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!!!
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.
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
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!!!
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 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 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
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.
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 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!!!
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.
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.
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
LETS GO SHOPPING!
This is just a guide to prices only, some of the prices are what we have paid and some are from other peoples reports. So if you pay more or less for something, it doesn't matter.
PAY WHAT YOU ARE HAPPY WITH!
Just remember, sometimes you are squabbling over cents, is it really worth doing that.
The best way to get a bargain is never lose your cool or raise your voice, always bargain with a smile and a few words of Thai will not go astray and your attempts will be much appreciated.
There is also a link to a much bigger current Price Guide which is printer friendly at the bottom of this page, plus a slide show with lots of photos of various shopping and the prices paid for them.
T Shirt's & Singlets, Billabong, Ripcurl, Diesel etc 150 - 200 baht
Board Shorts, Billabong etc 200 - 300 baht
Hipster Shorts 100 baht
Gym Singlets Big Sizes (Big C) 79 baht
La Coste & Polo Shirts, Big Sizes 150 - 200 baht
Wrap around Skirt Pants (3/4 length) -200 baht
Roxy Bikinis 450 baht
LV Bikinis 400 baht
Mens Swimmers 200 baht
Sarongs 100 - 200 baht
Lonsdale T Shirts 150 baht
Sunglasses (all brands) 200 baht
DVD movies 50-60 baht
CD Music 50 - 100 baht
Play Station 2 Games 80 - 100 baht
LV Watch (cheap quality) 300 baht
Men's fully automatic watches, Rolex etc 1000 - 1750 baht
Mozzie Zapper tennis racquets 150 baht
These mozzie zappers come under restricted imports (Australia) which means you need written permission in order to import the items - more info here - Australian Customs
Guess Ladies watch 600 baht
Hello Kitty watch & mobile phone case 500 baht
Surf Wallets 200 baht
Backpacks 100 - 500 baht
LV plastic shoulder bag 300 baht
Thai Elephant bags (small) 100 - 200 baht
Nice ladies shoes in shoes shops at Big C 199 baht
Girls tops, Billabong etc 150 baht
Golf Shirts 200 baht
Belts copy names 200 baht
Caps copy names 150 baht
Pashmina's 200 baht
Dresses & Skirts (short) 200 - 300 baht
Kids T Shirts 120 - 150 baht
Kids Shorts 150 - 180 baht
Women's cheap singlet tops, (Dolce&Gabbana) 100 baht
Diesel Leather Sandals, great quality 500 baht
Diesel Plastic Sandals, bad quality 250 baht
Beaded Thongs 100 baht
Roxy Shoe String Strap Tops 150 - 200 baht
Chanel & Playboy Halter Neck Tops 200 baht
LV Umbrella 280 baht
LV Wallet 300 baht
LV Beach Towel 300 baht
LV Overnight Bag (large) 2000 baht
LV cigarette case with gas lighter 150 - 200 baht
Gas novelty lighters 100 - 150 baht
Von Dutch & Diesel Bags (small organizer bags) 300 - 450 baht
Good quality copy handbags from secret rooms - up to 1500baht
Silk Cushion Covers 100 baht
Silk Table Runners 150 Baht
Medium size bedspread, tablecloth with fringe 300 baht
Like I said previously, this is only an approximate guide to prices, pay whatever you are happy with!
See lots of photos of handbags, wallets etc in a slideshow at end of page.
(I never pay more than 1500 baht for a good quality copy bag - though if I wanted a certain bag bad enough and it was a bit more then of course I would definitely be tempted!).
PHUKET AIRPORT DUTY FREE
Angel 50ml bottle 2560 baht
Angel for men 50ml bottle 1840 baht
Gucci 50ml bottle 2590 baht
Treson 100ml bottle 2100 baht
I priced all these perfumes before we left Australia and they were cheaper at Phuket Airport Duty Free.
However since we have returned home I have discovered the Perfume Empire and the Perfume Clearance Centre, now I will always check their prices first as most of their perfumes are much cheaper than Duty Free.
You can order online and they also have shops in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
Benson & Hedges, Mild 7, Triple 5, London, all 550 baht per carton of 200 (Cigarettes in local shops are approximately 50 - 100 baht a packet and from street vendors about 50 - 60 baht a packet of 20)
You can buy alcohol at most of the little local supermarkets and all of the major ones.
There is also a good distributor up Rat-U-Thit Rd past the Patong Merlin.
Its on the other side of the road, look for the huge sign on top of a building on the corner advertising a cosmetic surgeon, go down that lane and its down a bit on the right. They also have a big selection of wine and beers.
Its a great place to buy in bulk if you are staying for awhile.
Prices are also very good in supermarkets such as Carrefour, 7/11 shops.
Another very good one for spirits and wine is the Deli Supermarket up the northern end on Rat-U-Thit Rd - past Nickys Handlebar.
I have recently priced lots of various wines, beers and spirits from a couple of different places in Phuket, so click on the link below for a printer friendly list of alcohol prices.
Printer friendly price list
Phuket also has some good buys in cosmetics. I always stock up on Olay Total Effects, at home it cost about $28, in Phuket it is 359 Baht and always comes in a promotional pavckage with another product. I bought my last lot at the supermarket in Big C.
What to pay: Have a look at my link below, theres hundreds of photos of shopping along with prices, far more than on my VT site.
Super Cheap claims to be the cheapest mall in Phuket.
You can buy absolutely everything here including household goods, white goods, clothing, stationery, electronics, groceries and furniture.
The Pharmacy is also one of the best for prices.
The best time to visit is in the evening.
46/5 Thepkrasatri Rd.
T. Rasada, A. Muang
Super Cheap is on the road to the airport, about 5 kilometers out of Phuket Town.
Open until midnight.
Makro is a high volume, low cost - low price, no frills cash & carry wholesaler, selling a full range of food and non-food products.
Makro was also the first to introduce barcode scanning into the Thai market and paved the way for modern distribution and trade concepts throughout the region.
Makro is good if you want to buy in bulk and very cheap!
77 Moo 5
T. Vichit, A. Muang
Open until midnight.
Wholesale supermarket etc