There are plenty of options available if you are looking for the best places to buy souvenirs in Phuket. From handmade crafts to some of the best quality silk products in the world, you are sure to find some amazing souvenirs and gifts to take with you to remember your stay in Phuket.
Below is a comprehensive guide on where to find the best souvenirs in Phuket.
1. Main Phuket Weekend Market (Naka Market)
The main Phuket weekend market (also known as the Naka Market) has everything you could possibly need. It is one of the best spots in Phuket to buy souvenirs at a good price. The Naka market is the largest night market on the island. It is a bustling maze of delicious Thai street food, interesting second-hand goods being sold by locals, cheap fashion, electronics, footwear, colourful handmade bags, Thai ornaments and basically anything else you can think of. Just like most other markets on this list, you can negotiate (or barter) with the vendors to receive the best price on things you want to purchase.
Opening hours: Saturday and Sunday nights – 4:00pm till late
2. Walking Street in Phuket Town
The main Walking Street in the center of Old Phuket Town is around 350 m in length. It has some excellent choices for buying authentic Thai souvenirs in Phuket. You can visit walking street at any time of the day during the week. However, the main walking street transforms into a lively marketplace on Saturday and Sunday nights between 4 pm and 9 pm — where the road is shut down to traffic, live bands play and stalls are set up by locals wishing to sell their goods.
Here you can find a variety of different things including t-shirts, hats, trinkets, paintings from local artists, sarongs and other handmade souvenirs.
Opening hours: Daily from 9:00 am (Night Market is Saturday and Sunday 4:00 pm till 9:00 pm)
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3. Chillva Market
Chillva Market is a lively night market which has a massive selection of fashion, food and handmade Thai crafts. It has more of a relaxed bohemian ‘flea market vibe’ where you can find quirky gifts and souvenirs not typically found in the more traditional Thai markets. There is also a great selection of local tailors and dressmakers all selling their unique one-off designs to the public. Chillva Markets are geared more towards catering to the local Thai community which means you are sure to find something truly unique — and the prices here are generally more reasonable than most other markets in Phuket.
Opening hours: Mon – Sat 5:00 pm till 11:00 pm
4. OTOP Market
A great place to purchase souvenirs in Phuket is OTOP Market in Patong. OTOP Market contains some a wide variety of souvenirs and gifts to buy including silk clothing, fashion made by local designers, hand crafted jewellery, pottery, handicrafts and a huge selection of dried Thai herbs and spices. You can also find all of the other typical gifts found at all other Phuket markets such as DVD’s, fake fashion and knock-off technology brands however, vendors here are encouraged to sell locally produced goods and products from the local community.
Opening hours: Daily 10:00 am till 10:oo pm
5. Phuket Central Market
Phuket’s Central Market (not to be confused with Central Festival Mall) is located in the center of Phuket Old Town. It is a great place to buy traditional handmade Thai souvenirs such as carved wooden Buddhas, Buddhist paintings, silks, sarongs and colourful cloth hand bags. Phuket Central Market conveniently has all of the prices labeled on most of the products inside, so it’s perfect for those who don’t particularly enjoy bartering or negotiating the price of goods with local vendors. You will also find great deals on Opening hours: which can be taken with you when you leave Phuket such as locally sourced dried herbs, spices and Thai curry pastes.
Opening hours: Daily 4:00 am till 8:00 pm
6. Rawai Sea Gypsy Village
An awesome place to find gifts and souvenirs which can only be found in Phuket is down at the Sea Gypsy Village at the southern end of the island by the Rawai Pier. Here you will find some authentic Thai souvenirs that are hand crafted and made by the local Sea Gypsy Village community. There are plenty of great gift options here such as handmade necklaces, wind chimes, picture frames and different types of clothing. The local Sea Gypsy community also make a lot of their crafts with materials they recycle from the ocean — so you can expect to find plenty of ocean-related souvenirs here such gifts made from seashells, driftwood and other unique items that wash up on the shore.
Opening hours: All day every day and some most evenings.
7. Malin Plaza Patong
Like most of the other markets in Phuket, Malin Plaza has plenty of affordable gift ideas such as the usual knock-off fashion items, footwear and electronics. It is also a great place to grab yourself a bargain on souvenirs as the price of everything here is up for negotiation. Malin Plaza Market is located right near the center of bustling Patong Beach and is made up of a mixture of reconstructed shipping containers and massive outdoor tents. There are a couple of other versions of Malin Plaza in other parts of Thailand (such as Chiang Mai) but the one in Phuket is definitely the biggest and the liveliest of the lot. The locals here also claim the quality of their products are a lot better than the any of the other markets around the island.
Opening hours: Daily 2:00 pm till midnight
8. Phuket Floating Market
One of the newest places in Phuket to buy gifts and souvenirs is the Phuket Floating Market located right next to the Loch Palm Golf Club. The stalls at the Phuket Floating Market are mostly found along a long boardwalk — where you can buy a range of cool souvenirs such as earrings, necklaces, footwear, dresses, bags and statues. The local vendors at the floating market are all dressed in traditional Thai costumes, which gives a truly unique vibe while shopping. There’s also an entertainment stage where you can experience live music and dance acts. You will also find the prices of souvenirs available at Phuket Floating Market are considerably cheaper than the main tourist shopping malls found in other parts of Phuket.
Opening hours: Daily from 10:00 am
9. Jungceylon Mall Patong
Jungceylon Mall is located right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Patong Beach and is still one of the largest shopping centers on the island. Here you will also find the amazing Shell Museum — an educational place to learn about the local sea-life found around Phuket and a great place to purchase lots of shell designed fashion accessories, souvenirs, trinkets and even full-size varnished conch shells. Jungceylon Mall caters specifically for tourists so you are guaranteed to find something you like. It should also be noted that most of the vendors here will expect you to barter (or negotiate) a better price when you attempt to purchase the items you want.
Opening hours: Weekdays 10:00 am to 11:00 pm
10. Beach Vendors
One of the best places to buy souvenirs in Phuket is from local beach vendors who approach you as you sit on the sand. Beach vendors can typically be found at almost every beach around Phuket. They normally walk up and down the beach all day selling a wide variety of different goods to tourists such as hand crafted wooden statues, Thai ornaments. sarongs and various other types of souvenirs. While beach vendors typically charge a higher price for souvenirs than what you will find at the local markets, they do offer the convenience of shopping from the comfort of your beach towel. Don’t forget to try and negotiate a better price than what they originally ask for!
Opening hours: All day every day
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