Pristine beaches filled with silvery sand, sheer limestone karsts peaking out of sparkly turquoise waters, grandiose mountains surrounded by lush greenery – nothing quite prepares you for Phuket’s alluring charm.
Dubbed as the “Pearl of the Andaman Sea”, Thailand’s largest island is paradise to many locals and tourists alike. Though widely referred to as Asia’s most popular beach destination, Phuket is fast emerging into the shopping scene (step aside, Bangkok!), with a few up and coming shopping spots with cool fashion boutiques and speciality stores featuring traditional handicrafts, precious pearls, bronze artwork and Celadon ceramic. You will find the expected tourist bric-a-brac around the regions of Patong, Karon and Phuket Town. But for some serious shopping, our picks of shopping hot spots are situated in Surin, Laguna and Turtle Village, where the resort boutiques do not disappoint.
Join us, as we take you through the shopping precincts in Phuket. The next time you pay a visit to the island, you can easily check off shopping in Phuket as one of the things to do in Phuket.
Situated on the west coast of Phuket, Karon is best for a laid-back and unperturbed shopping experience. Travel through plazas, bazaars, boutiques and fresh markets; conveniently scattered across the precinct. Though shopping opportunities are aplenty all around, Karon Centre and Karon Beach Road are where shoppers flock – with unique souvenir and fashion shops and weekly markets by the Buddhist temple at Karon Centre, as well as gifts, beachwear, shoes, and accessories like headwear and studded purses, and a mix of traditional Thai home décor like Buddha statues and curios at the bazaar by Karon Beach Road. End the day by taking a stroll down North Karon’s remote and tranquil beach.
The largest town in Phuket and notoriously known as the island’s sin city, Patong also plays host to a fair share of speciality shops, fashion boutiques and gift stores – a little something for everyone. Located right smack in the centre of Patong is the popular Jungceylong Mall, with a mix of fashion items, sporting goods and souvenirs to take home. However, if you’re seeking for an exhilarating Thai shopping experience head to Patong Beach at night, as it transforms into a bustling bazaar boasting an endless stretch of stalls offering the likes of traditional handicrafts, silk scarves, sarongs, trinkets, beachwear, men’s and women’s accessories and leather goods.
The shopping mecca of Phuket, Phuket Town’s shopping opportunities are abundant, with a contrast of items ranging from Asian antiques, quirky artwork, fashion boutiques, homewares, musty bookstores, knick-knacks and lavish Thai silks. Begin your shopping escapade at Old Phuket Town and slowly make your way through Yaowarat and Takuapa Roads for piles of textiles and fabric, celadon ceramics, curios, outdoor homewares and bronze sculptures of animals and Hindu deities.
Though not the first place that comes to mind for shopping in Phuket, you’ll be surprised to know that Surin has become a catalyst for a host of local fashion and furniture designers and entrepreneurs; with most of their stores located at the Plaza Surin. Wedged between Cherng Talay and Surin beach, the Plaza Surin is a shopping emporium that includes a range of unique jewellery, designer clothes, exotic women’s fashion and accessories, handcrafted home décor, attractive artwork, fine handicrafts and Asian antiques. A definite must-visit for a luxurious shopping affair.