At the town of BanPhe, you'll come across stalls selling all types of food snacks and local produce.
Thailand is a major exporter of foodstuffs so it would be a good idea to check out the local produce.
The snacks are usually made out of local fruits or seafood. While you can find these snacks everywhere around Bangkok, you will not be able to buy it so easilly at the island of Samet. So, do buy them when you are at Ban Phe town at a reasonable price.
What to buy:
Fresh rambutans, mangosteens & mangoes
Dried jackfruit (usually freeze/air-dried)
Mixture of fried anchovy (ikan bilis) with nuts & sesame seeds
Dried Fish snacks (full of msg probably, but tasty!)-can be plain or spicy
Fried tapioca and banana crisps-can be savoury or sweet, or flavoured with green tea, etc.
The variety is enormous so you may be inclined to over-indulge.
What to pay: Between 20-50 baht per pack
These shops have anything from beer and whisky to beach balls and snorkeling equipment. Anything bought here you can bargain for, but they will not go down on the prices much at all. Open usually till about 10ish.
*Any kind of beach equipment and things like that buy before you come to the island, you will get it for cheaper in the mainland and the quality will be better*
What to pay: Its very hard to get a cheap price here, good luck with the bargains.
It's a 7-11 just like it would be in New York or in LA. There are 2 of them of the island, one right as you get off the Ferry, you cannot miss it, and the next one will be right before the entrance to the National Park area of the island. Only Thai magazines are sold here. There is sun lotion and bug spray.
During a day on the beach you will see these guys walk around with sarongs to sell. They have a ton of designs to choose from and they will ask you anywhere from 150 - 200 Baht for one. The lowest my guy would settle with was 100 Baht so we got one...
If you are sitting near the beach at a restaurant or something they will come up to you and bother you every single time they walk by, it can get a bit annoying at times, but ive seen alot worse elsewhere. Once you say no they will walk away in most cases.
What to pay: 100 Baht
..I don't know exactly what's inside but most of the locals were queuing to have a piece of this one! I think it's delicious but it's something like a pork and they put it in a banana leaves and grilled it..Something odd looking but I hope it's delicious..never tried it though..
What to buy: If you can take like this one, there are also other kinds of street foods like a grilled corn and everything are grilled. I wonder if most of them got cancer! As grilled foods have a prone to cancer..
What to pay: Very cheap,10baht..You can have a fabulous tea time!
I was walking around the market and spotted this yumyum grilled squid! I took pictures in it directly as I never saw one before..I mean, grilled squid,never honestly! Well, I tried it and it's quiet tastey too. Asked the vendor that are they selling all day with grilled squids and answered me that they are! Mostly who tried is farangs!
If you still never tried one, maybe next visit in Thailand you can also try..right?
What to buy: I've seen grilled squids, grilled shrimps and etc..All smells great..=)
What to pay: 20baht/squid
Geezzz..I saw this Mr. Teddy himself and he's made out from a sea shells! It's very cute and very handy. It's not big and it's big as your palm. There are too small ones too for only a souvenir! And all in there were made out of sea shells again!
What to buy: Teddies are made out of sea shells..Cute and wonderful to have it as souvenirs. I was thinking of buying but hubby told me that his bag is full of seashells!heheh
What to pay: 125baht-200baht
It's pretty to look all those heart shape decorations made out from a sea shells! Actually, I'm not very surprised as we also have like this one in my home country though much happy to see that they also have like this one! It's cool to just hang this one in a window or any part of the house that where you can hang it and it will create a cutie noise if it will struck by a wind or something...
What to buy: This cute hang decorations..
What to pay: I asked the sales lady if how much was this one and it's only 125baht for a small one and 250baht for the big one. I guess you can still ask for discount!
I've spotted this cool looking fish made out with shells! It's not that expensive and wanted to buy it but I'm afraid Baby A won't like it and he will be running off to see this...
They're very creative. They had made alot of things out of those sea shells to have something to be saled off! Atleast they're into good ones.
What to buy: This cool looking decorations..As long as nobody will be afraid off..
What to pay: This one is 200baht!
It's also around the market. I've seen this one and they have such pretty sea shells decorations! It varies from another shells to another and they made curtains out of it and soo much things made from sea shells. The photo is with the sales lady!
What to buy: You can buy anything that is made from sea shells.It's not that expensive though..A little souvenir will do. The picture frame made out of paper and have a little decorations of shells in the side is beautiful! I bought 2 pieces.
There are too many sea shells decorations to chose from.
What to pay: I paid, 95 baht for the big picture frame.
There were also food shops around. And I founf this mount looking food? I don't know how to pronounce this one but the lady told me what was it. It's something they let it dried and they will put it in a small cup if ever you want to buy one?! Well, whoever knew what was it please do tell me.
..They have the sweetest dried tamarind candies I had so far in Thailand! There were soo many shoppers around the market. But it's not that big to comapre to any markets I've been to in here but all are properly arranged. Sales ladies will ask you if what are you going to buy and if you don't know you can ask them which are their specials! Try also to bargain and they will give you quiet a small discount! The more you buy the more candies you can have!lol
What to buy: Dried candies! From dried banana, dried tamarind,dried lychees, something a coconut with peanuts and many others..
What to pay: 200baht is too many candies!
It's right infront of the Cherd Chai Tour-the Ban Phe Bus Station and right next to the Nuanthip Pier Station. There are a whole bunch of different kinds of owner of the stores but all have the same dried foods. If you haven't smell like in there before it really smell like h*ll..But they do have really different kinds of dried foods...
What to buy: ...From dried srimp which makes it with a shrimp paste. Dried squid, dried durian,etc.etc..You all have the time to stroll over the market and mind you, they have the best dried tamarind and are very cheap compare to Bangkok!
What to pay: I bought 2 packs of dried candies and all are 100baht! It was yummy,too!