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

    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: Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 5pm to 10pm (closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays)
    • Location: 139/24 Lamai Centre, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
    • Tel: +66 (0)84 695 3502
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    Lamai Walking Street

    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 4.30pm to 10pm
    • Location: Haad Lamai Rd, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
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    Samui Hot Club

    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: Daily from 9am to 8pm
    • Location: Haad Lamai Rd, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
    • Tel: +66 (0)77 232 276
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    Lamai Fresh Market

    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: Daily from 6am to 8pm
    • Location: Haad Lamai 4 Road, Lamai, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
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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: Daily from 10.30am to 11pm
    • Location: 124/262 Haad Lamai Rd, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
    • Tel: +66 (0)81 367 4194
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    Hin Ta/Hin Yai stalls

    Coconut wood carvings at Hin Ta/Hin Yai stalls

    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: Daily from 9am to 6pm
    • Location: Moo 3, Lamai, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
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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...

    • Location: Moo 4, Thawirat Phakdi Road, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, 84310, Thailand
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    69 Slam

    69 Slam

    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: Daily from 10.30am to 11pm
    • Location: 124/242 Moo 3, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
    • Tel: +66 (0)89 292 4243
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