The best shopping in Patong Beach comes as a surprise to a lot of visitors. Patong is more known for its electrifying nightlife than for shopping, but it is nevertheless an attractive retail therapy option and houses the biggest shopping mall in the island – Jungceylon. Once the heat of the day has dissipated and things have cooled down a little, it’s time to head out and discover what this beach town has to offer by way of shopping.
The range of products on sale in Patong is nothing short of staggering: from jewellery and gold to cheap copies of the latest movies and music; brand-name sports clothes and goods to quality (and cheap) beachwear; international spirits much cheaper than back home, health products, Thai-boxing paraphernalia and, of course, much more besides. Have fun!
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, near Bangla Road, Patong
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
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.
The wares available at Malin Plaza Patong are mostly similar to those of any other market in Phuket and include t-shirts, denim, beachwear, bags, luggage, spa products, mobile phone accessories and a good range of trinkets and souvenirs. Some of the shirt designs are a little rarer, the souvenirs are a little better quality and very few of the local markets have a tailor’s shop, making this a good place to visit if you want something a little bit different. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 14:00 - 24:00
- Location: Prachanukhro Road, South Patong Beach
Even though the name of this market sounds a little like an oil monopoly, OTOP is in fact a canny scheme to promote and stimulate locally made and marketed products of each ‘tambon’ (subdistrict) throughout Thailand.
Standing for ‘One Tambon One Product’ the OTOP idea originated in Japan and encourages village communities to improve the local products' quality and marketing, selecting one superior product from each tambon to receive formal branding as its ‘starred OTOP product’. At OTOP markets expect to see traditional handicrafts, silk garments, cotton products, pottery, fashion accessories, household items and food. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10:00 - late
- Location: Opposite Hard Rock Café Phuket and Dusit D2 Patong Hotel on Rat-U-Thit Road
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.
With corridors laid out in a simple grid, many of which are covered by a metal roof, SB Plaza is easy to look around, with cheerful and not excessively pushy storekeepers keen to help you find the perfect gift to take home. Its location close by some of Patong’s key attractions – including Bangla Road and the large shopping malls which surround it – makes it the most convenient market of its kind in the popular resort town, but the good prices and large number of stalls ensure that you don’t have to pay extra for that convenience. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily
- Location: 205/7-9 Rat-U-Tit Road, between Jungceylon and Sleep With Me Hotel, Patong
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: Daily from 11:00 - 23:00
- Location: Beach Road, near Banana Disco, Patong
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, Patong
Bangla Mall sits squarely in the middle of chaotic Patong's Bangla Road – the epicentre of Phuket Island’s nightlife, shopping, and entertainment hub. An island of relatively family-friendly attractions in the middle of the hedonistic ones of the famous club and bar street, it is directly opposite the famous Tiger Disco and is currently home to a spa, a couple of restaurants, a bank and a laser tag centre. While Burger King and KFC have flanked the entrance since the opening, the majority of the internal space is now occupied by Laser Battle, offering a fun and harmless opportunity to shoot your friends. The upper floor is occupied by the large and luxurious Pimnara Spa. A branch of Bangkok Bank is found on the basement level, accessible down a flight of stairs near the front entrance. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 22:00
- Location: Opposite New Tiger Entertainment Complex in Soi Bangla.
- Tel: +66 (0)92 670 8384
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. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10:00 – 23:00
- Location: At the corner of Rat-U-Thit and Sai Nam Yen roads, Patong
On Patong’s southernmost main ‘soi’ or road you’ll find The Future Plaza, 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