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!

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Lamai Night Plaza

Lamai Night Plaza

In the centre of town, diagonally opposite McDonald's and leading to a bar beer square, you'll find a mini-version of Read More...

Samui Hot Club

Samui Hot Club has row after row of colourful sarongs, T-shirts, beachwear and more, all billowing under extra-strong Read More...

Buddy Oriental Plaza

Buddy Oriental Plaza

This sleek shopping plaza is just south of Lamai on the island’s ring road. With plenty of parking and appealing Read More...

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Lamai Centre

A small tourist-oriented shopping plaza, Lamai Centre has an interesting selection of unique boutique stores. Read More...

Lamai Fresh Food Market

Featuring a wide range of local ingredients at great local prices, Lamai Fresh Food Market is like a compact assault on Read More...

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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
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Asian Lights

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

Buddy Oriental Plaza

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, Read More...

  • Location: On Samui's ring road
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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
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Lamai Centre

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, Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 22:00
  • Location: Lamai Main Street
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Lamai Fresh Food Market

Lamai Fresh Food Market is a compact assault on the senses, filled with strong smells, remarkable sights and exotic flavours in a surprisingly small roofed area. As the name suggests, the market specialises in fresh ingredients (in Lamai), including meat, seafood, fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 05:00 – 20:00
  • Location: Behind PTT petrol station, just off Route 4169, Lamai
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Lamai Night Plaza

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
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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
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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

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
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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
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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
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Island Books

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.

Popala House

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
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