Phuket is the perfect place for shopaholics. True to its name, it is a mountain jewel for tourists who want to explore Thailand while shopping for things to bring home. Whatever you’re looking for, Phuket’s shopping district has everything. With varying prices and a lot of choices, you won’t come home empty-handed. Here are some of the top destinations you should visit for shopping!
1. Jungceylon Shopping Complex
If you prefer going big on shopping, it is only right to go to Phuket’s largest shopping mall. The Jungceylon Shopping Complex is located near Patong Beach, opposite Bangla Road. It houses over 300 stores, both international and local brands, and two major department stores.
The shopping complex is home to more than twenty restaurants, fast food establishments, and a food court for people who travel for food. It also has a cinema, bowling alley, museum, playground for children, and various salons.
2. Chilva Market
Located beside Yaowarat Road, the Chilva Market is a bustling night market that opens at 5 pm. It might be small, but it has an impressive variety of food stalls and colorful shops selling the latest fashion, accessories, and traditional handicrafts.
As the weekend approaches, the flea market comes to town, and locals set up tents and hawker stalls. The place is its liveliest during Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, as small stages are set up around the area where Thai musical performances are performed. The market closes at around 11 pm, giving you enough time to enjoy the night.
3. Phuket Walking Street Market
Although it is one of the newest markets in Phuket, the Phuket Walking Street Market managed to become a cultural attraction comparable to night markets. It is a busy shopping area that goes for 350 meters along Thalang Road.
There are many stalls, stands, and shops selling local handicrafts, cool souvenirs, and clothes. The street market is also popular for the local dishes, fruit juices, ice cream, and traditional Thai sweets. It is open from 4 pm to 9 pm.
4. Karon Temple Market
For those trying to hit two birds with one stone, check out Karon Temple Market. It is located along Karon Beach, on the grounds of Wat Suwan Khiri. After visiting the market, you can visit the temple within the vicinity. During Tuesdays and Fridays, the compound turns into a lively market that sells a variety of products and local food. The market is open from 4 pm to 9 pm.
5. Phuket Indy Market
If you don’t have all week to visit Phuket, the Phuket Indy Market might be perfect for you. Since it only opens twice a week, it is perfect for those who only have a few days in Thailand. It is a popular place for teenagers and young adults. Affordable clothing and handmade souvenirs are available here, and it is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 4 pm to 10 pm. The Phuket Indy Market is perfect for a night out with friends and family. It is located along Limelight Avenue, next to Lemongrass Restaurant on Dibuk Road.
Indeed, Phuket has turned into a world-class tourist attraction. Through the influx of tourists from around the world, it has stimulated the local economy and culture. If you’re visiting Thailand, make sure to visit Phuket too.
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