Located on Chanacharoen Road, right across the road from the Novotel Phuket Phokeethra, Expo Phuket or Expo Market is set on over 10,000 square meters of land and is one of the largest indoor markets of the island. It comes as a great addition to Phuket’s numerous open-air markets, especially considering the weather can be too hot on some days.
The shopping center is open daily from 10:00 am until 9:00 pm and is built in a grid-like fashion, where each intersection welcomes a new shop to explore.
Expo Phuket is focused on fashion and accessories, with the majority of the vendors providing pieces of clothing, such as T-shirts, shorts, skirts, and other accessories like glasses, leather belts, wallets, and baseball caps. Having said so, you can still find vendors that specialize in souvenirs, for the most part, located toward the center of the venue. Whether you are looking for small sculptures, candles and incent sticks, and even snacks relevant to the island of Phuket, a trip to Expo is not a bad idea, especially considering that the prices are made for locals rather than for tourists.
You can get yourself a good quality T-shirt for THB 120, and a pair of trousers for THB 300. The place is also well-known to sell school uniforms to many students around the island, with such shops usually located nearby the entrances of the Expo Phuket. Finally, the market has a large section of shoes, whether we are talking flip-flops or something more conventional for a meeting with a client; you will fork anywhere between THB 80 to THB 500, depending on the style and the quality you are looking for.
You will also find a small food court at the back of the venue, with prices starting at THB 20-25 for a snack and THB 45-50 for a full meal. The food court comes complete with a small arcade area, as well as some karaoke booths, though most of the songs available are in the Thai language.
Overall, while Expo may not be the first place that comes to mind when we are thinking shopping spree, it offers a good level of convenience and the location makes it ideal to pop by over the weekend to increase your collection or when looking for a specific item.
Expo Phuket is located on Chanacharoen Road, across from Novotel Phuket Phokeethra, and is open daily from 9:00 am till 10:00 pm.