5 Best Night Markets on Koh Samui
The best night markets on Koh Samui offer a huge selection of shopping and dining opportunities, with the added advantage that you can shop for longer in the cool evening air than you could during the heat of the day. Plus, you also don’t need to sacrifice a potential beach day in order to pick up some great discounts on clothing, electrical goods, souvenirs, and much more besides. The weekly Walking Streets around the island feature prominently among this list of the best Samui night markets, particularly since their popularity among visiting tourists has seen them grow into size to the point that they now take over entire towns for one night every week! Even with this popularity, prices are still generally very low and can usually be bartered a bit lower, if you take a friendly and cheerful approach to it. Be sure to check out as many of the following markets as you can while you’re on Koh Samui in order to enjoy great local eats and unbeatable bargains.
Fisherman’s Village Walking Street
Fisherman’s Village Walking Street brings the quiet, sleepy town of Bophut to life every Friday from 17:00 to 23:00. It sees the narrow Beach Road and adjoining streets crammed with market stalls and shoppers from across Koh Samui, with a diverse range of wares available at very low prices. Many of the stalls sell much the same items as you will find in markets throughout Thailand, including 100-baht T-shirts, simple jewelry, handbags, sunglasses, beer cozies, souvenirs, watches of questionable mechanical soundness, branded clothes of dubious manufacture and electrical goods of suspicious provenance. As with all market shopping in Thailand, a certain amount of judgment and measured expectations is necessary when selecting your purchases.
Opening Hours: 17:00 – 23:00
Location: Bophut Beach Road, Bophut
Elephant Walk Koh Samui
Elephant Walk Koh Samui is a small night market which opens every night in Fisherman’s Village. Located just a short walk (across the road) from the Happy Elephant Restaurant, it is a fun and quirky shopping experience in Bophut and a good place to find some interesting souvenirs. The titular walk is not a particularly long one as this little shopping precinct stretches only about 30 meters back from Bophut Beach Road. Most of that space is a graveled central courtyard with cute elephant statues painted as comic book characters, as well as seating for dining and relaxing and small tables made from empty oil drums painted with national flags.
Opening Hours: Daily
Location: Opposite Happy Elephant Restaurant, Bophut Beach Road, Bophut
Chaweng Night Market
Chaweng Night Market, despite its name, is not exactly a full and proper market. While there is a fantastic array of dining options, there is very little else, with only a couple of stalls selling clothes and souvenirs. Established behind the large and popular fitness center Star Gym, the market is effectively a large food court, with a choice of local Thai food as well as European and international choices and even a couple of small bars.
Opening Hours: 17:00 – 23:00
Location: 14/102 Moo 2, behind Star Gym, Chaweng Beach Road, Chaweng
Lamai Night Plaza
In the center of town, diagonally opposite McDonald’s and leading to a bar beer square, you’ll find a mini-version of Bangkok’s Patpong night market. With lots of pirated goods, copied clothes, trashy ‘Swiss’ army knives, the usual displays of flip-flops. It’s a fun place to get your shopping in.
Opening Hours: Every day from 17:00
Location: Lamai Center
Chaweng Walking Street
It’s hard to imagine shoppers in the West sipping on cocktails while out shopping but at Chaweng Walking Street Market you can do just that, and for very little money, too. Chaweng Walking Street is a riot of colors, sounds, and scents. This is where you can haggle for items such as T-shirts, sunglasses, knockoff watches, beach dresses, lamps, sexy cutoff jeans; copied Ralph Laurent polo shirts, flip-flops, bags of all shapes and sizes, carved wooden souvenirs, kids clothing and cosmetics.
Opening Hours: The food court is opened daily from 16:30 -24:00; the shopping stalls are closed on Fridays and Sundays
Location: South Chaweng just off the main street