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Patong beach is a fantastic area for shopping Thai-made products. It is the place where the main shopping scene is.
Clothes are the most common scene in Patong. Bargain is a must in Thailand. And normally the vendors offer sky-rocket prices. Remember to bargain by the 50%-75% of the value the vendors offer.
Updated Nov 16, 2003
I was really surprised to see a Tesco supermarket here on Phuket-we had to go and have a look to see if it was the same as home.
To our delight it was, and we made full use of it stocking up with snacks and drinks for our afternoon sessions on our balcony.
There is a good selection of just about everything here-we especially liked the wine selection, which was probably about the same price as the UK.
We particularly found the Thai rum at around 120baht a bottle, went down really well with a splash of coke.
Updated Oct 21, 2003
All over Phuket, you will find craft and souvenir shops. I guarantee you EVERYTHING is marked up 100% or more. Never ever take the first price offered to you, counter with 50% to get a fair deal. Also, if you buy more than one of an item, bargian further for a volume discount. Another tip: bargaining works best if you tag team, the first person shows interest, the second tries to drive the price down .
What to pay: Literally, try to get prices dropped by 50%, they set prices very high to milk every baht they can out of the tourists.
Written Oct 15, 2003
Well, they have everything on the streets
What to buy: Fake Rolex,Breitling etc..
Dont buy sunglasses - bad quality.
Clothes at some of the tailors f.ex Armani, Jaspal tailors.
Art, oilpaintings, fotoalbum (very beautilul with wooden Elephants on the front)
What to pay: Try to start with 1/3 of the price and You will reach about 1/2 the price asked and it´s so cheap!
Written Sep 8, 2003
Ceramics of Phuket has invented "Phuket Clay" to renown its unique style and prime quality.The native clay preserves nature appearances by its durable material, intrinsic texture and classic natural tones. The clay has been elegantly designed for hotel supplies, household articles, kitchenware and decorative items. Their exclusive collections have been remarkably presented at serveral luxury hotels and restaurants in Phuket as well as overseas.
What to buy: Amenity, tableware, essential oil bottle set, garden ceramics, etc.
I went total nuts in the shop! i love the stuff really really much! i think we stayed at the shop for like an hour and if those things are not that heavy, i would bring more back!
The owner was really nice, and u dont have to bargain like you have to do in those patong shops.
By the way, the little dog in there issssssss soooooooo cute!
Written Mar 22, 2003
Address: 71/3, Vichitsongkram Road, Kathu, Phuket 83120
Phone: +66 (076) 321917
Patong Beach hosts a huge variety of shops, stalls and markets and there is without doubt something for everyone.
What to buy: If you like framed, dead scorpions, spiders and beetles then there's plenty to choose from.
Other than that they have wood carvings, batik silk , silk paintings and fans and an array of knives and weaponry.
The best buys though are jewellery - rubies, sapphires and jade. They might initially appear costly, but compare them with prices back home and you'll find you've got a bargain.
HOWEVER a word of warning - only buy expensive gems and jewellery from a recognised retailer - or you may not really be getting what you think you've paid for.
What to pay: What To Pay: Whatever you choose to buy make sure you haggle about the price. Even if they say it's their 'best price' you can guarantee a lower price of you keep trying.
Written Feb 4, 2003
Address: Patong Beach, west coast of Phuket
There are variety of pearls, seashells and batik sold here. Very beautiful!
What to buy: I bought 3 pairs of pearl-ear rings: 120baht
1 pc of batik: 100baht
Written Dec 6, 2007
Address: Rawai beach
Loads to buy. Afforable prices. No bargaining. No counterfiet goods.
What to buy: I got a pair of very solid and cool sun glasses here for BHT650.
Written May 2, 2007
Paintings for sale are all over Phuket. Though im not so sure about the prices. They accept made to order paintings but give them 1 week allowance to finish it
Updated Jan 29, 2007
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