Pattaya has numerous large malls, small malls, supermarkets, bazaar-style markets, and thousands of other shops.
Regardless of what you are looking for in Pattaya, you will be able to find it but don’t expect an abundance of shops all selling different things. In reality, you can expect to find plenty of clothes shops and coffee shops but the city has a long way to go to catch up with Bangkok or Chiang Mai. However, this is something that is being addressed with several new shopping centres opening in recent years, and there’s more to come such as the large Terminal 21 complex that will be located close to the Dolphin Roundabout.
Like with many other parts of Asia, bargaining is a way of life and often something that feels quite alien to Europeans and North Americans. Don’t let a small matter like not knowing your Thai numbers put you off either, most shop keepers will carry a calculator to show the price. As a general rule whatever their first price is, half it and you will be closer to what they are actually willing to sell the item for. If you are not happy then simply walk away as the shop keeper down the street will be selling the same thing.
Try to have some fun when bargaining because if the shop keeper likes you they may give you a better price and never get aggressive, it doesn’t pay. Losing face in Thailand or losing your temper for that matter are big no-no’s so always keep this in mind if you are looking to pick up a bargain.
Arguably the most upmarket of the large shopping malls located in Pattaya, Central Festival is found on Pattaya Beach Road between Soi 9 and Soi 10. Inside you will find a wide range of stores including The Central Department Store, designer clothes shops, electric shops and pretty much anything else that you would expect the find anywhere in the world.
Central Marina, formerly known as Central Centre, has recently undergone a major renovation and is now a far more welcoming and inviting place. It has the usual array of stores including designer clothes shops, sports shops, a Big C and a wide variety of restaurants catering for all budgets and taste. There is now ample parking, something that had previously been a problem.
Another one of the newer additions, Harbour Mall can be found on Pattaya Klang and is a shopping centre with a difference. Yes, it has all the normal shops but it is kiddies paradise with lots to keep the younger generation amused and claims to be the largest of its kind in ASEAN. Entrance to the play area is just 280 Thai Baht for 3 hours play although there is an additional charge for parents!
Royal Garden Plaza is located between Pattaya Beach Road and Second Road. Here you will find numerous internationally branded shops and restaurants. It is also home to Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, something that is again popular with children. Usually, this shopping mall is quieter than some of the other options found in the city.
This will be the latest in a long line of shopping malls in Pattaya when it opens towards the end of 2018. Located on North Pattaya Road at the junction with Pattaya Second Road, Terminal 21 is sure to bring some serious competition to the likes of Central Festival and Central Marina. Although a full list of retailers has not been announced, it is expected to be very similar to the others.
This is the largest night market in Pattaya and one that attracts visitors from far and wide including Thais, expats, and tourists. Located at the Sukhumvit Road end of Thepprasit Road, you will find almost everything imaginable being sold here and is very similar, although not in size, to Chatuchak Market in Bangkok. Whilst doing the shopping you can buy food and beer if needed, or relax with a outdoor foot massage.
Arguably the most upmarket of the large shopping malls located in Pattaya, Central Festival is found on Pattaya Beach Road between Soi 9 and Soi 10. Inside you will find a wide range of stores including The Central Department Store, designer clothes shops, electric shops and pretty much anything else that you would expect the find anywhere in the world. Note you must have an outbound flight ticket to shop at King Power.
Smaller Shopping Malls
The Avenue is located on Pattaya Second Road and is a far smaller shopping mall. You will find a selection of boutique shops, Villa Supermarket, and a gym. Alan Bolton Property Consultants are located here.
The Chilled can be found on Soi Khao Noi in East Pattaya and opened in December 2016. The flagship store is Tops Supermarket plus an array of shops and is an alternative to going into Central Pattaya.
Outlet Mall describes itself as being a ‘designer outlet’ although the prices are far from cheap. There is a good selection of shops and a reasonable amount of parking.
The Bay can be found on Pattaya Beach Road between Soi 5 and Soi 6. Currently, it has a number of empty units but you will find a large Starbucks and a Korean supermarket.