Awesome Shopping in PHUKET

Outdoor shopping mall right in the Boat Avenue district. Lots of patio seating, tasty foreign food options, and a cool crowd is what makes this area popular amongst expats in the Bangtao area of Phuket.

Video Transcript

Okay while the girls are going in there to Jim Thompson silk company let me tell you about where we’re at here this is called “Porto de Phuket” and it’s this outdoor it’s more outdoor shopping mall right here on boat Avenue this is boat Avenue and behind me is Porto de Phuket so you have an El Gaucho Steakhouse you have massive patio seating you have Italian restaurants it’s really like a foreign type of place it’s like it’s not a Thai Vibe around here but it is an amazing place maybe one of the best places on Phuket to come for shopping the girls actually aren’t going to Jim Thompson silk they’re going into this stationary store because Anna needs a notebook so let me just continue walking you through here this spice has all kinds of different restaurants there’s a place in Los Angeles called The Grove which is one of Los Angeles’s most famous kind of outdoor shopping malls and this is like a miniature version of The Grove uh maybe the city that you live in has a place like this it’s pretty big let me just show you what types of shops they have in here they got Sports shops this place is called Pineapple island jewelry and such shops with all kinds of beach wear for ladies how do you think this would look on me the Bangkok Bootery for all the shoe lovers in the house they have a Central Food Hall which is a big outdoor dining area inside us this is actually a grocery store with Deli bars and various places that you can order food and enjoy it this place is called Wine Connection this is actually a good spot it’s a chain you’ll find these all over Thailand but it’s a good spot for lunch or dinner you can see over my shoulder they have a little kids playground that place behind me is called little Roma it’s an Italian restaurant and yes as I said they have a Jim Thompson silk shop here and this is what it looks like inside the grocery store so that’s it that is the Porto de Phuket oh it’s a spaceship come on down check it out family friendly fun and dining and shopping right here in boat Avenue.


Additional Information

Bangkok, Thailand has some of the most epic shopping anywhere on earth. Many of these massive mall complexes would put their counterparts in Europe or North America to shame. The Holy Grail of Bangkok shopping is IconSiam. This is a newly built architectural masterpiece located right on the east side of the Chao Praya river across from central Bangkok. It has anything and everything that you could think of. Whether you’re looking to purchase something from a luxury brand like Gucci, Chanel, Fendi, Rolex, etc. or simply want a basic Tee from Uniqlo, this place has it all. You can even buy a Ferrari right in the mall if you’re looking to spend some serious coin. There’s also an epic food court on the ground level of IconSiam which features all sorts of tasty Thai treats that you can get at street food prices. One thing that’s actually quite common across many Bangkok shopping centres is to have at least one or two food courts that act more like Thai markets than they do a typical eating area. The food in these areas are both tasty and cheap. The reason that these exist is because the developers or owners of these massive shopping complexes want to drive as much foot traffic as possible inside of their real estate. So, they give significant rent breaks to the vendors that would normally have to compete for space in an outdoor market. What ends up happening is that residents find a specific vendor or restaurant that they like, and make it a weekly routine to go and enjoy some food from that specific location, inside of whatever mall it exists in. The food courts inside of these malls actually become attractions on their own, resulting in more foot traffic inside of the mall.