Thai, Chinese, Burmese and Khmer antiques are excellent buys. Statues, fabrics, woodcarvings and furniture are just some of the items available. Excellent reproductions of antiques can also be found. There is an export ban on certain pieces, particularly Buddha images. Other pieces may require an export license, but any reputable dealer will be able to advise on restrictions and any necessary documentation.
Some of the best finds are in the shops outside Laguna Phuket, including the Palace of Art, Heritage Collection and Songtique. Oriental Fine Art in Surin, Ban Boran in Phuket City and Chan's Antiques on the bypass road are also excellent places to browse for high-quality works.
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Chan's Antique House
Considered by most at the pioneer of the antique business in Phuket, Chan Sim has been in the business for decades. This is a well-established family enterprise. Chan personally selects quality antiquities from Burma, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand searching for the finest craftsmanship.
Wooden, bronze, marble and stoneware Buddha images are featured with a large selection of lacquerware, furniture and decorative art objects. A variety of replicated pieces are also available in a separate section of this expansive showroom. For your convenience, Mr Chan can have your acquisitions professionally packed and shipped worldwide.
- Opening Hours: Monday–Saturday from 9am to 5pm (closed on Sundays)
- Location: 99/42 Moo 5 Chalermprakiat R. 9 Rd, Highway 402, Mueang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)76 261 416
There are few places in Phuket that have good Chinese antiques and “vintage” artefacts, which makes Fine Oriental a must-stop for lovers of Chinoiserie. You might find ceramics, stone and bronze pieces, from vases to furniture to figurines. It stocks a good range of antique and reproduction Chinese furniture, as well as pieces from Burma, Tibet and Mongolia.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 6pm
- Type: 51/20 Chaofa West Road, Wichit, Mueang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)76 521 552
Soul of Asia
In Soul of Asia you can find works by Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali and Picasso along with Chinese and Vietnamese artists. There are also Chinese rugs, Chinese ceramics, jewellery, paintings and furniture from around Asia.
Eric Smulders, the owner, converted an old Sino-Portuguese shophouse in Phuket Town (Tel: +66 (0) 76 211 122) to open his first Soul of Asia shop in 2003. He has since opened branches in Surin Plaza (Tel: +66 (0) 76 271 629), at the Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa (Tel: +66 (0) 76 396 433) and the JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa (Tel: +66 (0) 76 338 000).
- Location: 5/50 Moo 3, Cherngtalay, Thalang, Phuket 83110, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)76 271629
The Gallery Phuket
The Gallery Phuket is a large warehouse stacked with Chinese antiques and design furniture. Marc and Qing Quing de Champeaux bring to Phuket many years’ experience of working in China. They combine modern and old world for interiors and much more.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 9.30am to 6.30pm
- Location: 249/17 moo 8, Thepkasattri Road, Thalang, Phuket, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0) 89 866 2346
Art galleries in Phuket hotels
For a lasting reminder of Thailand, why not visit one of the many shops offering original artworks by local artists? Choose from traditional or modern Thai themes, or commission your favourite scene to be replicated in a painting or sketch. A popular trend is to have a portrait sketched or painted as a gift or memento. A number of artists also specialize in portraits drawn from snapshots, meaning that you don't have to sit around for hours.
The Holiday Inn in Patong Beach and Le Meridien Phuket Resort have portrait artists resident at work in the hotel lobbies during most afternoons or early evenings. Portraits are available in sepia, charcoal, pastel and oil colour, starting from around 3,000 baht depending on the medium used and size of the portrait. Expect a 2-3 day wait, or have your painting or sketch posted to you. On the road leading out of Patong Beach towards Karon are a number of shophouses where artworks are ready for sale and special commissions are accepted.