Pattaya Beach Shopping
Where to Shop and What to Buy in Pattaya Beach
Pattaya Beach shopping options are as diverse as the wares on sale. There are numerous large malls, mostly right by the beach, as well as the local markets which attract tourists and residents alike with their amazingly low prices and often surprising goods, which include fake football shirts, surf shorts, bikinis, flick-knives, ethnic crafts, Buddha statues, rude T-shirts, pirated DVDs and stun guns, amongst others.
Shopping in Pattaya Beach, as with most places around Thailand, is about getting what you paid for. You can find top brand labels in the malls, but you’ll have to pay top dollar for them. Likewise, you can pay bargain basement prices for often the same labels on a market stall, but do not expect the same quality of product. Either option is usually a fun experience.
All Shopping in Pattaya Beach
Beach Road Street Stalls
While there are wandering vendors selling copied watches, leather goods, sunglasses and DVDs the whole length of the beach, the permanent and semi-permanent stands start at Beach Road Soi 12 and continue south as far as Bali Hai Pier. The T-shirts alone include anything from crude and rude slogans to replica football shirts, with some dangerous (and illegal) weapons that we steer clear of. Food carts are particularly common on Walking Street, including those selling insects. There are also representatives from tailors’ shops at regular intervals and each will attempt to shake your hand, engage you in conversation and encourage you to buy a suit.
- Opening Hours: 08:00 - 23:00
- Location: Beach Road, South Pattaya
A western-oriented supermarket also with a full range of Thai goods located on North Pattaya near the dolphin roundabout. Open from 07:00 to 02:00, it has good selections of meat, cheese, bread, and wine, but a limited range of produce.
- Opening Hours: 24 Hours
- Location: 179/178 North Pattaya (near the Dolphin Roundabout)
This local superstore chain has two outlets in Pattaya: one in Central Centre Pattaya and one on South Pattaya Road. The supermarket sections of Big C have excellent seafood.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 23:00
- Location: 78/12 Central Centre Pattaya Second and 565/41 Sukhumvit Road
A French owned superstore on Central Pattaya Road between Third Road and Sukhumvit Road. Similar in style and concept to Big C and Tesco Lotus, it opens early and closes at midnight. The supermarket section has an excellent and reasonably priced bakery.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 24:00
- Location: 333 Central Pattaya Road
Central Festival Shopping Mall is the flagship shopping destination in Pattaya and is constantly popular with a varied mix of tourists and locals who flock there for the international brand clothing, varied eating options and all-weather entertainment, such as a cinema, bowling and children’s arcade. With a beachfront location and glass-paneled façade, Central Festival feels miles away from the cheap trinkets and polyester ‘Bad Boys Go To Pattaya’ T-shirts found in the stalls surrounding the mall on either side. Opened in 2009, the modern, ocean-facing design gives visitors a panoramic view of Pattaya Bay, which is an eye-catching backdrop to an afternoon’s shopping. Read More...
Central Centre Pattaya
A mall located on Second Road across from Soi 2, it has a Big C superstore, IT shops, and numerous other places to part with your money. There are cinemas on top, usually with movies in English.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 23:00
- Location: 8/12 Second Road, North Pattaya
The Pattaya branch of this popular Bangkok supermarket specialising in imported groceries is located on Central Pattaya Road, near the intersection with Sukhumvit Road. If you long for a food item from your homeland, you are likely to find it here.
- Opening Hours: 24 Hours
- Location: Middle Road, Central Pattaya
Sometimes called “the Pink Shop” because of the terracotta-coloured walls of the building, Home Port houses a large collection of artworks, furniture, ornaments, showpieces, accessories and souvenirs. The prices are higher than average, but the quality and uniqueness on offer is higher still. The collection features items from across Asia, though with a particular focus on traditional Thailand, and includes beds, dining sets, wardrobes, cabinets, desks, clothes, fabrics, fine crystal, Thai celadon, paintings, sculptures, urns, goblets, cutlery, knick-knacks and much more.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 20:00
- Location: 512/16 Central Pattaya Road, Pattaya
- Tel: +66 (0)3 841 5696
La Casa Del Habano
Situated at the entrance of Pattaya Marriot Resort & Spa on Second Road, La Casa Del Habano houses some of the finest Havana cigars, single malt whiskies and cigar accessories. Friendly and knowledgeable staff are here to provide advice on cigar.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 23:00
- Location: 218/2-4, Second Road, Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa Contact: +66 (0) 38 412 120 – 3 Etx. 1881
This five-storey mall, one of the first in Pattaya, spans the entire street block that stretches from Beach Road to Second Road, with entrances on both sides. There’s the department store and plaza area with smaller shops and vendors selling beachwear, hardware, electronic equipment, shoes, stationery, and more. On the fifth floor is an inexpensive food court with a selection of Thai and international offerings. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 23:00
- Location: 262 Between Soi 11 and 12 Beach Road, South Pattaya
The Avenue Shopping Mall is a popular alternative to the larger indoor malls found in Pattaya, with a modern, open-air design, some great value factory outlet stores and range of entertainment options. Pattaya Avenue is most accurately described as a lifestyle mall because of its blend of shops on the lower floors with bars, restaurants, a bowling alley and a cinema complex higher up. Located in Central Pattaya on 2nd Road, it’s easy to find behind Mike’s Shopping Mall and a short walk from Royal Garden City. Read More...
Also known as the “Made in Thailand Night Market”, this collection of permanent market stalls is actually open for most of the day as well. Keeping cool under the purpose-built shelter is a selection of small stalls and stores specifically targeting tourists, including tailors shops, clothing stalls, souvenir stands, luggage vendors and peddlers of mobile phone accessories and small electrical goods. The prices are slightly higher than those found in street markets but, while some of the stands have price tags on their wares, haggling is always an option. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08:00 – 23:00
- Location: Pattaya Second Road, South Pattaya
Royal Garden Plaza was the originator of the ‘entertainment mall’ concept in Pattaya, bringing together family attractions and activities, a selection of restaurants, and international brand shopping, and it is still a blast of fresh, air-conditioned air to the beach city’s shopping scene. Occupying the full block between Beach Road and 2nd Road in Central Pattaya, the mall can be accessed from either side, but for the most impressive facade, go to the 2nd Road entrance and walk underneath the eye catching mock airplane that is half hanging out of the upper floors of the shopping centre. The plane belongs to Ripley’s Believe It or Not, a museum of oddball finds, unique curios and a central attraction at the mall. Read More...
Dominating normally vacant lots and bringing traffic on South Pattaya Road to a grinding halt twice a week, the Soi Buakhao Market is nonetheless home to some of the best shopping in Pattaya Beach. The stands are set up under an ad hoc roof of old canvas and plastic sheets with only a very narrow walkway between them, so it can get very stuffy and sweaty to look around. Those who are willing to endure it are rewarded with some great bargains on souvenirs, jewellery, clothing, copied DVDs, toys, mobile phone accessories, fruit and genuine Thai street food. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Tues and Fri. Starts around 07:00
- Location: South Pattaya Road end of Soi Buakhao, South Pattaya
The UK's entrant in the superstore segment has two outlets in Pattaya, both are open from 09:00 to 23:00. One can be found on North Pattaya Road, just east of the Dolphin roundabout and the other out on Sukhumvit Road at Moo 12. The supermarket sections are large and loaded with excellent produce.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 23:00
- Location: 221/19 North Pattaya Road (near the Pattaya – Bangkok Bus Terminal)
This ubiquitous Thai supermarket has an outlet in P.S. Plaza at the Central Pattaya Road and Second Road intersection. Its food court is open 24 hours a day.
- Opening Hours: 24 Hours
- Location: Pattaya Second Road and Central Pattaya Road
A large mall on South Pattaya Road specialising in IT items, but there are also several places to buy clothing, software and CDs. The prices for electronics gear are reportedly higher than those found in Bangkok.
- Opening Hours: 10:30 – 21:30
- Location: 8, South Pattaya Road
While art is not Pattaya's strong point, many local artists do offer original paintings for sale. In addition, they will often turn a precious photograph into a painting for you at a fraction of what it would cost elsewhere. The galleries tend to cluster together. Several can be found on Pattaya Second Road and on Pattaya Naklua Road. What they have to sell usually represents good value for money.
- Location: 215/6 Moo 10, Pattaya Second Road
- Location: 59/1-2 Moo 10, Phratamnak Road, Phratamnak Hill
- Location: 216/57 Moo 10, Pattaya Second Road
- Location: 179/103 Moo 5 Pattaya Naklua Road, Naklua
Gems and Jewellery
Thailand is noted for its gems and hand-made jewellery. However, care must be taken when shopping to avoid a scam. Never buy gems from someone on the street or allow a tout to take you to a store offering 'bargains'. At best, what you purchase will be over-priced; in extreme cases, gems on offer will be fake. If you are shopping for expensive items, shop only at established and reputable shop, preferably those that are members of the 'Jewel Fest Club', an organization sponsored by the Tourist Authority of Thailand and the Thai Gem and Jewellery Traders Association. In addition to gems, probably the best bargains to be found in Thailand are the costume jewellery items sold by vendors on the street. Earrings, in particular, are often good value for money.
H. Sengs International Gems
- Location: Pattaya Beach Road, South Pattaya
- Location: 325/1-3 Moo 10, Soi Pattayaland 2
- Location: 218-220 Walking Street
- Location: 239/2 Moo 10, Pattaya Beach Road
World Gems Collection
- Location: 98 Moo 6, North Pattaya Road
If you prefer to bring home some of Thailand's wonderful handicrafts, whether baskets, jewellery, handbags, wall-hangings, you will find them on almost every street corner and virtually all malls, shopping centres and Thai markets. There are also numerous boutique shops in Pattaya that specialise in handicrafts and 'antiques'.
- Location: 7 Moo 6, intersection North Pattaya Road/Sukhumvit Road North Pattaya
- Location: 209/10, Moo 6 North Pattaya Road
- Location: 234/4 Walking Street (Beach Road), South Pattaya
- Location: 218 Moo 10, Royal Garden Plaza, Second floor Pattaya Beach
Pattaya, like every tourist centre, in Thailand is loaded with tailors. Most are capable of good but not spectacular work, and the result is often slipshod because it is done so quickly. If you insist on at least two fittings and don't expect to get your clothing back in 24 hours, you will get a better result. Also, it is best to avoid tailors who offer incredibly cheap deals. It can't be done without cutting corners.
- Location: 229 Moo 10, Walking Street (Beach Road)
- Location: 215/25-26, Moo 10, in front of Royal Garden Plaza
- Location: 215/15, Pattaya South Road
- Location: 216/48, Central Shopping Arcade, Pattaya 2nd Road
- Location: 131/2 Moo 10, Walking Street (Beach Road), South Pattaya
Paul International Tailors
- Location: 113/5-6 Moo 10, Walking Street (Beach Road, South Pattaya
- Location: 86 Moo 10, Walking Street (Beach Road), South Pattaya
Raja Custom Tailors
- Location: 110 Moo 10, Walking Street (Beach Road), South Pattaya
- Location: 164/8, next to La Baguette Café, North Pattaya
Hand-woven silk is one of Thailand's great bargains. If you are interested in buying silk to take home, it is best to do a little research before making the plunge. Although Pattaya is not the best place in the Kingdom to purchase silk, there are several shops with a wide selection at reasonable prices.
Baan Chiang Thai Silk
- Location: 78/54 Moo 9, Big C, Pattaya Second Road
Jim Thompson Factory Sales Outlet
- Location: 1st Floor, Royal Garden Plaza Pattaya
- Location: 215/33-34 Moo 10, Pattaya Second Road
Porn U-Mai Thai Silk
- Location: 218 Moo 10, Royal Garden Plaza B30, Second floor Pattaya Beach Road. South Pattaya
Thepprasit Market on Thepprasit Road near the junction with Sukhumvit Road is Pattaya's version of a weekend market. It has over 500 stalls offering food and a variety of goods. On Tuesdays and Fridays, Soi Buakhao Market, sometimes called the Tuesday/Friday Market, sets up on the corner of South Pattaya Road and Soi Buakhao. In the evenings, a small market appears further along South Pattaya Road.
The Made in Thailand Night Plaza found on Second Road near Soi 10 is a warren of small shops offering a variety of locally made products each day from 08:00 to 23:00. The Market Pattaya on Second Road near Soi 5 opened with high expectations and visions of becoming another Chatuchak, but the vision has never been realised. It is very quiet most evenings.
Walking Street Shopping
Closed off to car traffic after sunset, the Walking Street sees business as usual during the day. The two street sides are sprinkled with shops selling mostly ‘antiques’, jewellery, paintings and souvenirs. But the main highlight is a handful of tailor shops where you can get bespoke clothes custom-made at affordable prices. Don’t go for the cheapest deals or fastest delivery times, though, as quality tailoring takes time.