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Phuket once had only small shops and local markets, but today it has both these venues as well as huge shopping complexes. Whether you want a modern mall or a traditional handicraft market, you’ll find what you’re looking for in Phuket.
Patong Beach is the home of the Banzaan Market, one of Thailand’s many fresh markets. This one has a more modern feel but continues in the Thai market tradition. You will find everything from food to toys here, and it’s a great place to spend a few hours exploring.
These shops sell a wide variety of handcrafted goods including clothing and carvings. Old Town Phuket is very pretty and this shopping area has an authentic Thai feel. Nearby, many local and expat artists have set up studios.
The Banana Walk is a new shopping mall in Patong. It’s conveniently located on Beach Road and has an enormous amount of space covering three levels, featuring stores that sell all kinds of goods.
The Jungceylon Shopping Mall at Patong Beach is a large shopping area that contains two major stores, a supermarket and a department store, along with some other shops. It is located right in the downtown area and was one of the first malls in Phuket.
Karon Bazaar is a large shopping center that has a market feel and offers a vast array of goods for sale, covering basic needs, souvenirs, food, and more. It’s located on Karon Beach Road, towards the middle of the strip.
Phuket Town’s Central Festival is a large shopping mall that is located on the main roads if you are entering from Patong. It’s air conditioned and has a large number of stores of various types.
Named after American founder Jim Thompson, this store sells excellent silk products. Here you can find clothing, home textiles, and other goods made from Thailand’s fine silk.