Phuket, a tropical paradise island bursting with breathtaking views and nature, is a popular holiday destination and hub for expats. Sandy white beaches, palm trees, waterfalls, and wildlife are not all Phuket has to offer. It is one of the larger islands, so there is plenty of shopping to choose from. So, as we approach Christmas, let’s discuss the top spots to shop in Phuket.

1. Central Festival & Floresta

The largest and most popular shopping centre for tourists and locals is Central, in the heart of Phuket city. It is split into two sides; Central Festival and Floresta. Central Festival the original mall, offers a wide range of shops and price ranges. On the other side is Central Floresta which boasts more luxury, high-end brands. A bridge joins both, so you can park at either and walk across. Combined, you will find everything from fashion, accessories and cosmetics to electronics and technology. Amongst these are many well-known western brands, market stalls, food and even a cinema for those rainy days! Be sure to check out the aquarium in Central Floresta if you are looking for an activity for the kids.

2. Porto de Phuket & Boat Avenue

Situated in the centre of Bang Tao are Porto De Phuket and Boat Avenue. Porto de Phuket covers an ample open space with an array of shops, cafés, and restaurants. You will find sports shops, jewelry, electronics, books, stationery and even arts and crafts. This is a great place for presents and other festive necessities such as wrapping paper and decorations. Boat Avenue, which can be reached by the same car park, offers little boutique shops, salons, and restaurants that come alive at night. Both are great places for more personal Christmas presents.

3. Night Markets 

There are many enchanting night markets in Phuket to stroll around before or after dinner. The markets appeal if you want an authentic Thai experience and a large selection of gifts. They are filled with handmade products, accessories, clothing, shoes, electronics, food, and drinks. Thai people do most of their shopping at markets, so you can find anything you need here. There is often live music and entertainment, adding to the lively atmosphere. Thai markets are known for having souvenirs and unique handcrafted items, trinkets, and art, making it an excellent place to Christmas shop. Some of the night markets not to miss are Naka, Chillva and Phuket Town weekend markets.

4. Robinsons Lifestyle Mall

A newer addition to Phuket is the colorful Robinson’s Lifestyle Thalang. Having recently opened, the mall is fresh, modern, and spacious. This two-storey shopping centre is smaller than Central but advertises itself as a place to “eat, shop and play” where you will find fashion, beauty, and electronics. There is a good mix of Thai brands and stores where you will find western products. You can stop for a bite to eat at the food court or catch a film in the cinema. Most stores have a smaller selection than the larger Central Shopping Mall. Located in Thalang by the Heroines monument, this is far more accessible to those staying north of the island in areas such as Mai Kao, Bang Tao, Surin Beach and Kamala.

5. Phuket Town Shopping 

Head to the vibrant Phuket town, where unique independent stores are nestled between drinks stalls, cool coffee shops and restaurants. Here there is art, crafts and fashion and the beautiful roads make it an excellent day out.

Overall, you will not be disappointed when it comes to shopping in Phuket, with a vast array of options.

Article by Ellie Herron