Phuket Shopping Malls

Central Festival, Jungceylon, Lotus, Big C

Visitors to the kingdom often arrive with empty suitcases and leave with full ones. Clothes, cameras, jewelry, watches, DVD's, computer games, sports equipment, silk, handbags, gold, gems, and even furniture are some of the items snapped up by hungry foreign shoppers and taken or shipped home. Thai authorities encourage this by refunding VAT at the airport (if shoppers have correctly done their paperwork at the point of purchase) and by giving out 'foreign discounts' and even without these benefits and the many discounts offered by department stores on name brands, starting prices are much lower than in the West.

Everyone knows that fake goods, although against the law, are more than available here. Sure you can get a shiny new 'Rolex' for a few bucks but just don't try swimming while wearing it. And after a few hot washes and spins maybe the alligator will look a little more than faded on your 'Lacoste' polo shirt but what about the real McCoy? How does a bottle of Calvin Klein stand up price-wise against the same product in the West? The answer is very well indeed. Department stores in Phuket are superbly stocked when it comes to foreign goods and most have 'Summer' and 'Winter' sales that offer up to 30% off the original price, leaving the foreign shopper in a win-win situation. Here are a few pointers for mall shopping in Phuket.


Central Festival Phuket Central Festival Phuket

Central Festival Phuket is an air conditioned, fully equipped three-storey shopping mall lying just outside of Phuket Town. The logical place to start bargain hunting is Central Department Store itself. Read More...

 
Jungceylon Shopping Mall Phuket Jungceylon Shopping Mall

Located downtown, diagonally opposite Bangla Road, the Jungceylon Shopping Complex has radically changed the face of shopping in Patong. Read More...

Ocean Bangla Shopping Plaza Ocean Bangla Plaza

Ocean Plaza Bangla in Patong Beach has something of a history: once a bazaar-like labyrinth, it is nowadays far more benign and the renovated shop has closed the dusty upstairs café and bowling alley. Read More...

 
Bangla Mall Bangla Mall

Bangla Mall sits squarely in the middle of Bangla Road; the epicentre of Phuket’s nightlife, shopping, and entertainment hub, Patong. Bangla Mall officially opened in late 2012 is another good option for shopaholics. Read More...

 

Bangtao & Surin Beach Shopping Centres

Tesco Lotus Express at Cherng Talay

Though Tesco Lotus in Bangtao is a lot smaller than the one in Phuket Town it carries a good selection of just about everything, especially convenience food, soft drinks, alcoholic beverages and a wine selection. Other retails include Top Charoen Optical, Sengho Bookstore, a drug store and a DVD shop.

Opening Hours: Daily from 06:00-22:00
Location: Cherng Talay, towards the sea

Chalong Bay & Rawai Beach Shopping Centres

Phuket HomePro Village

Phuket HomePro Village consists of a big home improvement and many other retail shops and banks including Toys R Us, Express, Boots Pharmacy, Top Charoen Optical, a camera and IT shop, furniture & handicraft stores, sportswear, an aquarium shop, swimming pool shop, nail spa shop, dry cleaning and ATM machines.

The venue has been getting more traffic with the opening of a high-end supermarket- the Villa Market. It seems their customer-based consists largely of foreigners as all signs are in English. The place is well stocked with a good and quality wine choice, alcoholic beverages, foreign magazines, DVD’s, CD’s, fresh and organic food and fruit, imported snacks, chocolate, biscuits, vinegar, olive oil, spices, seasoning, sauce, candies, baby food, diapers, cereals, pet food, kitchenware, nuts, raisins, baking ingredients and much more, with many items unavailable elsewhere. The luxury of shopping in this supermarket is that the place is quiet with no unpleasant noise unlike most ear-busting supermarkets and shops on the island.    

Opening Hours: HomePro 09:00 – 21:00, Villa Market 08:00 – 22:00
Location: Chaofa West Road just before reaching the Chalong Circle

Tesco Lotus @ Park Rawai

Tesco Lotus @ Park Rawai is located about a kilometre south of Chalong Circle towards Rawai Beach. It is roughly1,000sqm in area and offers everything that shoppers would want in the friendly-size supermarket. The retail sections features a good number of tenants and a few restaurants so in effect you have a mini shopping mall without the noise and crowds.

Opening Hours: 09:00 – 22:00, for tenants the hours may vary depending on each one
Location: About one km from the Chalong Circle toward Rawai

Mai Khao Beach Shopping Centres

Turtle Village

Located just a short walk from Anantara Resort and JW Marriott Phuket, this uniquely designed 'village' has two levels and covers over 3,000sqm of retail space. Here, you can find gifts, Thai souvenirs, clothing selections and dining. Tenants include Jim Thompson silk shop, Triumph lingerie and swimwear, Soul of Asia, Kashmir Gallery and Turtle Mart.

Opening Hours: Daily from10:00 – 21:00
Location: Just a short walk from Anantara Resort and JW Marriott Phuket

Patong Beach Shopping Centres

Jungceylon Shopping Complex

Jungceylon is a monster of a shopping centre. It contains just about everything that shoppers could conceivably need and is a must-do if you're a bargain hunter. Situated on Rat-U-Thit Rd. diagonally opposite the eastern end of Soi Bangla, you simply can't miss it. The two main stores in the complex are Robinson and BigC.

The almost 200 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, and sportswear amongst myriad other items. Read More...

Opening Hours: May – Oct daily from 11:00 – 22:00 and Nov – Apr daily from 11:00 – 23:00 Carrefour Hypermarket daily from 10:00 – 22:00, SF Cinema City daily from 11:00 – 01:00, SF Strike Bowl daily from 12:00 – 01:00
Location: On Rat-U-Thit Road not far from Soi Bangla

 

Ocean Bangla Shopping Plaza

Patong has Two Ocean department stores. Perhaps the most singular aspect of these shops is that they are in the form of a department store but really have the content of a bazaar. Three-storey Ocean on Bangla Road is a riot of colours and products ranging from costume jewelry to funny hats to name-brand shirts and trousers. The ground or 'first' floor is crammed with clothing and is surrounded by boutiques selling just about anything that tickles your fancy from camera tripods to iPods.

Prices are 'negotiable' here so bargain hard to get the asking price down as it will be set at an unrealistic level. There are some attractive pewter and china Thai handicrafts and those looking for a new high-powered rifle scope or night binoculars shouldn't be disappointed. Upstairs you will find name-brand clothes in stalls that appear to be built on top of each other as well as a small toy section. On the 'third' floor there is a large sports outlet and a bowling alley as well as a dimly lit snack and beer bar. In the basement there is a supermarket with reasonable (for Patong) prices.  Read More...

Opening Hours: Daily from 10:30 – 23:30
Location: Central Bangla Road

Ocean Plaza Patong Beach

The other Ocean – on the southern part of Patong's Beach Road – is a similar setup with slightly different goods for sale. Here on the ground floor there are name brands such as Nautica and Lee, Ecco and Cerutti, handmade carpets, costume jewelry, video games, nieloware, pewter, and mobile phone accessories. Go up one floor and you'll be surrounded by name-brand underwear, swimwear, DVD's and VCD's (mostly in Thai), binoculars, air guns, wireless computer mice, and calculators. The next floor is home to a sports section which is, in turn, next to tourist souvenirs such as jade Buddhas and other jade accessories which stand next to a music display featuring cheap guitars and strings as well as suitcases, pens, colouring books and wallets. If there's method to all this madness then it escapes most Western minds but it certainly puts a lot of fun into shopping in Patong. 

Opening Hours: Daily from 10:00 – 22:00
Location: On the southern part of Patong's Beach Road, past Holiday Inn

Phuket Town Shopping Centres

 

Big C

Just 300 metres north of Central on the Bypass Rd is another shopping mall called Big C. The western-facing outside car park (there is also underground parking here) is the site of quite a few clothes stalls and several stalls selling car accessories as well as decorative household goods.

Opening Hours: Daily from 9:00 – 23:00
Location: on Bypass Road

Central Festival Phuket

Central Festival Phuket is an air conditioned, fully equipped three-storey shopping mall lying just outside of Phuket Town. If you are coming from Patong, Central lies on your left, before the main crossroads as you enter Phuket.

Central has free underground parking in case you have wheels but if you arrive by tuk tuk or bus it's simple to alight outside and use the main entrance. Many satellite shops make up the sum of Central but the logical place to start bargain hunting is Central Department Store itself. Read More...

Opening Hours: Daily from 11:00 – 22:00
Location: On Bypass Road (aka Chalermprakiat Rd)

HomeWorks Phuket

This is a massive two-floor mall devoted to household improvement and furniture products. Check out HomeWorks Phuket on the second floor. It offers a complete range of home and office furniture as well as outdoors accessories. Next to it is Power Buy electronics and IT.  Other tenants include Bangkok Bank, Siam Commercial Bank, Se-Ed Bookstore, Mister Donut, KFC, computer shop, a barbecue accessory shop, Thai & Chinese painting outlet, an aromatic oil shop among others. 

Opening Hours: Daily from 10:00 – 22:00
Location: Opposite Central Festival Phuket on the Bypass Road
Type : Household accessories & furniture

 

Index Living Mall

Another 300 metres further north is the Index Living Mall, a place that majors in chic household goods. Here, there are home theatre systems, artwork, bedding, kitchenware and even a few clothes outlets but the main part of the mall deals in high quality items such as pans, rugs and the like. And in case you get the munchies while shopping there's a rather incongruous food outlet right by the cashiers.

Opening Hours: Daily from 10:00 – 21:00
Location: Opposite Big C on the Bypass Road
Type : Household & Furniture

Premium Outlet Phuket

The outlets at Premium Outlook deal in guaranteed brand-name clothing and sports accessories at bargain prices. Apart from Thai brands, other articles on sale include Lacoste, Guy Laroche, Hush Puppy, Warner Bros, Pierre Cardin, Van Heusen, Levi’s, Lee, Nautica, Adidas and Nike and feature discounts of up to 70%. It’s an attractive, open-plan designed shop kept to a constant cool temperature. 

Opening Hours: Daily from 10:00 – 21:00
Location: On the Bypass Road (aka Chalearmprakiet Ror 9 Road)

SB Design Square

A big store featuring more than 10,000 furniture pieces from bedroom accessories to living room, office, kitchen and kid’s room extras. The store has about 100 model show ‘rooms’ plus home items including carpets, lamps, vases, photo frames and much more. Customers can discuss with the shop’s interior designers to gather ideas and also try their 3D computer service program.

Opening Hours: Daily from 10:00 – 21:00
Location: Opposite Big C on the Bypass Road
Type : Household & Furniture

 

Tesco Lotus

Further up the road on the right-hand side at the next intersection stands Tesco Lotus. This mall was the first major modern shopping centre in Phuket and it has goods of a higher quality than Big C – indeed many visitors come from Patong buy Tesco's colourful beach shirts and shorts while the store also has a decent liquor/wine outlet. It's basically a supermarket with a decent toys department and a pretty good electronics section. Tesco Lotus mall also features perennials such as McDonald’s, Boots, a good electronics shop, lots of fast food and more ATM machines than you can shake a credit card at.

Upstairs in the food court the amount of decibels hurled at shoppers trying to lunch is almost unbelievable. Even Patong's Rock City can't beat the music coming out of the upstairs  CD/DVD outlet, the 'Entertainment Center' with at least five games at full blast, no less that two different large flat-screen movies going at the same time, a 'Guitar Hero' game by the escalator and on top of all this cacophony the store girl makes tinny tannoy announcements. Perhaps the one redeeming feature here is the 'ball room' - a fun activity for small children. Don’t forget those earplugs. 

Opening Hours: Daily from 09:00 – 23:00
Location: On Bypass Road
Type : Supermarket

Tesco Lotus @Park Chaofa

It is the first community mall concept opened in August 2008 by international company Tesco Lotus, Tesco Lotus @Park Chaofa is located south of Phuket Town opposite the Phuket Villa 3 Housing Estate on Chaofa East Road. The biggest challenge is in operating of community malls is researching and understanding the needs and requirements of consumers living in their catchment areas, at which Tesco seems to do well. The mall has a good-size supermarket; several banks, Sengho Bookstore, S&P Bakery, Chester Grill, Black Canyon Thai Restaurant, a gold shop, and a camera and IT shop.

Opening Hours: 09:00 – 22:00, for tenants the opening hours vary
Location: Opposite the Phuket Villa 3 Housing Estate on Chaofa East Road

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