of Thailand is known for its fantastic shopping,
Phuket is no exception. Particularly fine examples
of handicrafts from around the country are available
at the tourist markets and speciality shops of the
beach centres, Phuket Town and at Canal Village
in the Laguna Phuket complex - which also boasts
its own branch of Jim Thompson's, the Thai silk
Phuket is also the source of several of
the country's finest gift and souvenir products
including cultured pearls, neilloware, pewterware,
ornaments and dried seafood, (see "What
to Buy"). Specialist shops dealing in souvenir
products can be found on Rasada, Phangnga, Montri,
Yaowarat, and Tilok-U-Thit roads, in Phuket Town,
Thepkrassatri Road, north of town and at the beach
centres of Patong, Kata, Karon and Rawai.
Among the best buys the island has to offer
are Batik - crafted by the island's numerous
artists into tee-shirts, dresses, wall hangings,
and bed covers - beachwear and easily-affordable
made-to-measure cotton, linen and silk clothing
- courtesy of the island's many tailors. Thalang
Road, in Phuket Town, is home to many cloth merchants,
offering excellent deals on a wide selection of
cloth, which the island's tailors will be happy
to convert into the fashion statement of the customer's
Phuket's rapidly developing
infrastructure has also allowed for a considerable
growth in shopping opportunities. Several
large department stores are located in Phuket
Town, Thalang and Patong and two giant supercentres
- Tesco Lotus and Big C - have recently opened
on the Bypass Road, north of Phuket Town, offering
easy shopping for long stay visitors and yacht
Thaweewong Rd., Patong.
Soi Bangla, Patong.
Tilok-U-Thit Rd., Phuket Town.
Tilok –U-Thit Rd., Phuket Town.
Rasada Rd., Phuket Town.