The best shopping in Karon Beach can often be found in plazas and shopping precincts. The quiet, family-friendly town has no big shopping malls, but it does have dedicated shopping streets, where you will find tightly packed collections of stores. These sell mostly souvenirs for visitors, including cheap clothes and beach toys. There are also a few good tailor’s shops and artists around, if you want something a bit special and custom-made.
Karon Beach is certainly no shopper’s paradise, and those chasing designer labels and unique wares might be a little disappointed. However, for those with a family in tow and looking for the essentials (and maybe a few surprises), the shopping scene here will certainly not disappoint. In addition, 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.
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: Tue and Fri 16:00 - 22:00
- Location: Wat Karon, Patak Road, Central Karon
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
Soi Old Phuket aka Aroona Karon
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.
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...
Centre Point Village
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
Amorn’s Tailors in Phuket’s Karon has been catering to the needs of clients since 1997. With a stock of high-quality fabrics, including cotton, silk, wool, and linen, in a range of colours, you can have a whole new wardrobe custom made if you wish. All work is done in-house, with the company’s staff members including a pattern maker, tailors, and machinists. Call in advance and you can arrange a free pick up from the local area. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon - Sat 10:30 - 22:00, Sun 17:00 - 22:00
- Address: 55 Katanoi Road, Karon
- Tel: +66 (0)7 628 4137
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