While not on the same level as the legendary shopping in
Bangkok, Phuket is still a great place to find bargains in
Thailand. The island has everything from air-conditioned shopping
malls to noisy night bazaars and open-air village food markets.
The best place to find Thai silk and other traditional Thai
souvenirs in Phuket is Kamala Beach. Cheap souvenirs like hats and
scarves are available along the beach walkway in high season, and
there are a number of shops near the beach restaurants selling
sarongs, toys, and hand-carved items. There are even shops along
Kamala''s main road that will turn out copies of your favourite suit
One popular souvenir from Phuket is pearl jewellery, available
locally from the Phuket Pearl Factory in Sapam.
There are two main shopping malls in Phuket: Central Festival
Phuket and Jungceylon Shopping Center. Central Festival Phuket is
dominated by a single Central Department Store selling everything
from silk sarongs to designer watches, while Jungceylon Shopping
Center has more than 200 stores offering everything you can think
of, from pirate DVDs to perfume.
Most department stores and shops have fixed prices, however
market stalls and street vendors are willing to bargain anywhere
from 10-40 percent off the original price.