Ocean Plaza Patong is one of two contained shopping malls along Patong’s Beach Road (the other being Banana Walk). Ocean Plaza has changed over the years from being somewhat of a haberdashery selling everything from fake guns to underwear to guitar strings to becoming a tangible and organized department store.
Outside on the Beach Road gets fairly busy once the sun starts going down and beach lovers head back to spruce themselves up for the night’s action. To the right of ocean’s façade stand a sushi outlet with healthy but fairly expensive dishes. There’s also a fun pink VW Kombi that opens in the evening and sells cocktails, along with a Top Charoen Optician outlet where the ‘Sale’ sign never gets taken down. Handily enough, you’ll also find a currency exchange and an ATM machine here.
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Once inside the three-storey mall, silver, gold, and jewelry dominates while a few steps further in you’ll come across several stands and shops selling fashionable brand-name clothes and addidas and Puma shoes as well as Lonsdale of London T-shirts and shorts. Everything here is on perma-sale status with some items claiming to be 40% cheaper than ‘normal’ and while this may not be 100% true it’s undeniable that western brands are cheaper here than back home.
Ocean Plaza Patong Beach Road is probably the best place in town to buy genuine swimwear and beachwear – some of the goods here are excellent quality. Towards the right of this ground-floor store space stands a colourful display of oriental souvenirs – much of them made in China and a significant amount of Thai-made items that stand next to a tailor and a stock of rolling luggage.
Up on the first floor you’ll find reasonably priced footwear, reading glasses and sunglasses, cute children’s clothes, and Muay Thai (Thai Boxing) shorts. A nice surprise awaits here for those who know Ocean from years ago: Instead of the terrifying guns and combat knives the entire corner has been cleaned out and replaced with beach balls, rubber rings, a Lillo collection, and all manner of beach gear.
Finally on the top section of Ocean Plaza Patong Beach Road stands a food court that is air conditioned after a manner but is by no stretch of the imagination cool and refreshing. Here, you can tuck into noodles, fried rice and lots more. Each stand has a photo menu to explain what’s on offer.
For light shoppers there is a supermarket/convenience store below the mall.
Ocean Plaza Patong Beach Road
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10:30 – 23:30
- Location: Patong Beach Road, close to Patong Merlin Hotel