Shopping in Karon Beach is more relaxed than in Patong, but you can buy most of the same items - it all depends if you know where to go. Karon centre has many interesting shops for souvenirs and fashion, as well as convenience stores in which you can find almost anything you need. On the beach road, you could visit Karon Plaza and Karon Bazaar for more gifts and beachwares. There are no major malls in Karon, so serious shopaholics are better off heading for Patong or Phuket Town.
All Shopping Places in Karon
The Aroona Karon houses a range of handicraft shops as well as restaurants and cafés. The main building is the Old Phuket Resort, built in Sino-Portuguese style. This complex is a lovely place to look for souvenirs and handicrafts.
- Location: On the Beach Road, next to Woraburi Resort and not far from Hilton Phuket Arcadia on the Beach Road
Centre Point Village
Centre Point Village is a small shopping plaza set in an 80m-long covered corridor located right next to Karon Princess Hotel on Karon Beach Road; the plaza counts a dozen shops and restaurants. Regarding shopping options, Centre Point Village hosts one convenience store – Chang Siam Minimart, one pharmacy, one tailor – Brionj Fashion, one clothes shop selling beachwear, one spa products shop – Thai Herbs & Natural Spa Products, one bag and accessories store – Orchid Shop, and a beautiful souvenirs shop named Fah Thai Silk & Souvenirs. Regarding well-being, Phu Thai Massage (Spa & Beauty Salon) is the perfect place to help recover jetlag and get ready for an exciting holiday in Phuket.
Those feeling a little hungry after a long afternoon on the beach could revitalize themselves with a fresh-made sandwich at Subway restaurant, or grab a yummy pancake banana and enjoy a delicious fruit shake or smoothie at the small stalls flanking both sides of the plaza’s entrance.
- Opening Hours: usually from 10:00 – 22:00 (depending on the shops)
- Location: On Karon Beach Road right next to Karon Princess Hotel
A few hundred metres south, going towards Kata on the Beach Road you'll find shoppers' paradise in the form of Karon Bazaar. This is a huge marquee/bazaar that features just about everything you'll ever need with not a tailor shop in sight. The Plaza is neon-lit and concrete-floored and it's a buyer's market as so much Read More...
- Opening Hours: From late morning to late at night
- Location: A few hundred metres south, going towards Kata on the Beach Road, between Moevenpick Resort and Woraburi Phuket Resort
A trip to a local village market can be so much fun. Visitors are sure to spot some unusual products that they have never seen before. Likewise, going to a talad nat (community market) is a way to shop for the best bargain nick-knack items such as T-shirts, jeans, hair accessories, handicrafts, fresh and cooked food.
- Opening Hours: Every Tue and Sat from 16:00 - 20:00
- Location: At Wat Karon on Patak Road, Central Karon
There's a big sign saying 'Special & Cheap Price' at the entrance of Karon Plaza, and experienced shoppers will know that a lot of fun is to be had here, bargaining and haggling. Products are mostly Thai made and the usual gamut of T-shirts, DVD's and handicrafts is for sale. Read More...
- Location: Opposite Harry’s Restaurant on Lung Phochuan Road
Karon Tattoo Studios
The Karon tattoo scene holds a dozen studios offering a great choice of neat and clean places to get inked in style. Karon tattoo studios are dispatched all around the resort town from Army Freedom Tattoo Studio in Bangla Plaza to Tattoo Ezy Life and one tattoo shop with no name on Lung Pho Chuan Road to Climax Tattoo in Karon Plaza to Andaman Tattoo on the Beach Road to Bird Tattoo inside Karon Shopping Plaza to Holy Art Tattoo Studio and Special Tattoo near Karon Circle to 23 Tattoo in Karon Centre (on the right-hand side 80m before Karon Temple) to Tattoo Studio by Bongkarn Cong and Toon Tattoo in Soi Centara, to Ball Tattoo in a small Soi off Patong Beach Road near Best Western Phuket Ocean Resort to three tattoo studios on Patak Road (the back road parallel to the sea). Bamboo sticks or electric machines are used according to customers’ wishes and tattoo style in most Karon Beach studios.
- Opening Hours: usually from 10:00 – 23:00
- Location: all around Karon Beach
Shops at Soi Sugar Palm Karon
There are a few handful shops inside the street on which Sugar Palm Karon Resort is located where you can check out women’s fashion and accessories such as clothes, beachwear and bags.
- Opening Hours: Early afternoon till late
- Location: Soi Sugar Palm Karon
Siam Herbal is a long-established large store located in Karon Centre 30m after (and on the same side of road) Little Mermaid Hotel. Thailand has a very long history regarding traditional medicine (from 6th century BC Indian sub-continent’s Ayurvedic medicine, then Mon and Khmer people’s animistic tradition, then the arrival of the T’ai people from southern China who brought ancestral Chinese medical knowledge), today mostly considered as alternative medicine, natural and herbal products have proved their efficiency all along History.
Siam Herbal store has on sale (on a shallow level as it is not a pharmacy) a good range of natural spa products and herbal decoctions that could ease benign squeamishness and skin irritations.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 17:00
- Location: Karon Centre
Souvenir Shops at Hilton Phuket Arcadia
There are good number of shops at the Hilton Phuket Arcadia located on the beach front selling upper-market and quality items including Persian/Indian rugs, and silk scarves. These are mostly Thai-made and Southeast Asian products and are not necessary cheap.
- Location: On the Beach Road in front of the Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort
Having a suit made? Then read this first
Some tailor shops can be downright treasure troves of bespoke tailoring. This is because the tailors' overheads are low here, although their starting prices can be a little optimistic - for them, that is. Still, it's not unusual to get a well-cut suit with two shirts thrown in for as little as US$75.
A good tip is to leave plenty of time for your measuring process. Any reputable tailor will point out that a 24-hour service is bound to get something wrong along the way, and that tailors who boast of this service are to be avoided like the plague. Four days should be a reasonable time enough for a fitting; a week better.
Amorn’s Tailors Phuket
Amorn’s Tailors in Phuket’s Karon has been catering to the needs of clients since 1997. With a stock of high-quality fabrics, including cotton, silk, wool, and linen, in a range of colours, you can have a whole new wardrobe custom made if you wish. A skilled professional will take your measurements and take detailed instructions as Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon - Sat 10:30 - 22:00, Sun 17:00 - 22:00
- Address: 55 Katanoi Road, T. Karon
- Tel: +66 (0)76 284 137