Get all the information you need on what to buy and where to shop in Samui. Discover the best night markets and malls plus places to stop for dinner and drinks before or after your shopping spree in Samui.
Fisherman’s Village: The best night market in Koh Samui
Swings, sunsets & crocodile skewers. Located in the northern part of Samui in Bo Phut, Fisherman’s Village, is a must-do shopping experience. The markets and bars are illuminated by lights strung between coconut trees with quirky and cool outdoor bars where swings replace bar stools.
Fridays are the best night to go for all the buzz, but if you prefer a more subdued experience, you can try another weeknight. Get dropped off at Beach Road and wander through 860 meters of boutique stores, street vendors, cafes, and bars.
Take your time meandering down the car-free road. Stop to sample food to suit all cravings and tastebuds. Local Thai favourites can be found among sushi, sausages, and salmon. If you are feeling more adventurous, try a crocodile skewer. Eat, shop, eat some more, and enjoy the balmy weather.
Before you get to the beach, you can wander through The Wharf and stop for a drink at a VW Kombi that’s been retrofitted with a bar for the perfect island vibe. There’s also a playground for kids.
If you are looking for something a little more substantial for dinner, try one of the restaurants lining the beach where tables spill out onto Bo Phut Beach. Sink your feet into the sand and choose from a selection of seafood that has just jumped out of the sea onto a bed of ice. Once you have shopped and dined, relax and enjoy vistas of the bay with a beer from a beach-bar beanbag at the end of the walking street. You might catch one of the fire performances.
Fisherman’s Village is one of the best things to see and do in Samui with lots of greats including: the location, food and shopping all wrapped in a local island vibe. Get shopping, sightseeing, and relaxing done in one night.
Alternatively spend the day at Fisherman’s Village with the whole family and end the day at the beach with an amazing sunset, cocktails, dinner and a fire show.
Local Night Markets in Samui
Samui has lots of little local markets that feel like the real Samui. If you’re looking for a night market experience in Samui that is not touristy and slightly off the beaten path read on.
Laem Din Market. Open daily.
This is as local as it gets. The food is good and cheaper than other markets in Samui with cocktails costing around £2. Food and produce is the focus, but there’s also a small market area where you can buy souvenirs and trinkets.
Laem Din Market is open daily from early morning to evening. Best time for dinner is around 6:00PM – 7:00PM. It’s also a great place to pick up a local and cheap lunch plus see all the produce that locals buy.
After dinner head to the Thai Boxing Stadium and continue your evening of local immersion in Samui with rounds starting from 8:30PM.
Lamai Sunday Night Market. Open Sundays.
This night market in Samui is a nice way to spend a relaxed Sunday evening . It’s a great place to sample local Thai food and you can also do some shopping there. There’s live music and performances making this night market a nice place to chill with a beer and people watch. Open every Sunday from 5:00PM-10:00PM.
Mae Nam Walking Street. Open Thursdays
Another quaint and local night market in Samui that operates only on Thursdays. The prices at Mae Nam Walking Street night market are cheaper than Fisherman’s Village with cocktail bars dotted through the market you can enjoy a really affordable night out in Samui. People who know the night market scene in Samui often prefer this night market as it has a little of all the night markets but with out being too touristy or overpriced. Open Thursdays from 5:00PM-11:00PM
Nathon Night Food Market. Open Daily.
Located on the north-west coast of Samui, the Nathon Night Food Market is another local experience that has charm, vibrancy and good food. With more locals than tourists, this night market will definitely make you feel as though you are experiencing the real Samui. Watch the stunning Samui sunset at the pier before heading to the night market to indulge in some excellent and authentic Thai food. Open daily from 5:00PM-10:00PM.
Central Festival Samui: The best mall in Koh Samui
Located in Chaweng on the north-east coast of Samui, Central Festival is the best shopping mall experience in Samui. It’s where locals, expats and tourists go when they need designer and international brands. Central Festival also has a night market out the front, so you can experience the best of both shopping worlds.
The night market at Central Festival is on Wednesday and Saturday out the front of the mall where you can pick up a few bargains, delicious roti pancakes with banana and condensed milk and watermelon vodka shakes near the Food Park entrance.
The mall is partly outdoors with a central atrium that has a tropical garden and a play area, train and merry-go-round for kids. There are all the well-known brands: Uniqlo, Boots, Jaspal, Crocs, and more.
On rainy days take advantage of the cinema then treat the family to an ice-cream sundae at Swensen’s ice creamery. Or skip the cinema and have a relaxing facial at the Royal Spa. If you are feeling adventurous, get a bespoke tattoo at Six Nine Custom Tattoo. They do traditional and modern designs in a trendy shop that’s very popular and trusted among foreigners.
Pick up snacks, drinks and other supplies from Tops Supermarket. They also have a salad bar, pre-cut fruit and other pre-made food. You could pick up some takeaway to have on the beach, which is only five minutes on foot. There’s also a food court at the mall that has lots of options, but you’ll need to get a prepaid card, this is common practice in Thai food courts. You can put a few hundred baht on it and whatever you don’t spend you can get back at the end.
For some people the prices in the stores are similar to back home. If you are looking for a holiday bargain, try the night market out the front of the mall, or check out Central Department Store, which is inside the mall. They often have 20-30% off goods. Remember to bring your passport if you want to get the GST refund. There’re also lots of banks on level 2 if you need to get or exchange money.
Tailors in Koh Samui: An Introduction
Return home refreshed and armed with a new power suit.
You have a Paul Smith shirt that you love but it’s a little tighter than usual and they no longer stock it. There’s a Zara dress that you adore, but made its way into the dryer and never came out the same. Bring them to Koh Samui and get a replica or two made to take back home.
There’s a plethora of tailors in Koh Samui. Most of the tailors on Koh Samui are located in the high tourist areas – Bo Phut and Chaweng, there are some tailors heading south but only as far as Lamai or Maret, but don’t let this discourage you because the tailors will offer to come to your resort for measurements and follow-up fittings and final delivery.
Advice before you go to a tailor in Samui:
Do your research, come with a plan, come with fabric or style details in mind, try to know what you want before you go, allow as much time as possible, and go back for as many fittings as you can. If you are looking for a tailor on TripAdvisor, you’ll notice that most of them have almost perfect reviews.
After you do a bit of research, you’ll find that for some places the majority of the reviews are by people that have only ever made one review on TripAdvisor, which raised a few flags, so we recommend that you scroll through the reviews and read the ones written by people who have posted multiple reviews on other places. If you don’t have time to do this, don’t worry, we have selected some of the best tailors in Samui below for you.
For more advice, Koh Samui Sunset has a great post about navigating the tailoring experience in Samui.
The Best Tailors in Samui
Here’s a list of the best tailors in Samui for more reviews on tailors and shopping in Samui a visit to TripAdvisor is recommended.
There’s no pressure to buy. The service is friendly. If you are getting your Paul Smith, replica allow enough time for fittings and inspections, so if there’s anything wrong with the stitching you can mention it and get it fixed. Keep in mind that in Thailand measurements are taken in the store and then everything is sent to be made off site.
Enjoy a beer or cool drink while you get measured and select fabrics. You’ll find quality wool fabrics for a third of the price back home. You can also get a pair of shoes made up. Shirts can be done in 2-3 days, and if you have time, you can request pockets to be moved, buttons to be repositioned, and the leg length to be adjusted. You can also take things to be mended, but if you do, you might walk out with a new suit and a couple of shirts as well.
Go early and allow as much time as possible to get something made. If the job is rushed, it will show in the quality and workmanship. If you are not satisfied with the quality, this tailor will do everything they can to fix it. You can go to the shop or the tailor will come to your hotel for measurements. They can deliver the suit to the hotel to save you picking it up. To make it just right, be prepared to go for 3–4 fittings. They keep all your measurements on file, so you don’t need to go back to Koh Samui to get something made, you can email them your request and then they’ll ship it to you. You can get bespoke shoes made for any special event, but allow at least 5 days with a daily fitting to tweak the shape and any other details that are important. Overall they are not pushy and offer excellent service. the prices are fair but there’s room to bargain.
In addition to making your suit, the shop owners will give you tips about things to do and see in Koh Samui. Delivery to your hotel is possible. They have lots of return customers. They can copy dresses in 4 days. It’s easy to communicate as they speak excellent English. The tailors can work off photographs as well. Get a custom kimono made or a traditional Thai dress.
Enjoy a beer during the fitting and the free WiFi. If you’ve got time, go all out and get a pair of shoes made to match your new suit. If you’ve got a wedding to go to in Samui, arrive a few days early and get a suit made. You can place future orders online and can even organise your friends to send their measurements and they’ll make whatever they need. When placing a large order, they’ll ship it to your home address to save you from lugging it around on your travels.