Phuket Shopping Tours is a lifesaver. The island is not exactly a small place: There are many nooks and crannies that even repeat visitors know nothing about and it takes a long time to ‘discover’ all that is on offer on the island - especially bargain and quality shopping. Imagine your frustration in finding out too late where the perfect shopping locations are after trudging the streets in vain in search of quality and reasonably-priced souvenirs and keepsakes.
That’s why Phuket Shopping Tours is such an inspired idea. Simply join one of these tours and you’ll be whisked from bargain treasure trove to treasure trove picking up gifts, souvenirs, local textiles and art, scents, carvings, name-brand sportswear, quality silk bolts and clothing, pewter, comical T-shirts, bags, and much, much more.
All in all, a full-day tour with Phuket Shopping Tours will take you to up to eight retail outlets and you’ll still be able to enjoy a sumptuous lunch in a scenic and breezy spot at midday. It’s a relaxed and surprisingly informative day out with the added satisfaction of knowing that you’ve landed some killer bargains. Wherever possible, Phuket Shopping Tours has prearranged discounts available for tour members – simply show your name tag at the till and up to 30% will instantly drop off the ticketed price.
Heading off bright and early in the morning after being picked up in a minivan, you’ll be supplied with a name tag, an eco-friendly shopping bag, mosquito repellant, candies, a brochure and a free dining guide with 25% discount on both food and drink at many popular selected restaurants.
The tour’s minivan will then take you to chronologically and logistically pre-chosen retail outlets, spending about an hour in each place.
Outlets include the wonderfully-scented Lemongrass House with a wide selection of creams, essences, oils and other eco-friendly skin products – products that are locally made and used by five-star hotels. Then it’s off to the massive Premium Outlet on Phuket’s Bypass Road with a wide range of genuine brand-name goods at prices below those back home. Toko Grosir – a T-shirt and beachwear specialist is just further down the road with its own sliding scale of discounted prices for Phuket Shopping Tours customers, then it’s the stunning Jatujak shop with its marvelous collection of souvenirs and gifts, original clothing, bags, spa products and natural health supplements.
Lunchtime! We drive to the top of Rang Hill in central Phuket where we enjoy a tableful of delicious Thai delicacies including monster prawns in sweet sauce, chicken sate, Thai omelette, chicken in pandan leaves and sensational crab in garlic pepper amongst other dishes.
After lunch we head to a local covered air-conditioned market to browse through fashion shoes, rolling luggage, sunglasses, and bags and after an hour we’re in Jim Thompson’s silk shop where exotic bolts of brightly coloured silk vie with handmade silk products and clothing.
Finally, we spend time at Rich Home & Décor – an astonishing emporium filled to the ceiling with traditional Thai products, original artwork and furniture (that can be shipped home), striking souvenirs, clothes, jewelry and a whole lot more.
Shoppers will automatically get 30% discount where applicable, and Phuket Shopping Tours is not swayed by the temptation of commission – they simply take you to the best bargains available. Half-day tours are possible and the company offers a pack-and-send service. Operated by Aussie expats, it’s perfect for groups wanting an organized day out, especially for a hen’s party.
Phuket Shopping Tours
- Tel: 0898 668 822