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“Tired and overpriced”

Turtle Village Shops & Cuisine
Ranked #12 of 18 things to do in Mai Khao
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

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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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

Great nice clean safe area avoid Bill Bentleys pub awful service , plenty choice Italian looked good but teenagers wanted pub food unlucky for us try to eat at Bill Bentley pub bigmistake wasted a hour out of holiday but ended up in nice Thai seafood place also sold western food

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Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile

Quite a few of shops have closed and moved out and variety of shops is very limited.
The establishment seems to be building an annex, so hopefully when this is done, there would be more options.
In the meantime, this small little collection of shops and 1 supermarket only serves the need of holiday makers at Mai Khao area with little option to go elsewhere unless they are prepared to take a 40 minute ride out.

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Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

Not recomended. Everything is overpriced, was made inly for tourists, nothing Thai authentic. Was there twice 2016 and 2018 only because I need to change money and buy something in super expensive minimarket.

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Reviewed 15 March 2018 via mobile

I can't imagine why anyone would come here apart from the mini mart, bill bentleys, or to get a coffee. It's certainly not the shopping destination it's promoted as!

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