Phuket City Shopping
If shopping is your thing, Phuket Town (or City) is the place to get your fix. Many of the same items that are sold at Patong and other beach resorts are cheaper in the city.
In the “Old Town” along Phang Nga, Ratsada, Thalang and Yaowarat roads are a number of Phuket’s better handicraft, souvenir and antique shops. Walking around this area is also a pleasant opportunity to see some of Phuket’s remaining sino-portuguese architecture in the form of shophouses and a few large houses.
On Ranong road, you can experience the sights and sounds of a Thai fresh market at the Downtown market next to the beach-bus station. Apart from the fruits, vegetables and meats there are also some basic clothing items for sale.
For more clothes, there are the weekend markets that sell cheap clothing as well as shoes, jewelry, household items, plants and pets among other things. (See markets for more information).
The courtyard at Central Festival Phuket
Phuket City has a few department stores selling a wide range of items. These are mostly located on the Bypass Road (Chalermprakiat Rd.) on the edge of the city. The largest of these is Central Festival Phuket, a modern shopping mall with a department store. This is the place to go for brand name products. There are also numerous restaurants and an excellent cinema in the mall.
On the same road are Big C and Tesco Lotus supercentres. These are large hypermarkets with attached shopping centres containing shops and restaurants.
The most recent addition to the shopping centres in the area is Index Living Mall. A huge furniture superstore on two levels.
In the centre of the city, on the corner of Tilok Uthit 1 Road, is Robinson Ocean department store. This is fairly small but has a good range of brand name clothing. Further down the same road is Ocean Shopping Mall, an even smaller department store. There are also a few stalls and shops along Tilok Uthit Road selling clothes and souvenirs.
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