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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular things to buy from Koh Samui?

Mercy Jacob DEC 10 2012
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Unlike Bangkok or other destination in Thailand, Koh Samui is not particularly known for its shopping potential. But don’t fold and hide those shopping lists just yet. It may not be a conventional shopping destination, but there’s loads of stuff that you can buy from here, and at great bargains too. Be it souvenirs, imitation items or designer brands, you’ll find almost everything in Koh Samui if you hunt a little. Check out these popular markets in Koh Samui, each with its own kind of shopping experience and unique character:

  • Shopping in Chaweng

    Chaweng is perhaps the most popular areas of Koh Samui, with almost all kinds of experiences thrown in into one packed zone. You’ll find everything from supermarkets, street shops and designer boutiques to night-markets and popular world-renowned branded showrooms. South Chaweng is popular for its boutiques that sell beautiful Thai silk fabric and apparel. If you’re around this area, you must visit the Jim Thompson Store (silk apparel), Ocean Beach (swimwear), BSP Leather (high-quality luggage) and Life’s a Beach (an Australian swimwear brand). Central Chaweng has branded showrooms like Levi’s and Giordano, including the popular South-East Asian brand, Chandra for some high-end fashion clothing. North Chaweng mostly has supermarkets and a strip of shops which sell designer bikinis, including one popular shop called Blue Glue.

    supermarkets and showrooms are open till midnight here, though some of them shut around 9pm. So visiting these shops before dinner is usually a good idea.

  • Shopping in Lamai

    Shops and markets in Lamai is largely around the main beach road, selling traditional souvenirs and handicrafts, beachwear, fashion clothing, DVD’s, electrical goods - basically, just about everything. Markets here are generally considered to be more relaxed and less crowded than the ones in Chaweng, apart from being a tad cheaper. Head to Mr Samui’s on the beach road for a treasure-trove of trinkets and jewellery, the Exotica Boutique for some one-of-their-kind, handcrafted jewellery and souvenirs and Dream Catcher for some high-end and absolutely exclusive handicrafts and jewellery with precious and semi-precious gemstones. If you want to add a little light to your world, walk into Asian Lights for a wide array of funky and beautiful lamps and lights. There are also night bazaars which are held in the area, great for some excellent bargains!

  • Shopping in Bophut

    If you’re coming to Bophut in the hope of designer boutiques or fancy brands, you’ll be in for some disappointment. But the area retains its old world charm in the sleepy shops that sell little knick-knacks and trinkets and if you hunt a little longer, you could find some truly brilliant handicrafts and souvenirs. If imitation t-shirts, shoes, sunglasses and DVD’s is on your mind, head to the more organised Bophut Plaza, where you’ll find almost everything under one roof. If sci-fi is what excites you, then the Samui Robot Group will be your haven for weird looking alien and robot sculptures.

    Markets here are usually open till 10pm everyday.

  • Shopping in Nathon

    For the artistic side of you, Nathon has several stores to satisfy your aesthetic needs. Though Chaweng and Lamai both have more variety and options, shopping in Nathon will allow you to explore and complete your shopping list in peace. Walk into About Arts and Crafts to buy some pottery items and ceramic kitchenware, all hand-painted and absolutely unique, making the store famous across the island. For some of the best shoes, head to Samui Shoes which sells leather shoes at very reasonable prices. For some quirky knick-knacks and souvenirs, Beach Art Gallery will be a good option, with strange stuff on sale that can add quite a bit of spunk to your interiors.

    Shops in Nathon are generally open till 10pm on all days.

Loosen those purse strings a little and make space for all those goodies in your bags. You might be going back with lighter pockets, but your hearts and your luggage are sure going to happily full!

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