Phi Phi Islands’ best shopping opportunities are fairly limited compared to other destinations in Thailand. Most travellers come to this tropical island to enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities, rather than shopping for branded items. As a result, most of the interesting goods you can find here are the usual, basic holiday items.

    Despite this, a few stores stand out from the lot, offering original articles and souvenirs for sale. While on holiday, it’s always fun to crawl through bazaar-like shops, trying to find unusual gifts to bring back home. Find the best places to go shopping in Phi Phi Island, most of which fit just that purpose. 

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    Phi Phi Market

    Daily market in Tonsai Village

    A visit to Phi Phi Market is an occasion to get a glimpse of genuine daily life on the island. Located in the central part of Tonsai Village, the market offers a great choice of local and exotic products – fruits, vegetables, seafood – that you could find later in your plate when dining at Phi Phi's restaurants.

    Besides seafood and coconut, just about all food items are imported from Phuket and Krabi. Besides fresh products (and in the same vein as any market in Thailand), the main interest of Phi Phi Market is the ready-made snacks, available at rock-bottom prices From steamed or fried skewers and sautéed meat to noodles and vegetables, you can find and sample all many Thai street foods at Phi Phi Market.

    Location: In the centre of Tonsai Village, Phi Phi Island, Ao Nang, Krabi 81000, Thailand

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    Namlily

    Shop for customised vintage dresses

    Namlily may be a tiny boutique, but it's certainly one of the most interesting and original shops on Phi Phi Island. Run by a young and charming French woman, it offers customised dresses fashioned out of vintage clothes. 

    Namlily also stocks a good choice of quality handbags and accessories, including vintage silver and stone jewellery. You can find a wide range of ethnic styles, from American-Indian and hippie to Indian and gipsy.

    Location: Central Tonsai behind Phi Phi Banyan Villa, Phi Phi Island, Ao Nang, Krabi, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 9.30am to 10.30pm

    Phone: +66 (0)87 898 3676

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    Tonsai East Shopping Alleyway

    Browse through over a dozen stalls

    Tonsai East Shopping Alleyway is located on the main path towards Phi Phi Andaman Legacy Resort. The street is lined with stalls selling homemade beads, T-shirts, sarongs, shorts and lots of holiday knick-knacks.

    The area doesn't really host the same stalls permanently, so it's pretty difficult to make a precise description of all the items available here. 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 knock-off brand sunglasses, Tonsai East Shopping Alleyway might have what you're looking for. 

    Location: Past Rimlay Resort on the left, Phi Phi Island, Ao Nang, Krabi 81000, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 10am until late

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    Tonsai Pier shops

    The gateway to Phi Phi Island

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    Tonsai Pier is the bustling transport hub that welcomes boats and ferries to Koh Phi Phi. As this is the first place that most visitors to the Phi Phi Islands see, it's no surprise that there are plenty of shops around it. Immediately next to the pier is a small selection of shops selling food, souvenirs, tickets and tours – great for a post-voyage snack or grabbing a couple of last-minute souvenirs before boarding the boat home.

    A few steps further inland, there's a large complex that's roughly triangular in shape. It stretches right across the island to Loh Dalum Beach and is effectively the closest thing Phi Phi has to a mall. It houses an array of small local shops selling souvenirs, electronics, luggage and more. There's a small emergency clinic and multiple restaurants here, too.

    Location: Moo 7, Phi Phi Island Krabi 81000, Thailand

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    7-Eleven

    For your convenience

    7-Eleven is a 24/7 convenience store that sells just about everything you'd need, from drinks and snacks to sunscreen and makeup. As everything on Phi Phi island (except the coconuts) is brought from either the mainland or Phuket by boat, elevated prices are expected.  

    Even so, 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 on the main street and in Central Tonsai, Phi Phi Island, Ao Nang, Krabi 81000, Thailand

    Open: 24/7

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    Phasaow Shop

    Island convenience store with cheerful prices

    Phasaow Shop is a well-stocked convenience store selling pretty much anything you'd hope to find in a shop of its size. The store is located close to the pier in Phi Phi Island's main thoroughfare.

    Stocking a dizzying array of food and snacks – from fresh fruit and vegetable to chocolates, candy and crisps, it's a great place to grab some pre-departure nibbles. On top of this, you'll find all-manner of essentials mixed in with tourist-focused souvenirs and novelties, including toiletries, sun block, massage balm, booze and soft drinks.

    Location: Ao Nang, Krabi 81000, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)75 607 164

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    Kunstone

    For fashion and jewellery

    Kunstone is a small silver and jewellery store on Phi Phi Island that offers a range of authentic silver from Chiang Mai. The store offers a comprehensive collection of silver goods, along with various types of jewellery, armbands, handmade necklaces, and attractive accessories. Also on sale are colourful dress necklaces. Credit cards are accepted at Kunstone.

    Location: Main Street, Tonsai Central, Phi Phi Island, Ao Nang, Krabi 81000, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 10am to 10pm

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    Mobile phone shops in Phi Phi

    Buy your SIM cards or data packages here

    Mobile phone shops in Phi Phi are easy to find. You’ll be able to easily stay in touch with your loved ones on the other side of the world, thanks to the many phone shops available in Tonsai Village. They sell all that’s required to communicate, stocking everything from mobile phones and SIM cards to action cameras of brands like GoPro, along with choices of memory cards to store all your Phi Phi travel footage.

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    Phi Phi Tattoo Shops

    Where to get inked in Phi Phi

    Tonsai Village in Koh Phi Phi has over 20 tattoo parlours offering a wide range of designs and styles. As this kind of ‘souvenir’ is permanent, it’s best to think twice before choosing to get inked. 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. Negotiate the price until both of you are satisfied.

    Most of the tattoo shops in Phi Phi can get you inked by either machine or bamboo. The latter option is generally slightly more expensive but less painful. It's also the traditional way of tattooing in Thailand. 

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    Stephan Audiger | Compulsive Traveller

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