Fisherman's village - Bophut beach

Bophut beach is a great place to buy beautiful furniture and the Fisherman's village has some nice souvenir shops. The best way to shop in Bophut is to park up and have a good stroll around especially in the small streets of the Fisherman's village.

Samui Footwear? A small stall style shop selling leather shoes and also doing repairs, Samui Footwear is a great place to find individual designs and good craftsmanship. The shoes are well priced and the staff are friendly and very helpful. Open from 10am every day. Fisherman's village, Bophut.

Siri Owner Sirisopa 'Toy' Premananda originally trained in interior design and brings an artist's eye to her small, elegant, shop in Fisherman's Village. The frequently changing stock is personally sourced by Toy from around the continent on frequent shopping trips and includes eclectic selections such as handbags from India, China and Malaysia, silver jewellery from all around Asia, designer clothes from Hong Kong, bottled orchids from Bangkok and hand carved amulets engraved with Thai or Chinese script. Perfect for souvenir hunters seeking something a little different to take home after their holiday. Fisherman's Village, Bophut, Tel. 077 427 540. Open 4pm - 10pm.


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Fisherman's village - Bophut beach

Bophut beach is a great place to buy beautiful furniture and the Fisherman's village has some nice souvenir shops. The best way to shop in Bophut is to park up and have a good stroll around especially in the small streets of the Fisherman's village.

Samui Footwear? A small stall style shop selling leather shoes and also doing repairs, Samui Footwear is a great place to find individual designs and good craftsmanship. The shoes are well priced and the staff are friendly and very helpful. Open from 10am every day. Fisherman's village, Bophut.

Siri Owner Sirisopa 'Toy' Premananda originally trained in interior design and brings an artist's eye to her small, elegant, shop in Fisherman's Village. The frequently changing stock is personally sourced by Toy from around the continent on frequent shopping trips and includes eclectic selections such as handbags from India, China and Malaysia, silver jewellery from all around Asia, designer clothes from Hong Kong, bottled orchids from Bangkok and hand carved amulets engraved with Thai or Chinese script. Perfect for souvenir hunters seeking something a little different to take home after their holiday. Fisherman's Village, Bophut, Tel. 077 427 540. Open 4pm - 10pm.

Chaweng Shopping

Chaweng is one of the best places to shop on Koh Samui. Alongside the multitude of bars and restaurants, the entire length of the beach road is taken up with stores selling goods of every description - from clothes and jewelry to electronics, music and handicrafts with a few lethal weapons thrown in for good measure. Chaweng provides an impressive selection and variety of goods, with a corresponding range of prices, styles and quality.

- Recent years have seen the arrival of smart, air-conditioned shopping malls offering Western brands and a few funky boutiques, as well as local market-stall vendors selling copy brand-labels and audio-visual material. It is easy to while away an afternoon strolling down Chaweng beach road checking out the products on offer, and this may be the easiest way to browse for souvenirs. In fact, unless you need something specific, or want to visit some of the 'destination' stores listed below, then the roadside goods are replicated many times all along the strip so just take a walk and see what makes you want to reach for your wallet.

Prices and barter - While prices on Samui are generally higher than in Bangkok, there are nevertheless many bargains to be found in Chaweng, both at the locally run market stalls and in fixed-price stores specializing in Western brands.

When buying from the market stalls, bartering is normal, and the initial price quoted can be quite high. Always work out what you are happy to pay, and engage in the bargaining process with good humour: Once you feel happy with the price, then that is the correct value. If you don't manage to seal a deal, just politely decline and move on.

Choice of goods? - As well as souvenirs and tourist gear, it is also possible to have suits and dresses tailor-made, to buy or order custom-made fine jewelry, to get a free eye test and have designer glasses prepared, or even to order art canvases from catalogues or have a portrait painted. When having clothes tailor-made, try to allow time for 2 fittings in case alterations are needed, and if you want to purchase fine jewelry, be sure to visit only reputable, recommended stores. For those who need a visit an optician try one of the nationwide chains such as Beautiful Optical or Top Charoen, both easily found in the central stretch of the beach road.

Lamai Shopping

Lamai beach is a much smaller shopping zone than Chaweng so it doesn't have quite as much choice but theres still plenty to keep you occupied. The prices in Lamai tend to be quite a lot cheaper than Chaweng and there is less of the hard sell! Lamai also has some really funky shops selling individual and unusual items, great for the perfect present.

BanSoi Gemstones/Mr Samui's? Walking into Mr Samui's is like walking into Aladdin's cave. Silver, gold, gems, trinkets, ornaments and scarves are in every corner and littering every surface. There are bracelets, anklets, necklaces, rings and earrings made out of every metal and precious gem imaginable! Choose from one of the thousands of pieces in the display cases or you can have your own design made up. Once you've finished browsing, take a load off and relax on the Thai style floor cushions. You can also eat here or just enjoy a drink and soak up the atmosphere. Open from 9am till late every day. South Lamai Beach Road.

Beautiful World?

One of Samui's better furniture shops, Beautiful World stocks an impressive range of high quality teak, rosewood, mahogany and water hyacinth furniture. Aimed mainly at the export market, the owner Carl Graham guarantees that customers can save between 40 and 50 percent on purchasing similar items in Europe. All the furniture, which includes beds, tables, wardrobes, cabinets, chairs, picture frames and carvings, is made from fully certified sustainable sources, unlike a lot of the wood sold on the island, which comes from illegally logged rainforest in Burma - customers are welcome to view Beautiful World's certificates upon request.? The shop will arrange shipping to anywhere in the world.? Expect to pay around 9,000 Baht to ship two cubic metres to Europe.? Beautiful World, Maenam, Open 10.30am - 7pm daily.

Benjavadee?- Maenam Beach

Benjavadee is worth a visit to check out what's possibly the largest selection of handicrafts, homeware and furniture available on the island. Everything from ceramics, rattan mats, Buddha statues, coconut wood bowls, china tea services to handbags, jewellery and picture frames are on sale over two spacious floors. - Aimed mainly at expats, there are also some nice larger items of furniture, such as beds, dining tables and wardrobes on sale - though the shop can arrange shipping for tourists interested in larger pieces. Route 4169, Maenam, Open 10am - 7pm daily.

Java Teak - Maenam Beach

Mainly aimed at resident ex-pats seeking luxurious furniture for their villas, Java Teak's prices are reasonable enough that, even with additional shipping costs, everything is still considerably cheaper than in the West and therefore well worth considering for a more substantial souvenir. The shop stocks around sixty pieces of handmade furniture at any given time, but can also order over one thousand others from its extensive catalogue. The range includes small chests for 4,000 Baht, comfy Planters chairs for 7,000 Baht, unique Valet stands for only 3,000 Baht and ornate four poster beds for 35,000 Baht. Maenam.? Open 9.30am - 6.30pm.

Samui Cera? - Maenam Beach

Roducing a fine range of high quality ceramics, Samui Cera counts many of the island's top hotels amongst its customers and has two outlets - their headquarters in Maenam, which has imperfect pieces on sale from as little as 30 Baht, and the Just A Detail branch in Chaweng, which sells the top products from its range. Their range includes cups, mugs, plates and bowls and larger items such as sinks and vases. All the pieces on sale are fired at 1250 degrees and are oven, microwave and dishwasher safe. There's a wide variety of designs and colours on offer and all the pieces get their base tone from local coconut wood ash mixed with clay, which results in a rich earthy finish. To see the potters in action, visitors are welcome at the Maenam branch - anyone interested is also welcome to have a go at making their own pot.? Samui Cera at Just A Detail, Central Chaweng, opposite the Chedi Spa, open 12pm -11pm. Maenam, near Java Teak, open 8am - 5pm

 

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