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Koh Phangan Thailand : Shopping

Koh Phangan has long attracted an artistic element, which is reflected by the surprising number of art galleries, local crafts, hand painted batik (sarongs, hammocks, bed spreads etc.) and handmade jewellry shops that you will bump into whilst window shopping. In truth, Koh Phangan is a great place to purchase high quality handmade products and the relative small size of the Island means that you won't have to walk far to find something of interest.
Other items that will be a bargain compared to overpriced shopping malls in Bangkok and other Western countries include clothing, beach towels, flip flops, snorkelling equipment, musical instruments and jewellry items. It is especially useful to buy all your beach wear on Koh Phangan, such as bokinis, shorts, t-shirts and sarongs - you will save a small fortune! For book lovers there are also plenty of second hand book shops willing to trade in your oldies. Thailand is also famous for cheap movies and games; there are plenty of market stalls filled with all the latest releases for the keen eye.
So where you can find all these bargains? Well, Thongsala is the island's main trading post with an exellent variety of crafts, jewellry, clothes, artwork and traditional Thai items. There are a great number of boutique shops throughout the town and numerous supermarkets and fresh produce stalls. Most shops are open till 8 or 9 in the evening. The other place worth shopping is Haad Rin with the shops spead throughout the town running from the sunrise beach all the way to the pier and often open until a lot later in the evening.

Moreover, you will find that prices are reasonable and are often hard to beat, even compared to Bangkok, there are also many outlets supplying goods in bulk for export.
Issue 40
March - May 2015
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