The Central Festival Phuket (CFP) shopping complex is a modern world class multi-level mall which is located on the outskirts of Phuket Town in southern Thailand.
Constructed by Thailand's Central Retail Corporation at a cost of 20 billion Thai baht, this air-conditioned mall was designed to offer Phuket's visitors with an unparalleled experience while also supporting the Thai government's policy of attracting high-end tourists to the island. While most of the construction was completed back in 2004 the complex underwent some remodeling in 2010, with a new focus on getting visitors to both eat and shop; turning this mall into more of a lifestyle centre.
Indeed, Phuket is seeing something of an investment boom at present with the owners of Central Festival Phuket also investing in a variety of other retail outlets including the Central department store (which is the largest within this complex), Robinson department store, Supersports, Power Buy, Tops (grocery store) and B2S (which sell books, music, stationary) among others. Each of these stores are also located at Central Festival on the second and third floors respectively.
However, due to the success of this mall, the complex was extended in July 2013 by the opening of a new annex across the road called Central Festival Phuket East (CFPE) (see image above).
With an additional 16,000 square metres of retail space and an extra 1,000 car spaces this large annex as they call it is built around the Tops supermarket echoing the existing Tops located across the road. CFPE also features an electrical appliance store called Power Buy, a computer shop called IT City, Photo Hut, Boots Pharmacy, along with eye wear, shoe and jewelry stores. As found at the larger CFP there are also a number of restaurants located at CFPE which include Jeffer Steak, Miyabi Grill, and KFC.
However, it is CFP which is the star attraction here with over 120,000 square metres of retail space and 2 levels of underground parking, this place has got it all. From fast food, groceries, clothing and fashion, restaurants, watches and jewelry, cosmetics and perfume, silks and textiles including a famous Jim Thompson outlet which is located next to Starbucks on the ground floor. Apart from selling silk ties and linen the Jim Thompson outlet also sells a variety of other products including furniture, wallets, bags and soft toys.
It is on the ground floor at Central festival Phuket that you will find the Central Food Hall/food court which includes McDonald's, Pizza Hut, Burger King, Baskin Robins, KFC, Dairy Queen along with grocery stores. Other outlets on this level include clothing, fashion and accessories, and Beauty and Health.
Fashion and brand name outlets include the BeBe, Chic Club, Nautica, Guess, Lacoste, Dorothy Perkins and the Body Shop. Like many other malls these days including Siam Paragon in Bangkok, CFP also hosts a number of fashion shows and other events throughout the year while also providing showroom space for car manufactures to hold motor shows (see image below).
Central Festival is a great place not just to eat and shop but for entertainment as well. Hence, on the third level you will find an SFX Colliseum cinema complex (see image below) along with restaurants such as Mk Suki and Sizzler.
This state of the art 3D cinema with digital screens show all the latest Hollywood blockbusters in both Thai and English, and with comfortable seating options such as couples seats etc you are sure to be able to sit back, relax, and enjoy the movie. Don't forget to check out the candy bar before the movie because it is stocked with popcorn, chocolates, coke and sweets and at a much cheaper prices than most western countries. Tickets usually cost around 120 Thai baht ($4) for an adult.
While Phuket has other supermarket and shopping malls including the Big C super store, Tesco Lotus and Phuket Jungceylon (which is another large mall but located at Patong) in my view Central Festival is a cut above the rest as it feels more modern and has a greater variety of products under the one roof than its competition.
Central Festival Phuket is located at 74-75 Witchitsongkran Road Phuket. The mall opens between the hours of 10. 30 AM- 10.00 PM 7 days a week. The best way to travel there is by taxi or tuk-tuk.
The best way to travel to Phuket is by plane or bus. Flights from Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport to Phuket's International Airport occur daily with a number of local airlines servicing the island including Nok Air, Air Asia and Thai Airways.
Being an international airport direct flights are available to Phuket from a number of countries including Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan to name a few. There are an abundance of taxi's and mini-vans located outside the Phuket airport to transport you to your hotel.
Buses to Phuket depart Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal daily with the journey taking approximately 13 hours.