Top 8 Shopping Places in Phuket
The best shopping places in Phuket offer impressive choices of a large variety of fashions and food. It suits all kinds of budgets and lifestyles. In case you don't know which one to go, I've picked the best 8 shopping places in Phuket. Without further ado, let's go shopping in Phuket!
1. Jungceylon Shopping Mall
Located opposite the Bangla Street in the city centre, the Jungceylon Shopping Centre has revolutionized Patong's shopping. The two main malls in the Jungceylon Shopping Mall are Robinson (Mingy's high-end department store) and Big C supermarket. The other 200 stores in this shopping paradise sell brand-name clothes, glasses, sunglasses, cosmetics and perfumes, shoes, DVDs, computer games, a wide range of mobile phones and accessories, and appliances. However it is also a great entertainment paradise with a five-room SF cinema and a 16-lane bowling alley, perfect for rainy days or summer breaks.
Opening Hours: 11:00 - 22:00
Location: 199 Rat-U-thit 200 Pee Road, near Bangla Road, Patong
Tel: +66 (0)7 660 0111
2. Central Festival Phuket
Central Festival is located in Phuket town which is the largest shopping mall in Phuket. It is also called Central Department Store. It is a large shopping mall with supermarkets, restaurants, furniture, home appliances, snacks, and so on. Central Festival is divided into two parts. A platform bridge connects the two parts. The price is slightly more expensive in one side, and relatively cheaper on the other side. It's literally possible to spend a full day here - shopping, catching the latest movies, and dining out at the range of international restaurants that offer everything from French cuisine to Japanese to local Thai outlets.
Opening Hours: Daily from 10:30 - 22:00
Location: On the Bypass Road in Phuket Town
Tel: +66 (0)76 291 111
3. Jim Thompson
The fabrics have an extraordinary heritage based on the ideology of one James H. W. Thompson. Jim Thompson was an American architect and art collector born in 1906. After serving as a military officer in World War II, he settled in Bangkok. Jim Thompson was captivated by Thailand and its culture, particularly the art of hand-woven Thai silk, with its remarkable range of colors and textures. Jim Thompson dedicated his life to organizing a network of artisans, helping to upgrade their looms, introducing new techniques and designs thereby enabling Thai weavers to create silks that would dazzle the world. By the 1960s, Thai silk had become world renowned, creating a luxury craft industry that benefited thousands of families, just as Jim Thompson had envisaged. Today Jim Thompson's name is still synonymous with high-quality silk and a wide range of products including shirts, sheets and toys.
Opening Hours: 09:30 – 22:00
Location: Ground floor Central Festival Phuket
4. Phuket Old Town Handicraft Shops
Phuket Old Town Handicraft Shops are not just picturesque and fascinating, there are many elaborate handicraft and textile. In Phuket Town you can find items ranging from antique Asian art & crafts, clothing boutiques, household knick-knacks to bolts of famous Thai silk. Whether you are looking for a special something for yourself or for your loved ones, Phuket Old Town Handicraft Shops is somewhere you can't miss. Here are 5 great shops in Phuket Old Town worth visiting, they are Ban Boran Textiles, Think Positive ('Kit Dee'), Ban Boran, China Inn, and Siam Indigo.
Opening Hours: Different shops vary
Location: Phuket Old Town
5. Chillva Night Market
Unlike the weekend market, Chillva is quite small so it is easy to wander around and find what you are looking for. This is a relatively small, super hygienic night club with good music. If you are lucky, you will even have the chance to meet the live show of Thai popular stars. There are a large number of food stalls and you can taste a variety of different things, all of which are quite good. Overall I would say that the size made the experience more enjoyable. You will definitely have a really enjoyable night at the market.
Opening Hours: Container shops only: daily 16:00 – 22:00
Full market: Thu – Sat 16:00 – 23:00
Location: 141/2 Yaowarat Road, Phuket Town
Tel: +66 (0)99 152 1919
6. Phuket Weekend Market (Talad Tairod)
It is a down-to-earth flea market full of smiles and bargaining. Phuket Weekend Market is divided into two zones: the indoor zone and the open zone. In the indoor zone, you will find plenty of second-hand jeans, T-shirts, antiques, and souvenirs. In the new area outside, a variety of stalls line up to sell furry toys, mobile phones, various electronic products, DVDs and CDs, shows, bags, jewelry and fashion accessories, watches, clothing, and so on. On the right side of the gate is the food area. Here you will find sweet butter boiled corn, spicy sausage, grilled chicken breast, fish cake, tropical fruits, and even fried insects. Sipping these snacks with iced beer would be a wonderful choice.
Opening Hours: Sat -Sun from 16:00 til 21:00
Location: Talad Tai Rot is located along Chao Fa West Road, Phuket's main thoroughfare, one kilometre south of Central Festival shopping mall and is opposite Wat Naka, a Buddhist temple. Take a left at the first set of traffic lights.
7. Banzaan Fresh Market
Basically you can get anything that one would expect from a local market here but in a much more pleasant environment. Prices are extremely reasonable. The big upstairs food court features a comfortable and clean dining space with quick service. The menu consists mainly of Thai food, so don't expect KFC or fast food of any kind but lunch here will probably cost you less than 100 baht. Also, there are many small kiosks selling clothes, shoes, children's toys, gifts, artificial orchids and other types of flowers. All in all, the highlight is the seafood!
Opening Hours: Daily from 07:00 – 17:00
Location: On Sai Kor Road, right behind the Jungceylon megamall in Patong
8. Phuket Walking Street
Phuket Walking Street is the latest attraction located in Phuket Old Town. It is also named Lardyai which means 'big market' in southern Thai dialect, this market started in October 2013 and is situated in the Thalang Road, right in the middle of the historical Sino-Portuguese district of Phuket Town. The two main items sold at Phuket Walking Street are food and souvenirs. Visitors can find some typical food from southern Thailand as well as local handicrafts and gift stalls in here. The vibe is good, and the lighting and architecture is charming which gives the place a 'history meets technology' feeling.
Opening Hours: Every Sun from 16:00 – 22:00
Location: Thalang Road in Phuket Old Town