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Phuket Shopping Guide


With its diverse selection of shopping venues and merchandise, Phuket is a shopper’s paradise, catering to every budget, taste and need. From the roadside stalls hawking fake Gucci sunglasses by the tourist beaches, to the exclusive antique and art galleries of Phuket’s “Old Town”, there really is something for everyone.
 

Clothes

 
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Clothing is one of the most popular products sought out by visitors to the island. Cheap replicas of famous, catwalk fashion names are available in every tourist town and beachside. For a better quality and genuine article, head along to some of the large shopping centres; although prices are a fair bit higher than their roadside counterparts, prices are generally cheaper than in western countries.
 

Tailoring

 
If it is custom made suits and dresses you’re looking for, you won’t need to look too hard. All of the main tourist areas are well stocked with experienced tailors and a wide range of fabrics to choose from. Prices for custom made suits will depend upon the style and fabric, but are far cheaper than the equivalent services in Europe or North America. It is good to remember however, that a tailor made suit takes time, so if you’re planning on investing in that ‘perfect fit’, then visit your tailor early on in your holiday. We can recommend Gulatino Tailors, +66 (0) 76 345 721.
 
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Textiles

 
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Thai silk is the most popular textile bought by visitors, and it is available all over the island, in many shapes and forms and of varying quality. Generally, the silk items on sale at the beachside stalls are of lower quality; for the better silk, it is best to head into the department stores.
 
The art of ‘batik’ has been perfected in the southern regions of Thailand and is famous for its bright, vibrant designs, often depicting the surrounding nature. Cotton is also gaining in popularity, especially the items produced by the villagers who use only natural dyes. There are shops offering a wide array of fabrics, sold by the metre, along Talang Road in Phuket Town.
 

Paintings

 
There are many small galleries, some with very fine and skillful copies of famous paintings. However, if you are looking for original art, you will have to look a little further, but the rewards will be worth it. There are several galleries in Phuket Town, dotted throughout the ‘Old Town’ area, showing original art and paintings, which are well worth checking out. The Rawai area also boasts several galleries with original works by local artists, some of which have a very distinctive style of their own.
 
 
 
 
     
 
 
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