thailand's number one convenience store, 7-11 is even present at Phi Phi Don! you can buy many things you need at cheaper prices than even the stores outside (if you don't haggle on the stores outside) at 7-11, but a caveat, the prices of 7-11 stuffs is slightly higher here than in phuket as they have to ship the items you find here and shipping costs are not cheap.
Do I need a thorough explanation on a 7-11 convenience store? a warning! not all store attendants speak english so be prepared to point what you want if you are ordering the 7-11 own products like snacks or coffee or teas on the dispensers!
What to buy: all the items that you need on a 24 hour basis and the store here at tonsai bay is open 24/7
What to pay: soft drinks at 15 baht a can, beer at 36 baht a can, snack foods at 12 to 20 baht, bottled water at 10 to 15 baht and more.
This will be my Tonsai Village Shopping Tips
Tonsai Bay is the center of Activity in the Phi Phi Island Group and it the center of the touristy trade and commerce of the area and Tonsai Village is the shopping and dining and accomodation center of Phi Phi Don. there are lots of shops, stalls, hole in the wall in the main street of Tonsai Bay where you can buy an assortment of local stuffs like assorted souvenir items (shirts, shorts, sarong, local handicrafts, fridge magnets, post cards, shot glass and more). Most stuff is brought in by boat, so most things are less original and more expensive than on the mainland. However, there are a few shops that manufacture their goods on the island. Prices for commodities vary widely between shops. they even have a 7-11 convenience store and atm machines and even pharmacies where you can buy first aid stuffs.
most shops open at 9:00 am to 5:00 pm everyday
What to buy: all the items you need in a tourist town like assorted touristy stuffs (post cards, fridge magnets, shorts, towels, paper weights, sun glasses and more).
What to pay: depends on you haggling skills
I was surprised how big this place was and just how many shops there are here.
Mostly they are local craft, gifts, souvenir and clothing type shops here, as well as many tour operators that are running various types of cruises and tours.
The streets here are clean and new since so much of this island had to be re-built after the Tsunami.
All the hotels I saw here seem to be up and running once again although I believe there are some that still need repairs.
However there are so many interesting shops and tour agents to look at here and even more places to stop for a cold beer or something to eat which was even better! ;-P
What to buy: Mostly local crafts, gifts, souvenir and clothing type shops.
Don't forget to barter.
What to pay: About 40 to 60% of their starting price.
Many different items available at the markets on Phi Phi Island. They are more expensive than in Phuket.
What to buy: Ladies dresses, shirts, sandals, sarongs.
Mens shorts T shirts, sandals, caps.
What to pay: A little more than on Phuket island
Barter Barter Barter
Ko Phi Phi is shaped like an hourglass. The tourist gift shops are located in the thin central part of the island. You will see many gift shops clustered in a small area, each selling pretty much the same stuff. You'll see plenty of T-shirts for sale, so shop around for the best selection.
What to buy: The best buy on the island are these cool blue Pee Pee T-shirts. Not all Ko Phi Phi souvenir shirts are spelled as "Pee Pee", so you have to sort through all of the ones that are spelled correctly. The "Pee Pee" shirts also come in a variety of different colors including orange and yellow, but light blue looks the best as you can see in my scanned picture.
I like the fact that the Pee Pee shirt is embroidered and not one of those cheap iron-on designs that fade with the first wash. I can't guarantee that these shirts are still available as my shopping experience was during the pre-tsunami period. However I regret not buying more than one because it seems like everybody who sees me wearing this shirt always wants to have their own as well.
What to pay: I don't remember how much I paid but everything in Thailand is so cheap anyway. Don't worry too much about prices when you're shopping for T-shirts.
As Phi Phi Don is such a huge tourist attraction, I was surprised at how reasonable the prices were. I really enjoyed shopping at Phi Phi Don. The other thing I noticed is that the shop owners were so much more relaxed than those at Patong. There was no hustle, and to be honest, I did not bargain as the people are trying to recover from the tsunami. Government help has been lacking and they are still lobbying for assistance.
There are quite a few shops to visit with a wide selection of products from clothing through to handicrafts.
Shopping is one of the fun things in general, and in Thailand sometimes even more.
Everything is really cheap there, as chea[ as you cant believe unless if you've been there.
You can find there everything you need and therefor i suggest you not to pack too much when flying to Thailand.
You can buy stuff in Koh Phi Phi as well although sometimes it can be a bit more expensive then in Bangkok but still its very cheap comparing to my country , Europe or other places.
So use this chance and full your bags with anything you like.... dont go home and regrate it afterwards.
What to buy:
In Tonsai Bay you will find Thai silks, wooden carvings, wooden games all very cheap. Dont forget to barter!!!
Food-wise, dont miss the banana and chocolate sauce pancakes! I can still taste them now...
What to pay: Depends on how good you haggle!
In Tonsai village there is a lot of small shops, where you can buy (almost) everything you need from water to film rolls.
What to buy: Beachwear, T-shirts, Thai handicrafts, silver ornaments...
What to pay: Inexpensive, lower prices than in Phuket (at least in July 2002!). Remember to bargain!!
Along the Ton Sai beach side, there are many shops, ranging from food, restaurant, dive shops, massage parlour.
What to buy: Get some local fruits. They are fresh here but expensive if compared to mainland. You can taste something you never see in the west.