Food and Shopping

Food and Shopping


One of the best things about studying in Phuket is the food – Delicious and cheap!

Thai food is legendary around the world and there is no better place than in Thailand to have great Thai food at affordable prices.

University campuses in Thailand are known for their delicious, ready-to-eat Thai curry dishes nicknamed "Kao Gang". Kao means "rice" and Gang means, "curry". Kao Gang is the Thai version of an inexpensive buffet, including all types of foods, such as fried chicken, seafood, and mixed vegetables.

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Thai Food on Campus

Great Thai food can be found on campus. There are two student cafeterias and one restaurant inside the university. There are also three new coffee shops that serve Thai and Western foods. 

Our on-campus cafeterias are government subsidized in order to offer students complete lunches at around $1.00. That's right! "Dollar Lunch!"

If you can't wait – why not join us in the kitchen and learn to make "Phad Thai" or "Massaman Curry".

Thai and Western Food Near Campus

There are many small restaurants just outside of the university gates. Students can expect to pay $2.00 to $3.00 for lunch or dinner near campus depending on tastes and choice of drink.

International Food at Shopping Malls and Hotels

International foods at local shopping malls include nearly all major food chains, such as Starbucks, Sizzler, McDonald's, Pizza Hut or Pizza Company, and many others.

There are also many Thai or foreign-owned chains, such as Hachiban, Yayoi, Fuji, serving Asian Cuisine, and Wine Connection with great quality international foods and drinks. Additionally, there are dozens of other restaurants at Central Phuket.

Nearly all shopping malls in Thailand have food courts where students buy pre-paid cards and choose from many small food stalls at very affordable prices. Serving "Kao Gang" and other ready-to-eat Thai and international foods, lunch at most food courts will cost around $3.00.

The resort island of Phuket has 700 Hotels, including most international hotel brands, offering upscale meals and buffets, generally ranging from $25.00 to $50.00 per person.


Check out for a complete list of shopping malls in Phuket. The four largest shopping centers in Phuket are just 5 to 15 minutes from campus.


There are several large Cinemas on Phuket at Central Festival near campus and at Jungceylon Shopping Center in Patong.

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