Pattaya has a huge range of shops and markets that cater to all tastes. Here, a great shopping experience is always just around the corner in Pattaya. Pattaya shopping ranges from malls to small shops on the streets.
Though the city does not have huge malls and shopping complexes like Bangkok, its medium sized malls offer a great variety of products to choose from Mike Shopping Mall, The Central Festival Centre, The Royal Garden Plaza, P.S. Plaza, Com City are the famous shopping malls in the city. These malls are a great way to escape the scorching heat outside. Mike Shopping Mall a multi- level shopping mall lies on the Beach Road and has another entrance on the Second Road.
You can shop for clothes, souvenirs and other accessories on the ground level. It has a departmentstore, a food court on Level 5 and a swimming pool for visitors on Level 10. Shop till you drop is the perfect statement for Mike as you can shop right from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The Central Festival Pattaya Beach is the largest beachfront shopping complex in Pattaya . The shopping complex spans across seven stories building , there are over 200 fashion outlets, boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops, fast food outlets and many more …… . Open from 11:00 a.m. – 11: 00 p.m.
The Royal Garden Plaza is an upmarket air-conditioned mall on the Beach Road situated close to the Pattaya Marriot hotel. You can also enter this mall from the Second Road, near the Ripley’s Aeroplane. P.S. Plaza, a double storied mall, lies at the intersection of the Second Road and The Central Pattaya Road. The ground level comprises of a supermarket, the first level has billiards, books and massage centers along with a few other shops. There is a bowling center on the second level. Com City or Tuk. Com is yet another multi-level mall situated at South Pattaya.
The basement of this mall has a Tops Supermarket, a food court, shops selling electronic goods and spare parts, stalls selling clothes and other stuff. The ground floor has many regular shops while the first floor consists of shops selling mobile phones. The second, third and fifth floors comprise of shops selling computers and handheld electronic goods. The fourth floor sells Video CDs, MP3s and computer games and software. Shopping in Pattaya is boundless, you can find shops and stalls everywhere, on the way in and out, at the beaches, on the sidewalks, in the lanes, day in and day out.
The shops on the streets offer a huge variety of products such as clothes, shoes, handbags, sunglasses, artificial jewelry, Thai silk, leather goods, watches, handicrafts, antiques, souvenirs, pirated CDs, DVDs, MP3s, games and other pirated duplicate products. The beachfront stalls have fake football t-shirts, rude chest print t-shirts, souvenirs, bikinis, shorts, stun guns and porn DVDs. The products range from expensive to very cheap ones.Haggling is a must at these roadside stalls and shops.
Good bargaining can get you still better prices. Shoppers need to beware of fake glitter and a close look is very important while buying jewelry and gemstones. Hand-woven Thai silk is a good bargain deal in these shops. While shopping on the streets of Pattaya, one can also stop over for some delicious Thai curry rice or a plate of Pad Thai. —