If you think of keeping yourself at the beach, walking along the street and night market along the beach at Patong are boring, try take the taxi or look for a local tour guide to bring you to a tour to downtown Phuket, or Phuket city. There’s isn’t really a downtown but somewhere far from the beach, a 30 minutes car ride from Patong Beach will takes you to their very little city.
At there, you can find shoplots, some admin office and houses. We found a local tour guide while we were shopping at Patong Beach, he offered to drive us around inner Phuket for only 500baht which started from 8am to 4.30pm. Of course, they did bring us to those jewellery, souvenir shops which are quite boring, that’s the reason I don’t like to go with the tour company. No choice, since we don’t know the way around and a reasonable price.
A place that we went in the city is Phuket Square, a indoor shopping market which you can find stuff like clothing, souvenirs, food, toys and many more. The things are more or like the same at the beach market but the price is cheaper. I think this place are not so tourist-concentrated and are more to the local and that’s why.
Well, shopping is fun for mom, but not really exciting for me, not that I dislike shopping, it’s just that I got no idea what to buy at that time. Afterall, I bought a pair of pants and a T-shirt for a total of 300baht. Cheap right?
The place was pretty quiet when were there. There’s like more local than tourist shopping inside. One thing I’ve forget to say is that this place is air-conditioned, so it’s a nice to get rid of the hot atmosphere at Phuket. It’s hotter at the city because there’s no sea breeze like at the beach.
This shopping market, Phuket Square, is located in the city, near to the Royal Phuket City hotel.