An­tiques, Fash­ion and Dé­cor

LUXE City Guides - Phuket - - Cherngtalay -

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 / / 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 / wine­and­ 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!

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