They are building an extension now, which will double the size of the venue. In the last 2 years, some (unwelcome) changes have happened. Some of the more or less interesting shops have closed and moved away, lots of empty shop fronts now. What is left looks like a sorry state of affairs. There are couple of (pseudo)antique shops with heavily overpriced offers, some "boutiques" with similarly overpriced offers, and some chain eateries of dubious quality. While the style screams "cheap", the actual prices are not friendly at all. The supermarket, hidden in the basement next to the parking lot, is ridiculously overpriced - you are much better off walking for about 5 min towards the main road and shopping in a bigger and cheaper place over there (they call it Mai Khao Plaza). The bureau de change offers reasonably good exchange rates but you can get much better deals if you travel to Patong and change your currency there. The "pub" is absolutely awful, the eateries are smelly and of a no-nonsense fast-food type. Again, you'll be much better off (and you'll have a much better meal) if you opt for a beach shack nearby (right on the beach next to Ananatara's Sea-Salt-Fire restaurant). Overall, this place is not worth a visit at all. If you happen to stay at JW Marriott, Renaissance, or Anantara, you might pop in there if you are low on cigarettes or need to change a $100 note to get to Patong or elsewhere. Otherwise, avoid.
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