Where to Shop and What to Buy in Maenam
Purchasing items in Maenam is not a concentrated, shop-to-shop affair as in Lamai or Chaweng, but rather a spread-out process. As is often the case in Thailand, product-specific shops stick fairly close together and for some reason Maenam and the road leading to Chaweng is the domain of furniture shops.
Don't be surprised at the idea of buying furniture while on holiday halfway across the world; these shops export and deliver and even after this seemingly expensive process you'll still come out on top, price-wise.
Other Shopping in Maenam
Baan Tintin is an original handcrafted souvenirs store located on Samui Ring Road, near the lane of the weekly Maenam Walking Street. Run by a charming Belgian-Thai couple, the shop sells genuine artisanal wood sculptures, metal art confections, exotic wood furniture, Buddha masks and statues - all of excellent quality. The originality of Baan Tintin comes from the mahogany carved statues of Tintin, Snowy, Captain Haddock, Professor Calculus and other supporting characters of this world-famous comics created by Belgian cartoonist Hergé in 1929.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 21:00
- Location: on Samui Ring Road near Maenam’s main intersection
- Tel: 084 562 5092
Beautiful World, a two-storey shop, stocks an impressive range of high-quality teak, rosewood, mahogany and water hyacinth furniture. Aimed mainly at the export market, Beautiful World guarantees that customers can save between 40 and 50% on purchasing similar items in Europe. The furniture, beds, tables, wardrobes, cabinets, chairs, picture frames and carvings, is made from fully certified sustainable sources and clients are welcome to view Beautiful World's certificates upon request. The shop arranges shipping to anywhere in the world. Expect to pay around 9,000 baht to ship two cubic metres to Europe.
- Opening Hours: 10:30 – 19:00
- Location: Ring Road – right-hand side heading towards Nathon
- Tel: 077 332 379
Benjavadee is worth a visit to check out what's possibly the largest selection of handicrafts, homeware and furniture available on the island. Everything from ceramics, rattan mats, Buddha statues, coconut wood bowls, china tea services to handbags, jewelry and picture frames are on sale over two spacious floors. There are also some larger items of furniture, such as beds, dining tables and wardrobes on sale. The shop can arrange shipping for tourists interested in larger pieces.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 19:00
- Location: Ring Road, Maenam
This is a lovely but rather noisy family experience and the only difficult thing about visiting Mae Nam walking street on Thursday evenings when the market takes place is finding a place to park nearby but this can be circumvented by getting there early before six o’clock. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Thursdays from 17:00 onwards
- Location: Mae Nam centre
Samui Coconut Beads
A pretty sight, Samui Coconut Beads doesn't restrict itself to beads but sells earrings, necklaces, broaches and other assorted dress bangles. As is the case in quite a few Maenam shops, SCB will export wholesale as well as sell over the counter.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 21:00
- Location: Entrance of Pier Road, Maenam
- Tel: 077 427 476
This is a first-rate lapidary with stones and set, as well as semi-set pieces brought from Bangkok and featuring local, as well as Tahitian pearls. Thailand is justifiably famous for the skills of its precious stones craftsmen and Samui Lapidary stocks precious – ruby, sapphire, emerald – and semi-precious – blue topaz, amethyst, tsavolite, aquamarine – stones all in an opulent setting. Also featuring wood carvings, paintings and local souvenirs. Free transport service.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00
- Location: Ring Road Maenam
- Tel: 077 247 845-6