Chaweng Shopping

Where to Shop and What to Buy in Chaweng Beach

Most of the choice shopping in Chaweng is located along the Beach Road and, as is often the case in Thailand, is compartmentalised into areas for beachwear, jewelry, sports shops, with a long thread of bazaar-like shops selling clothes and DVD's the whole length of the road.  It'll take a few days to thoroughly exhaust the shopping possibilities in Chaweng as the Beach Road is some six kilometres long and many stores do not open until midday or later.

The central part of the road is a one-way system (heading south) so if you are on a motorbike, expect to loop back along the inner, Ring Road. It is not advisable to attempt to shop with a car here as space will not permit.


 
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Chaweng Street Shopping

Starting from north Chaweng heading south, as most people do on Chaweng shopping expeditions, you will come across lots of street-side stalls selling T-shirts, cheap jewelry, DVD's, computer games, knock-off 'branded' clothes, soap carvings, imitation weaponry and a host of other goods you'll not be sure you need or not. Here, there are shops dedicated to rolling luggage, lots of flower-power bags and silk ties as well as sandals and hats.

Location: All along the Beach Road
Open: 11:00 – 24:00

Chaweng Walking Street

It’s hard to imagine shoppers in the West sipping on cocktails while out shopping but at Chaweng Walking Street Market you can do just that, and for very little money, too. Chaweng Walking Street is a riot of colours, sounds and scents.

This is where you can haggle for items such as T-shirts, sunglasses, knockoff watches, beach dresses, lamps, sexy cutoff jeans; copied Ralph Laurent polo shirts, flip-flops, bags of all shapes and sizes, carved wooden souvenirs, kids clothing and cosmetics. Read More...

Opening Hours: 16:00 -24:00 Closed on Fridays and Sundays
Location: South Chaweng just off the main street

Pharmacies

Boots

There are two Boots stores in Chaweng, one in the centre near Tropical Murphy's and the second in the northern end of Chaweng. Open from 10am every day, this is slightly more expensive than Watson's with a wider range of pharmaceuticals.

Opening Hours: 10:00 – 23:00
Location: Central Chaweng Beach Road.
Tel: 077 413 724

Watson's

Watson's pharmacy is located in central Chaweng near Soi Green Mango and has everything you might need while on holiday. They also have some great weekly deals so keep your eyes open while wandering around. There is a small confectionery section selling international sweets.

Opening Hours: 10:00 – 23:00
Location: Chaweng Beach Road
Tel: 077 230 327

Opticians

Shoppers looking for bargains in eyewear will be in seventh heaven along Chaweng's Beach Road. Top Charoen and Beautiful Optical are both heavily represented and pretty much always have 'two-for-the-price-of-one' deals going as well as free, computerized eye tests.

Sawang Optical

By far and away the best opticians on Samui and certainly one of the best in the country is Sawang Optical. Using all the latest hi-tech optical equipment, the shop has been the best seller of Raybans in Thailand for the past few years. It also stocks a full range of Oakley, Dolce and Gabbanna, Gucci, Armani, Prada, Kenzo and Versace sunglasses.

Opening Hours: Mon – Sat 11:00 – 21:30
Location: Central Chaweng
Tel: 077 230 720

Jewelry

Classic Gems

Classic Gems is a long-established (since 1998) jewellery outlet located along the Beach Road in the heart of Chaweng. Renowned for the exceptional standards and high quality of its products, it is a member of the Thai Gem and Jewelry Traders Association; at Classic Gems, each diamond has to be 20 carats and each of them must also be certified by the International Gemological Institute that grades each stone on colour, quality and clarity..

Classic Gems is a reliable jewellery specialist with certified gemstones supplied and cut at the shop's own private onsite factory. Here you can order bespoke jewellery or choose from a wide range of original rings, necklaces, bracelets and broaches on display at the store.

Opening Hours: 13:00 – 21:00
Location: Opposite Centara Grand Beach Resort, south Chaweng
Tel: 077 230 479

Books

Bookazine

If you need a book to read by the pool, Bookazine (two branches in Chaweng) has a great selection ranging from the latest international bestsellers, trashy novels and even classics. Alongside some beautiful hand-painted greetings cards, Bookazine also sells western newspapers and magazines. The chain stocks a huge range of guide and information books about Thailand, covering everything from the language to the food.

Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
Location: Central and Northern Chaweng Beach Road
Tel: 077 413 616

Good to Know

Recent years have seen the arrival of smart, air-conditioned shopping malls offering Western brands and a few funky boutiques. It is easy to while away an afternoon or evening strolling down Chaweng Beach Road checking out the products on offer, and this may be the easiest way to browse for souvenirs. In fact, unless you need something specific, or want to visit some of the 'destination' stores listed below, then the roadside goods are replicated many times all along the strip so just take a walk and see what makes you want to reach for your wallet.

When buying from market and street-side stalls, bargaining is normal, and initial prices quoted can be quite high. Always work out what you are happy to pay, and engage in the bargaining process with a smile. If you don't manage to seal a deal, just politely decline and move on.

As well as souvenirs and tourist gear, it is also possible to have suits and dresses tailor-made, to buy or order custom-made fine jewelry, to get a free eye test and have designer glasses prepared, or even to order art canvases from catalogues or have a portrait painted. When having clothes tailor-made, try to allow time for two to three fittings in case alterations are needed, and if you want to purchase fine jewelry, be sure to visit only reputable, accredited stores. For those who need a visit to an optician try one of the nationwide chains such as Beautiful Optical or Top Charoen, both heavily represented along the central stretch of the Beach Road.

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