The Ultimate Guide To Shopping in Phuket

Beyond its stunning beaches and buzzing nightlife, Phuket beckons holidaymakers with a vibrant shopping scene. From bustling markets to modern shopping malls, going shopping in Phuket is bound to keep you busy with a range of options that cater to every taste and budget. Whether you're searching for souvenirs, fashionable clothing or exotic handicrafts, Phuket is a shopper's paradise with an opportunity for retail therapy around every corner.

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Shop 'Til You Drop at Phuket's Top Shopping Destinations

If you're looking for the best shopping in Phuket there are an abundance of opportunities ranging from quaint markets filled with handcrafted treasures to towering malls brimming with international brands and luxury boutiques. Whether you're after some air conditioned retail therapy after a few days soaking up the tropical sun or are simply in search of some local souvenirs as a memento of your trip, Phuket's shopping scene has something to suit every type of traveller.

Phuket Shopping Malls

If you're in Phuket, going to a shopping mall may not be at the top of your list of things to do in this beautiful tropical destination. However, it is a great way to escape the heat, wait out a tropical rain shower or relax after a couple of days of adventure. We've compiled a list of the top malls in Phuket to ensure that you make the most of your holiday — rain, hail or shine.

Jungceylon Shopping Mall

Located in the heart of Patong Beach, Jungceylon is a shopaholic's paradise. A sprawling complex with over 200 stores, you'll find everything from international fashion brands to electronics, cosmetics and souvenirs. The mall also features a cinema, a kids' zone and numerous dining options, making it a one-stop shop for all your entertainment and shopping needs. If you're craving some retail therapy in Phuket, this shopping mall is an absolute must-visit.

Location: Pa Tong, Kathu District, Phuket 83150, Thailand
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun, 11 am-10 pm

Central Festival Phuket

Central Festival brings together an extensive range of international and local brands, supermarkets and dining options under one roof. With its modern architecture and spacious layout, shoppers can indulge in some retail therapy, exploring the latest fashion trends, lifestyle products, gourmet delights and more. The mall also hosts regular events and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.

Location: Wichit, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun, 10 am-10 pm

Central Phuket Shopping

Premium Outlet Phuket

This outdoor shopping village is the best destination for outlet shopping in Phuket. Here, you can access top brands such as Ripcurl, Nike, U.S. Polo, The North Face and more at heavily discounted prices. Got room in your suitcase? Located on the way to the airport from the town centre, Premium Outlet Phuket is the perfect stop for some last-minute shopping before heading home.

Location: Ko Kaeo, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun, 10 am-8 pm

Limelight Phuket

If you're searching for something more laid back, head to Limelight Phuket, a charming shopping hub with a contemporary feel and relaxed atmosphere. Limelight is a small, vibrant community mall offering visitors a unique shopping experience with trendy boutiques, artisanal shops and stylish cafes. You can escape the hustle and bustle of larger shopping centres, appreciate the local craftsmanship and hunt for one-of-a-kind treasures to bring home.

Location: Talat Yai, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun, 10 am-8 pm

The Garden Phuket

Nestled amidst the lush greenery of Phuket's Laguna area, The Garden Phuket caters to those seeking a high-end shopping experience. The mall features a selection of exclusive brands, upmarket jewellery stores and premier dining options, making it the ultimate destination for luxury shopping in Phuket. The first of its kind in Phuket, this mall is impeccably stylish with a design aesthetic reminiscent of many retail outlets in Australia and the US.

Location: Chalong, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83130, Thailand
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun, 8 am-9.30 pm

Phuket Old Town Markets

Phuket Markets

The markets in Phuket offer visitors a distinctive shopping experience, allowing them to immerse themselves in the local culture, soak up the vibrant atmosphere and find great bargains. From unique fashion items, traditional handicrafts, local souvenirs, handmade jewellery, beautiful batik fabrics and more, Phuket's markets have something for everyone. So, be sure to set aside some time to explore these vibrant markets during your visit to this beautiful island.

Phuket Walking Street (Lard Yai)

Every Sunday evening, old Phuket Town comes alive with the bustling Phuket Walking Street Market, otherwise known as [i]Lard Yai[/i]. Stroll through the charming streets lined with friendly local vendors selling an array of handmade crafts, clothing, accessories, local delicacies and more. Phuket Walking Street is a favourite with families thanks to a range of entertainment options and musical performances that make it more inviting for children.

Location: Talat Yai, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Opening Hours: Sunday, 4 pm-10 pm

Phuket Weekend Market

One of the best markets in Phuket, Phuket Weekend Market, also known as [i]Naka Market[/i] or [i]Talad Tai Rod[/i], is a must-visit for shopaholics. From trendy clothing and accessories to electronics, local handicrafts, antiques and vintage items, you'll find almost everything here. Enjoy the live music, savour the delicious street food and embrace the buzzing atmosphere as you explore the market stalls during sunset.

Location: Wichit, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Opening Hours: Sat & Sun, 4 pm-10 pm

Naka Market

Naka Market is one of Phuket's larger night markets, offering an extensive selection of goods at bargain prices (which should give you a hint at their authenticity). With an array of items on offer, both handmade and otherwise, including clothing, electronics, souvenirs, authentic local street food and fresh produce, it's truly a market-lovers paradise. Visitors can wander through the maze of stalls, haggle with friendly vendors and indulge in a range of authentic Thai dishes.

Location: Wichit, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Opening Hours: Sat & Sun, 4 pm-11 pm


Karon Market

Located on temple grounds, Karon Market is a popular night market that is quite tourist-oriented. This market allows visitors to browse various goods, including local handicrafts, clothing and an array of delicious Thai street food. Similar to Phuket Walking Street, Karon Market is family-oriented, treating its visitors to a lively atmosphere featuring plenty of live performances for the whole family to enjoy.

Location: Karon, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83100, Thailand
Opening Hours: Tues 4 pm-9 pm, Fri 4 pm-11 pm

Phuket Indy Market

Phuket Indy Market, also known as 'Indy Night Market,' is a small one-lane creative market that showcases local artists, designers and food vendors. Here, local artisans showcase their handmade crafts, vintage clothing, jewellery and artwork, making it the perfect place to pick up a one-of-a-kind souvenir to remember your trip. Exuding a laidback vibe, Phuket Indy Market isn't typically too busy, so it is great to pop in for a visit during a weeknight if you're in the area.

Location: Talat Yai, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Opening Hours: Thurs & Fri 4 pm-10.30 pm

Chillva Market

Chillva Market is a relatively new addition to Phuket's shopping scene, offering a modern twist to the traditional market experience, showcasing a mix of vintage and contemporary goods. An ode to the local arts and crafts scene, Chillva is known for its vibrant atmosphere, with colourful shipping containers serving as shops and food stalls. Here, you'll find a blend of one-of-a-kind fashion items, quirky accessories and more.

Location: Ratsada, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat, 5 pm-11 pm

Chillva Market

What To Buy in Phuket

When shopping in Phuket, you'll find an abundance of unique items to take home as souvenirs for yourself or gifts for loved ones. One of the most popular purchases tourists make are products made from famous Thai silk, such as silk scarves or clothing. Other popular purchases include slogan shirts or singlets, high-end brand reproductions, locally grown pearls, artisan-made jewellery and intricate handicrafts.

Another thing Thailand is known for is its unique cuisine and flavour profiles, and one way to replicate these flavours is by purchasing authentic Thai spices and seasonings. These ingredients are readily available at most markets and grocery stores in Phuket. We also recommend indulging in some delicious authentic Thai snacks — whether as a delicious treat during your travels or as a souvenir for loved ones. Just ensure any food products (including spices and seasonings) remain unopened and sealed if you plan on bringing them home, and don't forget to declare them to customs.

Top Tips for Shopping in Phuket

Shopping in Phuket is an experience in itself, with an array of options for shopaholics to satisfy their cravings with one-of-a-kind goodies around every corner. With all of this in mind, it is important to remember a few key points before opening your wallet.

  • Be mindful of the exchange rate: Being mindful of the exchange rate will give you an idea of the value of the items you're purchasing and help you make more informed purchase decisions.
  • Barter for a bargain where appropriate: Bargaining is common in markets and small shops, so don't hesitate to negotiate for a better price. Do it politely and respectfully, and don't be afraid to walk away if the price doesn't meet your budget.
  • Cash over card: When shopping in Phuket, you should know that many shops and markets only accept cash, so it's important to carry enough currency with you. ATMs and money changers are available in tourist areas but usually come with a fee for their services.
  • Shop around: Don't settle for the first product from the very first shop you walk into. Take your time to explore the different markets and shops to compare prices and quality of products.

Tax-Free Shopping

Many large shopping malls and department stores in Phuket offer VAT (Value Added Tax) refund services for tourists. This means that if you spend a certain amount on eligible goods in one store, you may be eligible for a VAT refund when leaving the country. Be sure to ask the retailer about the tax refund process and save your receipts to make this process easier.

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