The 200-plus other stores in this shopping heaven sell brand-name clothes, spectacles, sunglasses, cosmetics and perfumes, shoes, DVDs, computer games, tons of mobile phones and accessories, electrical goods but it is also a great entertainment haven with a five-room SF Cinema and a 16-lane bowling alley, perfect for rainy days or to escape the heat of the day.
MALIN PLAZA PATONG
This place offers the fair prices and impressive range of souvenirs of some of Phuket’s bustling and busy markets, but in a cooler environment and with a great range of cheap food available around it. Although not generally as busy as the likes of Phuket Town’s weekend market, this nightly shopping option is nonetheless popular and highly thought of.
Shopping Paradise is part of a canny scheme to promote and stimulate locally made and marketed products of each ‘tambon’ (subdistrict) throughout Thailand. Standing for ‘One Tambon One Product’ the OTOP idea originated in Japan and encourages village communities to improve the local products' quality and marketing, selecting one superior product from each tambon to receive formal branding as its ‘starred OTOP product’. At OTOP markets expect to see traditional handicrafts, silk garments, cotton products, pottery, fashion accessories, household items and food.
It is a great place to pick up budget souvenirs in Patong. Conveniently located right in the heart of the city, between the expansive (and, generally, expensive) Jungceylon Shopping Centre and the Sleep With Me Design Hotel along Rat-U-Thit Road, it has quite an impressive choice of small market-type stalls selling a variety of wares.
Banana Walk is Patong’s newest shopping centre and is located just 100 metres south of Soi Bangla on the Beach Road, right next to Banana Disco.
OCEAN PLAZA BEACH ROAD
Ocean Plaza Patong is one of two contained shopping malls along Patong’s Beach Road (the other being Banana Walk). Ocean Plaza has changed over the years from being somewhat of a haberdashery selling everything from fake guns to underwear to guitar strings to becoming a tangible and organized department store.
like many other markets and malls in Patong, has developed and cleaned up its act over the years. Nowadays this nightly market (18:00 – 23:00) has blossomed into at least 100 stores and you can browse through items ranging from mobile phone covers, sun hats, cushion and bedcovers, lamps, and beachwear and of course much more. The market ‘begins’ along busy Rat-U-Thit Road outside the towering Royal Paradise Hotel and turns to snake through the middle aisle (or ‘soi’ in Thai) of the three Royal Paradise Hotel entrance sois.
CHAINA TOWN PLAZA
(Sai Nam Yen Plaza) is a collection of renovated stands and stalls downtown Patong nearby Novotel Phuket Vintage Park Resort and the Royal Paradise Hotel. The renamed mall makes the corner of Rat-U-Thit Road and Sai Nam Yen Road and is a busy place.
Bangla Mall sits squarely in the middle of chaotic Patong's Bangla Road – the epicentre of Phuket Island’s nightlife, shopping, and entertainment hub.
Chillva Market Phuket is a cool, trendy night market with a somewhat bohemian vibe and an impressive selection of food, fashion and other stalls, despite a relatively small size. Hard to miss by the side of Yaowarat Road, it has a distinctive look created by the use of colourful shipping containers as shopfronts. It beats other options to the top of our list of the best night markets in Phuket because of its overwhelmingly local feel, with mostly local prices. Read More... Opening Hours: Container shops only: daily 16:00 – 22:00 Full market: Thu – Sat 16:00 – 23:00
As its name suggests, the Indy Market is home to independent traders rather than professional peddlers and, being locally known as “a market to let go of your goods”, is the closest thing Phuket has to a ‘bring-and-buy’ sale. One of Phuket’s quieter night markets, it is popular with young Thais for its entertainment and great homemade snacks. Despite its small size, it is one of the most cool and comfortable markets, where you are sure to find something special to buy at a great price. Read More... Opening Hours: Thu - Fri 16:00 - 22:00 Location: Limelight Avenue, Dibuk Road, Phuket Town
ROBINSON PHUKET TOWN
Robinson's downstairs majors in perfumes, cosmetics, watches and timepieces. The brand names featured here are Lancôme, Estée Lauder, Clinique, H20+, Ralph Lauren, Giorgio Armani, Revlon and Paul Smith. The watches are mostly Japanese and are of middle-range quality.
SHELL WORLD MUSEUM & SHOP
Shell World Museum and Shop was set up by Somnuck Patamakanthin, the same guy who founded the spectacular Shell Museum in Rawai, it's a colourful and educational place to be even if you don't buy anything and sells lots of fashion accessories, trinkets and even full-size varnished conches - some of which are quite spectacular. You should know that in all likelihood these are not Thai shells, but if that makes no difference to you, it's quite a treasure trove. Shell Museum has fixed prices.
CENTRAL FESTIVAL PHUKET
is an air-conditioned, fully equipped one-stop shopping mall lying just outside of Phuket Town. If you are coming from Patong, Central lies on your left, before the main crossroads as you enter Phuket. Rightly regarded as the shopping hub of the island, Central plays host to over 120 outlets selling products ranging from silk to sushi, from Levi's to laptops, from books to barbecues - if it isn't on sale at Central you probably didn't need it anyway. It's literally possible to spend a full day here - shopping, catching the
Located right on the T-junction, Udomagg is a fixed-price store selling handbags, luggage and briefcases and the shop's main selling point is shoes. There’s lots of footwear for sale, along with Mafiosi-like pointed-toe footwear as well as leather sandals and formal shoes. The air conditioning in Udomagg would make an Eskimo freeze but is a welcome change from the outside heat and humidity. Udomagg also does a nice line in wooden handicrafts and children’s toys. Upstairs here you will find a lot of ‘exotic’ stuff such as crocodile, yes crocodile sandals and shoes as well as snakeskin footwear. There are even leather jackets upstairs at reasonable enough prices and entirely unsuitable for Thailand’s tropical climate but ideal for back home – that is if you’re from northern regions. Opening Hours: 11:00 – 23:00 Location: Kata Centre T-junction
Findig has much in common with Udomag and even sells the same brand names (Findig is a brand name in itself). Leatherwork, bags, and souvenirs are its main selling points and like its neighbour it is Arctic-cold inside the shop. Findig is a very European-style setup and you’ll feel right at home here; the basic difference being that in Thailand shop assistants are much more proactive and so you will certainly be approached but a polite disinclination of the head will be understood and you’ll be left alone. Useless but ‘have to have’ souvenirs such as oddly-shaped backscratchers abound here but some real bargains such as men’s fashion shoes are a good ideas to check out. Findig also stocks rolling luggage. Opening Hours: 10:00 - 22:00 Location: Just north of Kata Centre T-junction and diagonally opposite Re Ka Ta Beach Club in Kata South
PREMIUM OUTLET (By pass road) Phuket Town
LIMELIGHT AVENUE (PHUKET TOWN)
Limelight Avenue is a modern shopping mall located on New Dibuk Road, in the heart of Phuket City. This excellent location, a few steps away from Phuket Old Town, permits locals and tourists alike to benefit from a nice air-conditioned refuge to take a break from the heat, find something to drink and eat, or do a bit of shopping while exploring the historical district of Phuket Island’s capital. Opened in January 2015 and covering an area of approximately 7,000sqm, the contemporary shopping and dining plaza is set in a two-storey building and features plenty of parking space on its side. If you’re staying in one of the many guesthouses and small hotels of the city centre, you will find enough small boutiques, restaurants, bars, and services here to make your life easy.
OCEAN SHOPPING MALL
Located near Robinsons, Ocean Shopping Mall is not only known as a place to go for good quality products with friendly prices but it also houses many fun entertainment activities including a ten-pin bowling alley, restaurants and a multiplex cinema showing English-language films with Thai subtitles. Shopping here is quite convenient as there is just about everything in one place including ATM machines, a Watson's pharmacy and a supermarket plus lots of shops and outlets selling clothes and such. Nearby businesses include a movie theatre, Swensen’s, the Pizza Company, Mister Donut and Kipling. Opening Hours: Daily from 10:00 -22:00 Location: Almost next to Robinsons Department Store
TESCO LOTUS SAMKONG
Further up the road on the right-hand side at the next intersection stands Tesco-Lotus. This mall was the first major modern shopping centre in Phuket and it has goods of a higher quality than Big C - indeed many visitors come from Patong buy Tesco's colourful beach shirts and shorts.
Opening Hours: Daily from 9:00 – 23:00 Location: on Bypass Road.