Shopping on Koh Samui

09 february 2016

Koh Samui is a great place for shopping as it offers many options for all budgets. In the past few years the island has adapted to a more demanding clientele and is now offering everything from local Thai shopping experiences to more modern and expensive options. Please note that IVL Property has no affiliation with these businesses and this article is designed to let you know the different options you have in terms of shopping on Koh Samui.

Central Festival, Chaweng

Central Festival is Koh Samui’s biggest shopping experience and the island’s first shopping mall. It features many stores including international brands such as Uniqlo, Speedo, Timberland and many more as well as a variety of Thai and International restaurants.The mall is also the home of a gorgeous new movie theatre showing international movies daily. If you need to go grocery shopping we recommend the stylish Tops Supermarket.

International Supermarkets

Koh Samui has a large selection of supermarkets across the island. Most offer imported products and services such as mobile phone outlets, jewelers and eateries. If you are looking for a cheaper option we would recommend one of the Makro stores in Lamai or Bophut. These stores supply most of the restaurants on the island and usually have high quality and lower prices than their competitors Tesco and Big C. If you require the exact address for one of those stores please do not hesitate to contact our concierge department at

Local Shopping Experience

Shopping local is a fun experience and is a great way to find a bargain. The streets of Koh Samui are full of small merchants selling a little bit of everything. From sports shoes to wooden Thai art, you will find everything you can imagine for that perfect gift. IVL would like to warn you about purchasing counterfeit items as many countries will fine you if you bring such items home. Shopkeepers will usually be honest enough to let you know if you are buying the real deal or not. The best place to shop local is probably Chaweng at night when the street comes alive. The walking streets are also a great opportunity for the street shop. Check out our article on walking streets to learn more.