When walking the streets of Chaweng ,
there will be shops after shops
to lure and seduce the compulsive shopper.
A lot of these shops sell
basically the same things.
But there was one store that was able
to attract this nomad who
tries to travel with what she only needs
and that was “Try-Out”
Being an ex-South Beach-Miamian,
and formerly diplomatic of
the snobby and trendy scene,
these threads in the window display
really attracted my attention.
So I went in to take a look.
Already within the first minute,
I saw these real cool pants
that if I was back in my Miami days,
I would have definitely bought.
on Thailand standards though.
They came out to be about $45 US.
I continued to take a look
through what was hanging on the rack,
and was impressed at the original cuts and style.
Most items ran from 1,500 -4,000 Bahts.
If you want something original
that may not be found back at home,
this may be a place to check out.
I was impressed!
WEll basically every shop is a good shop. Make sure you wanna buy heaps cos you will always get it cheaper. bargaining is the best here. i went there with an empty bag with my suitcase and came back both filled up. the good thing was that i only spent $600 australian. this included food aswell and going out. Hire a motor bike but be carefull. they are maniacs there. Easy to get hit. you can spend a whole day shopping and still have time to see the island. great place to see.
What to buy: tshirts, and clothes in general are really cheap. fake brands like diesel and stuff. if you want custom made suits then this is also a good place to go. shoes runners hand bags wallets anything you can think off.
What to pay: As i said for 10 days i spend $600 on stuff, food and going out and tours.
I'm not a real big fan of honey but this, made by the bee's at the Butterfly Garden, golden necture has converted me. We purchased a small glass during our visit to the Garden but first opened and sampled the honey when we arrived back home. MM MM good, a real taste treat for the taste buds, wish I had bought more than just this one glass.
What to buy: Glass Jars of Honey.
What to pay: €0.50 per glass.
You've been at the beach enjoying the sun and surf, now back in your room showering, getting ready to go out, you notice it, sunburn. At this drug store you can find all types of before and after sun creams, shampoos, and other necessary items.
What to buy: A nice cold bottle of drinking water.
What to pay: Prices are comparable with other shops.
The name says it all. This is probably the best known convenient store on Samui and in Asia. Providing all the basic survival items plus a kids corner. My favorite item can be found in all the shops and is located just inside the entrance way, air-conditioning.
What to buy: Mosquito repellent
Go Kayaking for a day in hidden caves and discover beautiful beaches at the Angthong National Marine Park. Experience Diving on an overnight trip to Koh Tao aboard the unique 27 meter Dive boat. For those not into diving, snorkeling trips are also available and don't worry if your traveling with children they are welcome to come along.
What to buy: All your Diving and Snorkeling needs can be found at this shop.
What to pay: Prices are comparable to other shops on the island.
Located at First House Bungalows, this new looking and very clean shop has, in addition to all the standard basic supplies, an assortment of whiskey, cognac and other spirits.
What to buy: Postscards and M&M's.
What to pay: average prices compared to other shops.
This family run convenient store can provide you with all the basic survival items such as Water, Coke, Beer, Pringles, and Handmade Soaps. On the top of my shopping list is mosquito repellent, a definite must have item when staying on the island. Anyone walking via the street to Chaweng from First Beach Bungalow or First House Bungalow must pass by this shop.
What to buy: Handmade Soaps.
What to pay: Depends on how much you buy.
It may have been from the heat of the day, the lack of solid foods on my stomach, or the high quality of this Rum that's produced on Koh Samui from a selection of the finest fruits and sugar cane brewed in the French Tradition that had my head spinning after just one shot.
OK, it's probably a combination of all 3 but no matter it convinced me to purchase a bottle and of course, a very stylish wooden box that looks great sitting on my book shelf.
* Emily did NOT have any of the alcohol, she was busy playing with the owners pet dog*.
What to buy: 3 Bottles of Rum, 1 Bottle of syrup, and a wooden box.
What to pay: How drunk do you want to get?
Glory Samui sells fashionable women's dress ideal for full moon partys, and clubbing in samui. They also have a great selection of trendy shoes, flats and heels, amazing party tops, jewelry, bags, and pants at great prices found nowhere else in Samui. The best part of this shop is that the style that you get which is really trendy, equivalent to a chic shop in paris, is affordable at a great price, and the location is in the famous Chaweng Beach Road, right next to McDonalds and Starbucks, and infront of Coyote Samui and Chaba Hotel.
What to buy: Chic tops, trendy shoes, bags, heels, flats, pants, jewlery.
What to pay: 600-1000 Baht, equivalent to 17 to 27 US dollars.
There are many, many places to find knock off Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton, etc., bags and luggage. Just need to find the "real" authentic ones. Great secret places in Bangkok and Koh Samui. I found an upscale place where I bought a Gucci and Louis Vuitton handbag that wasn't even available in the States for 5 months. I also bought a piece of Louis Vuitton luggage. All 3 purchases were $320. Now there were places in Bangkok that are souvenir shops but have back rooms set up like designer hand bag stores. Amazing. We heard through a couple of other travelers. When we bought some souvenirs we asked if we could see the hand bags and we had to go to the back of the store up 3 flights of stairs and voila' it was like an upscale boutique store.
Supposedly, illegal or not, there are local workers that work in the designer's factory and somehow get drawings of the up and coming new products where they manufacture at another place. They aren't even considered knock offs but exact duplicates.
No one come and arrest me for copyright infringement. I'm just going by what I'm told.
What to pay: Bargain your butt off. They started out wanting $800 US for 2 hand bags and a smaller piece of luggage. I got them down to the price stated above.
There are a number of tailors around Samui that will make you tailored clothes and suits in just a couple of days and very cheaply. However I would recommend having a picture for them to work from because my friend went in and asked for a top and she did her best to describe it and it looked absolutely HILARIOUS when it was finished!
What to buy: Suits
Chandra is a boutique clothes store selling exotic finds from all over Asia, including Bali and India. They also sell a lovely range of their own designs. As well as clothes Chandra has jewellery and accessories. There are some great items in Chandra, although they can be quite expensive compared to other clothes shops around the town. The clothes have fixed prices so there will be no haggling.
Samui Hot Club is a Member of the Tourist Association of Koh Samui.
A 2-storey building packed full with clothes, accessories & souvenir bits & pieces!
I found it to be a fabulous place to shop for that essential light clothing you’ll need to survive the tropical humidity!
A great place for holiday-hippy-clothes, as well as goodies to bring back for friends & family back home.
What to buy: Expensive by Thai standards, but cheap by visitor standards, everything is available:
from colourful sarongs, Thai-dye beach dresses, t-shirts, shorts, fashionable hand-crafted belt to wooden carvings, wind chimes, lamps, drums, and much more!
I bought a really nice windchime made from bamboo and coconut here, with hand-painted geckos on the sides. It's still handing in my garden to this day, making a lovely "clonky" sound in the wind :-)
What to pay: Sarongs (long) vary between 150 - 300 Baht.
Surprisingly, apart from beach-wear and souvenirs, Ko Samui is great for other shopping: ART!
All along Chaweng Beach Road, there are numerous smaller & larger art studios.
We were surprised at such a variety on this small island in Thailand, and marvelled at the incredible skill with which the artists re-created famous paintings of Da Vinci, Keith Haring, Van Gogh, Salvador Dali, etc. as well as creating their own individual artworks.
What to buy: You can usually bargain for better prices, especially if you've seen the same piece in many other shops. Quality will vary so it's advisable to shop-around and compare.
Not only paintings, but also carvings and statues are on display at various shops.
So instead of having a boring-old print of your favourite painting, buy yourself a proper painting! Fake, but at least it's affordable for "us normal people" – LOL!
What to pay: I purchased a set of 4 re-created paintings by Swiss artist Franz Ruzicka, and paid a total of 800 baht (click on the picture to see them). They now adorn the wall above our bed, and I absolutely love the colours and the style of painting.