If part of your holiday budget’s set aside for Phuket shopping, start your retail adventure in one of the shopping centres. Here you’ll find local labels and more recognisable international brands – perfect for picking up any last minute holiday items.
Go beyond the malls and into the Old Town district and you’ll discover small antique shops and those all-important souvenirs, as well as clothing and crafts. Open-air markets are also a big deal in Phuket, especially in the cooler evenings when streets become vibrant Phuket shopping destinations.
Finally, for an extra holiday treat, why not opt for a bespoke experience by visiting a tailor and having some well-fitted, custom-made clothes to take home?
To beat the heat, many Phuket markets open after sunset. When they do, you'll find the best bargains on clothing and accessories. If you're looking for souvenirs, check out the Walking Street Market in Phuket's Old Town, or for trendy fashion and a bohemian vibe take a trip to Chillva Market. At any night market, you'll find street food vendors, so grab a bite to eat before indulging in retail therapy.
Looking for the latest fashion pieces in Phuket? Discover local and international brands inside the Jungceylon and Central Festival centres. They're a shopper’s paradise, especially since they’re air-conditioned. Be sure to drop into a Jim Thompson store for some high-quality Thai silk clothing.
You should definitely add tailor-made clothing to your Phuket shopping list. You’ll find tailors who specialise in suits, shirts, coats and formal attire for both men and women around the Patong and Kata beach areas. Expect reasonable prices for good-quality material, but just make sure you have your outfit measured and ordered in enough time for you to take the finished article home.