Kata Beach Shopping

Where to Shop in Kata Beach

Kata Beach lies south of Patong on Phuket's west coast. The shopping area stands back from the beach. Kata offers quite a varied selection of shopping opportunities for visitors and, although somewhat sleepy during the day (everyone's on the beach), many souvenir shops open in the early afternoon and shop owners are there to barter with until late at night.

Kata Beach can be divided up into three sections, south, central and north. Further south from Kata itself stands the beautiful white-sand beach of Kata Noi. The Katathani Phuket Beach Resort dominates the beach and the dead-end street. On the street side, opposite the resort stands a smattering of tailors, an optician and several convenience stores. 

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Handicraft stalls around Kata Beach

Handicraft and souvenir shops and stalls around Kata Beach are thick on the ground on either side of the road heading south away from the T-junction. In the late afternoons, things get even more crowded as the street stalls set up. 

You'll be spoilt for choice if you're looking for textiles, cushion covers, sarongs, cheap jewellery, DVDs, CDs, imitation brand-name beachwear, sports shoes, sunglasses, watches and… for some strange reason, wooden elephants. The nearby Dino Park usually has an elephant come out every evening to be fed by passersby, so maybe this is why there are carved wooden elephants of every size at every single handicraft stall in the vicinity.

  • Location: Kata Beach, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand
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Kata Night Market

Kata Night Market is a covered shopping area with a very large food court and a selection of mostly tourist-oriented stalls. Found on Kata New Road, it is impossible to miss the giant gorilla and Hulk statues by the entrances. Indeed, it should not be missed as you will find plenty of good savings on meals Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 5pm to 10pm
  • Location: Patak Rd, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand
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KT Plaza

KT Plaza is a modest selection of stalls in a covered building which is too small to call a market but too big to call a selection of street vendors. The plaza has a few ATMs and a restaurant, as well as places selling fresh fruits, sportswear, t-shirts, handicrafts, souvenirs, bags and other fairly typical tourist wares. 

The prices are generally competitive and the environment is not too stuffy, making it worth taking a look around. There is also a restroom right at the back, which costs a few baht to use and another few baht if you want tissue paper.

  • Location: Kata Road, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand
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Palm Square Phuket

With 8 restaurants and bars, one yoga and fitness studio, 2 spas and a few boutiques (art gallery, clothes, and Thai natural products), the 3 floors of the Kata Palm Square building offer a cool and modern place to spend an agreeable evening with family and friends after a long day at the nearby beach or Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 4pm to 11pm
  • Location: 88, 29-30 Kata Rd, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)88 765 3515
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SC Plaza

SC Plaza is a covered selection of shops and restaurants intended to appear like a traditional shopping street. It has a food market by the entrance, which offers pretty cheap local and international dishes in a food court-style setting, which also offers free Wi-Fi and free phone charging. 

There is a second restaurant – Le Bambou – at the back of the plaza, which often adds a buy-2-get-1-free deal on beer. The shops and stalls offer everything from souvenirs, T-shirts, herbal medicines, massages and tailored suits.

  • Location: Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand
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Soi Malisa

Soi Malisa (also known as Soi Ton Tan) on the southern end of Kata Road is a pleasant alley to walk along because it’s not as narrow as other nearby sois. It features many shops, restaurants, art galleries and bars along the way leading to the Malisa Villa Suites. If you want to look your best for a special evening out, visit one of the beauty salons along the soi. 

Every evening, the middle of the soi is converted into a night market, again with plenty of walking space for shoppers. Stand and stall owners start setting up their businesses around 5pm and the market usually gets going after 7pm. It’s made up of more than 30 kiosks with a good range of Thai products ranging from woodcarvings and scarves to pearls and Buddha images.

  • Location: Soi Ton Tan, Kata Beach, Phuket 83100, Thailand
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Tailors in Kata Beach

You'll find many different tailors all around Kata Beach, offering services for both ladies and men. Some of them are genuinely talented and worth checking out. Even so, don't ever let their touts browbeat you or coerce you against your will and never accept the quoted starting prices.

It's also worth noting that it’s not necessarily a positive point to have your suit/dress/shirt ready in 24 hours – at least 3 fittings is about the norm, so do plan ahead.

  • Location: Kata Beach, Phuket 83100, Thailand
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