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Shop ‘Til You Drop at The Best Shopping Malls in Phuket

Souvenirs Galore: The Best Shopping Malls in Phuket

Take a break from the incredible world-class beaches with some souvenir shopping at the best shopping malls in Phuket.

Phuket is the land of sun, sea and retail therapy, and there are all sorts of reasons why you might visit a mall here. Maybe it’s raining and you want a nice place to dry out? Maybe it’s too hot and you want a nice place to cool down! Or maybe you just fancy picking up a few bargains from one of the many souvenir or clothes shops that are here for you to enjoy. Whatever the reason for heading to the shops, Phuket has got you covered.

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Central Festival, Phuket Town

Let’s start with a biggie on the outskirts of Phuket town. This is the largest mall in the area and spans multiple buildings, offering up pretty much everything that Thai indoor shopping has to offer. Expect glossy food courts, lots of western brands and an SFX cinema showing both local and international films. The secondary (East) building is home to a DIY store and lots of electronics boutiques so this is a good place to go if you’ve broken your phone or need your camera fixed.  

Hours of Operation: 10:30am – 22:00 daily

Location: Wichit Bypass Road, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000

Contact: 076 291 111

Limelight Avenue, Phuket Town

Our next choice is a good one for night owls who want a bit of entertainment with their shopping. Located within walking distance of Phuket old town, the shopping mall part of this venue is as you would expect- aircon, shiny floors, some western shops and local boutiques and a small food court. Where this place wins, though, is that it shares a location with the Phuket Indy market, an extremely cool and buzzing night market where the beer flows freely and the food is insanely good. Come for an afternoon browse and stay for an evening’s entertainment!

Hours of Operation: 10:00am – 22:00pm daily, Phuket Indy Market from 17:00 daily

Location: 2/23 Dibuk Road, Old Phuket Town, Phuket 83000

Contact: 076 682 900

Banana Walk, Patong Beach

Banana Walk is the new addition to the Phuket shopping mall scene. Located right at the end of Bangla Road in the entertainment area, this is a place to eat, drink and be merry. There are a ton of restaurants and cosmetics shops inside, and even a couple of spas so you can get ready for your big night out! If you’re longing for a taste of home then check out Villa Market, which specializes in selling imported food and drink to homesick expats and tourists.

Hours of Operation: 11:00 – 23:00 daily

Location: 124/11 Thawewong Rd, Tambon Patong, Chang Wat, Phuket 83150

Contact: 076 341 489

shopping cart at MBK Mall in Bangkok, Thailand

Jungceylon, Patong Beach

Next up is the Patong stalwart, Jungceylon. This is a large mall with all the usual amenities, plus lots more besides. There’s a 7-screen cinema and 25 different restaurants and bars to choose from, as well as two large supermarkets and a night club. Yes, your retail therapy can end up with an espresso martini at Jungceylon! This is a great meeting point in the middle of the beach area and is always buzzing with activity all day long.

Hours of Operation: 11am – 10pm daily

Location: Rat-U-Chit Road, Tambon Patong, Chang Wat, Phuket 83150

Contact: 076 600 111

Premium Outlet, Old Phuket Town

Our final pick is where we get retro. Premium Outlet is a shopping center like they used to be- less flashy aircon and more down-to-earth bargains, but it does the job. This is the place to head for cheap prices on western brands, and you can expect to find multiple boutiques vying to sell you (guaranteed authentic) clothing from everyone from Lacoste to Nike and Pierre Cardin to Nautica. Don’t forget to haggle as the prices are rarely fixed here, they’re merely a guide to the eye.

Hours of Operation: 10am – 9pm daily

Location: Chalearmprakiet 9 Road, Old Phuket Town, Phuket 83000

Contact: 076 350 500

#BodegaHostels Insider Tip

Any one of these malls is a great choice for an outing, whether it be just to browse the stores or to make a full day of it with cinema and dinner thrown in. Our favorite is Jungceylon since it’s walking distance from Bodega Phuket – not too far from Patong Beach or Bangla Road. Good luck sticking to that holiday budget!