Antiques, Fashion and Décor
You’ll need a car for this baby, though the first bit can be done on foot. Start at Art of Living at 106/19-20 Bangtao Beach Rd. / 076 621 669 / opp. the entrance to Amanpuri / for stunning Asian antiques and artefacts. Exit left for Dharma Bum at 119/1 Surin Beach Rd. / 080 1445 600 / dharmabum.eu / with grown-up hippy-chic resortwear for gals. Exit left and breeze on past Twinpalms (see Accommodation), to reach Lemongrass House at #106/14 (see Advanced Shopping) and stock up on handmade spa products, then head down to the corner at # 106/19-20 for Oriental Fine Art / 076 271 144 / chokka with highquality antiques and artefacts. Pop back in the car and drive down to Surin Beach, where you’ll find Taste (see Rest./Relaxed) with Taste Gallery for Asian jewellery, art and collectibles, plus Catch Beach Club and Indochine Surin Beach Club & StereoLab (see Bars for both) for later. Back on the main road turn left for Roseberry Wellbeing New Age Centre & Spa (see Spa), then The Plaza Surin (see One-Stop Shops) both on your right forall that’s shiny and bright. Now, put that lightly toasted credit card back into your purse and forge on to wine and spirit emporium Wine Connection / 123 Moo 5 Cherngtalay Rd. (see Lunch), with a nifty little caff plus terrace, and then SenSes (see Spa) on your left at #3/2-5 Moo 5. At the traffic lights, turn left towards Laguna. Just before the second set of traffic lights (near the big Laguna sign) is Mandalay on your left at 47/1 Baan Don Rd. / 076 326 280 / for pretty kaftans, hats, silk, lifestyle, lacquer, and ceramics, then past the lights is Cozy Company / 076 270 847 / with funky, chunky, moddy furny by Asian designers. At the next bend you’ll find Hideaway Spa (see Spa) on your left, and styley cakery Bake at 58 Lagoon Rd. (see Lunch) on your right for some sugared respite. As you round the corner into Phuket Laguna Rd. you’ll find more covetable antique oriental furny and sculpture at Heritage Collection / 076 325 818 / on the right, sis to Art of Living (above); opp. is Thai Terrific at #382/91 / 076 271 126 / for gifts, candles and spa products. A little further along, back across on the right, is handy vino shop Wine & Taste 382/68 Moo 1 Laguna Rd. / 076 270 852 / wineandtaste.com. Next, scuttle across the road to reach The Handmade (see Advanced Shopping) at #37, filled with contempo steel tableware and interior fittings, then gallop along to the Mix & Match Arcade at 382/43 Srisoonthorn Rd. to find home décor, art, clothes and accessories. Alrighty beautiful, get back in the jalopy and zip along quicksticks to Canal Village. This mini alfresco mall has a couple of Jim Thompson outlets for silky whatnots and natty bolt ends, as well as S. Cada Tailor / 076 324 511 / who turn out smart suits, shirts and frocks and have a good range of fabrics. Now, you could scoot back to Hideaway Spa for a pamper, or Bake for a well-earned java stop, or, if the sun’s about to set, run like a robber’s dog to nearby Lotus (see Restaurants/Relaxed) or back to Surin Beach for Catch Beach Club or StereoLab for a refreshing cold one as the heavens open and do their splendid nightly show. Fab!