Karon Beach Shopping

Where to Shop in Karon Beach

Karon Beach is a five-kilometre stretch of squeaky white sand three kilometres south of Patong. The Karon area is home to several large hotels and is much less crowded than neighbouring Patong as it is more spread out.

Shopping in this area is also more relaxed than in Patong yet 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 could find almost anything you need. On the beach road you could visit Karon Plaza and Karon Bazaar for more gifts and beachware. For serious shopping, better head for Junceylon in patong or Central Festival in Phuket Town.

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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


Karon Bazaar

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 of the merchandise is for sale at neighboring stalls, too – so bargain hard.

Here you'll find DVD's, CD's computer games, sunglasses, silk tablecloths and bed covers, hats, Crocs, copied name-brand shoes, snorkeling sets, body boards, T-shirts, watches, belts, suitcases, beachwear, handicraft souvenirs and a whole lot more if you dig deep. Open from late morning to late at night you will even find a couple of places to eat there. 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

Karon Book Shop

Karon Book Shop & Souvenirs is a small store located in Karon Centre some 200m on from the circle on the left side of the road. Packed with handcrafted statues, dolls, beachwear, Thai artifacts and other potential gifts, a few hundred of books in English and European languages are stored in a haphazard way at the back of the boutique. Best-selling paperback novels make up the majority of the stock and their special offer – buy one, get one free – is quite appealing if you are patient enough to sift through this bunch of books.

Opening Hours: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Karon Centre

Karon Market

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. Read More...

Opening Hours: Every Tue and Sat from 16:00 - 20:00
Location: At Wat Karon on Patak Road, Central Karon

Karon Plaza

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

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

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.

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