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  • Top 10 Lamai Shopping

    Best Places to Shop in Lamai

    Lamai is the second most frequented holiday destination in Koh Samui after Chaweng, and that rank is reflected in its interesting shopping scene. The highlight of Lamai shopping remains its ever-popular Night Plaza which gives visitors a night place to wander around when things cool down. In the same vein, the weekly Lamai Walking Street also attracts a large number of shoppers.

    Our Top 10 Shopping in Lamai’s list features these two monuments as well as higher end smaller scale stores, most of them located in the centre of this lively resort town. From beachwear to tropical fruits to silver jewellery to fashionable clothing, there’s something for everyone in Lamai.

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    Lamai Night Plaza looks a little like a mini-version of Bangkok's Patpong night market located in the centre of Lamai resort town, diagonally opposite McDonald's and leading to a bar beer square. At first glance, it seems like Knockoff Paradise but after a stroll up and down the lines of stands it becomes plain that there are also local goods on sale here.

    At the bazaar, you can buy locally made fans, wooden elephants in varying sizes from the mainland, ever-useful sarongs, attractive purses, bags, belts, witty (and not so witty) T-shirts, rolling luggage, striking and colourful lamps, bed covers, Buddha images, electronics goods and finally knockoff goods in the shape of Rolex, Breitling and Cartier watches. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Every day from 17:00
    • Location: Lamai centre
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    Lamai Walking Street
    Lamai Walking Street
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    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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    Samui Hot Club is a long-established and popular fashion clothing store that has two branches in Koh Samui. The main shop used to be located in the centre of Chaweng before moving to the South of Nathon on Koh Samui’s West coast. Lamai’s branch is situated in the centre of the resort town.

    Samui Hot Club has row after row of colourful sarongs, T-shirts, beachwear and more, on display in an air-conditioned small wood-paneled boutique. Most of the products are made in Indonesia and are fairly original so are perfect for friends back home. The emphasis is on trendy but Samui Hot Club does sell durable and quality goods. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 21:00
    • Location: Downtown Lamai
    • Tel: 077-232276
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    Even with the advent of a Tesco Lotus outlet in Lamai and a whole fleet of convenience stores, the local fresh market's appeal still hasn't faded. Setting up at 05:00 and finally packing its wares away at 20:00 every day, the market is a colourful kaleidoscope of exotic and unfamiliar fruit, vegetables, grilled fish and meat, fake Barbie dolls, 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 on limited budgets will find plenty of takeaway food here for as little as 20 baht a meal. Lamai Fresh Market offers a glimpse into genuine local life and a great opportunity to sample delicious southern Thai street food. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: 05:00 – 20:00
    • Location: Close to the PTT Station and the Bank of Ayudhya on the Ring Road
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    Silvermania
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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: Downtown Lamai
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    Hin Ta/Hin Yai stalls
    Coconut wood carvings at Hin Ta/Hin Yai stalls
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    Next to the famous Grandmother and Grandfather rocks in southern Lamai is a group of stalls selling a range of goods such as beachwear, T-shirts, and souvenirs. The atmosphere here is great fun, with a real 'by the seaside' feeling to it. These stalls are one of the best places on the island 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 with customs officials. Try the local Thai caramel and coconut sweet desserts – named kalamae in Thai – as they are absolutely delicious and a great gift for friends back home.

    • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00
    • Location: in the soi leading to Hin Ta & Hin Yai off Samui Ring Road
    • Tel: 077-458100
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    Mr. Samui Gallery & Art Café
    Mr. Samui Gallery & Art Café
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    Mr. Samui Gallery and Art Café is like Aladdin’s cave: 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, Mr. Samui is also a cool coffee-shop and restaurant to hang out at that serves delectable local food. Fine wines and liquor are also available and can be savoured during the daily early evening happy hour.

    • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 11:30
    • Location: South Lamai Main Street
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    Buddy Oriental Plaza is a sleek shopping plaza located northeast of Lamai centre on the Samui 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.

    The plaza hosts a half-a-dozen of stylish boutiques, restaurants and bars as well as a small supermarket. Coffee World, Mulligan’s Irish Pub, Vino House, and Pazzo Italian Cuisine (and Wine Bar) permits shoppers to take a break in between purchases. Shops featured here include silk products at Lamai Boutique; adults’ and children’s clothing at Chic Station; custom-made suits at Lamai Boutique collection (Ladies & Gents Custom Tailor); and bags and accessories at Pam Pam. There’s even a kids’ club to take care of little ones while parents are busy strolling around this charming plaza or while they are pampered at the Massage Home and Spa here. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Sunday from 16:30 – 00:00
    • Location: On Samui Ring Road, northeast of Lamai Centre
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    69 Slam
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    69 Slam is an Australian beachwear brand famous for its youthful and provocative spirit. 69 Slam’s Lamai branch is run by a young and enthusiastic Frenchman. The shop is designed in a contemporary style and is well worth a visit. No trashy tourist stuff here, quality beachwear, underwear, bras, swimsuits, T-shirts, board and walk shorts, footwear, and accessories for men, women and kids are the main wares.

    Featuring 69 Slam gear imported from Bali and interesting show jewelry, prices are a bit steep but quality comes at price.

    • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 22:00
    • Location: Downtown Lamai not far from Silvermania
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    Dreamcatcher
    Dreamcatcher
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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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