You will never run out of places to shop in Phuket, and here are some recommendations:
- Shopping malls: Malls are a great respite from the heat and also nice to stroll around in comfortably. You can find most things like clothing, restaurants, souvenirs and electronics here, often at better quality though higher prices than roadside markets.
The most popular shopping mall in Phuket is Jungceylon which is home to big brands and international labels, a big cinema, bowling alley and plenty of massage centers. Central Festival Phuket is another big mall just right outside Phuket Town and you can easily spend a whole day here, browsing through the many shops offering anything you could possibly need.
- Night markets: The night markets in Phuket are a sight to behold on their own. Often packed with locals and tourists alike, you will find anything from souvenirs, handicrafts, clothes, jewelry, antiques, street food and even pets.
Sunday Night Market is the biggest night market in Phuket, also known as Lard Yai (big market) located in Thalang Road in Phuket Old Town. It is only available on Sundays (4-10pm) but if you miss it, don’t worry as there are night markets all over Phuket everyday.
Chillva Market in Ratsada is also a good place to visit as they have slightly more hippy vibe and local brands there! The ambience here is great with live performances and brightly-coloured containers so it’s worth visiting just to soak in the vibe.
Phuket Weekend Market: Arguably the biggest amongst all Phuket night markets, this weekend night market or also known as Naka Market by the locals is reminiscent of the massive Chatuchak market in Bangkok. It is frequented by both tourists and locals from all parts of Thailand given its variety and range of items. Here you can find clothes, souvenirs, secondhand items, as well as a broad range of food from local Thai cuisine to Western and ethnic foods.