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  • Top 10 Shopping in Karon Beach

    Best Places to Shop in Karon Beach

    Karon Beach shopping includes bustling markets, plazas, bazaars and boutiques, giving you plenty of choice as well as some great bargains. The top venues are not as tightly concentrated as they are in Patong or Phuket Town, so you might need to grab a tuk tuk if you’re planning to make a day of retail therapy, the environment is a generally family-friendly one. The storekeepers and vendors are especially hospitable to children, often cooing over them like long-lost relatives.

    Many of the shopkeepers you will find while shopping in Karon Beach are Bengali or Nepali and speak fluent English, which can help in the bargaining process. The goods on offer also have a unique twist, being often more artistic and sophisticated than you are likely to find elsewhere. While you will still find many of the typical t-shirt stalls and tailor shops, you will also see a more artists and artisans creating an eclectic range of special souvenirs.

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    Karon Bazaar (Shopping Sale Karon Plaza) is a large covered market-like shopping centre set in the central area of Karon Beach Road on Phuket’s west coast, in between Woraburi Phuket Resort and Moevenpick Resort, some 350 metres south from the Karon traffic circle. The bazaar features just about everything you'll ever need while on holiday here, and more.

    With concrete floors, neon lights and a corrugated-iron-roof, Karon Bazaar is a seaside and smaller version of the famous Phuket Weekend Market in Phuket Town with slightly higher prices, at least before bargaining. Only a few shops are air conditioned. Aimed at tourists and open every day from 10:00 till late, the place is a great opportunity for an evening stroll. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: From late morning to late at night
    • Location: A few hundred metres south, going towards Kata on the Beach Road, between Moevenpick Resort and Woraburi Phuket Resort
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    Karon Market’s site, Wat Karon’s compound, covers approximately 12,000sqm, and twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays it becomes a lively market at which visitors can find a wide choice of products and local food, giving a colourful insight into the local island culture. Karon Market is, on a smaller scale, similar to the famous Phuket Weekend Market held in Phuket Town every Saturday and Sunday.

    Karon Market, like most outdoor markets in Phuket, starts late afternoon when the heat of the day dissipates. The ranges of products on display at the market is definitely tourist oriented, from fluorescent Singha beer sleeveless T-shirts to Thai-style bags, scarves and sarongs to multi-coloured swimsuits and beachwear to flower-shaped soap carvings to Muay Thai (Thai boxing) shorts to name-brand watches and handbags to cheap jewellery – all affordable gifts and souvenirs to take back home. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Every Tue and Sat from 16:00 - 22:00
    • Location: At Wat Karon on Patak Road, Central Karon
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    Soi Old Phuket aka Aroona Karon
    Soi Old Phuket aka Aroona Karon
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    Soi Old Phuket aka Aroona Karon is a street located near the Beach Road in Karon. Named after the adjacent Old Phuket Resort, and designed in the Sino-Colonial style, a stroll along here will introduce you to many different shapes and sizes of boutiques, massage parlours, bars and restaurants, and tailor shops. It’s a good place to buy colourful beachwear, light tropical shirts, bags of all sizes and styles, silk souvenirs, and even to book a tour to explore the region.

    There are also a few restaurants of varying quality and nationalities ranging from Thai to Swedish and anywhere in between. At the end of the afternoon, vendors erect stands in the middle of the street selling reasonably priced costume jewelry and trinkets and this creates a market-like atmosphere which is enjoyable to walk around in. The hassle and aggressive attitude of touts in Patong is far away from the Soi Old Phuket shopping experience and it is geared more towards families.

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    Karon Plaza is an L-shaped shopping destination along Lung Phochuan Road in Karon, on Phuket’s west coast. Made up of guesthouses, bars, restaurants, beauty salons and massage parlours, it’s an eclectic place that is not going to win any travel awards for its beauty and is not the keenest shopping destination on the island but is nevertheless an amusing place to stroll through, especially at night when the place comes alive and the bars are rocking as you can simply make your purchases, have a meal, then party all in the same place.

    Named after an adjacent hotel, Karon Plaza can be at times rather sleepy but several shopping opportunities await here: Boss Fashion House is a large tailors’ outlet and you should bargain the prices down to reasonable levels before striking a deal. You’ll also find stalls selling sunhats, beachwear, ‘I Love Phuket’ T-shirts (indispensible for those from chilly northern climes), baseball hats and beach paraphernalia. Also along this soi is a Classico Design tailor shop. Read More...

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    Centre Point Village
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    Centre Point Village is a small shopping plaza set in an 80m-long covered corridor located right next to Karon Princess Hotel on Karon Beach Road; the plaza counts a dozen shops and restaurants. Regarding shopping options, Centre Point Village hosts one convenience store – Chang Siam Minimart, one pharmacy, one tailor – Brionj Fashion, one clothes shop selling beachwear, one spa products shop – Thai Herbs & Natural Spa Products, one bag and accessories store – Orchid Shop, and a beautiful souvenirs shop named Fah Thai Silk & Souvenirs. Regarding well-being, Phu Thai Massage (Spa & Beauty Salon) is the perfect place to help recover jetlag and get ready for an exciting holiday in Phuket.

    Those feeling a little hungry after a long afternoon on the beach could revitalize themselves with a fresh-made sandwich at Subway restaurant, or grab a yummy pancake banana and enjoy a delicious fruit shake or smoothie at the small stalls flanking both sides of the plaza’s entrance.

    • Opening Hours: usually from 10:00 – 22:00 (depending on the shops)
    • Location: On Karon Beach Road right next to Karon Princess Hotel
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    Karon Centre Plaza
    Karon Centre Plaza
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    Karon Centre Plaza is a small bazaar-like shopping place featuring a dozen stalls/shops in a covered lane linking Soi Centara and Patong Beach Road. Karon Centre Plaza’s entrance is right next to Skylight Bar & Restaurant (you can’t miss their signs harbouring a large Union Jack) at the back of Soi Centara One. Entering the lane, one finds shops selling tee-shirts, sport shoes, bags, belts and accessories similar to the items that could be found in most markets and shopping plazas around Phuket.

    A few shops stand out from the lot though: a painting gallery hosting up to four artists that can realize custom-made oil painted canvas on request from a photo provided by customers; they are extremely talented and the result is a unique souvenir to bring back home. Another interesting shop is set in a wooden wild west-like décor that sells quality leather products – belts, bags, shoes and boots. The plaza ends in the open-air courtyard of Phuket Heritage Hotel which hosts four stores: Famous Latex (pillow, mattress), Sunny Fashion (tailor), Mistine (cosmetics and skin care products), and Lightbox, an original lighting store.

    • Opening Hours: usually from 10:00 – 22:00 (depending on the shops)
    • Location: between Soi Centara One and Phuket Heritage Hotel in Karon Centre
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    Karon Tattoo Studios
    Karon Tattoo Studios
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    The Karon tattoo scene holds a dozen studios offering a great choice of neat and clean places to get inked in style. Karon tattoo studios are dispatched all around the resort town from Army Freedom Tattoo Studio in Bangla Plaza to Tattoo Ezy Life and one tattoo shop with no name on Lung Pho Chuan Road to Climax Tattoo in Karon Plaza to Andaman Tattoo on the Beach Road to Bird Tattoo inside Karon Shopping Plaza to Holy Art Tattoo Studio and Special Tattoo near Karon Circle to 23 Tattoo in Karon Centre (on the right-hand side 80m before Karon Temple) to Tattoo Studio by Bongkarn Cong and Toon Tattoo in Soi Centara, to Ball Tattoo in a small Soi off Patong Beach Road near Best Western Phuket Ocean Resort to three tattoo studios on Patak Road (the back road parallel to the sea). Bamboo sticks or electric machines are used according to customers’ wishes and tattoo style in most Karon Beach studios.

    • Opening Hours: usually from 10:00 – 23:00
    • Location: all around Karon Beach
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    Dshop
    Dshop
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    Opened in 2013, Dshop is a recent addition to the Karon Beach shopping scene. This small shop is interesting due to the fact it sells an eclectic choice of products that are not found anywhere else in Karon. Amongst them you could purchase Thai wine (the quality of wines produced in the north of Thailand has improved a lot in the past 10 years, it is not unusual to find Thai wines served in the most reputed restaurants in Phuket – at the Boathouse Wine & Grill for instance), gem stones, large-size clothes, and a good choice of accessories and souvenirs.

    • Opening Hours: from 10:00 – 19:00
    • Location: in Karon Centre, 20m after Soi Karon Whale Resort
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    Siam Herbal
    Siam Herbal
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    Siam Herbal is a long-established large store located in Karon Centre 30m after (and on the same side of road) Little Mermaid Hotel. Thailand has a very long history regarding traditional medicine (from 6th century BC Indian sub-continent’s Ayurvedic medicine, then Mon and Khmer people’s animistic tradition, then the arrival of the T’ai people from southern China who brought ancestral Chinese medical knowledge), today mostly considered as alternative medicine, natural and herbal products have proved their efficiency all along History.

    Siam Herbal store has on sale (on a shallow level as it is not a pharmacy) a good range of natural spa products and herbal decoctions that could ease benign squeamishness and skin irritations.

    • Opening Hours: 10:00 - 17:00
    • Location: Karon Centre
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    Karon Book Shop & Souvenirs
    Karon Book Shop & Souvenirs
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    Karon Book Shop & Souvenirs is a small store located in Karon Centre some 200m on from the circle, on the left side of the road. Packed with handcrafted statues, dolls, beachwear, Thai artifacts and other potential gifts, a few hundred of books in English and European languages are stored in a haphazard way at the back of the boutique.

    Best-selling paperback novels make up the majority of the stock and their special offer – buy one, get one free – is quite appealing if you are patient enough to sift through this bunch of books.

    • Opening Hours: 10:00 - 17:00
    • Location: Karon Centre
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