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 Manathai Koh Samui 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.
The Buddy Oriental Plaza Features
Coffee World here does breakfast set menus along with croissants and snacks with a range of coffees and three computer work stations on which to catch up on your emails. (Open 07:00 – 23:00).
Mulligan’s Irish Pub has outside wooden booths facing onto its terrace and serves breakfasts, generously proportioned pub grub and drinks specials. There are both outside and inside TVs here on which to watch sports. Inside is an old-fashioned games room with a darts board, a pool table, and table football while the air-conditioned main salon is a blur of green and brown fittings, green-uniformed barkeeps and beers on tap. (Open 10:00 – 01:00).
Next door is Chicstation selling children’s clothes, adult beachwear, postcards, bags, and dresses.
Further on, you’ll come across Buddy Kids’ Club with soft, impact-absorbing flooring and a simple yet effective collection of toys and activities. (Open 09:00 – 21:00).
Next door to the Kids’ Club is Lamai Boutique which specialises in silk (open 09:00 – 21:30) while further still is Massage Home & Spa which offers waxing and spa packages. (Open 09:00 – 21:00).
The chic-looking Coco Villa Supermarket specialises in imported food while next door Vino House is an Italian restaurant with an easy-to-read picture menu. (Open 11:00 – 23:00).
Finally Pazzo Italian Cuisine and Wine Bar with an attractive terrace specialises in Italian food and ‘homemade hamburgers’. (Open 11:00 – 23:00).
The Buddy Oriental Plaza
- Location: On Samui's ring road