalls selling second-hand goods, pirated items, animals, and a great selection of local food. The popular food selections are corn on the cob, sausages, grilled chicken, fishcakes, fruit, and deep-friend insects. There’s new stuff to buy here too, with a choice of fluffy toys, mobile phones, electronics, shoes, bags, and clothing.
- Banzaan Market (Patong Beach)
Location: Patong Beach, Sai Kor Road
Behind the Jungceylon megamall you’ll find the Banzaan Market. Although it is a local market, it’s much more modern and “fresh”. Here you can find a variety of food like meats, fruits, veggies, Thai sweets, dried goods, and ready-to-eat meals. Popular refreshment choices are sugarcane drinks and smoothies from coconut and guava juice. Head upstairs to a big food court for a Thai meal that will cost less than 100 baht. For shopping options, you’ll find kiosks selling clothing, shoes, toys, gifts, and flowers.
- Karon Bazar – Karon Temple Market
Location: Karon Plaza beachfront, on Beach Road towards Kata
This large, covered market spans 6,000 square meters, but is still a smaller version of the Phuket Weekend Market, with slightly higher prices. Here you can track down almost anything from clothing, lingerie, beachwear, and accessories, to zippo lighters, cutlery, souvenirs, and conical hats.
Here you’ll also find a small massage parlor and nail spa, as well as a tattoo studio and mobile shop. In front of the bazaar there are bars and snack stalls for cheap eats and drinks.
- Handicraft Shops in Old Town
The colorful and historical streets of the old town have an assortment of textile emporiums and shops selling unique handicraft products. Two popular choices are Ban Boran Antiques and Ban Boran Textiles, which sell a selection of high quality tribal-sourced goods. Think Positive is another great shop that sells Indian, Chinese, Burmese, and Thai products. Here you’ll find Chinese and Japanese silk gowns, wooden painted ornaments, Kashmir wool, and rough Thai silk. China Inn and Siam Indigo are both restaurants and shops, offering a selection of clothing, household décor, and appetizing food once you finish shopping.
- Phuket Walking Street
Location: Thalang Road in Phuket Old Town
Every Sunday evening the 350-meter-long Phuket Walking Street comes alive. Found right in the middle of the historical Sino-Portuguese district, it’s locally known as “Lardyai”. The main entrance is on the eastern side of Thaland Road, with a wooden Chinese-style gate. Baba (Chinese migrants), Thai, Muslim, and Indian shops all sell fabrics, clothing, traditional medicine, and souvenirs. Baba house façades are enhanced by color-changing light effects along the street, which give a modern meets vintage feeling. You can also find a selection of coffee shops, restaurants, bars, and street food stalls selling bbq squid, fruit juices, ice cream, khanoms (Thai sweets), horseshoe crabs, and burgers.