Rat U Thit Road Shopping
Where to Shop on Rat U Thit Road
One of the most enjoyable parts of going on holiday is shopping for souvenirs, not only for loved ones back home but for yourself. Many returning holidaymakers to Patong can’t help but be amazed by the rising number of businesses along Rat-U-Thit Road (or Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Road in full). The expansion of the last couple of years has made Rat-U-Thit into one of the major shopping streets in Patong.
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Amarit Thai Painting & Tavun Gallery
Amarit Thai Painting and Tavun Gallery, another art shop further down this road, offer both original art & reproduction work.
- Location: Just before reaching the Baan Sainamyen School Junctions.
Many tourists will enjoy exploring Banzaan Fresh Market, a modern-looking Thai fresh market. Goods are displayed in an attractive manner and the market has sections for fresh food, meat, seafood, vegetables, flowers, Thai sweets and dry food as well as a selection of bizarre-looking but delicious fruits. There are many small kiosks selling clothes on the second floor as well as a big food court upstairs.
- Location: Behind Jungceylon
Boon Som Plaza
This is another bazaar located in a big temporary-looking building. Look for the advertising signs out front for 15%-70% discount (it's been there forever…) and then try to bargain down some more. Many products displayed are aimed at locals (such as kitchenware and household items) but still there are plenty of T-shirts, clothes, handicrafts, CD & DVDs on sale.
- Location: Right next to the entrance of Jungceylon
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: 10:00 – 23:00
- Location: At the corner of Rat-U-Thit and Sai Nam Yen roads
The Deli Supermarket offers large selection of imported food such as meats, cheeses and wines from around the world.
- Location: Near the Mermaid Resort & Spa
Friendship Leatherwear is a small shop offering quality leather goods and accepts 'made to order' requests as well. Don’t let the discount sign in front of the shop fool you. It says '10-50% discount' which doesn’t mean you should not bargain for more.
- Type: Next to the Royal Paradise Night Market
J&L Motorbike Shop
J&L rents out motorbikes as well as selling Predator figures of all sizes.
- Location: near Phuket KayTour
Jintanagarn (or 'imagine' in English) Art Shop has been open for a few years. It offers interesting choices of classic reproductions and also does portraits by order.
- Location: At the corner of Rat-U-Thit and Phrabaramee Road junctions
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 Carrefour - a French-based supermarket. The 200-plus other stores in this shopping heaven sell brand-name clothes, spectacles, sunglasses, colognes and perfumes, shoes, DVD-CD-VCD's, computer games, electrical goods, pewter, gold and silver, sportswear and goods amongst myriad other items. Read More...
- Location: Diagonally opposite Bangla Road
The OTOP Market is a fun place to explore. It is located on the southern part of Rat-U-Thit Road opposite the Holiday Inn Phuket Resort. This shopping complex opens from 10:00 to 24:00 and is made up of a few rows of shops selling an impressive range of items, from traditional arts and crafts, clothes, lacquer ware, bags and paintings. You can commission a painting here and it will be done in a few days. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - late
- Location: Opposite Hard Rock Café Phuket on Rat-U-Thit Road
The Royal Paradise Complex Bazaar is basically an open-air shopping bazaar where vendors set up simple stands and stores selling various kinds of goods. Though they start business late in the morning the bazaar really gets going in the evening and carries on until late at night.
Products range from authentic handicrafts, weaving, candles, bags, T-shirts, CD & DVD, silk products and ceramics and pottery, shell jewelry (like headbands, earrings, pendants, breastplates, and armbands), woodcarvings and hill-tribe handicrafts. They also sell special, extremely versatile paper made from the bark of the mulberry tree. It can be made into lanterns, journals, albums, umbrellas, lamps, and artificial flowers.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 18:00 - 22:00
- Location: In front of the Royal Paradise Hotel
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 (US$264,000) was invested by five separate business groups into the recently finished Patong Promenade. Here, you’ll find 150 retail stores with a total of 40,000sqm of floor space. Read More...
- Location: Rat-U-Thit and Bangla Road
Phuket Kay Tour
This shop sells many locally made Alien and Predator figures. These figures are made from recycled metal machine parts cleverly welded together. Some of the figures are quite big and heavy i.e. more than two metres high.
- Location: Near Baan Sainamyen School junction
- Tel: +66 (0) 76 296453
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: Opposite the Playhouse Restaurant. Look for the (old) big sign at front says 'Shopping Sale Sainamyen Plaza'
Here, there are a few shops selling sexy girls' clothes and tights. Many outfits look pretty hot but there's no way that a normal girl can fit in them unless she has the body of a pre-teen. Yes, this is where Patong's bargirls come to shop. There are also quite a few gold shops in this neighborhood and this is where certain foreign gentlemen of a generous persuasion come to shop for gold necklaces with (and for) their 'holiday girlfriends'. There is a DVD shop full of movies, old and new as well as a big phone shop, DTAC. If you are looking for a new mobile phone or just a local SIM card, this is the place to go.
- Location: Turn left to Sainamyen Road at the Baan Sainamyen School Junctions.
SB Plaza in Phuket is a great place to pick up budget souvenirs in Patong. Conveniently located right in the heart of the city, between the expansive (and, generally, expensive) Jungceylon Shopping Centre and the Sleep With Me Design Hotel along Rat-U-Thit Road, it has quite an impressive choice of small market-type stalls selling a variety of wares.
For the most part, the goods on sale at SB Plaza are far from unique – you can get effectively the same stuff at any of Phuket’s many markets, as well as right across Thailand. This includes clothing, bags, luggage, swimwear, fake sports apparel, questionable Thai silk products, a small selection of electrical goods and various souvenirs. The prices are also pretty similar. For example, the cost of a t-shirt starts at around 100 baht, though most prices can be haggled down, particularly if you buy more items at once. Read More...
- Location: Between Jungceylon Shopping Mall and Sleep With Me Hotel
Secondhand Book Shop
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: Next to Kung Thai Bank
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
Udomagg Shoes Shop
Udomagg has a good selection of shoes. Although this is not a place where you can bargain for better prices, they usually offer big discounts many times a year. Check out the storefront announcements for offers.
- Location: Opposite the Royal Paradise Hotel
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