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.
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.
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
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.
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!
I have really small feet, size 5 to be exact and it is very hard for me to find shoes, but not in thailand. I came home with several pairs of shoes.
You can also buy clothes and cd's for really among tons of other stuff, so stock up
There are actually a good selection of street vendors who sell quite high quality fake things, such as t-shirts, sport shorts, sunglasses, bags etc. But you must bargain because otherwise they will cost too much.
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?
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.
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.
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
What to buy: These saved our sanity - be sure to invest in some waterproof ponchos if you have got the weather wrong!