town has several shopping malls since a couple of years.
The first one was Tesco
Lotus, followed by Big
C and Central
These 3 shopping centres are lined up after each other on the bypass road
at the outskirt of Phuket Town. You can get here by local bus from Patong
for a minimal fee of 20 THB but only until 6PM. Be careful if you want to
get back to Patong by bus. You need to cross this heavily trafficked road
on the picture to the right and there is no zebra crossing or similar. There
is no bus stand so just signal to the driver as he comes close to you that
you want to jump on. Tuk-tuk or taxi will usually charge 400-500 THB for
the same transport. Other shopping areas in Phuket town are Robinson department
store and Ocean with it's cinema multiplex. Index
living mall is located between Big C and Tesco on the bypass road.
the islands biggest IT shopping mall, located next to car dealer Volvo just
north of Phuket city, close to Rajhabat University. One other good place
for IT and mobile phone shopping is the ground floor of Big C.
One interesting shopping
experience is to go to Super-cheap, just north of Phuket town.
information List of shopping malls in Thailand
since many years two Ocean department stores and there
will be a new shopping complex end of 2006 with the
name Jungceylon. There is also a large low price outdoor
OTOP shopping area on Rath-U-Thit rd. Roadside shopping
= ask for discount.
of Phuket is well worth a visit.
71/3 Vichitsongkram Rd., Kathu (between Patong and
Phone +66 76 321 917, fax +66 76 202 087
The biggest local market in Phuket is the weekend market
in Phuket town. The weekend market in Phuket town is
also known as Talad Tai Rot, meaning “car boot
This kind of markets started in Thailand after the
East Asian financial crisis 1997 when many lost their
jobs and one way of survive was selling of some of
ware" from "behind the car".
This market in Phuket has grown into quite a large weekend market, although it
can't compete with its namesake in Bangkok. The market caters
to locals, selling mostly inexpensive clothing but also some household items.
Even though the clothing is tailored to local fashion styles and sizes, the market
is great for mixing with local people and also sampling the many tasty snacks
on sale. The real name of the market in Phuket is Chao Fah Variety market but
most Thais call it Talad tai rot. The location changed to a bigger location in
2005 from the area behind Robinson close
to the domestic bus station to a much bigger area behind King Rama Park and the
new bypass road connecting Chaofaa east and west rd. It is easy to
find if you are at the Central festival intersection
and going south on Chaofaa west road around 1 km
and then take left, opposite
Wat Nakha. The market starts weekends late afternoon until late.
At the weekend market its easy to spend a couple of
hours shopping at the lowest prices in Phuket. T
shirt for 20 THB, flip flop shoes 59 THB, towels 200THB/kg,
reading glasses 199THB or new jeans for 199 THB. You
can also eat in the food market. Less than 100 THB
will fill any empty stomach. Sometimes you will find
live music on a large stage or a fun park for children.
Very crowded but opens in late afternoon/early evening
when its not so hot. Expect it to be crowded.