Kamala is not a major shopping hub in Phuket, but you can still enjoy a bit of retail therapy when in town. Featuring a couple of shopping malls and local markets, the village provides basic necessities and a good selection of souvenirs to purchase. Here are our picks for the best shopping in Kamala, where you could find something unique and exotic to bring back home.
1. Kamala Night Market
Kamala Night Market is a weekly event taking place right in front of the renowned FantaSea entertainment complex. Boasting an incredible variety of products, this open-air market attracts both locals and tourists to browse the the endless rows crammed full of traditional souvenirs, clothes, accessories, jewellery, toys… the list goes on. The best part of the market is, as always, the food department, where you can savour genuine Thai snacks and desserts cooked right in front of you.
2. Kamala Beach Plaza
Kamala Beach Plaza is a tiny local bazaar bringing several standalone stalls together under one roof. You can find a huge array of beach ware, accessories, jewellery, electronics, souvenirs and even a mini-mart sitting at the centre of the hub. There are two entrances leading to the shopping centre: from the main road and the beach, making Kamala Beach Plaza a convenient shopping spot.
3. Kamala Walkway
Kamala Walkway is a miniature shopping street shrouded by lush greenery and located just metres from the beach. The Walkway houses a dozen or so stores including a couple of art galleries, a tattoo studio, several massage parlours and numerous cafes and coffee shops to keep you hydrated while wandering through the area under the scorching tropical sun.
4. Kamala Big C Market
If you need groceries and other basic necessities, head to Kamala Big C Market located on the main road. The supermarket sells fresh fruits and vegetables, beverages, toiletries, sunscreen and sunglasses, clothing, accessories and other goods you might need during your holiday.
5. Kamala Village Open-Air Market
Kamala Village Open-Air Market mainly caters to local shoppers, but tourists may also find it interesting to wander around the large bazaar, savouring ready-made Thai snacks and purchasing bright T-shirts to bring back home. Basically, the market offers a wide selection of seasonal tropical fruits and vegetables, fish, meat and spices. There are a couple of stalls catering to tourists and offering traditional Thai souvenirs, virgin coconut oil and clothes and accessories. Shopping in Kamala Village Open-Air Market is a great way to soak up some authentic local ambiance.
Though far from a retail mecca, shopping in Kamala is far from boring. While looking for those perfect souvenirs and hunting down some local snacks, you also get to check out cool local bazars and see daily life in Kamala unfold right before your eyes. If you ask us, that’s definitely a win-win situation.