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!
Other Shopping in Patong Beach
Ann & Bra
This little unique little shop sells high quality and sexy lingerie. It's a nice place to visit for women (and their partners, of course).
- Location: Next to MacDonald’s, not far from Soi Bangla.
Banana Walk is Patong’s newest shopping centre and is located just 100 metres south of Soi Bangla on the Beach Road, right next to Banana Disco. With over 4,000sqm of retail space, the mall is multilevel (three floors) and its overall design leans toward minimal and modernistic: the buffed concrete walls, the metal structure of the tall Plexiglas roof above a large open space, at night the lighting ranging from blue to red all gives Banana Walk the feeling of entering a spaceship dock in a science fiction movie. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 11:00 - 23:00
- Location: Beach Road, near Banana Disco, Phuket 83150
- Tel: 086 997 8055
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.
Many visitors will enjoy exploring Banzaan Market in Patong, a modern-looking Thai fresh market on Sai Kor Road, right behind the megamall Jungceylon. Basically, you can get anything that one would expect from a local market here but in a much more pleasant environment. Prices are reasonable. The Banzaan Market is the brainchild of a well-known Phuket family who sought to offer shoppers an alternative experience other than visiting a typical local market. The word ‘banzaan’ means fresh market in Hokkien, a Chinese dialect popular among many overseas Chinese communities throughout Southeast Asia. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 07:00 – 17:00
- Location: On Sai Kor Road, right behind the Jungceylon megamall in Patong
For fashionistas, Baru Boutique offers an extensive range of clothing and swimwear for women of all ages. Sophisticated cover-ups and exotic dresses get the tribal, ethnic and colour trends just right. Designed and made exclusively for Baru, these chic styles cannot be found anywhere else. The swimwear collection of imported bikinis is the largest in Phuket, featuring the hottest, most sought-after styles. Also with a choice of fine leather handbags, hats, belts and accessories this is every woman's dream shop.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 22:00 Daily
- Location: Corner of Patong beach road/Sawadirak road (near Thara Beach Resort)
- Tel: +66 (0)76 346 425
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
A must-visit location for fans of the 'Hello Kitty' brand. It's hard to resist their charming nick-knacks including handbags, enamel pendant necklaces, wallets, rolling luggage, purses and name tags. In fact, there is a copy DVD shop on the second floor of this shop... just ask about DVD and you will be taken upstairs to a very large room full of movies and games, but beware, quality is not guaranteed, and you probably won't find out until your reach home.
- Location: On Patong Beach Road
International Books Return
Looking to get a book or two to read while on holiday in Patong? Try the secondhand book shop at Aroonsom Food Park. They stock books in English, Dutch, German and more.
- Opening Hours: from 10:00 to 22:00 daily
- Location: On Rat-U-Thit Road, next to Aroonsom Food Park
Standing downtown, diagonally opposite Bangla Road, the Jungceylon Shopping Complex has radically changed the face of shopping in Patong. The two main stores in the complex are Robinson - a gleaming well-lit upper end department store, and Big C supermarket. The 200-plus other stores in this shopping heaven sell brand-name clothes, spectacles, sunglasses, cosmetics and perfumes, shoes, DVDs, computer games, tons of mobile phones and accessories, electrical goods but it is also a great entertainment haven with a five-room SF Cinema and a 16-lane bowling alley, perfect for rainy days or to escape the heat of the day. Read More...
- Location: Rat-u-thit 200 Pee Road, Patong, Kratu, Phuket
Laimai Art Studio
Laimai Art Studio is probably the biggest art studio in Phuket. Everyday there are at least five or six artists quietly working away in this huge workshop/studio. Most of them are graduates from Bangkok's top art schools and have long experience in this field. Much of their ‘made to order’ work is reproducing family photos into oil paintings in a very short time. Besides portraits or landscapes, the artists can do Asian and Thai images, cartoons and abstract paintings.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10:00 -23:00
- Location: Near the popular beachfront Laimai Restaurant
K. R. World Sport
K. R. is a large place retailing beach/sport products including jogging shoes, training shoes, beachwear, bikinis, sportswear, caps, swimming rings, air mattresses, goggles, sunglasses, waterproof bags and original Crocs products and a whole lot more.
- Location: Opposite Soi Bangla, next to the Patong Beach Patrol Police/Tourist Assistance Centre.
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
Narry & Chandan Bespoke Tailors is almost an institution in Phuket’s hectic tailoring world. The first Narry Tailor shop was established in Bangkok in 1977, and then made its way to Phuket's shores 22 years later when the long-established, father-and-son operation opened in Patong in 1999. This successful Delhiite family-business offers high quality bespoke tailoring hand-sewn by extremely competent collaborators. Located towards the end of Soi Sea Beach - aka Soi Silla, referring to the overwhelming signage set around the tunnel-like entrance of this tiny lane off Patong Beach Road – Narry & Chandan Bespoke Tailors also features a more convenient entrance way through iCheck Inn Patong hotel on Soi Wattana. Read More...
- Opening Hours: From 09:00 – 21:00
- Location: on the ground floor of iCheck Inn Patong on Soi Wattana
- Tel: 081 374 0046 (Mr. Narry), 081 987 2008 (Mr. Chad), 081 919 2533 (Mrs. Jasmine)
Ocean Plaza Bangla in Patong Beach has something of a history: once a bazaar-like labyrinth selling fake guns and not-so-fake combat knives, binoculars, and the like, shoppers could have been forgiven for thinking it was some sort of a wannabe military outlet. Nowadays Ocean is far more benign and the renovated shop has closed the dusty upstairs café and bowling alley and is restricted to one, cheerily lit ground floor. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10:30 – 23:30
- Location: Central Bangla Road
Ocean Plaza Patong is one of two contained shopping malls along Patong’s Beach Road (the other being Banana Walk). Ocean Plaza has changed over the years from being somewhat of a haberdashery selling everything from fake guns to underwear to guitar strings to becoming a tangible and organized department store. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10:30 – 23:30
- Location: Patong Beach Road, close to Patong Merlin Hotel
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...
What was once a rundown and rickety resort in the heart of Patong has been transformed into a state-of-the-art shopping mall. No less than 700 million baht was invested by five separate business groups into the recently finished Patong Promenade. Here, you’ll find about 20 retail stores and restaurants with a total of 40,000sqm of floor space.
Patong Promenade is still fairly quiet with only a dozen functioning outlets. Still, after the hodgepodge and confusion of Bangla Road, Patong Promenade is blissfully tranquil and a delight to stroll through. Read More...
Paradise Night Market, like many other markets and malls in Patong, has developed and cleaned up its act over the years. Nowadays this nightly market (18:00 – 23:00) has blossomed into at least 100 stores and you can browse through items ranging from mobile phone covers, sun hats, cushion and bedcovers, lamps, and beachwear and of course much more. The market ‘begins’ along busy Rat-U-Thit Road outside the towering Royal Paradise Hotel and turns to snake through the middle aisle (or ‘soi’ in Thai) of the three Royal Paradise Hotel entrance sois. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 18:00 - 22:00
- Location: In front of the Royal Paradise Hotel
Sainamyen Plaza is nothing like a real plaza. It is basically a big bazaar setup inside a temporary building. Though it doesn't look exactly like Marks & Spencer's the bazaar houses all kind of goodies including luggage, bikinis, sunglasses, woodcarvings and funny T-shirts with logos such as 'All Natural, Silicone free' and 'No Sex Please' as well as the standard 'No, I don’t want a f@?k’n tuk tuk, suit or massage. Thank you very much.' At the end of the first row, there are a few stands selling local food and soft drinks plus a public toilet all in one tiny corner. By the way, you can drop your laundry at the tour counter before entering this 'plaza'. If you miss this one, don’t worry there are many more laundries along the road.
- Location: On Rat-U-Thit Road, look for the (old) big sign that says 'Shopping Sale Sainamyen Plaza'
When looking closely at the elegant evening dresses or casual silk pants on display in Silk Closet, it's evident that they are high quality and well designed. This makes their products unique and outstanding comparing to most goods available in Patong. Their beautiful products include silk bags, shoes, sarongs and other accessories. Most products are handmade. Open from 11:00 – 23:00. Prices above average.
- Location: Right across the road from Jungceylon
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.
Top Charoen Optical
Shopping for fashion or prescription eyeglasses/sunglasses? Try Top Charoen Optical. They house a variety of popular designer brands and sometimes have quite generous promotions.
- Location: Opposite Impiana Resort Patong
Water World Asia Dive Shop
This dive shop offers a good selection of dive equipment. Stop by if in need of any dive gear or accessories.
- Location: Near Patong Electric Company