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

 

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

Dshop

Opened in 2013, Dshop is a recent addition to Karon Beach shopping scene. This small shop is interesting by the fact it sells an eclectic choice of products that could not be found anywhere else in Karon.

Amongst them you could purchase Thai wine (the quality of wines produced in the north of Thailand has improved a lot in the past 10 years, it is not unusual to find Thai wines served in the most reputed restaurants in Phuket – at the Boathouse Wine & Grill for instance), gem stones, large-size clothes, and a good choice of accessories and souvenirs.

Opening Hours: from 10:00 – 19:00
Location: in Karon Centre, 20m after Soi Karon Whale Resort

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 Centre Plaza

Karon Centre Plaza is a small bazaar-like shopping place featuring a dozen stalls/shops in a covered lane linking Soi Centara and Patong Beach Road. Karon Centre Plaza’s entrance is right next to Skylight Bar & Restaurant (you can’t miss their signs harbouring a large Union Jack) at the back of Soi Centara One. Entering the lane, one finds shops selling tee-shirts, sport shoes, bags, belts and accessories similar to the items that could be found in most markets and shopping plazas around Phuket.

A few shops stand out from the lot though: a painting gallery hosting up to four artists that can realize custom-made oil painted canvas on request from a photo provided by customers; they are extremely talented and the result is a unique souvenir to bring back home. Another interesting shop is set in a wooden wild west-like décor that sells quality leather products – belts, bags, shoes and boots. The plaza ends in the open-air courtyard of Phuket Heritage Hotel which hosts four stores: Famous Latex (pillow, mattress), Sunny Fashion (tailor), Mistine (cosmetics and skin care products), and Lightbox, an original lighting store.

Opening Hours: usually from 10:00 – 22:00 (depending on the shops)
Location: between Soi Centara One and Phuket Heritage Hotel in 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

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

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.

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