Our list of the best places to go shopping in Chaweng features the most renowned boutiques and shops in Samui’s most popular resort town. We selected these places for the quality of the items they sell as well as for their size and prominence, including anything from budget-friendly markets to brand-name boutiques.
Chaweng is the place that has the best shopping options in the whole of Samui Island. Of course, other popular Samui resort towns also have engaging stores but Chaweng is the only place that hosts large shopping malls and supermarkets in addition to a bustling weekly Walking Street (street market), as well as a large number of small standalone boutiques where visitors can find a wide range of clothing, cosmetics and souvenirs.
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Central Festival Samui is the main shopping haven in the ever-popular resort town of Chaweng. Here, visitors can find a plethora of brand-named boutiques – Camel, Adidas, AIIZ, Esprit, Jim Thompson to name just a few – as well as chain restaurants and bars such as Auntie Anne’s, Black Canyon Coffee, Haagen-Dazs and much more. The anchor stores include Supersports (sport equipment and clothing), Central Department Store (clothing and accessories), PowerBuy (electronic sound and image equipment) and Tops Market (convenience store). Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 11 am to 11 pm
- Location: 209/3 Moo 2, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)77 913 000
At Chaweng Walking Street Market, you can be sipping on cocktails while browsing an open-air market, and for very little money, too. Chaweng Walking Street is a riot of colours, sounds and scents. This is where you can haggle for items such as T-shirts, sunglasses, imitation watches, beach dresses, lamps, flip-flops, bags of all shapes and sizes, carved wooden souvenirs, kids’ clothing and cosmetics, among other goods.
It’s also a riot of tastes, with countless food stands selling grilled chicken, squid, delicious sweet boiled chicken, sticky rice, and smoothies. Everyone seems to be in good humour here and the intense touting of Chaweng’s main shopping street may as well be on another planet. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Monday–Thursday and Saturdays from about 4.30 pm to 12 am (Closed on Fridays and Sundays)
- Location: 39/36 Chaweng Beach Rd, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)77 961 910
Amazonas Beachwear has 2 boutiques located on Chaweng Beach Road selling beachwear, sportswear, lingerie and cool fashion accessories. The larger of the 2 stores is an impressive 2-storey building named Amazonas 1974 and is designed in a well-thought-out style blending retro and modern influences. It’s a fashionable venue that offers a great choice of very original clothing for both men and women.
The smaller Amazonas boutique is a tiny outlet that sells house-brand Sakura and Envy beachwear, bikinis and swimsuits created by local designers and produced in Thailand. Both stores’ products are quality items.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 11 am to 11 pm
- Location: 167/46 and 60/41 Moo 2, Chaweng Beach Rd, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)88 684 6080
Named after the man who single-handedly revolutionised Thailand's silk industry, Jim Thompson sells all things silk. Shirts, skirts, jackets, ties and even cuddly toys – all come in slinky silk and are expertly cut. Jim Thompson now has 2 retail shops in Chaweng: 1 on the first floor of Central Festival Samui and a second at Samui Airport. If you're after quality souvenirs from Thailand, look no further.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 11 am to 11 pm
- Location: Central Festival Samui, 1st Floor, Room 115-116, 209/1 Moo 4, Chaweng, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)77 410 404-5
Classic Gems is a long-established jewellery outlet located along the Beach Road in the heart of Chaweng. Renowned for the exceptional standards and high quality of its products, it’s a member of the Thai Gem and Jewelry Traders Association. At Classic Gems, each diamond has to be 20 carats and each of them must also be certified by the International Gemological Institute, which grades each stone on colour, quality and clarity.
Classic Gems is a reliable jewellery specialist with certified gemstones supplied and cut at the shop's own onsite factory. Here, you can order bespoke jewellery or choose from a wide range of original rings, necklaces, bracelets and broaches on display at the store.
- Opening Hours: Monday–Friday from 2 pm to 7.30 pm (closed on Saturdays and Sundays)
- Location: 46/1-3 Chaweng Beach Road, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)96 249 2365
Tattoo studios in Chaweng
The Chaweng skin-art scene includes many studios offering a great choice of neat and clean places to get tattooed in style. It’s interesting to note that local tattoo studios and nightlife entertainment venues are often associated. For instance, you’ll find a few tattoo parlours in Soi Green Mango.
One long-established tattoo studio is Starcat Tattoo (open since 1996), located right next to Best Beach Bungalows on Chaweng Beach Road. Other popular parlours include Ayodhaya Tattoo, Predator Tattoo and Extreme Tattoo, just to name just a few. Bamboo sticks and electric machines are used according to customers’ wishes and style in most Chaweng studios.
Udom Agg Findig
Udom Agg Findig is the place to go if you're looking for decent quality leather products, from footwear to handbags to belts to wallets. The store also sells textiles and souvenirs of varying quality, as well as charming wooden figurines and toys. With the coolest air conditioning system in Chaweng, this contemporary-style store is definitely a comfortable place to shop at.
This weirdly-named company is, in fact, the association of 2 Thai businesses: Udom Agg takes care of the marketing from Bangkok and Findig designs and produces the leather items in Samut Prakan. It’s a brand found in most of Thailand’s major tourist hubs.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10 am to 10pm
- Location: 167/1 Chaweng Beach Rd, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)77 413 307
Chandra is an exotic boutique selling unique clothing and shoes, as well as handbags and fashion accessories. The boutique features funky, exotic fashion sourced from around Asia, and exclusive designs from Bali.
Barak and Dana, the owners and main designers of the items for sale at Chandra, are free-thinkers, rejecting conformity. Their creations represent this frame of mind, with a focus on elegance and stylishness. They mostly use natural textiles such as cotton, linen and silk because of their suitability in the tropics.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10 am to 11 pm
- Location: Chaweng Beach Rd, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)77 300 740
Opened in 2013 on a large empty plot linking Chaweng Beach Road to the beach, Chaweng Walk is a daily market in the same vein as Chaweng Walking Street (their rather similar names can be slightly confusing). One side of Chaweng Walk is open-air while the other is covered with a corrugated iron roof.
The open-air area has a paved trail flanked by about 30 stalls selling an eclectic choice of beachwear, handcrafted souvenirs, spa oils, cheap jewellery, and souvenirs while the covered area features a food court (with tables and chairs) with a dozen stalls selling Thai snacks and street food. Live Thai music is performed on a small stage set towards the beach.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 4.30 pm to 10 pm
- Location: Moo 2, Chaweng, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
Nature Art Gallery
Nature Art Gallery is a stylish jewellery store located on Chaweng Beach Road. The first Natural Art Gallery opened in 1998, with other outlets of the brand opening around Samui and Koh Phangan in subsequent years. Founded by Micha Trav and his partner Shai Shalom Nissim, Nature Art Gallery specialises in fine jewellery made of precious metals and semi-precious stones, including silver and gold with agate, amber, amethyst, aquamarine, emerald.
All their creations are splendid, and those using crystals can – according to their creators’ beliefs in alternative medicines – have healing powers by balancing their hosts’ chakras. The bracelets, earrings, necklaces, pendants and rings sold at Nature Art Gallery are designed and created on site so you could get custom-made jewels according to your taste, and the company even gives jewellery making courses.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10 am to midnight
- Location: 200/9 Moo 2, Chaweng Beach Road, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)77 422 594
Chaweng Night Market, despite its name, is not exactly a full and proper market. While there is a fantastic array of dining options, there's very little else, with only a couple of stalls selling clothes and souvenirs. Established behind the large and popular fitness centre Star Gym, the market is effectively a large food court, offering authentic local Thai food, European and international favourites, as well as a couple of small bars. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 5 pm to 11 pm
- Location: 14/102 Moo 2, Chaweng Beach Road, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand