Central festival Phuket

 

Central festival is the main shopping centre brand in Phuket. It is situated in the Kathu district on the border of Phuket Town. It comprises of four floors and has just about everything you can imagine. There is an area for all the Thai banks as well as currency exchange, stationary shop with English books, pharmacies with chemists on site, a movie theatre for those rainy days and a very up market food court. The supermarket there carries all the main brands including a section for vegemite for Australian travelers.

On the third floor there is a bridge that connects to the second part accross the highway. Here you can find Homeworks which is similar to Bunnings warehouse and Toys r us. KFC is also situated in this building however you may find that they only stock spicy chicken even though that the original chicken is on the menu.

Central Festival is also expanding on the other side of the highway which will include high end brands for clothing, a large aquarium and will make this by far the largest shopping area in Phuket.

This is due to open late 2018 and will undoubtedly be of world class standard.
The shopping centre is where Thai locals and Expats go for their daily items. The prices are quite expensive by Thai standards however quite cheap compared to Australia.

There is a large under cover courtyard at the front often with bands playing and a bar setup in the centre.
Parking can be an issue in the high season although a breeze in the low season. There is an area in the parking where they will wash your car for a fee while you shop.

Often in the main atrium area there are shows, mainly for children and a train that makes its way through the shopping centre for toddlers.

Whatever you need, you will find at Central Festival. At Christmas time they celebrate by putting up a huge white tree at the front which is quite spectacular and make you feel right at home with the festivities.

Besides the food court there are a range of stand alone restaurants and chains so you won’t go hungry. Major brands like Sizzler, Black Canyon, Fuji, Shabushi and Pizza company just to name a few.
If you type in Central Festival to google maps you will no doubt find it.
Depending on traffic it’s around 30 mins from Patong and is quite centrally located on the island. But it should not be too far from your Phuket Villa. If you need a taxi to get you there make sure you speak to the villa manager.

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