Patong Beach Shopping
What to Buy and Where to Shop in Patong Beach
Patong Beach transforms into a large night bazaar every evening, when all the main roads become clogged with stalls selling handicrafts, silk scarves, sarongs and a variety of beach clothes, leisure wear, leather goods and luggage, CDs, computer games and electronic gadgets and toys.
It's chaotic but fun if you approach it with the right attitude -- just remember that bargaining yields the best results when done lightheartedly and with a smile. Most of the shopping here is aimed at the tourist market, so prices are a bit higher than they are in Phuket City. The main night market stretches all the way down the beach road and into small secondary soi (lanes) on all nights of the week.
In front of the Paradise Complex, another market sets up 2-3 nights a week, in high season, usually Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Lots of stuff aimed at the teenage market - recycled jeans, funky shoes and clothes, but also Thai sweets, orchids, ornaments and hair accessories. Set-up time is usually around 6-7pm until late and remember to bargain!
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Other Shopping in Patong Beach
Bangla Mall in Soi Bangla, officially opened in late 2012, is a recent addition to its lively shopping scene and another good option for shopaholics. Bangla Mall features retail shops of all kinds as well as small kiosks, stands and restaurants. Customers will find plenty of things to take home, including watches, women’s clothing, eye glasses, kids’ clothes, shoes, bags, household items, pearls, jewelry, crystal, silk products, cosmetics, IT, spa products, leather goods and toys. There is also a bank (with ATM and money exchange service), Boots pharmacy shop, a supermarket and a food court. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily
- Location: Opposite Soi Rico’s Steakhouse, not far from Ocean Plaza Patong Shopping Mall, in Soi Bangla.
China Town Plaza (Sai Nam Yen Plaza) is a collection of renovated stands and stalls downtown Patong nearby Novotel Phuket Vintage Park Resort and the Royal Paradise Hotel. The renamed mall makes the corner of Rat-U-Thit Road and Sai Nam Yen Road and is a busy place.
Sai Nam Yen Road itself is certainly not Patong’s most appealing quarter as it is run down and rather scruffy but if you’re looking for a cheap meal or even cut-price airline tickets or even a ‘local’ haircut it’s worth a look at. However, the shopping mall adjacent to the road is squeaky clean and everywhere you’ll smell the not unpleasant aroma of fresh paint and concrete as it has had a complete makeover. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10:00 – 23:00
- Location: At the corner of Rat-U-Thit and Sai Nam Yen roads
On Patong’s southernmost main ‘soi’ or road you’ll find The Future Plaza, the newest addition to shopping in the area and recently renovated from its former incarnation - DJ Plaza. Consisting of a broad range of shopping and entertainment options, this is a much quieter location than central Patong. Here you can browse in several arts and crafts shops, choose to have a family or individual portrait done from a photo or buy a ‘classic’ painting or even an Andy Warhol copy, buy a ‘recycled art’ monster made out of used motorcycle parts, get stocked up at the pharmacy, browse through extensive DVD and CD choices, compare T-shirt and beach wear prices and even join in organised darts matches in the sports bar. Read More...
- Location: Southern end of Patong, opposite of Duanjitt Resort.
- How to get there: Follow the beach until Absolute Pearl Resort and turn left.
Malin Plaza Patong offers the fair prices and impressive range of souvenirs of some of Phuket’s bustling and busy markets, but in a cooler environment and with a great range of cheap food available around it. Although not generally as busy as the likes of Phuket Town’s weekend market, this nightly shopping option is nonetheless popular and highly thought of. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 14:00 – 24:00
- Location: Prachanukhro Road, South Patong Beach
- Tel: +66 (0)93 324 7888
Another market, selling much of the same types of goods plus One Tambon, One Product (OTOP) items, is just down the road behind the Holiday Inn. OTOP is a national program that encourages self-sufficiency in Thai villages through the development of small-scale manufacturing and design businesses. A range of high-quality and beautiful new products have emerged from this initiative, so look for the OTOP logo at shops and retail centres all over Phuket.
For souvenirs, crafts, luggage, tailor made clothes, sportswear and jewellery there are lots of small shops open during the day - but don't go shopping until after 11am, they're not usually open until late morning. Specialty stores such as Rosewood Lamps & Seeka are great places to browse for unique, well-made items. Although the tailors can make garments from magazine photographs, for best results, it's best to take an item to copy. On the way out of Patong, on Rat-U-Thit Rd (at the back) heading towards Karon and Kata beach, is a selection of furniture stores, art galleries and artifact shops. Read More...