Dive into Phuket shopping
A lot of people come to Phuket and have a great time in no small part because of the great Phuket shopping. Phuket is an island blessed by three beauties: sunshine, sea views and sand. Apart from simply enjoying the place, most travelers are crazy about shopping. Phuket shopping markets have everything from fake designer wear to cheap electrical goods. This makes the rates of these goods cheaper when compared to the West. However, for a lot of items, especially brand names, you might be better off at one of the malls.
One of the biggest shopping malls of Phuket is Central Festival, where there are a wide variety of clothing stores (including Zara), as well as shops selling sportswear, footwear and much more. Large retail shops and stores with branded labels are all around. There is also a Power Buy for electrical goods. Travelers crazy about music and movies can buy DVDs, CDs and also video games.
Food lovers have a lot of restaurant options in Central Festival, ranging from sushi at Fuji and KFC to Pizza Hut and Oishi, as well as Sizzler.
The other main Phuket shopping mall is named Jungceylon (in Patong) and has several huge shops and stalls. The selection of different products in Jungceylon is quite similar to that of Central Festival, albeit with a few more electrical stores. The restaurants at Jungceylon are better compared to Central Festival. In the basement of this mall, people can shop for varieties of ornaments or small gifts, which they can take home for their relatives.
During the weekends, the market in Phuket Town market offers T-shirts, footwear, DVDs and even pets at very cheap rates. This Phuket shopping market is huge and bargainers can take haggle the prices of any items they choose. This market is located near Chao Fa West Road.
While walking through Patong, you will find yourself surrounded by vendors selling many items. The main thing to keep in mind while shopping here is about the quality of the goods. In Patong, the sellers sell their products in bulk at high prices, often with low quality. Patong is famous for its fake CDs, DVDs, computer software and videogames. There are many fakes in Phuket shopping market also. If you wish to buy a suit, then it might be better to make a trip to Bangkok.
Phuket shopping isn’t quite up there with Hong Kong or even Bangkok, but you can surely pick up a few bargains while you’re on the island.