Shopping in Nai Harn is a rather laid-back affair. Dotted with several art galleries, souvenir stalls and fashion boutiques, you can pick up some unique gifts to bring back home with you. Here are Team Ministry’s picks for the best shopping in Nai Harn.
1. Beach Shops
Lining the beach road opposite the public car park, a cluster of street stalls offers the usual range of knick-knacks, beach mats, beach toys and clothes, snorkelling gear, flip-flops and other necessities you might need for your day at the beach.
2. Tesco Lotus Express
Shop for groceries and other necessities at Tesco Lotus Express, a convenience store located on Soi Sai Yuan leading to Kata. The store offers a good selection of snacks, beverages, dairy products, toiletries and other basic necessities.
3. The Asian Collection
The Asian Collection is one-of-a-kind shop providing a wide selection of artefacts and original paintings from all over Thailand and the neighbouring countries. Chinese furniture, paintings of the Buddha, lamps, wooden puppets and authentic accessories are only a few examples of the items available at the shop.
4. Vinchen Gallery at B Zenter
Vinchen Gallery is a long established gallery in Phuket, featuring series of exciting exhibitions by both local and foreign artists. Visitors can admire as well as buy the unique art displayed at the gallery. You can shop for one-of-a-kid art work and exchange opinions with other visitors and artists.
5. U-Sa-Ka-Ne Art Gallery
Owned and run by a famous local artist, Apinan Sarochwong, U-Sa-Ka-Ne Gallery offers a stunning display of his beautiful nature-inspired paintings predominantly made in acrylic. It’s not only Sarochwong’s amazing art pieces that have made the gallery so famous. Regular Friday puppet shows draw in crowds of locals and travellers, so if you want to catch the event, reservation is highly recommended.
6. Baan Batik
Baan Batik is an original batik store selling an ample array of the beautiful and unique items. Here you can find one-of-a-kind shirts, sarongs, scarves, tunics and many other clothing, as well as a beautiful collection of handmade accessories to bring back home.
7. Muay Thai Shops
Sports enthusiasts, especially those into Thai boxing, will love the spacious Muay Thai shops located off Sai Yuan. Adjacent to the popular Thai boxing gyms, these shops sell an ample array of sports accessories such as gloves, shorts, head guards, groin protectors and other items, making it an ideal gift-shop for Muay Thai enthusiasts.
Though far from a shopping mecca, Nai Harn still offers a nice opportunity for a bit of souvenir shopping. So remember to pack light – you’ll want to save some room in that bag for gifs to bring back home!