Shopping in Bangtao is a laid-back affair. If you want to enjoy some retail therapy, there are several standalone shops and shopping hubs dotted around the village. Most of them are located within the massive resort town of the Laguna Phuket Resorts Complex. Check out this list to discover some of the best shopping in Bangtao.
1. Canal Village
Canal Village is a spacious open-air complex housing local and international brands selling a wide selection of tropical beachwear, shoes, jewellery and sportswear. Browse around the shops and boutiques, and once you start feeling hungry, there are a few bars and restaurants set inside the complex, so you don’t even need to leave this haven for lunch or dinner – you could even visit the spa without leaving Canal Village!
2. Bangtao Night Market
If you want to sample some genuine Thai food, fresh tropical fruit and exotic snacks, visiting Bangtao Night Market is a must. Located on the quiet street of Choeng Thale, this traditional market is open on Mondays and Thursdays and caters to both locals and travellers. You can hunt out some one-of-a-kind souvenirs and gifts, including handmade art, clothes, sportswear, jewellery, gadgets and more – all at a superb value.
3. Lemongrass House
Lemongrass House is an oasis of fragrances and essential oils. Located in the centre of Bangtao village, this natural spa product shop is a real find if you are looking for 100% organic essential oils, soaps, creams, scrubs, shampoos and other pampering products. As well as being organic, the products also smell divine.
4. Heritage Collection
Located at the main entrance of the Laguna Resorts Complex, the Heritage Collection offers a huge collection of genuine Buddha images and figurines, oil paintings, terracotta sculptures, imperial Chinese clothing and furniture. The quality of the items is just outstanding, but precede with caution when transporting the pieces, as some of them might be very fragile.
5. Lagoon Traditional Art Crafts
Lagoon Traditional Art Crafts sits nestled next to the Laguna Resorts Complex and offers an incredible selection of wood carvings, porcelain and bronze statuettes along with some apparel, bags, jewellery and natural spa products available for purchase. Woodcarvings and various art pieces are the highlights of the shop, as they come from Thailand’s northern woodcarving capital, Chiang Mai, making them an awesome gift to bring back home.