Shopping in Rawai means browsing your way through numerous shops and street stalls selling a wide selection of souvenirs, clothes, toiletries, spa products and other daily necessities. For more serious shopping, you might need to head out to the more touristic places like Patong or Phuket Town, where you’ll find a wider variety of both products and labels. Shopping in tranquil Rawai does have its charm though – check out our picks for the best shops and markets in the area.
1. Phromthep Camp Market
If you are travelling to the Phromthep Viewpoint on the southern coast of Phuket, you should definitely visit Phromthep Market on the way. Offering endless street stalls selling a wide range of traditional souvenirs including batik, seashell handicrafts, sarongs and magnets as well as fresh and dry fruit. Order a young coconut from one of the stalls to quench your thirst and reenergise after a long walk up to the viewpoint.
2. Six Senses Gallery
Treat your body to high-end natural spa products and pick up some decor items made from environmentally friendly materials at Six Senses Gallery flanking the Six Senses Spa on Viset Road. You can purchase handmade candleholders, essential oil burners, spa books and other amazing items that will make an ideal gift back home.
3. Muay Thai Shops
Thanks to the generous number of Muay Thai boxing camps dotted throughout the area, Rawai is an excellent place to shop for Thai boxing accessories such as shorts, head guards, gloves, groin protectors, boxing oils and other goods. Two of the most popular and famous Muay Thai camps in Rawai, Rawai Muay Thai Camp and Sinbi Muay Thai Gym, are adjoined by Muay Thai shops, meaning you can treat yourself to some retail therapy after enduring grueling rounds in the ring.
4. Phuket Orchid Farm
Phuket Orchid Farm allows you to admire countless different orchid types – you can also purchase freshly cut flowers, which will be packed and wrapped for air travel. Being one of the largest orchid nurseries on the island, Phuket Orchid Farm in Rawai is a must-visit spot and definitely one of the most beautiful spots for shopping in Rawai.
5. Phuket Seashell Museum
Many know that Rawai houses the famous Phuket Seashell Museum, but only a few know that there is also a tiny shop located nearby, offering an ample selection of gorgeous seashells available for purchase. Even if you are not interested in buying the seashell, you should definitely visit the museum, which is a home to some fascinating shells and rarities, including a shell that weights 250 kilos and the largest golden pearl measured at a 140 carats!
6. Tesco Lotus Rawai
Tesco Lotus is a modest shopping mall featuring tiny sizes but still offering a wide range of shopping. Besides the large groceries store, the mall also features a jewellery store, bookstore, drugstore, several banks and ATMs. There are also a handful of restaurants serving fast foods and local specialities located at the mall, should all that shopping make you feel hungry.