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Shopping in Phuket

Here in Phuket, what would your holiday be if you don’t do a bit of shopping? let’s start shopping for some souvenirs. Varieties of gifts for family, friends and colleagues are needed and something nice and skimpy to wear around the pool on those occasional warm days back home.

The OTOP Market – the one on Rat-U-Thit Rd, Patong, behind the Holiday Inn Resort, has full of shops carrying arts and hand-made craft items from all over Thailand. Here you’ll find T-shirts silk-screened with some very funny slogans, leather items of all sorts, wooden carvings, fabrics, silverware, decorative items for your hair, silk flowers, candles and candle holders, Thai spa products and much more.

How about a traditional wooden puppet, a set of tiny ceramic plates full of tiny ceramic tropical fruits? Or maybe a flick knife with a water-buffalo-horn handle? Well, someone somewhere will probably buy one… This is a place to spend hours marveling at the inventiveness of Thai craftspeople, and a great place to get souvenirs. .

Batik - Phuket is a major location of varieties colourful batik, usually made up into sarongs, shirts or bags. Favorite patterns are scenes of brilliant fish swimming among coral, or vignettes from traditional island life. If you have enough time, some shops will make batik to your design. How about a shirt with a big red tuk-tuk on it or Jet-skis or Lizards and frogs?

Thai Silk in Phuket -is well known for its high quality and scintillating colors. You can find it made into a huge range of products including shirts, suits, neckties, blouses, handbags, cushions and a wide variety of other home furnishings. It is available in many places, including the Central Festival Phuket and Jung Ceylon malls. It is also available from shops in most beach areas.

Phuket Pearls - Produced in the warm waters around the island, Phuket pearls come in a variety of shades from black to cream or white, and in a variety of sizes. There are plenty of jewelers in Phuket who can make elegant settings for you.

To shop for good pearls go to reputable farms or retails companies recommended by the TAT, such as Phuket Pearl Factory in Sapam, or Wang Talang International on Chao Fah West Rd,

Paintings - Patong is the place to go for paintingsin particular. Try Soi Bangla, the beach road or Rat-U-Thit Road. Many shops have orginal paintings for sale and can also rustle up reproductions of classical or modern masterpieces. The shops range in size from one-man shows to big operations with up to 50 artists quietly painting away. Many customers are particularly enchanted, too, by the Thai art on display.

Phuket City does not have big studios, but it is home to galleries run by some local talented artists, producing originals rather than reproductions in galleries such as Sarasil on Phang Nga Rd.           


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