The Best Night markets in Koh Samui that you should not miss
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 the shopaholics out there. From clothes to local delicacies, souvenirs to jewelry, you can find tonnes of interesting things to fill your bags. Even if shopping is not your thing, strolling along lines of colorful stalls is one of the coolest local experiences you can have.
So dig in and check out the best night markets in Koh Samui.
1. Fisherman’s Village Walking Street
Every friday evening, the sleepy town of Bophut comes alive, courtesy the walking street market. This weekly shopping affair is spread across various streets, crammed with loads of stalls, bustling with shoppers and street performers.
These stalls sell everything from jewelry, handbags, 100-baht t-shirts, sunglasses to funky souvenirs. This walking street has an array of small stalls and boutique shops, while a quieter section of the street is made up of food vendors, small bars and eateries that are guaranteed to take you on a gastronomical ride.
The market is also known for a number of rare items that can you can buy – herbs and spices, handicrafts, musical instruments and unique accessories. But be sure while buying branded stuff as they are mostly fake, and this is true across Thailand.
How to reach: Its walking distance from Bophut Beach
Opening hours: The market is open on every Friday from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm.
2. Elephant Walk Koh Samui
This daily night market lies close to the walking street market, but is much smaller in scale. If you are in search of some quirky and trendy souvenirs, then this is the right place for you. You can find unique and distinctive clothing, copied DVDs, spa products and souvenirs.
This place can be a little heavy on the pocket, so bargain hard before you buy anything. The market also has quite a few popular restaurants around it, with Krua Malakor, specializing in Issan-style Thai cuisine.
A distinctive feature of this market is that all these eating joints have a quirky seating arrangement. They use cool stuff like painted oil drums as seats.
How to reach: Its walking distance from Bophut Beach
Opening hours: The market opens daily and the shops here do not have a fixed opening time. Some of these stalls are even open during the day.
3. Chaweng Night Market
This market is basically a food court that serves authentic Thai food and international cuisines. It’s literally a paradise for the foodie souls out there. There are a number of chairs laid out in the middle of this packed-plaza where you can enjoy a cocktail of flavors. As the food is quite reasonably priced, the place is thronged by tourists and locals alike.
How to reach: Its a 5 minute drive from Chaweng Beach by cab/ songthaew
Opening hours:The market opens daily at 5:00 pm till 11:00 pm.
4. Lamai Night Plaza
Lamai night plaza is a fun place that sells everything from souvenirs, swiss knives, flip-flops, pirated DVDs, handicraft items, attractive accessories to witty graphic t-shirts. It also has a food center where shoppers can quench their hunger pangs.
How to reach: Its walking distance from Lamai Beach
Opening hours: The market opens every day at 5:00 pm.
5. Chaweng Walking Street
Chaweng Walking Street is the perfect mix of shopping, food and leisure. A riot of colours, this place is ideal for buying t-shirts, sunglasses, bags, jewelry, flip-flops, wooden souvenirs and cosmetics. Like any street market, the prices aren’t fixed, so ensure you bargain hard before buying anything.
If you ever get tired from shopping, just sit at any of the countless stalls that sell mouthwatering grilled chicken, rice dishes and smoothies.
How to reach: Its a 10 minute drive from Chaweng Beach by cab/songthaew
Opening hours: The shopping stalls here are closed on Fridays and Sundays. The food court is open from 4:30 till 12:00 midnight.
6. Mae Nam Night Market
Mae Nam Night market is a crowded place that opens up every Thursday evening. Although small, it showcases some of the most interesting items for sale.
The market has quite a distinctive ambience and you can spot corn-on-the-cob sellers, secondhand clothes being laid out in the open and sweet vendors. Mellow live music is your constant companion as you walk through the market.
While you are here, don’t forget to check out the beautifully lit temple located at its end. For the hungry souls, there are food joints and mobile cocktail bars.
How to reach: Its a 10 minute walk from Bophut Beach
Opening hours: It opens on every Thursday at 5:00 pm.
7. Nathon Walking Street
Just before sunset, a number of small carts gather around the old pier of Nathon. On Saturdays, it transforms into a bustling food market, serving the most lip smacking cuisine on the island.
Locals and backpackers flock to this market to enjoy scrumptious meals. So if you are looking to experience some authentic street food on a Saturday evening, then give this place a shot!!
How to reach: Its a 30 minute drive from Bophut Beach by cab/songthaew.
Opening hours: Every Saturday from 5:00 pm till 11:00 pm.
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