Shopping in Karon Thailand
Karon Thailand is not only known for its amazing white sandy beaches. Many tourists prefer to stay in Karon for its hotels and resorts, restaurants and shops. This is because shopping here is a lot more relaxed and less crowded compared to shopping in Patong. With the wide range of shopping options, you would surely be able to find what you are looking for and much more. Here are some of the main shopping venues in Karon Thailand.
1. Karon Circle
If you plan to shop in Karon Thailand, it would be good to start at the beach circle. Here, you would be able to find a supermarket where you can buy all the snacks and drinks that you want, along with any personal items that you might need. As you walk up the main road going towards the Buddhist Temple, you would discover the long stretch of photo developing centers, tailors, pharmacies, banks and bars.
In the evening, as you walk up to Karon Circle and enjoy the sculptures of the workers that commemorate the agricultural and tin-mining history of Phuket, you would also be able to do some shopping. You can buy different types of shoes, sunglasses, designer watch replicas, suitcases, bags and a wide range of souvenirs, knick-knacks and novelty items from silk cushion covers to toys to wooden handicraft items and a lot more.
2. Karon Bazaar
A couple of hundred meters south, getting closer to Kata on the Beach Road, you would be able to find the Karon Bazaar, which is a regular shoppers’ paradise. In there, you would be able to find and shop for anything you can imagine. You can practice your bargaining and haggling skills as most of the items are being sold by neighboring stalls.
Some of the items that you can find here would include CDs, DVDs, computer games, silk bed covers and tablecloths, sunglasses, sandals, Crocs, hats, fake designer bags and shoes, swimming attire, shirts, dresses, water sports gear such as snorkeling sets, belts, local handicrafts, souvenirs and all kinds of novelty items. It closes late so you can also just eat dinner there, since there are plenty of dining options there as well.
3. Aroona Karon
The Aroona Karon is the perfect place to go to in Karon Thailand if you are looking to buy a lot of local handicrafts and souvenirs. It houses plenty of handicraft shops, cafes and restaurants. It is also a great place to go if you just want to eat while appreciating the Sino-Portuguese architectural style of the building, which is mainly the Old Phuket Resort.
4. The Hilton Phuket Arcadia Souvenir Shops
The Hilton Phuket Arcadia houses a number of souvenir shops which offer items of better quality compared to those which are sold on sidewalks. Some of the souvenirs which can be bought here would include silk scarves and Persian or Indian rugs. Most of the items that are being sold are made in Thailand or from other countries in Southeast Asia. Because they are of better quality and are more unique, prices are a bit higher.
5. Karon Plaza
Karon Plaza is another Karon Thailand shopping venue where you can do a lot of haggling and bargaining. There are numerous stalls which sell a myriad of electronic, clothing and novelty items which are all low-priced.
These are just a couple of the areas in Karon Thailand where you can do your shopping. If you are headed off to this part of Phuket, make sure that you have a lot of pocket money as you would surely not be able to resist the great items which are being sold at low prices.