The best places to go shopping in Lamai are right in the center of town, where you'll find a wide range of affordable goods. As the second most frequented vacation destination in Koh Samui after Chaweng, Lamai has a very interesting shopping scene. A highlight of the resort area is its ever-popular Lamai Night Plaza, where locals and visitors wander around after sunset.

    There are many excellent things to buy in Lamai, from fashionable clothing and beachwear to tropical fruits and silver jewelry. You'll find them at the town's many night markets, roadside stalls, small-scale stores, and shopping plazas.

    Where are the best places to go shopping in Lamai?

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    Lamai Night Plaza

    A central shopping destination

    Lamai Night Plaza lies at the center of Lamai resort town, diagonally opposite McDonald's. This bazaar offers a wide range of local souvenirs, including fans, wooden elephants in varying sizes, sarongs, purses, bags, belts, T-shirts, and colorful lamps. Take your time and remember to smile throughout transactions and the bargaining process. Do not pay the original asking price – you’re expected to haggle.

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    Location: 139/24 Lamai Center, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand

    Open: Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 5 pm to 10 pm (closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays)

    Phone: +66 (0)84 695 3502

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    Lamai Walking Street

    Affordable goods and a great array of street food

    Lamai Walking Street takes place every Sunday on Lamai Beach Road, between the fresh market and the bridge in the northeastern part of the town. For this occasion, the road is closed off to traffic to make way for dozens of stalls selling clothes and handicrafts at affordable prices.

    The highlight of Lamai Walking Street is the outstanding choices of delicious street food. You'll find broiled corn, pad thai, kebabs, pizzas, barbecued seafood, and even cocktails. Strolling along Lamai Walking Street is definitely a great way to spend a Sunday evening in a welcoming and local atmosphere.

    Location: Haad Lamai Rd, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand

    Open: Sunday from 4.30 pm to 10 pm

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    Samui Hot Club

    Cool and colorful beachwear at low prices

    Samui Hot Club is a long-established and popular fashion boutique that has 2 branches in Koh Samui. The Lamai branch is in the center of the resort town, about 350 meters north of the Lamai Boxing Stadium.

    Samui Hot Club has rows after rows of colorful sarongs, T-shirts, beachwear on display in an air-conditioned small wood-panelled shop. Most of the products come from Indonesia.

    Location: Haad Lamai Rd, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)77 232 276

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    Lamai Fresh Market

    A glimpse into local life

    The Lamai Fresh Market caters to the local population with its extensive range of fresh produce and street food. However, you'll also find some stalls selling shirts, toys and beachwear at rather affordable prices. The market offers a glimpse into genuine local life and a great opportunity to sample delicious Southern Thai food.

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    Location: Haad Lamai 4 Road, Lamai, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 6 am to 8 pm

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    Silvermania

    Stylish silver jewelry

    Silvermania is a stylish boutique not far from Samui Hot Club in the center of Lamai town. It (obviously) sells silver jewelry sourced from all around the world. You can find trendy earrings, rings, pendants, necklaces, bracelets, and ornaments in this store.

    The heaviest and more unusual items usually come from Mexican manufactures, while polished chains and arm hoops come from Italy. Silver and gems quality is thoroughly controlled at Silvermania, though retail prices are determined according to market rates.

    Location: 124/262 Haad Lamai Rd, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 10.30 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)81 367 4194

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    Hin Ta/Hin Yai stalls

    Fun seaside shopping

    Next to the famous Grandmother and Grandfather rocks in southern Lamai is a group of stalls selling a range of goods such as beachwear, T-shirts, and souvenirs. The atmosphere is great fun, with a real 'on the seaside' feeling to it. These stalls are one of the best places on the island to pick up traditional coconut wood carvings and shell ornaments.

    Avoid buying coral or larger shells as this encourages reef damage. Bringing coral into your home country can land you in hot water with customs officials, too. 

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    Location: Moo 3, Lamai, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 6 pm

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    Buddy Oriental Plaza

    An eclectic and modern shopping spot

    Buddy Oriental Plaza is a sleek shopping plaza on the Samui Ring Road. With plenty of shaded parking and appealing post-colonial design, it’s all meant to complement the Buddy Oriental Samui Beach Resort. 

    Within the plaza, you’ll discover an almost genteel serene-like atmosphere. It hosts stylish boutiques, restaurants and bars as well as a small grocery store. Things to buy include silk products, clothing, bags and accessories. There’s even a kids’ club that takes care of little ones while parents are busy strolling around this charming plaza. 

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    Location: Moo 4, Thawirat Phakdi Road, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, 84310, Thailand

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    69 Slam

    Colorful designer beachwear

    69 Slam is an Australian beachwear brand famous for its youthful and provocative spirit. Its Lamai branch is run by a young and enthusiastic Frenchman. The shop is designed in a contemporary style, displaying quality beachwear, underwear, bras, swimsuits, T-shirts, boardshorts, footwear, and accessories for men, women and kids.

    Location: 124/242 Moo 3, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 10.30 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)89 292 4243

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    Lamai Center

    A modern shopping plaza in Lamai

    Lamai Center is a U-shaped modern plaza hosting a wide range of businesses, including restaurants, massage parlors, tattoo studios,  and clothing and jewelry stores. The central lane of Lamai Center has lounge-like comfortable sofas, chairs and tables offering a cool people-watching spot, and a pond with Japanese koi fish.

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    Location: Lamai Beach Road, Lamai, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand

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    Island Books Samui

    A go-to for preloved books in Lamai

    Island Books is a secondhand book store on Koh Samui. The owner is fastidious about the quality of books he puts on his shelves, so he's extremely knowledgeable about his stock. The bookstore is very well organized and easy to navigate. 

    Island Books Samui has a large range of reasonably priced books in English, French and German, as well as a small selection in other languages. You can choose to buy or rent a book from the store.

    Location: Tapee Bungalows, 173/28 Moo 4, Baan Lamai, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 7 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)77 961 769

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    Stephan Audiger | Compulsive Traveler

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