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The best thing to bring home from Phuket and pretty much anywhere in Thailand is silk — and you’ll have no trouble finding somewhere to get it. Old Phuket Town is a good first stop. Here you’ll find the streets packed with shops offering various types of silk either by the yard or woven into scarves, shirts, pants, lingerie and more.
For a more luxurious shopping experience, our Forbes Travel Guide editors recommend heading straight to a tailor for a professionally made-to-measure suit, jacket, evening dress or shirt. You’ll first choose your cloth, with options typically including cashmere, wool, cotton and silk, then work with the tailor to create your desired style. We suggest making your appointment early in your visit so you’ll have plenty of time for fittings and alterations.
One of the nice things about these shops is that you can make repeat orders whenever you’d like and have it shipped back home, as long as your measurements don’t change, of course. Tailor shops are typically found in the main resort areas, and some are even located in the resorts — ask the staff at your hotel for recommendations.