Tonsai Village is the place to buy jewelry, sarongs, T-shirts, funny hats, flip flops, beach gear, kids’ toys and everything to make your holiday complete.
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
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
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
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
The daily market at Tonsai is a slice of genuine Thailand. There, you can join in the melee and buy fresh fruit, snacks, vegetables and a host of cheap but useful goods such as flip-flops, sarongs (at much cheaper prices than at tourist-orientated shops), cheap crockery and household goods. It’s all a colourful and cheerful way to get in with the locals. Best time to go is early morning or late afternoon.
- Location: In the centre of Tonsai Village
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