Home to Thailand’s largest aquarium, a theme park, restaurants, and more, the mega mall is a shopping paradise for all ages.
Phuket needs little introduction—the rainforested island is home to some of Thailand‘s most pristine beaches, as well as turquoise waters that brim with rich marine life. For decades, the Thai island has welcomed discerning travelers seeking seaside vacations, mouthwatering cuisine, and immersive cultural experiences.
For a delightful education in its colorful history, be sure to visit old Phuket town, with its beautifully preserved shopfronts, grand Sino-colonial mansions, quaint cafes, and ornate shrines. Fancy an evening out and about? Head to weekend night market Phuket Walking Street for street snacks, indie shops, and personalized gifts. Adventure seekers will have a ball of a time at Phang Nga Bay, where they can explore a labyrinth of low hanging archways and shallow lagoons via a canoe.
The latest addition to the island’s slew of attractions is the newly opened Central Phuket, a world-class shopping destination that’s in fact two ultra-modern malls linked by walkways. Retail therapy aside, the architectural marvel features a shopping complex, a theme park, as well as an aquarium and Thailand’s first underwater restaurant.
True to Phuket’s heritage, the mall’s design combines elements from nature with aspects of Thai arts, culture, literature, and architecture. Keep your eyes peeled for The Enchanted Garden at the main entrance, which features a contemporary depiction of Indra and the heavenly city from the Ramayana epic. Meanwhile, The Cocoon’s curved ceiling takes its inspiration from Phuket’s fishing and handicraft heritage, combining Sino-Portuguese architecture with island life. Rakang can be found on the ground floor—its prominent bell shape meticulously crafted using ancient dimensions and decorated with colorful details. Finally, The Great Epic is a gigantic sculpture depicting the famous fight scene between Phra Ram and Thotsakan from the ancient Ramayana epic.
The mall offers more than 100 of the world’s most well-known fashion houses, allowing visitors to shop till their hearts’ content at the likes of Alexander McQueen, Bulgari, Chloé, Gucci, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent, and more. On the dining front, there’s plenty to savor, from fine Thai food to international cuisines. A must-visit is Tales of Thailand, a massive food court featuring dishes from different regions in Thailand across various zones including Craft Village, Tastes of the Island, and Isan Charming.
Here, visitors can tuck into popular dishes from each of Thailand’s four regions: Kopi de Phuket (local Phuket food), Hearnphucome (Northern Thai cuisine), Naem Nueng Khun-Or (Isan North East food), and Midnight Kai-Torn (Chicken rice from Pattaya). Not to be missed is the indoor Floating Market, where local treats and unique souvenirs take centerstage. If you fancy shopping for gifts, check out the Craft Village, where more than 50 handicraft vendors purvey regional products like Thai silk, gemstones, aromatics, and more.
Designed to enthrall both the young and old, the mall also has a fantasy adventure theme park called Tribhum–The Mystic of Three Worlds, which features a 3D walk-through experience integrating myths and legends. Meanwhile, marine lovers can head to Aquaria Phuket, Thailand’s largest aquarium featuring 51,000 aquatic animals from over 300 species. For a unique fine dining experience, reserve a table at ANDASI, the country’s first underwater restaurant and bar.
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