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Shopping in Koh Samui

Shopping in Koh Samui is not just limited to fancy malls and boutique outlets. There are a bunch of quirky night markets that would delight a shopaholic. You can choose between shopping complex, walking street, or evenfresh market, to create the coolest local shopping experience.

From clothes to local fresh delicacies, wooden handicrafts to jewelry, or even fragrancesand Thai traditional spices, you can find tons of interesting things to fill your bags. There are hundreds of bargains to be found while shopping in Koh Samui.

Highlights

  • If you like Thai local markets, such as night markets or fresh markets, then you’re in the right place on Koh Samui.
  • While almost every corner of the island has a store worth visiting, the main shopping sites are in Chaweng, Lamai, and Bophut.
  • Chaweng offers the most choice and Lamai has a nice range of quirky little stores.
  • Besidesdelicious Thai food, you can also find clothes, souvenirs, handicrafts, fragrances, herbs and spices.
  • Hunting and bargaining for your shopping loot is pretty hard work, so take a break to cool down with a refreshing beverage of coconut milk.

Souvenirs

Koh Samui is one of the shoppers’ paradises in Thailand. You can find many street markets, weekend markets, fresh markets, and even luxury malls, where you can buy unique local products such as food, textiles, ornaments, and other remarkable items you won’t find elsewhere.

Make sure to bring home a memento of your visit to Koh Samui, and don’t forget to purchase gifts for your family and friends!

Handicrafts

Popular handicraft items such as woven ornaments and wooden furnishings and carvings, are available on the island. You can buy many high-quality hand-carved items, from figurines to furniture. Many decorations featureelephants, the symbol of Thailand.

The prices are not too high, and large items can easily be shipped overseas. From street-side vendors, all the way to luxury shopping malls, especially in Lamai, Chaweng and Nathon, you will easily find all kinds of handicrafts.

Massage Oils and Fragrances

Since Thailand is renowned worldwide for relaxing spa massages, a trip to Koh Samui is not complete without relaxing with a spa treatment or massage. You’ll find a big selection of spa products like massage oils and fragrances with various scents.

You can buy them at any kind of local market or luxury mall, and even at authentic massage shops. Also available are beautifully carved soaps, body scrubs, foot soaks, reed diffusers, herbal compresses, and coconut oil as souvenirs to take home for friends, co-workers, and family.

Herbal Balm and Tiger Balm

Local specialty products can also be found inpharmacies! You can buy famous herbal balms, suchasTiger Balm, there. Thai herbal balms are popular products for locals and travelers alike. They are useful and easy to carry with you when traveling.

Tiger Balm isa famous and trusted brand used for pain relief. It comes in the form of herbal balm, joint rub, plaster and many others and can be foundat any store or market.

Traditional Spices

Thailand is famous for its food, which is known for its delicious spices, sauces, and herbs. Sauces and spices are a must-buy if you would like to continue eating authentic Thai and enjoy unique flavors at home. You can buy dried lemongrass, chili, turmeric, and many others.

These dried spices usually come in vacuum-sealed packs so you don’t need to worry about their strong aromas while traveling. They make great presents. Just check your country’s customs regulations to avoid problems.

Snacks

You will have discovered many local mouthwatering sweets and unique treats in Koh Samui. Whether it is bento squid, coconut or tamarind candy, durian chips or dried mango, curry pastes, or rambutan jam, there is an enticing variety of unique local goodies on offer. 

All of the dried foods, fruit, vegetables, and snacks also make for an interesting gift for friends and family back home. For those who desire to bring the taste of durian home, dried and vacuum sealed Durian fruit is available at airport duty-free shops. Thereare many kinds of goodies you can buy, but be aware of customs regulations.

Tips for Shopping

Start bargaining around 30-40% below the first asking price when you buy souvenirs at local markets. To get an affordable price, you can take your time and ask different shops, or buy more to receive bigger discounts.

Hunting and bargaining for your shopping loot is pretty hard work, so take a break to cool down with a refreshing beverage of coconut milk. Remember that while bargaining is common at markets, it is not accepted at convenience stores or upscale shopping malls.

If you want to bring any local snacks or spices back home, make sure to follow all customs regulations concerning “food stuff”, including proper declaration. For Thai sauces and spices, it’s best to purchase commercially packaged products to avoid problems at customs when you return home. Commercially packaged sweets and treats are the safest way to go with customs laws. 

Shopping in Koh Samui with Asia Highlights

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