Lamai Beach Shopping
What to Buy and Where to Shop in Lamai
Lamai's shopping scene is fairly centralised with most places a stroll away from each other and based almost uniquely on the popular resort town’s main street. Besides the usual cheap souvenir and beachwear stores, Lamai shopping scene hosts a great choice of small boutiques specialised in quality handcrafted products from lamps to jewellery to clothing, making it an attractive shopping destination.
In the recent years, Lamai has seen its shopping scene expand by the addition of a weekly Walking Street (on Sundays), another cool opportunity to find cool gifts to bring back home. As always, have a good look around before you purchase goods and compare prices and quality – there's no hurry!
Shopping in Lamai
69 Slam Underwear
No, it doesn't just sell underwear but even if it did, this shop would be worth a visit. No trashy tourist stuff here, quality beachwear, underwear, T-shirts and accessories are the main wares. Featuring 69 Slam gear imported from Bali and interesting show jewelry.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 22:00
- Location: Main Street
This is a tastefully fitted out retailer featuring 100% handmade lamps and lights in innovative designs and shapes made out of silk, cotton, bamboo and wood in modern or traditional designs, and all at attractive prices.
- Opening Hours: 14:00 – 23:00
- Location: On the corner of Lamai Night bazaar and Main Street
This sleek shopping plaza is just south of Lamai centre on the island’s main ring road. With plenty of (shaded) parking and appealing post-colonial design, it’s all meant to complement the Buddy Oriental Samui Beach Resort and does so in style. In the plaza you’ll discover an almost genteel serene-like atmosphere light years away from, say, Chaweng’s almost frenetic pace when it comes to shopping. Read More...
- Location: On Samui's ring road
Dreamcatcher is a popular and original boutique located opposite the entrance of the soi that leads to the famous Grandpa and Grandma Rocks on the Samui Ring Road. Owned by Mr. Pin, a Thai national who also a jeweller whose crafts every item himself, Dreamcatcher features truly stunning pieces of handmade jewellery. Mr. Pin can also create custom-made designs.
Dreamcatcher sells silver jewellery inlaid with local shells as well as turquoise and amber along with a selection of superb leather bags studded with turquoise stones and is a great gift shop.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00
- Location: Opposite soi Hin Ta/Hin Yai
- Tel: 086-2667572
Lamai Centre is a recent addition to the popular resort town’s dining and shopping scene. As its name implies, this small plaza is located in the heart of Lamai, opposite Golden Elephant. Lamai Centre is a U-shaped modern plaza featuring the following venues: Subway – a famous international sandwich restaurant; Apollo 8 – an arty lighting, painting, clothing and jewellery store; Relaxation Place Massage; Uncle Don’s – Ice Cream Café; Mr. Khon – a tattoo and body piercing studio; Scoops – an American ice cream and coffee shop; and Deutsches Reisebüro – a German travel agency.
The central lane of Lamai Centre features lounge-like comfortable sofas, chairs and tables offering a cool people watching people spot, and a pond with Japanese Koi fish.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 22:00
- Location: Lamai Main Street
Lamai Fresh Market
Even with the advent of a Tesco-Lotus outlet in Lamai and a whole fleet of convenience stores, the local fresh market's appeal hasn't faded. Setting up at 05:00 and finally packing its wares at 20:00 every day, the market is a colourful kaleidoscope of exotic and unfamiliar fruit, vegetables, grilled fish and meat, fake Barbies, Man U and Liverpool FC shirts, kids toys, takeaway curries, beachwear and iced desserts. What you can't get here is probably not worth having, at least while staying in Lamai. Visitors with limited budgets will find plenty of takeaway food here for as little as 20 baht a meal. The market is flanked by satellite clothes shops. All negotiations are generally carried out with genial smiles and if you wish to bargain prices down (you're expected to) keep smiling and use a pleasant tone of voice.
- Opening Hours: 05:00 – 20:00
- Location: Close to the PTT Station and the Bank of Ayudhya on the Ring Road
In the centre of town, diagonally opposite McDonald's and leading to a bar beer square, you'll find a mini-version of Bangkok's Patpong night market. With lots of pirated goods, copied clothes, trashy 'Swiss' army knives, the usual displays of flip flops. It's a fun place to get your shopping in. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Every day from 17:00
- Location: Lamai centre
Lamai Walking Street
Lately, the Walking Street phenomenon has spread like wildfire throughout southern Thailand’s popular resort towns. In Koh Samui, all major destinations – Chaweng and Bophut - hold this fun weekly market-like fair which attracts an ever growing number of visitors. Lamai Walking Street (aka Lamai Jai Dee Walking Street, meaning Lamai ‘Kind-Hearted Walking Street’) is held every Sunday on Lamai Beach Road in between the fresh market and the bridge in the northeastern part of the town.
For this occasion, the road is closed off to traffic and is full of stalls selling clothes, handicrafts and local street food. The items for sale come at affordable prices which make them a good opportunity as souvenirs and little presents to bring back home for friends and family, but as in most southern Thai walking streets, the highlight is the outstanding choices of delicious food to be sampled here from grilled corn to pad thai to kebabs to pizza to barbecued seafood to cocktails and more. Strolling along Lamai Walking Street is definitely a great way to spend a Sunday evening in a welcoming and busy local atmosphere.
- Opening Hours: Sunday from 16:30 – 00:00
- Location: Lamai beach road in between the fresh market and the bridge in the northeastern part of the town
A veritable treasure trove of silver, gold, gems, trinkets, ornaments and scarves. There are bracelets, anklets, necklaces, rings and earrings made out of every metal and precious gem imaginable. Choose from one of the thousands of pieces in the display cases or you can have your own design made up. Housing an art gallery and an internet connection, you can also eat and drink here; with an early evening happy hour.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 11:30
- Location: South Lamai Main Street
Top Charoen and KT Optic both do good two-for-the-price-of-one deals in eyeglasses and sunglasses. Free computerised eye tests are also a good pull. Prices are way below those in the west and the friendly service will bring a smile to your face. Go for it.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 22:00
- Location: Main Street
Samui Hot Club has row after row of colourful sarongs, T-shirts, beachwear and more, all billowing under extra-strong ceiling and floor fans. It also has strict purchasing rules: Customers are not allowed to try items on and once purchased the shop will not refund or exchange them. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 21:00
- Location: South of Nathon and downtown Lamai
- Tel: +66 (0)77 232 276
Silvermania is a stylish boutique located not far from Samui Hot Club in the centre of Lamai town. Under Italian management, Silvermania (obviously) sells silver jewellery items – earrings, rings, pendants, necklaces, bracelets, and ornaments – sourced from all around the world.
The heaviest and more unusual items usually come from Mexican manufactures and highly polished chains and arm hoops come from Italy. Thailand, Bali and China are also the source of fine stone set earrings and rings. Silver and gems quality is thoroughly controlled, assuring customer satisfaction; retail prices are determined according to market prices.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 23:00
- Location: Main Street
Hin Ta Hin Yai Rocks
Next to the famous grandmother and grandfather rocks in southern Lamai are a group of stalls selling a range of goods. The atmosphere here is great fun, with a real 'by the seaside' feeling to it. These stalls are one of the best places to pick up traditional coconut wood carvings and shell ornaments. Try not to buy the coral or larger shells as this encourages reef damage and bringing coral into your home country can land you in hot water. Try the local Thai caramel and coconut sweet desserts as well they are absolutely delicious and a great gift for friends back home.
- Location: Ring Road south of Lamai
Island books is probably the best secondhand book shops on the island. Paul the owner is fastidious about the quality of books he puts on his shelves and is extremely knowledgeable about his stock. The bookshop is very well organised and easy to navigate and Paul is always on hand to give advice and answer questions. Island Books has a large range of books in English, French and German and a small selection of other languages. You can choose to buy or rent your book and Paul will also buy your old books from you. All the books are priced very reasonably at around 180 baht.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 20:00
- Location: On the Ring Road just before the Buddy Oriental Samui Beach Resort
This cave-like shop is not much to look at from the outside but there are some wonderful finds to be had, once inside the gloom. The shop is packed to the gills with stunning teak furniture, ornate carvings and religious idols in metal and wood religious images. Be prepared to barter hard in here though; the owner is stubborn!
- Location: Ring Road opposite Wat Lamai