Souvenir shopping has been an important part of the holiday experience since tourism was first invented and is now a major industry in its own right. The key to it is finding something which reminds you of a fantastic holiday; which just looking at causes your mind to conjure memories of Phuket’s wonderful white sands, nodding palms, vibrant nightlife and exotic cuisine. The challenge is finding that souvenir without getting ripped off!
To help you in this quest, we’ve created this list of the 5 most popular souvenirs from Phuket, with suggestions of where you can find the best items at a fair price.
T-shirts and singlets (Phuket Weekend Market)
“Been there, done that, got the t-shirt,” as the saying goes – and a lot of people have indeed got the t-shirt. Amongst the popular proofs of having visited Thailand are the glow-in-the-dark ‘Full Moon Party’ shirts, Chang Beer singlets, ‘Same Same But Different’ shirts and dodgy copies of famous football kits.
Elephants and frogs (Expo Phuket)
Elephants are synonymous with the Land of Smiles and an elephant trekking trip is the highlight of many a holiday. Likenesses of these majestic creatures are available to adorn your house in a great range of sizes and materials, including lacquered wood, metal and stone. When you get them home, they should ideally be placed facing a doorway (it’s a Feng Shui/tradition thing).
Silk and other fabrics (Jim Thompson)
Probably Thailand’s most famous export is its first-class silk. It’s not just any old silk – it’s Thai silk! Thai cotton is also rising in popularity and batik is especially popular in Phuket. The quality is often extremely good for the price, with beautiful intricate designs. You can very easily find Thai silk scarves, ties, saris, shirts, shorts, tablecloths, cushion covers and more on market stalls or in dedicated stores, or you can go to one of the countless tailor shops and get a suit or dress made up.