Shopping and Dining to Your Heart’s Content in Phuket

Whats New — By Diana Bocco on February 27, 2012 at 7:58 am

Two new venues are opening in Phuket. Both are a very welcome addition to the island and offer great options for both tourists and locals. Whether you’re looking for some pampering or are ready to spend, Phuket has new options to keep you busy.

Bangla Mall
Soi Bangla in Patong is best known for its nightlife and its many opportunities to drink, dance and have fun. Until 2012, however, Soi Bangla wasn’t a destination that appealed to families or those looking for some quiet fun during the day.

That changed this month, when Bangla Mall finally opened its doors. Self-dubbed “Bangla’s mini-mall,” this new shopping destination offers plenty of things to do no matter your age or your interests.

Bangla Mall also offers an interesting twist. The mall’s opening hours will be from 11 am to 10 pm in all floors except the basement. Stores and outlets set in the basement will remain open 24 hours a day and will be accessed through a special entrance after the main doors of the mall close.

Besides lots of shopping, the mall also offers a Phuket FantaSea souvenir shop, a spa and a number of entertainment options (including giant screens and a video arcade).


Club Med

Phuket’s Club Med has just unveiled its new premises this month. The complete revamped aimed to transform the private club into a five-star resort that offered not only luxury but also a touch of the exotic. Located right on Kata Bay, the new Club Med has many Thai touches throughout, including the use of dark woods, Thai lanterns and bright tropical colors.

photo by Club Med

The renovation also brought along a new restaurant with ocean view, a new spa and a completely-redesigned reception area. The resort also introduced a new workshop program for kids staying there. The workshop offers kids a chance to create art using trash recovered from the ocean –Not only is the activity unique but it also raises awareness about the environment.

The new Club Med also offers a one-of-a-kind activity: a Flying Trapeze School. Classes are offered for all ages and include techniques to handle the static trapeze, the flying trapeze and basic skills such as safe falling, using the trampoline and acrobatics. The skills you can learn depend on how long you have at the resort and how often you practice. Or you can play it safe and instead head to the resort’s tennis court, pool or golf school.

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