The Land of Smiles is a shoppers paradise, with markets galore from street markets, weekend markets and even floating markets. Travel to the stunning city of Phuket and be tempted by the plethora of impressive mementos that you won’t find elsewhere. A visit to Phuket is a burst of color, traditions, design and culture, which is revealed as you meander through the bustling markets and high-end boutiques. Its an exploration of taste and sounds and is a sensory overload. Let the magic of Phuket linger way after your visit by bringing home a souvenir or two to remind of the splendor and grandeur of the city. Wondering what souvenir you should purchase on your vacation to Phuket? We’ve curated a guide on the best things to buy in Phuket and it is full of lovely things to seek out. Find out more below.
1. Nanyang flip flops
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Want to look as hip as the locals in Thailand or add a little Thai flare to your wardrobe? Then take-home these Nanyang Flip Flops, which has been designed and made by the locals. This ultra-comfortable footwear has been a household name for over 60 years, so dare we say it’s a national treasure? These flip-flops are affordable but are still considered cool, attracting the attention of celebrities who frequently post pictures wearing them. The sandals are made with real local rubber, and the unique sole absorbs the body weight when wearing them, making them durable and suitable for any weather. The original flip-flops are blue and white, but you can now find them in a variety of colors.
2. Thai traditional tea
If you’re a tea aficionado, then you will thoroughly enjoy the unique tea culture in Thailand. Meander through any of the food markets in Phuket, and there will be no shortage of places and types of tea to experience. An inexpensive purchase in Phuket, purchasing traditional Thai tea will ensure that the taste of Thailand lingers on even after your visit. There are a variety of flavors to choose from as traditional Thai tea is infused with herbal and floral extracts. For an authentic taste, try chamomile or rose flower infused tea. Alternatively, try something different and purchase the butterfly pea flower infused tea, which tints food and liquids to give it a vivid purple-blue color.
3. Parrot Botanicals Soap
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Another one of a household name is Parrot Botanicals Soap or as the Thai people refer to it as “Parrot Soap.” Parrot Soap has become one of Thai’s identities and is a perfect souvenir to capture the distinct scents of Thailand. The soap is a unique blend of flower and herbs scents and it provides cleanliness and freshness with every shower. Parrot Botanicals Soaps come in eight variants like Unique Botanic, Jasmine, Rose, Floral, Scented Wood, Frangipani, Wild Orchid and Classic Cool and provide long-lasting fragrances that cannot imitate. Want an insider secret? Place one of the soap bars in your closet to give your clothes a pleasant smell.
4. Traditional clothing
When in Phuket, dress like the locals and impress your friends at home with an array of colorful traditional outfits that will make them green with envy and in awe of the design and beauty. The traditional clothing blends an intricate design with any color imaginable, gracing everything from skirts, dresses and tops. There are many types of Chut Thai which are translated to “Thai outfit” for both men and woman. One of the most popular national Thai outfits worn by a woman, which you can add to your souvenir list, is the Ruean Ton. The Ruean Ton is generally worn for non-official functions in Phuket and is dressed in a long-sleeved collarless blouse accompanied by a long tube-style skirt. The skirt is patterned and often has a band of embroidery at the bottom. There are a variety of other types for a woman, but there is only one formal male national outfit called the Suea Phraratchathan. The men’s traditional wear is a long-sleeved shirt worn with a sash and a western -style suit trouser. Come home from your visit to Phuket and step off the plane dripping finesse.
5. Thai silk
Any woman who receives Thai silk as a souvenir will be delighted with the beauty of the gift. Thai silk is not just a great souvenir for a woman, but a silk tie or shirt will also bring joy to a man’s face. The hand weaving process behind making authentic Thai silk is delicate and unique, adding to the value of the souvenir. The caterpillar that produces the natural protein fiber is on a strict mulberry leaves diet to contribute to the beauty of the silk. The soft material can be made into scarfs, ties, pillowcases, cushion covers, shirts, blouses, bags or a wallet. The best part about this gift is that it can easily be folded and fitted into your luggage when you leave Phuket. Traditional Thai silk can be found in any of the street market and major shopping stores.
6. Thai wooden carvings
Looking for a fancy addition to your home décor? Get your hands on the beautiful Thai wooden carvings on your visit to Phuket which would also be amazing memorabilia for your getaway. You can opt to get the ornate and hand-shaped or simple and machine-made carvings and they come in all shapes and sizes. When purchasing the Thai wooden carvings, you need to keep in mind the weight of the carvings because you will need to carry it home after your visit. Browse any number of Phuket’s markets to find these wooden masterpieces at affordable prices. The pieces depict different aspects of Thai culture and include carvings of the Buddha to the wooden sculpture of the national symbol of Thailand which is the elephant.
7. Thai jewelry
Jewelry is always a great souvenir idea and a perfect gift for spouses, girlfriends/boyfriend or parents. A tip when buying silver jewelry is to look for the .925 stamp which is an indicator that the piece is 92.5% genuine silver. Alternatively, handcrafted Thai jewelry comes in different colors and variations where you can choose from a wide selection of bracelets necklaces and rings.
8. Thai handicrafts
The beauty and charm of Thailand’s culture are unraveled in the creativity, color and intricacy of the handicrafts. The skills that are used in creating Thai crafts has been passed down from generations. With the use of natural materials like wicker, palm leaves, rattan and coconuts, these are inexpensive souvenirs to purchase. Take a stroll through the market, and you will come across a myriad of Thai handicraft which has been painstakingly handcrafted by local artisans. Add a touch of Thailand into your living spaces back home by choosing from triangle cushions, wicker baskets, pottery dishes and much more.
Insider tip: Be sure to check with your country’s customs regulations before purchasing any items to ensure that the natural fibers used in the handicrafts are accepted at the customs.
9. Thai coconut oil
Unlock the healing and health properties of Thai coconut oils which can be found everywhere from cheap outdoor markets to high-end boutique stores. Thai coconut oil can be used for both cooking and beauty treatment. The main use of these natural oils is for effective beauty products that aid in moisturizing the skin and protecting hair from damage. If you’re in search of the perfect gift for your wife, mother or female friend, then this is the perfect souvenir to get when you visit Phuket.
10. Spa products
Thailand is famed for its Thai massages, and a visit to the Land of Smiles would not be complete without a spa treatment or massage. After a long journey back from Phuket, there is nothing better than soothing your mind and body with essential oils and scented candles. Spa products make great gifts as you may buy beautifully carved soaps, body scrubs, foot soaks reed diffusers and herbal compressor.
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Go on, bring home a piece of Thailand and don’t forget to purchase gifts for your loved ones and friends.
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