Mr Noon: Cheap DVD's, CD's
Mr Noon's shop is on Beach Road in Patong. They have had to change the price of their DVD's to 60 baht to be in line with other shops, but their CD's and music DVD's (not a huge selection) are 60 baht as well, unlike other shops that are charging 100 baht for CD's and Music DVD's. If he doesn't have all the selection you'd like to see, just ask him and he will send you to another guy with a shop next door who will give you the same price.
I like to support Mr Noon because of honest service with no problem with replacing faulty DVD's and friendly service. Roo will most likely be the one to help you these days. He will ensure that you are satisfied with your purchases.
I also find that the lady selling clothing in Mr Noon's downstairs is very cheap and she's always extremely friendly and easy to deal with. Take a look at her Ed Hardy, Diesel, Billabong and other designer brand t-shirts and the mens shorts are fantastic.
What to buy: DVD's, CD's, Music DVD's and clothing.
What to pay: 60 baht per CD, DVD or music DVD.
Arsenal Shop at Jungceylon Mall: Everything Arsenal
We came across this actual Arsenal Shop in Jungceylon so had to have a look, as our son Andrew is a HUGE Arsenal fan. As it turned out their merchandise was reasonably priced so we got him a few things. A Big flag, a keychain and a pair of Arsenal boxers totalling 725bt which is about $27AUD. We also took a few pictures to show him. It seems that the Thai people love their soccer, lots of soccer strips for sale and they are always playing it, either on the beach or on dirt fields.
Mega Sports shop at Jungceylon Mall: Supersports
We bought a few things from this shop, mainly 2 pairs of real converse shoes and a heap of diadora soccer shorts for the boys, in fact shorts to outfit a whole indoor soccer team!!!!
The price of the real converse shoes here was amazingly cheap we thought, so Frank got himself a pair of black low-tops and I got Georgia a pair of black hi-tops. Shoes came in about 10 different colours as well. Price for low-tops was 890bt and price for hi-tops was 950bt, PLUS you will get a 5% discount on anything you buy from this store that is full priced, so that made them even cheaper. Around $30AUD for a pair of real converse shoes is indeed a fantastic bargain!!!
Kitty's at Otop Markets: Best place by far to get your dvd's
I was told before I first went to Phuket in 2008 that Kittys was the best place to buy dvd's and cd's from. I bought all mine from there and the quality was pretty good, plus the guys there will tell you if they have a title that is a bad copy, it is then your choice if you wish to buy it or not. This time I went to Kittys first and got about 85% of the titles I wanted. The rest were either not out yet or they had them and they were bad copies. Then a few days later we decided to try and get the other ones from a different shop on Beach Road, they told us they were good copies! Went back to the room, played them in the pc and they were all crap, so took them back and exchanged them.
So, what I am trying to tell you is that the best place to buy your dvd's is definitely from Kittys, as they will NOT lie to you about the quality of them, their range is extensive and price is good at 60bt each. Kittys has 2 locations - outside Otop Markets which is the one I go to, and they have another store on Beach Road, but I think it is a smaller store. The shopfront is full of the pink merchandise from "Hello Kitty" which is why the shop is called Kittys and you then go through a "secret door" to the air conditioned dvd room out the back!!!
What to pay: 60bt per disc.
2010 prices: Average prices paid for shopping
This is just a quick pricing guide on things that we bought in September 2010 so you will get an idea of prices to pay, all in Australian Dollars.
Bottle Smirnoff Vodka $20
Small bottle Jim Beam Whisky $10
DVD's from Kittys 60bt/$2
Soccer shirts 400bt/$14
Set of 6 placemats and coasters 350bt/$12
Calvin Klein boxer undies 100-150bt/$3-$4
Singha singlets 150bt/$5
Cushion covers 100bt/$3
Socks 3 for 100bt/$1
Board shorts 350bt/$12
Real converse shoes 890-950bt/$30-$32
1kg of laundry done 50bt/$2
45 minute facial 299bt/$10
One hour foot massage 250-400bt/$8-$14
One hour oil massage 300-500bt/$10-$17
30 minute hire jetski 1500bt/$52
Day trip to Phi Phi Island 1100bt/$39
Day trip to James Bond Island 1000bt/$35
VIP tickets and transfer to Simon Cabaret 650bt/'$23
One hour trek at Kok Chang Elephant Safari 1200bt/$42
Trip to Fantasea with transfer 1700bt/$60
Top Tony Tailors at Otop Markets: Get yourself a tailor-made suit
Literally everywhere you walk in Patong you will have dozens of people asking you if want to buy dvd's, sunglasses, or the most frequently asked one is "you want a suit?" You do get kind of sick of saying "no thankyou" but you just have to accept that this is their way of life and what they need to do to survive.
Anyway, Frank was at Otop Markets one day and was asked "you want a suit?" He went into this guys shop, called Top Tony Tailor and after lengthy discussion, he had ordered himself a Black Tuxedo Jacket!!! Frank was very happy with the price, I think he got Top Tony down from about $170 to about $92 and so .... with only one fitting, the jacket was ready to be picked up in 2 days time. The jacket was very well made and Frank is now happy with his Tuxedo. This was though just the jacket, so no pants or shirt, but he did throw in a bow tie!!!
7-Eleven: Convenience Heaven!
Where would Phuket be without the chain of 7-Eleven shops??? They are absolutely everywhere and are indeed a blessing as they seem to sell almost anything you would need to buy there! We were very lucky at the Burasari as there was a 7-Eleven shop right outside the main entrance!!! You can even buy alcohol there, and at great prices. I think a 700ml bottle of Smirnoff vodka was only 599bt which is about $20AUD!
When I say that there is a 7-Eleven shop on every street corner, I am literally not exagerrating as Im sure there are dozens of them just in central Patong alone!
Robinsons at Jungceylon: Phukets version of Myer!
Robinsons Department Store is in the same building as Carrefours and I would say it is close to an equivalent to our Myer or David Jones Stores. With more up market shopping, but still at pretty good prices. I actually bought 2 pairs of shoes in here, one for me and one for Georgia for only 790bt each and Georgia was rather impressed with her shoes, a black pair of high heeled lace up low boots! I also bought some boxer undies for the boys in here. Also there is NO bargaining in this store.
Carrefours at Jungceylon Mall: Phukets verson of Woolworths!
Carrefours is in the Jungceylon Mall in Patong and is a 2 storey bargain department store, that I would say is close to our Woolworths or Big W in Australia. Many great bargains to be had here, plus what I discovered will certainly make me want to go back there again! They have this fresh fruit section where you can buy any kind of Thai/Asian fruit, already peeled, cut and packaged!!! I found my favourite fruit, the Pomelo, there and quickly bought a tray of that! Pomelo is hard to get in Australia and if you do find it, it certainly doesnt taste as nice as it does here! Its kind of a cross between a lemon, an orange and a grapefruit. Also, its is rather difficult to peel and section, so its a great thing to be able to buy it already done! A large tray of Pomelo ready to eat cost only 49bt which is about $2AUD!!! PLUS .... they have a pretty cheap grog shop in there, we bought some vodka and Jim Beam I think for very cheap prices, also with a large selection of wines.
Also, something else rather amazing we found in Carrefours were demo ladies! That is my job in Australia - a supermarket demonstrator so I was rather amazed to find ladies doing my job in Phuket!!! So, if I ever want to permanently move to Phuket ...... I will have a job!!!! hehehe
Central Festival Phuket Town: Phukets largest Shopping Mall
We only went here once on the day Peter took us for a drive, and really only ate lunch here at Fuji, which is his favourite restaurant! Central Festival is I think the largest shopping mall in Phuket and also has the advantage of being air conditioned! Huge selection of shops and restaurants here, so maybe next time I return to Phuket I shall just have to spend a day shopping here! Also, many people will tell you that things are much cheaper in Phuket Town as opposed to Patong. Phuket Town is about a 30 minute drive from Patong I think, so not very far at all. You can hire a tuk tuk, a driver or even catch a bus there.
Beach Road shops: More relaxed haggling!
It seemed to me that the hard-bargaining shopping was marginally easier and less stressful at the many shops along Beach Road. You have a huge selection of shops and stalls along here, definitely with something for everyone and all at great prices if you are good at bargaining hard!! We mainly shopped on the strip from the Patong Merlin Hotel up to Bangla Road, although this road goes a long long way further in the other direction.
Otop Markets: Haggle to your hearts content
Otop Markets are probably the largest group of market stalls in one place in Patong, so certainly worth a look, if you dont mind the haggling and the heat! They are open from about 10am until late at night, certainly they were still open anytime we went past there at night time, so Im not entirely sure what time they actually close!
A huge selection of anything you might like to buy, from clothes to shoes to handbags to watches to sun glasses to Thai souvenirs, and all at bargain prices. You MUST bargain with the stallholders here, as most times you can buy your stuff for around half the amount of their starting price, even lower if you are lucky and good at bargaining hard!!!
Jungceylon Shopping Mall: Air conditioned comfort shopping
This is by far the largest Shopping Mall in Patong and I think it was opened about 3 years ago, I know it had only recently been opened when I was last there in April 2008. It is right smack bang in the middle of busy Patong, near the junction of Bangla Road and Ratuthit Road, about a 5 minute walk from Patong Beach, and there certainly is something here for everyone. The main bonus of shopping here is that most of it is air conditioned!!! Shopping in the markets and smaller shops can get mighty hot and sweaty work in the heat of the day, so its an oasis on a hot day to shop at Jungceylon.
It is open 7 days from the hours of 11am until 10pm each and every day, with a huge variety of shops and restaurants. The larger shops here would be:-
Robinsons Department Store (Phukets equivalent to Myer)
Carrefours Hypermarket (equivalent to Woolies or Big W)
That's Siam - in the basement which is like a huge marketplace with all things Thai.
Supersports and Sportsworld - 2 large sports stores.
Plus there are many smaller shops, brand name shops and eating areas.
There is an area called Sino Phuket with many pubs, bars and International Restaurants plus your usual MacDonalds, Pizza Hut, Subway etc.
The Shopping Centre also links to the Millennium Resort Patong which is a 5 Star Hotel. Also here are cinemas and a bowling alley and shooting gallery.
Jungceylon is certainly worth a visit if you are shopping in Patong, and most smaller shops will still happily bargain with you, although the larger department stores and brand name shops will not.
THE BEST: Tailor-made suit in Kata
This tailor is called "The best", but it is NOT the best. I was not satisfied with the tailor-made suit and blazer at this place. The cut was not well done, and the the blazer was too tight. (The suit and blazer had the same measurement, but the blazer was smaller).
What to buy: Tailoring and silk.
What to pay: Paid 14900 Bath, which I personally could have bargained more.
- Spa and Resort
- Beer Tasting
Shopping prices Phuket, including Alcohol prices
I have put together a shopping price guide for Phuket, it is made up of prices we have paid and many other forum members prices.
Theres also lots of photos of various trypes of shopping including prices for alcohol, it might help you a bit. The page is also printer friendly!
Printer friendly price list
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