The best shopping in Khao Lak will certainly please most visitors yet leave hardcore shopaholic a bit hungry for more. Despite its rapid development since the end of the 20th century, Khao Lak has not yet reached the mega shopping malls era. It must be said that, apart from beautiful beaches, thick jungle, small fishing villages, and farms, there was nothing else in La On Village and Bang Niang (the two most prominent destinations in Khao Lak) until relatively recently.
The most popular shopping opportunities, therefore, remain at human size: fresh markets, small supermarkets, convenience stores, and independent shops host all that could be required for locals and visitors to spend a good time here.
Bang Niang MarketBang Niang
Bang Niang Market is definitely the place to visit, even if you have nothing to buy. Held every day from 10:00 to 22:00, it is located on Phetkasem Road, near the main intersection that leads to the beach, diagonally opposite the Police Boat 813 memorial. Colourful and lively, this rather large market features about 100 stalls selling various goods from t-shirt to beachwear to fashion accessories to handmade souvenirs and more. It also gives the opportunity to sample a great choice of Thai street food. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Everyday, but especially Mon, Wed, Thu and Sat 10:00 – 22:00
- Location: Phetkasem Road, Bang Niang
TT PlazaLa On Village
You can’t miss TT Plaza when walking along Phetkasem Road in the centre of La On Village as this market-like shopping centre is simply huge. Covering an area of approximately 2,000 m2, this hangar is like Ali Baba’s Cave: you can find almost anything you need (and quite a lot that you don’t) in the matter of clothing, beachwear, accessories, toys, electronic devices, and more. A few stalls at the front of the building offer a selection of snacks, such as kebabs and pancakes, as well as drinks.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 09:00 - 20:00
- Location: on Phetkasem Road in the centre of Bang La On
Nang Thong SupermarketLa On Village
Located in the centre of La On Village, at the intersection of Phetkasem Road with Nang Thong Road (the street that leads to Nang Thong Beach), Nang Thong Supermarket is a medium-sized (approximately 1,200sqm) store that sell just about everything from baby diapers to food and drinks (including a good choice of wines) to toiletry; in fact, all that you could need while on holiday in Khao Lak.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 - 21:00
- Location: Phetkasem Road, in the centre of La On Village
Tailor-made clothingKhao Lak
Elegance remains affordable in Thailand. With over 15 bespoke tailor shops only in La On Village, you will surely find the right place to get a new suit, shirt or pants done. As everywhere else in Thailand, most of these shops are run by polyglot Indian or Pakistani expats. It is pretty difficult to recommend a specific shop as all of them offer much the same goods and services, many of them even sharing the same workshops. You should find the best tailor shop to your taste by talking directly with them. Do not hesitate to bargain!
- Opening Hours: usually from 12:00-22:00
- Location: Along Phetkasem Road in La On Village and Bang Niang and around the large beachfront resorts
Khuk Khak Fresh MarketKhuk Khak
Visiting Khuk Khak Fresh Market is the best thing you could do to get a glimpse of the real local life in southern Thailand. Thai fresh markets permit you to discover exotic fruits and vegetables unknown in Europe, as well as to sample delicious snacks prepared by wandering vendors. A market would not be a market in Thailand without street food stalls selling a wide choice of barbecued seafood and meat, banana pancakes, fresh sugarcane drinks, and more.
- Opening Hours: Daily, from early morning to late afternoon
- Location: Khuk Khak Bus Station, Phetkasem Road, 3km north of Bang Niang