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Thailand's only island province is connected to the mainland by the Thep Krasettree Causeway. Known as the "Pearl of Thailand," Phuket offers pristine beaches, lush vegetation, traditional villages and seascapes of huge limestone pillars that rise above the turquoise waters of Phang Nga Bay. With a land area of 215 square miles, Phuket Island is Thailand's largest island and about the same size as Singapore. Arab and Indian navigators have called here since the end of the 9th century, while the first Europeans arrived in the 16th century.
Phuket has emerged as one of the top tourist destinations in Asia. What used to be a small tin-mining community has been transformed into a hedonist's heaven, with hotels and resorts fiercely competing for beach space and tourism dollars.
Phuket (pronounced Poo-get) is an island on the Andaman Sea on the western side of Thailand. It is a popular beach destination. Just one generation ago, Phuket was largely undiscovered by the outside world. Adventurous tourists would head down from Bangkok and discover pristine beaches and picture-perfect panoramic views. Word spread quickly, and entrepreneurs started gobbling up real estate and building huge hotels. There are twenty thousand hotel rooms in Phuket now, with more being built seemingly every day. The demand is there. During the peak season, which runs from November through April, every hotel is packed. You should avoid visiting during monsoon season. On average, eleven inches of rain fall per month between May and October.
The island seems larger than it is, mainly because the terrain varies between the smooth coasts and rugged, hilly inland. Although it covers less than four hundred square miles, petite Phuket packs a powerful punch! There is plenty to enjoy and discover on Phuket, Thailand's playground.
Where You are Dock
Cruise ships could anchor and tender to a temporary pier at the south end of Patong (removed during rainy season May-Oct) or dock at Ao Makham Deep Sea Port approximately five miles south of Phuket Town. Kalim Beach on the north end of Patong has also been used as a tender pier. If a shuttle is not provided at Ao Makam, you will need to negotiate with a taxi driver to get you where you want to go. The taxi mafia had blockaded traffic to the port in the past when shuttle buses were provided for passengers. Port schedule here http://cntr.ctic.co.th/pkport/data/pk_Booking.html
 Cruise port is a 20-minute drive to Phuket Town Your best bet is to use taxis to get around Phuket. Taxis are usually available at the pier and a row of them is usually waiting outside the major hotels, rates are relatively expensive and should be negotiated. Be warned, however, that you will be gouged on the price unless you fix it before you get into the cab. If your cab driver doesn't speak English, use your fingers to communicate how much you want to pay.  CruiseTrend suggest writing down the agreed price to avoid any dispute.
Things to See and Do

Phang Nga Bay
Phang Nga Bay is unique. A day out here is an unforgettable experience that will definitely get you thinking. A distinctive feature of the bay is the sheer limestone cliffs that jut vertically out of the emerald-green waters. These islands are home to sheltered fauna that are possible to observe on certain tours. James Bond Island and Koh Panyee are just two of the more famous spots in this bay.
James Bond Island in Phang Nga Bay
James Bond Island is a famous landmark in Phang Nga Bay. It first found its way onto the international tourist map through its starring role in the James Bond movie 'The Man with the Golden Gun'. A distinctive feature of this famous bay is the number of sheer limestone cliffs that vertically jut out of the emerald-green water.
The bizarre, why-doesn’t-it-fall-over outline of James Bond Island or Koh Tapu (meaning Nail Island in Thai), lies next to the equally well known Koh Ping Ghan (sometime spell ‘Ping Gan’ or ‘Ping Gun’). The entire area surrounding this island is indeed spectacular, but it can get crowded with tourist boats in high season.
Phang Nga Bay covers an area of 400sqkm and is home to some 100 islands, many of which could feature in The Guinness Book of Records either for their beauty or for their freakish shapes. James Bond Island, with its signature rocky pinnacle, has been a major attraction ever since it featured in the 1974 Bond movie. Luckily it is under national park protection and as a result no boats of any kind are allowed to go too close to the island because of its precarious position – big on the upper part and relatively slim at the bottom. The two best ways to view James Bond Island are from boats or from the small beach on Koh Ping Ghan.
Koh Ping Ghan is another sample of how the Mother Nature works her magic. Basically it’s a very high leaning rock that has some small caves inside. It’s pretty amazing and fun to check them all out. On its crowded eastern beach, there are stalls and stands selling knickknack souvenirs, mostly made from shells and woods.
Old Phuket Town
Sino-Portuguese splendours and funky shops in the most unlikely places will surprise and delight you in the heart of Phuket's sleepy provincial capital. Phuket town offers much more than you think with some excellent restaurants and local sights. The unique blend of colonial and Chinese architecture along with a tangible quaintness makes for a fascinating and unforgettable afternoon spent sauntering around Phuket's Old Town. Expect the unexpected and don't forget your camera.
Unlike many Thai provincial capitals, Phuket Town fairly shines with personality and nowhere more so than its Old Town. In this historically rich part of town you will find shrines, temples (Buddhist and Chinese), ornate and beautifully preserved 'shophouses', quaint cafés, tiny printing shops, impromptu private and public museums and even a mini ex-red light district.
Phuket Old Town was built on riches reaped from Phuket's tin boom of last century, when the metal was an extremely valuable commodity. In this quarter of the town you will see grandiose Sino-colonial mansions, once occupied by Phuket's tin barons of 100 years' ago. Phuket Old Town is compact enough to stroll around in. The best time to do this is early in the morning or after the day has lost its heat. There are enough restaurants and cafés to provide you with refreshments so don't bother taking a picnic along!
Bangla Road Nightlife
There are few things in this world to prepare you for an after-dark stroll down Patong's Bangla Road. However, a sense of humour and an open mind are prerequisites if you're looking to have some fun. In fact, there's only one undeniable and obvious fact about Bangla – it's nothing like home. With its ladyboys, exotic girls, enchanted westerners (mostly male) and enough extraverts to fill a Disney cast of thousands, shopping or sipping on a beer at Bangla Road at night is a definite 'Dear Diary' moment. Read More...
Big Buddha
Visible from most of the south of Phuket, the Big Buddha is a recent arrival to the island. The image stands on the top of the Nakkerd Hills and looks down over Chalong, Kata and Rawai. It cost 30 million baht to construct and is 45 metres high. Next to it stands a smaller, golden image that is actually made of brass and there is a shrine near the site's car park. The drive up to the Big Buddha takes you through the 'real' Thailand and the view from the top is enhanced if you take a map to identify the many, many sights.
Bangla Road only really comes to life when the sun sets. The road is closed to vehicle traffic and becomes 400 metres of neon lights, loud music, cheap beer and sexy girls. Jammed most nights of the year, it is actually totally unthreatening and is a lively place to walk around as bars compete for customers.
Almost all of the bars are outdoors, so the music from each one blends into a deafening mess of sound! Beer bars occupy most of the street's length, with several go-go bars and a few pubs, restaurants, discos and shops rounding out the attractions, both on Soi Bangla and down its side streets. Street performances are also common most nights, which can make dodging around the tailorshop salesmen, leaflet distributors, street vendors and ping pong show touts more difficult.
Wat Chalong and Phuket Temples
Wat Chalong is one of Phuket's most important temples and visited by thousands each year. It's beautifully decorated with infinite reflections from hundreds of tiny glass pieces and several pagodas. On special holidays Wat Chalong hosts 'country fairs' with a real local flavour where you can buy just about anything and snack on Thai food to your heart's content. Wat Chalong has an interesting history and is Phuket Island's spiritual centre. You haven't seen Phuket if you've never visited this fascinating temple.
Wats - or Buddhist temples - are among the most important symbols of Thailand, partly because the majority of Thais are Buddhist and partly because they are so beautiful. In Phuket alone, there are 29 Buddhist temples spread around the island.
Wat Chalong has been extending a warm welcome to visitors for over a century. Locals come to pray and Westerners come to learn something about Buddhism. The temple is open from seven in the morning to five in the afternoon.
What to See at Wat Chalong
Poh Than Jao Wat is one of the more important Buddhist statues in Wat Chalong. It is located in the westerly old hall of the temple, with two statues of an elderly gentleman called Ta Khee-lek (grandpa Khee-lek), a famous local who won many lotteries after consulting the Poh Than Jao Wat statue. Another statue in this hall is called Nonsi.
One of the temple's halls features a gilt-covered statue of Luang Poh Cham and this busy hall also contains statues of Luang Poh Chuang and Luang Poh Gleum, all ex-abbots of the temple.
The Grand Pagoda dominating the temple contains a splinter of Lord Buddha's bone and is officially named Phramahathatchedi-Jomthaibarameepragat. The pagoda is decorated with wall paintings depicting the Buddha's life story and also features various Buddha images. Take your time in the pagoda; it is a breezy, cool location and one which is very popular with visitors to the temple.
There is also an air-conditioned 'exhibition home' of Luang Poh Cham which features lifelike human-sized wax models of Luang Poh Cham, Luang Poh Chuang, Luang Poh Gleum, and Luang Pu Thuad along with antique Thai furniture, and Benjarong (Thai porcelain designed in five colours), while the famous 'magic' walking-stick of Luang Poh Cham is kept at the current Abbot's dwelling.
Do's and Don'ts
Wats in general are sacred places for local people, so it is wise for the visitor to watch and emulate the way Thais behave inside temples. For example, you will see that people are careful not to stand over, or otherwise position themselves higher than any Buddha images except when pasting gold leaf to them - which in any case happens only in some wats, not in most.
Even through Thailand can sometimes be very warm, it is inappropriate to go into a wat - a place of worship - wearing clothes that reveal one's shoulders, chest, belly or legs.
Simon Cabaret Show
Simon Cabaret - probably the biggest transvestite cabaret show to be found locally. This show features a spectacular musical floor show performed by the world famous ladyboys of Simon Cabaret. See for yourself - guys, can you tell the difference? And ladies - wouldn't you just die for a figure like that? Fabulous costumes, glitzy and fun. Extravagant costumes, make-up and sets take the audience from Egypt to Latin America to China and back to Thailand in themed displays of classical dance and song.
Phuket Simon Cabaret: A Big Operation
Mixed in for good entertainment value, are professional soloists dressed like Tina Turner or Diana Ross. It’s some of the most flamboyant fun you’ll ever witness. The majority of the actors were born in male bodies but are living life as beautiful young women who express their talent through life as a cabaret performer.
Jarvey de la Paz is the talented resident choreographer who has trained and rehearsed with the 40 performers over the past seven years.
“For many of our actresses, they must take hormones which enable them to look more feminine.
They often come to us looking like men but after a number of years of training and hormones and medical procedures, they gradually transform into remarkably beautiful women,” Jarvey explains.
Simon Cabaret is a big operation with more than 100 backstage staff including show managers, costume and wardrobe departments and a control manager that ensures everything works according to a tight schedule as it should. “Our performers have a very demanding life. They must learn every role in every musical number as often a actress is sick or on vacation or taking a day off so each dancer must be ready to learn each other’s roles. No two days are ever the same,” continues Jarvey.
The Original
Simon Cabaret has been entertaining visitors to Phuket for two decades. And many of the current “stars” have been on stage since the beginning. There are three shows a night.
Only when King Bhumibol’s mother, the Queen Mother, passed away and the evening of the 2004 tsunami have the lights at Simon Cabaret been dark.
“Our performers are very committed to looking their best for the audience. This includes hours of preparation with make-up and costume fittings each evening.
Even though many of our actresses have been on stage now for many years, they still look fantastic as they exercise, train and use both cosmetic and surgical enhancements to make them look so good,” says Jarvey.
Training with Jarvey includes traditional ballet, jazz and contemporary dance. It takes extra work for these biological males to stretch and move like graceful young women.
“We have to be careful with training as our performers can not have muscles so we focus on stretching and building up endurance," he continues, "as the costumes are usually enormous and heavy, our actresses need to balance on often very high heels which moving in difficult routines and all with a smile on their face."
Phi Phi Island
Phi Phi Island is Thailand's island-superstar. It's been in the movies. It's the topic of conversation for travelers all over Thailand. For some, it's the only reason to touchdown in Phuket. Even with all the hype, it doesn't disappoint. Phi Phi's beauty is a large chunk of the allure. The islands, when approached by boat, rise from the sea like a fortress. Sheer cliffs tower overhead, then give way to beach-fronted jungle. It's love at first sight.
Phi Phi Island is Thailand's island-superstar. It's been in the movies. It's the topic of conversation for travelers all over Thailand. For some, it's the only reason to touchdown in Phuket. Even with all the hype, it doesn't disappoint. Phi Phi's beauty is a large chunk of the allure. The islands, when approached by boat, rise from the sea like a fortress. Sheer cliffs tower overhead, then give way to beach-fronted jungle. It's love at first sight.
The second part of the why-we-love-this-place story is attitude: few places on the planet are this laid-back. Of the two islands, one is completely free of human inhabitants (Phi Phi Leh), and the other is without roads (Phi Phi Don). There's no schedule, no hustle-and-bustle, no reason to be in a hurry
Phuket FantaSea Show
It's wacky but fun and very professionally done. Trapeze artists, elephants on stage and pyrotechnics combine in a Las Vegas-style show. You'll see nothing else like it anywhere on the planet. Combining Thai traditional myths with humour, fantasy and a loose plotline that keeps getting more and more amusing, FantaSea's extravaganza is a highly entertaining and riveting show that deserves to be top of our Top Ten Must See and Do in Phuket list. Read More...
Phuket Viewpoints
There are many viewpoints looking out over east and west Phuket affording sunrise as well as sunset views. Ok, so everyone goes to Promthep but it doesn't make it any less spectacular. There, you'll get fabulous views over the ocean stretching as far as Phi Phi Island on a good day. Check out Phuket's other viewpoints such as the 'Three Beaches' hilltop venue on the road between Nai Harn and Kata or sip a cocktail at the After Beach Bar (also on the same road) while the golden ball slips into the western horizon.
Phuket has views that would make a landscape painter rush out and buy an easel and brushes and the great thing is that you don't have to trek halfway across the country to appreciate them. Whether it's a sunset-watching spot, a 360-degree panorama of the south of the island, a vista from the top of Phuket Town or a glimpse of swathes of tropical lushness it's all within your grasp in minutes. All you need is wheels.
It's a matter of taste, of course, as some prefer the 'outside-in' aspect of viewing the island from a yacht or tour boat. Others prefer life way up in the clouds, looking down from on high while others favour the exact opposite. So let's mix and match. Here are some of Phuket's best viewpoints for you to check out.
Thai Boxing (Muay Thai)
Rapidly gaining popularity all over the world, Muay Thai is an electrifying spectacle to watch. Visit Saphan Hin Stadium in Phuket City to see regular matches with well-trained martial arts experts. Or try Patong Beach, where you can also see the skill and dexterity of these super-fit fighters. Tradition and courtesy are at the heart of this dangerous contact sport and a good Muay Thai participant is ultra-disciplined in spirit as well as body. Join the spectators and feel the rush. to see regular matches with well-trained martial arts experts.
Phuket is a full-service tourist destination, with scores of hotels and resorts competing for your business. The TAT Office (73-75 Phuket Road, 076/212-213) is a great place to get started. The office will provide you with maps and brochures, along with some suggested itineraries. Because you will only be here for a short time, you may want to consider taking a tour of everything there is to see in Phuket. Adventure lovers should consider the Siam Safari (70-71 Chao Far Road, 076/280-116). A half-day eco-tour will take you away from the busy beaches to see some of Pucket's serene natural beauty. Another great tour takes you to the Phi Phi Islands for a day of swimming and cave exploration. Contact the World Travel Service (50/22 Mae Luan Road, 076/222-346, www.wts-thailand.com) for more information.
Phuket Town is the only major city on the island, and quite frankly, you won't want to spend much of your time here. Phuket Town is a good place to pick up some good tourist souvenirs, especially around Rasda Road. You can also visit the local market on Ranong Road. The market is the only place on tourist-friendly Phuket where you'll get a true feel for Thailand. After visiting the market, head to Khao Rang, a mountain that rises northwest of town, for a panoramic view of the town and the rest of the island. This is a great spot for a sunset stroll.
North of town, the Thailand National Museum (076/311-426) chronicles Pucket's history, including a display featuring the Heroines of Phuket. In the late 18th Century, two women led the defense of Phuket against Burma, and their exploits have given them mythical status in town. Continuing north, you will encounter the beautiful Khan Phra Tharo National Park. Enjoy a nature hike, and make sure to stop at the Nam Tok Ton Sai Waterfall for a perfect photo-op.
While everything mentioned above is nice to see, no one would blame you if you never left the beach in Phuket. After all, Pucket's beaches attract thousands of visitors every year, and all of the island's twenty thousand hotel rooms fill up during the high season. There are enough splendid beaches here to accommodate everyone.
Phuket is positively overflowing with beautiful beaches! The western side of Phuket is where you'll find most of the nicer beaches. Unfortunately, the beautiful natural scenery has been cluttered by hotels and resorts, which spring up like weeds seemingly every day. However, there are still plenty of excellent beaches for you to enjoy.
The areas of Kata, Karon and Patong feature excellent beaches.Starting from the south along Pucket's west coast, you won't want to miss Kata Beach. Beautiful white sand beaches and tranquil waters make for a heavenly experience. Continuing up the coast, you'll encounter Karon Beach. North of Patong is a cluster of three beach areas, Patong is best known for its nightlife and souvenir shops, while Kata and Karon boast superior resorts and restaurants.
Kamala Beach, Surin Beach, and Pansea Beach, which offer soft sand and super sunsets. Bang Thao Beach is next. Bang Thao has become a tourist haven, with five hotels in the area all under the same management. Directly west of the aforementioned Khan Phra Tharo National Park, you'll find Nai Thon Beach. Finally, at the northern tip of Phuket, you'll share Nai Yang Beach and Mai Khao Beach with sea turtles.
Eating Out
The fine reputation of Phuket's seafood is beginning to rival the beaches. Fresh crabs, giant prawns, lobsters and crayfish are prepared in a variety of delicious dishes. Choose from gourmet renditions to something simple but equally delectable, such as fish wrapped in banana leaves and steamed over hot coconut shells, or khow pat, the Thai national dish.

Pucket's dining scene centers around the sea, which is not surprising, considering that most people live by the water. In Bang Thao Beach, five hotels have partnered up, and the choice of restaurants in the hotels is among the best in all of Thailand. The Banyan Tree Phuket (33 Moo 4 Srisoonthorn Road, 076/324-374) serves up delectable Thai dishes, as does Ruen Thai (390 Srisoonthorn Road, 076/324-324) in the Dusit Laguna Hotel. The Courtyard Café (29 Moo 4 Srisoonthorn Road, 076/324-359) in the Allamanda Laguna Phuket Hotel is a nice place to enjoy an elegant dinner. The White Orchid (Kamala Bay, no phone) in Kamala Beach has an ever-changing menu.
In Karon Beach, On the Rock (Marina Cottages, 076/330-625) usually fills up fast, even though it's a pretty big restaurant by Phuket standards. Patong is the place to be after hours in Phuket. There are bars on every corner, and nightclubs down every alley. You will have as much fun as you want to here, and the night doesn't stop until the sun comes up!

Mom Tri’s Kitchen is a fine-dining experience with one of the finest wine cellars in the country yet you can enjoy down-home and expertly prepared Thai food here. Simple dishes such as som tam (green papaya salad) are lovingly rendered with delicate flavours and fine textures. Try a fish dish here and you’ll be blown away; it’s excellent stuff.

Ka Jok See Restaurant in Phuket Town -- Known more for its nightly party atmosphere, Ka Jok See actually serves up well-prepared Thai dishes in portions fit for sharing. One of the longest-running establishments on the island, expect dishes based on traditional Thai recipes with a few twists here and there. You’ll have to reserve ahead at Ka Jok See, due to its popularity. Read More...
Raya Restaurant -- The charm of Phuket Town's old quarter is nowhere more evident than in its Sino-Portuguese architecture. Along Dibuk, Thalang and Phang Nga roads downtown you'll see beautiful examples of restored shop-houses and a good example of this genre is Raya Restaurant. Raya, not to put a too fine point on it, is THE Thai restaurant in Phuket.
Kan Eang@Pier -- Seafood is the speciality at Kand Eang @ Pier and many visitors make a beeline to it to experience the genuine tangs of the coconut-husk-fired grills. The menu is massive and features dishes that you may not have heard of before; fortunately the experienced wait staff can talk you through the many options.
Pan Yaah Restaurant -- For one of the best restaurant views of Patong Bay and the town itself a good choice would be Pan Yaah, in Kalim about one kilometre north of Patong along the scenic beach road heading up to Kamala Beach. Established for many years, it’s a great little place for romantic and intimate sunset and evening dining. Read More...
Chanya Restaurant is a quaint mustard-yellow restaurant with retro décor and a forward-thinking menu rich in ingenious modern takes on traditional Thai dishes. This is the brainchild of Phuket-born Atiporn Jittananta, who conserves the old recipes and twists them into healthy and incredibly tasty versions. Read More...
Silk Restaurant at Kamala Beach -- Set in the opulent grounds of Andara Resort & Villas in Kamala, Silk has equally sumptuous décor and design so dining here is regarded by many locals as a special occasion. The dishes here are expertly rendered by an experienced lady chef and dining at Silk is a salutary lesson in fine Thai cuisine.
Ruen Thai Restaurant -- A charming old teakwood house with Thai design and decor, set in Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket. The renowned Ruen Thai enjoys a classic Thai ambience, featuring genuine Royal Thai cuisine with specially selected ingredients prepared by an experienced Thai team of chefs. A real Thai experience.
Blue Elephant specialises in Royal Thai cuisine – a rich and exotic combination of flavours once uniquely created for the Royal Palace that has recently grown popular because of the global spread of Thai cooking. It’s located in a splendid, old Chinese-colonial style mansion near the heart of the old quarter of Phuket Town.

Baan Rim Pa Patong Beach -- One of Phuket’s finest all-round dining experiences, Baan Rim Pa is a teakwood house overlooking Patong Bay and serves Thai cuisine with panache. With a fantastic wine selection, an elegant wait staff, traditional dishes served on crisp white tablecloths, Baan Rim Pa is years away from budget Thai eateries.
In Phuket town, boutiques and markets are centered around Robinson and Ocean Time Square Mall. Best shopping at Patong beach is at Jungceylon Shopping Complex. Good buys include Thai silk, cotton fabric and cultured pearls. The Native Handicraft Center offers a wide range of local handicrafts. Additional shopping is available at the new Wang Thalang shopping complex. Bargaining is expected at markets; better shops have fixed prices. The local currency is the baht.
Shopping in Phuket centers around tourist trinkets and souvenirs. You will have no problem finding these items anywhere on the island. A high concentration of stores can be found in Phuket Town. To tell you the truth, the best place to shop in Phuket is the local market on Ranong Road. The market is a great place to get a true feel for Thailand, as local merchants put everything they can get their hands on up for sale. Antique hunters will delight at The Loft Antiques (36 Talang Road, 076/258-160). DD Jewel Design is in the same building, and they will custom design a keepsake for you.
A few years back when the first shopping mall opened in Phuket, locals asked “Where is it all leading to?” Nowadays, with Phuket more developed, malls are ubiquitous but happily have not smothered the Thai traditional market life on the island.
Thai people like to ‘group’ their shops so that if you are looking for a particular item there will be several shops selling on the same street.
Narry Tailor is almost an institution in Phuket’s hectic tailoring world. The first Narry Tailor shop was established in Bangkok in 1977, and then made its way to Phuket's shores 22 years later when the long-established, father-and-son operation opened in Patong in 1999. This successful Delhiite family-business offers high quality bespoke tailoring hand-sewn by extremely competent collaborators. Located towards the end of Soi Sea Beach - aka Soi Silla, Narry Tailor also features a more convenient entrance way through iCheck Inn Patong hotel on Soi Wattana. Read more...
Opening Hours: From 09:00 – 21:00 -- Location: on the ground floor of iCheck Inn Patong on Soi Wattana -- Tel: 081 374 0046 (Mr. Narry), 081 987 2008 (Mr. Chad), 081 919 2533 (Mrs. Jasmine)
Jim Thompson was an American businessman who, in the 1950s and 60s helped revitalise the Thai silk industry. He mysteriously disappeared from Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands in 1967 but his business momentum has carried on and nowadays the name Jim Thompson is synonymous with high-quality silk items as diverse as shirts to bed sheets to toys.
Central Festival Phuket is an air-conditioned, fully equipped shopping mall lying just outside of Phuket Town. If you are coming from Patong, Central lies on your left, before the main crossroads as you enter Phuket. Read More...
Jungceylon Shopping Mall -- Standing downtown, diagonally opposite Bangla Road, the Jungceylon Shopping Complex has radically changed the face of shopping in Patong. The two main stores in the complex are Robinson - a gleaming well-lit upper end department store, and Big C supermarket. Read More...
Phuket Town --This busy market is as much a social event as a commercial one so be prepared for lots of smiles and bartering. For sale are jeans, T-shirts, custom jewelry, artificial flowers, DVDs, sports shoes and a lot of secondhand goods. And of course a Thai market would not be complete without lots of delicious snacks. Read More...
Phuket Walking Street is the latest attraction featured in Phuket Old Town. Also-known-as Lardyai (talaad yai), which means ‘big market’ in southern Thai dialect, this weekly market started in October 2013 and is hosted on the beautifully renovated Thalang Road, right in the middle of the historical Sino-Portuguese district of Phuket Town. Read More...
Banzaan Market -- Many visitors will enjoy exploring Banzaan Market in Patong, a modern-looking Thai fresh market on Nanai Road, right behind the megamall Jungceylon. Basically, you can get anything that one would expect from a local market here but in a much more pleasant environment. Prices are reasonable. Read More...
Phuket Old Town Handicraft Shops -- Phuket’s Old Town is not only a picturesque and fascinating place to explore; it also features atmospheric handicraft stores as well as textile shops. Locally made handicrafts are found along these streets and along Phang Nga and Yaowarat roads several artists have set up studios that sell classic as well as more modern-themed works. Read More...
Karon Bazaar (Shopping Sale Karon Plaza) is a large, covered market-like shopping centre set in the central area of Karon Beach Road on Phuket Island’s west coast, some 350m south from Karon circle. Covering a 6,000sqm area, the bazaar features just about everything you'll ever need (or not). Read More...
Banana Walk is Patong’s newest shopping centre and is located just 100 metres south of Soi Bangla on the Beach Road, right next to Banana Disco. With over 4,000sqm of retail space, the mall is multilevel (three floors) and its overall design leans toward minimal and modernistic. Read More...
The shops at Premium Outlet Phuket on the Bypass Road deal in guaranteed brand-name clothing and sports accessories at bargain prices. Apart from Thai brands, other articles on sale include Lacoste, Guy Laroche, Hush Puppies, Warner Bros, Pierre Cardin, Van Heusen, Levi’s, Lee, Nautica, Adidas and Nike and feature discounts of up to 70%.

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