Shopping in Koh Samui
The major villages of Chaweng, Nathon, Lamai and
Maenam all have central commercial districts.
For daytime shopping most people head for Nathon,
where a wide variety of shops are open all day.
Center's night market, located along Chaweng's
main street and surrounded by many restaurants,
stays open well into the evening.
Many souvenirs, clothes, jewelry etc. are
produced on mainland Thailand and brought to
Samui. By comparison to Bangkok or Chiang Mai
some products may not seem like the bargains you
had hoped they would be.
But they're still likely to be less expensive
than they are where you live! Try to make the
best purchase possible by getting a fair price.
Many labor intensive items are produced locally,
such as custom tailoring, and some of the
handmade crafts found on the market. There are
also several jewelry manufacturers on the
island. Many of these items can be bought at
very favorable prices.
A bargaining tip: Smile when you say "That seems
a little expensive!" Thai merchants do not
respond well to aggressive, loud, or insistent
tactics. You may consider yourself a good
negotiator, but remember that in the Land of
Smiles, the friendlier and calmer you remain,
the better deal you are likely to get.