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One of Patong's main attractions, besides the nightlife, is shopping. Many small stalls and markets line the
streets offering everything from t-shirts and clothing, silk, carvings, souvenirs, shoes, CDs and DVDs.
Bargain hard for anything you buy from these stalls, as everything is negotiable in Patong and starting
prices are often ridiculously high. Get a local to help you haggle rather than complain about it. Save yourself
to bargain and overpay. Shopping at shopping malls in Phuket is a lot saver and cost effective. Price of a
pair of sunglasses for example will be the same price as stalls on beach road (non-bargain).
Jungceylon, Thanon Rat-U-Thit 200P (near the northern end of Bangla Road) is Patong's first full-fledged
modern air-con shopping mall, complete with 200 shops, integrated hotel, etc. The launch was postponed
several times in the wake of the 2004 tsunami, but it opened in July 2007.
Jungceylon is a monster of a shopping centre. It contains just about everything that shoppers could
conceivably need and is a must-do if you're a bargain hunter. Situated on Rat-U-Thit Rd. diagonally opposite
the eastern end of Soi Bangla, you simply can't miss it. The two main stores in the complex are Robinson
Almost 200 other stores in this shopping haven sell brand-name clothes, spectacles, sunglasses, colognes
and perfumes, shoes, DVD-CD-VCD's, computer games, electrical goods, pewter, gold and silver, and
sportswear amongst myriad other items.
Patong OTOP Shopping Paradise, Thanon Rat-U-Thit 200P (south end). You might be excused for
thinking that this has something to do with the "One Tambon, One Product" scheme to promote local
industry, but no, turns out this market sells exactly the same copies of branded clothes and
mass-produced handicrafts as everybody else. At least there's a fairly wide selection to choose from.
Ocean Plaza Bangla Patong
Patong has Two Ocean department stores. Perhaps the most singular aspect of these shops is that they
are in the form of a department store but really have the content of a bazaar. Three-storey Ocean on Bangla
Road is a riot of colours and products ranging from costume jewelry to funny hats to name-brand shirts and
trousers. The ground or 'first' floor is crammed with clothing and is surrounded by boutiques selling just
about anything that tickles your fancy from camera tripods to iPods.
Prices are 'negotiable' here so bargain hard to get the asking price down as it will be set at an unrealistic
level. There are some attractive pewter and china Thai handicrafts and those looking for a new high-powered
rifle scope or night binoculars shouldn't be disappointed. Upstairs you will find name-brand clothes in stalls
that appear to be built on top of each other as well as a small toy section. On the 'third' floor there is a large
sports outlet and a bowling alley as well as a dimly lit snack and beer bar. In the basement there is a
supermarket with reasonable (for Patong) prices.
Open: Daily from 11:30 -- 23:30
Location: Central Bangla Road
The other Ocean -- on the southern part of Patong's Beach Road -- is a similar setup with slightly different
goods for sale. Here on the ground floor there are name brands such as Nautica and Lee, Ecco and Cerutti,
handmade carpets, costume jewelry, video games, nieloware, pewter, and mobile phone accessories. Go
up one floor and you'll be surrounded by name-brand underwear, swimwear, DVD's and VCD's (mostly in
Thai), binoculars, air guns, wireless computer mice, and calculators. The next floor is home to a sports
section which is, in turn, next to tourist souvenirs such as jade Buddhas and other jade accessories which
stand next to a music display featuring cheap guitars and strings as well as suitcases, pens, colouring
books and wallets. If there's method to all this madness then it escapes most Western minds but it
certainly puts a lot of fun into shopping in Patong.
Open: Daily from 10:00 -- 22:00
Location: On the southern part of Patong's Beach Road