Forgetting to bring something you need while on holiday would be a great excuse to start shopping in Phuket. As you explore the many shopping locations scattered across Phuket, you will see that there is so much more to do in Phuket other than sightseeing. Take a look at the list we have put together of the best places to shop in Phuket where you will be able to get your hands on anything from high-end designer brands, to authentic handicrafts and interesting souvenirs from Phuket that will definitely answer all your shopping needs.
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Your journey to Phuket will definitely take you to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Patong beach. It is also one of the best places for shopping in Phuket as it is home to the largest mall in Phuket, Jungceylon Shopping Complex. The entire complex features two main stores, which are the Robinson department store and Big C supermarket, and over 200 other shopping stores making this truly a shopping lovers paradise.
You will also find the chance to enjoy other entertaining activities as the complex features a five-room Cinema, gaming arcade, food court, laser shooting range and 16-lane bowling alley among many others.
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Featured next on our list of best places to shop in Phuket is the second largest shopping mall in the area, the Central Festival Phuket. Located just outside Phuket town, this is could be known as the one-stop-shop for every shopping need.
The area has about 120 outlets featuring anything from fashion items, electronics, cosmetics, sporting goods, books and stationery, food, international brands and so much more.
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Located about a kilometer away from the Central Festival you will find the Phuket weekend market, which is a great place to visit as a tourist as it allows you to experience the true flavor of what life is like in Phuket. This amazing shopping fair which is open from 1600 to 2100 hours attracts thousands of locals and tourists due to the vibrant display of clothing and fashion items, second-hand goods and local food vendors.
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The Phuket Walking Street is one of the latest additions to the long list of attractions in Phuket Old Town. It is commonly referred to as Lard Yai and translated to ‘big market’ in southern Thai dialect. This is a must visit location for shopping in Phuket as it gives you the opportunity to enjoy southern Thai culinary treats, but you might want to double check for Halal certifications or stick to vegetarian meals that are equally delicious. It is also well known for the numerous handicraft and gift stalls where you can pick out unique souvenirs from Phuket to take back home.
Karon Bazaar is one of the best places to shop in Phuket where you can enjoy a beachside shopping experience unlike no other. Due to the high volumes of tourists that are attracted to the area, you might want to be watchful of higher prices being quoted. But with a bit of bargaining, you will be able to get good deals on some trendy items.
Situated just behind the Jungceylon Shopping Complex you will find the rather modern looking fresh market, Banzaan Market. This area is a great place for the Muslim traveler to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, sweets and dried goods. It is also a great place to enjoy refreshing exotic fruit juices like sugarcane, coconut and guava juice after a warm afternoon spent shopping in Phuket.