Phuket is a shopper’s paradise. Not only is the range of goods exotic and exciting but the system of buying them can be fun. Most large stores and department stores will have fixed pricing but bargaining is practiced at smaller stalls and markets.
When buying infant clothing, toys or children’s furniture, be aware that the monitoring standards may not be the same as your home country. Check items for safety- especially toys for small parts.
In Phuket you can any thing from sarongs to computer equipment. Take a calculator if the noughts on numbers get too daunting. There can be some great bargains to be found!
VAT (Value Added Tax) Tourist Refund
VAT is usually charged at 7%. If you are spending a lot of money, you may be interested in getting this refund which can only be obtained from the airport when departing Thailand. Those entering Thailand on a tourist visa are entitled to tax refund on goods purchased in some department stores.
Look for the ‘VAT Refund for Tourists’ signs in shops and remember that you need to complete your tax refund application forms at the store. Don’t pack these goods in checked-in luggage when departing Thailand, as customs officials may need the items for inspection. For more information contact the sources below or ask at the store of purchase.
Address: The VAT Refund for Tourist Office Revenue Department
Phahonyothin Road, Bangkok 10400
Phone: (02) 272 9387-8, (02) 72 8195-8
Or the Tourist Association Thailand Southern Office
Address: 73-75 Phuket Rd., Phuket
Phone: (076) 212 213