Shop til you drop
There are infinite shopping bargains to be found on Samui at almost every corner of the island.
The Capital of Samui and only 5 minutes from the villa, Nathon is considered to be shopping central for locals, a real hub of activity. The two main roads are filled with shops and stalls selling silk goods, shoes, souvenirs and funky boutiques with the Samui Hot Club boasting 3 floors of summer clothing. Pricing for the bargainers amongst us are often cheapest in Nathon.
A second shopping district, closely located to the villa is Lamai. Once again the main street for shopping is along the beach road with a smaller yet adequate selection of shops and restaurants, ensuring endless shopping possibilities are available. Most shops here open after lunch as the days heat lessens.
The best way to truly appreciate the many different shops and stalls Bophut has to offer, is to park outside the Fisherman’s Village and stroll up and down the main beachside street. Lined by old wooden Chinese shop-houses, interspaced with super styling shops, gorgeous bars and restaurants that match the tone, retaining a distinctly Thai feel with great bargains.
The Chaweng beach road is an Aladdin’s cave of shopping madness. Six kilometers of road adorned with long thread like bazaar shops selling beach ware, jewellery, sports shops, nik naks, and unlimited copies, the entire length of the road. Working with the local demographic, shops open midday and stay open long into the night.
Walking Street Markets
These fun filled night markets are held all over Samui on specific nights of the week. The bustling markets are lined with cheap and unusual eats and treats for all to indulge in and enjoy.
- Nathon: Sunday
- Maenam: Thursday
- Bophut: Friday
- Chaweng: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.