Koh Samui is a tiny island off the eastern coast of Thailand’s Malay Peninsula, the island is gorgeous and gets more than a million visitors per year. Tourists would have to take a 90-minute ferry ride from Don Sak ferry terminal in Surat Thani province, or they can get to this island via direct flights from Bangkok, Pattaya, or Singapore. The prime attractions of this region are Ang Thong National Marine Park, Na Muang Waterfall, and so many beaches for crystal-clear snorkeling tours, but the nightlife of this island is a matter which is discussed rarely in tourism guides. Samui is recognized for its night street bazaars, and in this article, we are covering all of the best night markets of Koh Sumai. Read this page to know their names, locations, and also their special features.
1. Fisherman's Village Walking Street
The Fisherman’s Village Walking Street is located in Bophut. The local vendors of this small island gather here and make this street Koh Samui’s largest night market. Along with the permanent shops on the sides of this street, you can see merchants with stalls, and some even sitting on their floor mats. The items are diverse; they sell clothing, souvenirs, toys, electronics, watches, and items from many more categories. Then there are dancers, Muay Thai performers, and such other street artists. Thai fast food, drinks, and main course items are definitely an attraction. Nearly every visitor is a foreigner, and it’s a good place to meet travelers. But locals do come, as this street sells freshly caught lobsters and fish.
Fisherman's Village Walking Street
Address: Bophut Beach Road, Bophut
Facebook page: Fisherman’s Village Walking Street
Opening hours: Friday 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
2. Chaweng Night Market
Call it a food court, as there are just food-stalls with this market, but this place is the lead attraction of this island and thus worth a visit. One would see so many varieties of Thai food here, from fast food to fruit juices, and every other food you can imagine. You see, basically, it’s a foodie paradise in Koh Samui. The signature dish of this market has always been Thai, but over the past few years, they have added foreign flavors as well, so now you will see lots of variety. They have lobster, octopus, shark, and even crocodile on the menu. The rates are fixed and inexpensive, and a foreigner wouldn’t get cheated here, that’s the best part of this market.
Chaweng Night Market
Address: 14/102 Moo 2, behind Star Gym, Chaweng Beach Road, Chaweng
Facebook page: Chaweng Night Market
Opening hours: Daily 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
3. Nathon Walking Street
Nathon is the capital town of this island and comprises all the major tourism amenities of Koh Samui. This side of the seashore has three piers, and what’s known as Nathon Walking Street, which is a small grounds by the road on the beach, between the first and second pier. So, technically it’s not a street but just a small lot where local vendors gather. It’s also a food court mainly, with a few merchants selling some dubious stuff and duplicate brands of shoes, purses, and t-shirts. The interesting fact about Nathon Walking Street is that they serve the same varieties as Chaweng Night Market, but this food zone is open only once a week.
Nathon Walking Street
Address: Chonwithi Road, Ang Thong
Opening hours: Saturday 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
4. Elephant Walk Koh Samui
Elephant Walk is a market in Fisherman’s Village Bophut that stays open every night, however, it’s not as stretched as the Fisherman’s Village Walking Street. This narrow shopping zone is comprehensive in a much smaller area. Elephant Walk market has a graveled patio in its courtyard and an eye-catching baby elephant figure nearby the dining tables. You won’t be seeing many food counters, and the available ones also keep a very tight menu with only some drinks. This market sells mementos originally, such as woodcraft, hats, beach singlets, and other random stuff. They also deal in cheap electronics and pirated DVDs here.
Elephant Walk Koh Samui
Address: Bo Phut, Koh Samui District, Surat Thani
Opening hours: Daily 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5. Lamai Night Plaza
This interesting market is the second largest walking street on this island. Here you will notice the food counters like at Chaweng Night Market and random purchasable things that you see in Fisherman’s Village Walking Street. But there is much more. This market sells a huge amount of knockoff items, like 5 USD Rolex watches, dubious electronics, and bootlegged action figures of superheroes. And then, they also have wide varieties of handicrafts, hilarious keychains/bottle-openers, souvenir t-shirts, and gift items. This market opens every night and it’s a fun place to go.
Lamai Night Plaza
Address: Tailandia, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani
Opening hours: Daily 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
6. Sunday Lamai Street Market
Street musicians, grilled octopus, fried insects, exotic fruits, and numerous purchasable mementos on the counters—that, in a nutshell, is what Sunday Lamai Street Market is all about. This market is neither too big, nor is it small. It’s held every Sunday night, but lots of shops are now permanent on this street, thus they open every day. However, the real fun begins when hundreds of stall owners assemble here.
Sunday Lamai Street Market
Address: 139/16 Had Lamai Rd, Tambon Maret, Amphoe Ko Samui, Chang Wat Surat Thani
Opening hours: Sunday 5:00 PM onwards
7. Mae Nam Night Market
This street market is the last on our list, also the final night market of this island: it is Mae Nam. You will either love this street market or wouldn’t stay here for more than 10 minutes, there is no in between. This street market is small but organized, the starting stalls are food vendors, with snacks and fast food items. As you get through, the stalls sell main course dishes, largely hot curries, and rice. Further in there will be sweet corners. A colorful Chinese temple will come next, and island mementos are sold here. You will find handicrafts, toys, knockoff items and more.
Mae Nam Night Market
Address: Tambon Mae Nam (Mae Nam Beach)
Opening hours: Thursday 5:00 PM onwards
Bargain first, pay later
Usually, vendors in street markets do not carry a fixed-rate list. Tourists are clueless in such situations because they do not know the fair price of items. Always bargain and never be quick at payments whenever you go out shopping in such a street market. If possible, ask some local buyers around you about the price the vendor is charging; locals know the actual prices and believe me, they would be happy to help you out in such circumstances. And finally, never demonstrate your excitement to vendors when you like something, it will only make bargaining harder. Happy shopping!
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