Phi Phi Shopping
What to Buy & Where to Shop in Phi Phi Islands
A few years ago it seemed that all you could buy on Phi Phi was food, beer and hippy jewelry but in the recent past shopping opportunities have blossomed and grown on the island.
Clothes stores often double as impromptu minimarts while minimarts sell clothes and at the same time book stores masquerade as bars and coffee shops while coffee shops are the place to find good books.
It's all a tad confusing for those accustomed to more organised city life but residents and visitors alike adapt and enjoy themselves in the hotch-potch that is shopping on Phi Phi. There is even a blown glass outlet and a leather goods merchant. oh, and should you feel the need, you can get a tattoo here, too.
Let’s face it – everything on Phi Phi island except the coconuts was brought from either the mainland or Phuket by boat. Transporting goods costs money and so expect elevated prices, even at the 7-Eleven. However 7-Eleven still remains the cheapest of convenience stores on the island – many of which belong to the resort or hotel directly next to or behind them.
- Location: Near the pier in main street, and in Central Tonsai
Chiang Mai silver is world renowned and has established itself as a trustworthy buy because of the generations of artisans that have made the northern Thai city their home. Kunstone offers a comprehensive collection of silver goods along with various types of jewelry, armbands, handmade necklaces and attractive accessories. Also on sale are colourful dress necklaces. Credit cards accepted.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
- Location: Main Street, Tonsai Central
Mobile Phone Shops
The 21st century has taken its hold on Phi Phi Islands; you’ll be able to easily stay in touch with your loved ones on the other side of the world thanks to the mobile phone shops that can be found in Tonsai Village. They sell all that’s required to communicate as well as to take photos and videos, stocking everything from mobile phones to sim cards to GoPro cameras.
- Location: near Tonsai pier next to Le Grand Bleu Restaurant, and in the centre of the village
Mr Rum Boutique
Similar to the nearby Le Grand Bleu restaurant, Mr Rum has a modest exterior that leads to greater things inside. What appears to be a small boutique selling beach gear, skirts and fisherman pants opens up in the back to a larger outlet selling more beach gear, skirts and fisherman pants with many variations to choose from. You will also find children’s sizes here.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
- Location: Tonsai Main Street
Namlily is a tiny but charming shop located in the lane right behind Phi Phi Banyan Villa in central Tonsai Village. French owned, this boutique sells customized vintage dresses (vintage dresses transformed to new models) as well as original handbags, shoes, jewellery, and other accessories.
- Opening Hours: 09:30-22:30
- Location: Central Tonsai
On the same street as D’s Books, Pakaran also has a good selection of tomes, albeit slightly less organised than D’s and less expensive. Trade your old beach read in here. Pakaran also sells magazines and newspapers.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 22:00
- Location: Central Tonsai near D’s Books
Phi Phi Market
Phi Phi Market is the right place to find fresh products and ready-made street food at rock-bottom rates. It also allows you to mingle with the local community. Located right in front of JJ Residence in the centre of Tonsai Village, it went through a complete renovation in 2014-2015 which transformed the typical Thai market it used to be into a futuristic high-ceiling building offering a clean and pleasant place to shop.
Phi Phi Market and its immediate surroundings are the main shopping hub on Koh Phi Phi Don. You find here supermarkets, stalls selling fresh seafood, fruits and vegetables, as well as a great choice of small restaurants and stands serving most of the favourite snacks that can be found in Thailand.
- Opening Hours: 07:00-10:00 but many stalls and the supermarkets are open all day long
- Location: In the centre of Tonsai Village
Phi Phi Tattoo Shops
Phi Phi is the place to get inked in style. Tonsai Village houses over 20 tattoo parlours offering a wide range of designs and styles from Japanese to tribal to futuristic, you name it. As this kind of ‘souvenir’ will last for a long time, it’s best to think twice before you get the needle piercing your fragile skin. First, have a look at the shop and see if hygiene conditions are up to standards, then talk seriously with the tattooist about what you want and negotiate the price so both of you are satisfied.
Most of the tattoo shops in Phi Phi can get you inked with machine or bamboo. The latter option is generally slightly more expensive and painful yet is the traditional way of tattooing in Thailand. Tattoo Bar and Tapear Bamboo Tattoo are two parlours with an excellent reputation in Phi Phi.
- Location: All around Tonsai Village
- Remarks: Alcohol impairs judgement and thins the blood, so better not engage in an inking session while drunk.
This is definitely a shop for the ladies. With handbags, shoes, dresses, dress jewelry and everything but the kitchen sink, Rasita has elegance and charm, along with a lovely owner.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 23:00
- Location: On the way out of Tonsai Village towards Tonsai East and Long Beach
Roughly halfway between the Chukit Resort and the end of Tonsai East there is a sharp left turn that makes an alley lined with stalls selling homemade beads, T-shirts, sarongs, shorts and lots of holiday knick-knacks, some of which are pretty but useless and some of which are useless but pretty. Still, if you’ve forgotten your Frisbee or beach ball or if you’re in the market for a hand-woven bracelet or a pair of fake Ray Bans or Oakley’s check this slew of stalls out.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – late
- Location: At the eastern part of Tonsai, past Rimlay Resort on the left
- Type: Holiday accessories
T-shirts, sarongs, those hats again as well as sunglasses – they’re all here in this Tonsai East version of the many ‘boutiques’ that are to be found in the centre of the island.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
- Location: Tonsai East, facing Bora Bora Restaurant-Bar
- Type: Holiday gear, sarongs, T-shirts, silly hats
Almost next door to Rasita, this shop has a great combination of witty T-shirts, low prices and a quick sell. No need to bargain at prices as low as these (unless you’re buying in bulk) – at least you’ve got original logos to set you apart from the usual ‘Same Same but Different’ T-shirt crowd.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 23:00
- Location: On the way out of Tonsai Village towards Tonsai East and Long Beach, next to Rasita