These days Phuket is so full of tourists; there are markets and shops everywhere! There is certainly no shortage of places to go shopping in Phuket. With it being Thailand, you are able to get a great bargain like a t-shirt for 100 baht ($3 AUD). Most of the markets are evening markets as it is far too hot to be out during the day, plus most tourists are on day tours or sitting by the pool or beach during the day sipping cocktails.. You can check out our guide on Where to Stay in Phuket here
Shopping in Patong Phuket
Patong Shopping Centre
Patong is the largest area for shopping malls and markets in Phuket. There is a large shopping mall near Bangla road called Jungceylon, which has similar stores like Myer and David Jones (in Australia) or like large department stores like Macy’s in America. The pricing is fairly similar to Australia/America so you aren’t really getting that much of a bargain by shopping here and all prices are fixed.
There are a few smaller shops or stalls within this mall, where you are able to bargain and get a better deal. What I really liked about Jungceylon was how safe I felt; as I walked into the mall I was greeted by very polite security guards. I don’t think there is much crime in Patong and at no point did I feel unsafe, maybe they were there to keep trouble makers or drunk tourists out.
Shopping at Patong Markets
Patong has markets everywhere! They sell designer/fake clothing, handbags and anything else designer you can think of as well as “normal” watches, wallets, clothing, shoes, hats, jewellery, art work, DVDs etc.
Make sure you do your research before heading to the markets as you might get ripped off especailly when it comes to designer items in Patong. Check out our Our top 10 hot tips on how to barter your way to the best price in Thailand.
The vendors in Patong can get a little abusive and at times physical, trying to pull you into their stores or not letting you go until I agree to make the purchase. Just remember to remain calm, say thank you and walk away. They have become a little too spoilt by all the tourists overspending and don’t want to agree to a reasonable price.
Other shopping areas in Patong
There is a little arcade down Bangla road called Ocean Plaza, it has similar shops to the markets but the pricing is much more reasonable and not many people go in thinking it is similar to Jungceylon. It’s much more relaxed and you can get some great little deals, you don’t have to haggle as much!
Shopping at Central Festival (Phuket Town)
Central festival is close to Phuket Town and is very similar to Jungceylon, It’s just a normal shopping mall like Westfield here in Australia. The upside is it’s air-conditioned which makes shopping a little more pleasant and you can get a bargain but you really have to hunt for it. The downside area is on that you can’t actually barter with the shop owners, its all set pricing.
Shopping at the Phuket weekend markets
Phuket Town weekend markets is my absolute favourite place to shop in Phuket, it’s in Phuket town and it’s on the weekend (as the name suggests). I love these markets because it makes you feel like these are what local markets are like. It’s fairly similar to Patong but at the same time so different, it is much more relaxed (and a lot hotter as it’s under tarps). The vendors are calm and very friendly and they honestly want your business; they don’t try to rip you off and are much easier to bargain with.
Most of this market is under huge tarps so make sure to take lots of water or buy lots of water and stay hydrated because it will feel like you’re in an oven. You are able to get the same items as you woudl in Patong, including fakesigner clothing and handbags etc .
They sell almost everything you would expect from a Thai market, clothing, handbags, DVD’s, Electronics (10000s of remote controls), Makeup, Tourist gifts and much much more. The right end of the market is the food area and includes foods such as buttered corn on the cob or in a cup, Pork balls on a stick (Yummmm and my favourite!!!), grilled chicken & grilled fish, exotic Thai fruit, deep-fried insects, Fried octopus (huge and small!), chocolate coated banana’s and much more. I could eat Pork balls all day every day!… Hmm, Pork balls and fried rice, the diet of kings!
Other Markets to go shopping at in Phuket
Patak Road – Karon
Similar to Patong but with much fewer stalls and shops..
Taina Road – Kata
A fair few shops, beginning at the intersection near Dino Park and then continuing down Taina Road.
Approx prices on a few things we purchased (as of 2017):
Singlets 100 Baht
DVD 70- 120 Baht
Watches (lower quality) 200-400 Baht
Sunglasses 100-200 Baht (we got 10 sunnies for 90-100 Baht from one vendor)
Novelty lighters (expel the gas before bringing home) 100-400 Baht
Designer* fake Wallet/Purse 250-500 Baht (depending on size)
Large designer* fake bag 1200-2000 baht (depending on the size)
Perfume 300 Baht
Casual dress (ladies…..) 150-300 Baht
Bikini (keep in mind if you have larger breasts… they may not be suitable) 300-450 Baht
Male board shorts 200- 300 Baht
Lacoste polo tops 150-200 Baht (we did, however, buy 7)
*Designers include – Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci, Guess, Ed Harding, Jimmy Choo, Lonsdale, Billabong, Nike, Adidas, Lacoste, Reebok, Calvin Klein,
Hot Tip: If you want to see more/better quality copy (fake) handbags, ask the vendor if they have more in the back room? They will likely have a back room or lead you away from the shop and down the road to a large air-conditioned room with a lot more handbags. However, they might be a bit more expensive.