Phuket might be known for its unimaginable beauty and beachside destinations that provide visitors with that special subtropical getaway, but with a rapidly evolving infrastructure, shopping has become as important as the beaches for travelers. Whether it?s local Asian artworks and handicrafts, copied goods, jewelry or the latest designer gear, Phuket shopping simply has it all!
Ten years ago, Phuket?s shopping mall options were limited to Tesco Lotus, Big C, Robinsons at Phuket Town and Mackro. Although that was still more than acceptable for such a small island, times have rapidly changed.
The Jungceylon shopping complex is Patong?s first and only shopping center ? which is still more than enough. With a range of shops that sell everything from the latest fashion designs, handicrafts, electronic goods, sportswear and imported food items, visitors to Patong have never looked back. Jungceylon is also home to the Shooting Caf?, a fully equipped state-of-the-art cinema and more international fast food joints than you can imagine, the town has moved into the 21st century in style.
Central Festival is one of Phuket?s favourite shopping centres, situated within close proximity to Big C on the commercial park on the outskirts of Phuket Town. This famous shopping chain is home to a wide selection of boutique stores with the latest fashion styles, as well as a cinema, food court and a vast choice of international restaurants. The supermarket in Central is a great place to buy a wide selection of imported goods.
If you are a stickler for food items imported from the western world, the Villa Market Complex at Chalong and the new one in Cherngtalay are the places for you. This is the supermarket to visit if you cannot find the food and grocery items you desire within Phuket?s other supermarkets. Although the prices can be quite high, you can normally get what you want at Villa Market, which is a great addition to the Phuket shopping scene.
The Market of All Markets
The Weekend Market on the outskirts of Phuket Town has become stuff of legends. Opening in the mid-afternoon each Saturday and Sunday, this market has now achieved cult status. Whether you desire copied CDs, DVDs, clothing or a wide range of locally made handicrafts and artworks, the Weekend Market has it all. The hustle and bustle of the atmosphere creates a character that is unique. Try out your haggling and bartering skills, absorb the atmosphere and have a great evening.
Markets make up a pivotal role in the Phuket shopping scene. The fresh food market at Phuket Town has always been a great place to buy very affordable food and grocery items, and this is where the locals do their shopping.
The Phuket shopping scene is so vast that we have only provided you with a handful of options, but this is more than enough for you to get everything you want at the best prices. You just need to perfect those haggling techniques now!