Shopaholics beware; Samui could induce an overdose. There is no shortage of great bargains to be found at many of the locally run shops. Pick up an antique Buddha carving or make your friends jealous with an expertly crafted teak wood chair. Peruse the latest selection of fashionable bikinis from Australia or give the gift of light with a beautifully scented hand dipped candle. But remember, bring plenty of spare luggage, because you will certainly take home a treasure trove of memories.

Phuket Mermaids Swimwear

Phuket Mermaids is a charming little shop located on Chaweng Beach that looks as if it came straight out of a futuristic movie. Perfect for sexy sirens, Phuket Mermaids is right up to date with the latest trends in swimwear to help you look hot on the beach without losing your cool. Not only can you get your hands on some stylish swimwear, but there’s also a host of luscious lingerie to choose from. They also have Havaianas Flip Flops and accessories to glam yourself up.

Phuket Mermaids
14/51 Chaweng Beach Road, Bophut,
Koh Samui, Surat Thani
Tel: +66 (0) 7741 4485,
+66 (0) 8 4188 7249
www.phuketmermaids.com

Life's A Beach

Started almost ten years ago as the only shop selling women’s imported swimwear on Koh Samui, Life’s a Beach currently has two flourishing branches on the island. The bikinis here cover all types, such as Brazilian cut and tankinis, in a huge range from size 6 to 20. Styles of most popular brand, Sea Folly, cost about 3,000 baht, and the selection of bikinis from Jets, popular with young ladies, starts around 1,700 baht. There is also a selection of one piece swimwear, bathing suits for youngsters, and items like sundresses, jewelry, and flip flops.

Open every day from 9 am to 11 pm.
Tel: +66 (0) 7742 2630

Gallery Lafayette

This is not a branch of the posh depar tment store f rom Par is, but Gallery Lafayette on Koh Samui is a real gallery, offering a selection of fine artworks created by local artists. This gallery also doubles as an art studio, meaning the creative creations are also happening right here in this art house on Chaweng Beach. The gallery specializes in paintings, oil on canvas, where history’s iconic images and works can be reproduced for anyone with the love of this beautiful craft. The gallery’s artists are also available for commissioned work and other reproductions at your requests.

Gallery Lafayette
169/1 Moo 2, Bophut,
Koh Samui, Surat Thani
Tel: +66 (0) 7741 3231
www.gallerylafayette.com

Ego - The Handmade Corner

This eclectic little boutique offers a wide selection of silk textiles and other stylish fabrics. The designs range from ornate traditional Thai throws to colorful modern scarves. An ideal place to pick up a memorable gift for those back home, Ego is a cool place to find something one of a kind. There is also a nice little collection of souvenirs and nick knacks, such as small Buddha carvings, beach themed artwork, and handcrafted toys. Most people visit Ego for the beautiful silk apparel; make sure to pick up some trendy beachwear like the fisherman pants and old school shirts.

Ego - The Handmade Corner
Chaweng Beach Road,
Chaweng Villa Beach Resort
157/12 Moo 2, Bo Phut
Koh Samui, Surat Thani
Tel: +66 (0) 7723 0138

Patina

Looking to spice up your dream beach home on Koh Samui with the touches of the Asian past? Look no further than at Patina. This antique furniture and home décor shop is conveniently located at one of Samui’s happening shopping centers, Buddy Plaza. Patina has all the elements in turning your home into a mock museum, from statues and crafts to furniture pieces, all authentically hailed from Cambodia, Vietnam, Burma as well as Europe. Their products also extend to handicrafts and jewelries. Patina also has a store in Bangkok’s River City Complex.

Patina
Buddy Hotel Plaza,
102-105 Moo 4, Rob Koh Road, Maret,
Koh Samui, Surat Thani
Tel: +66 (0) 7796 2468
http://patinasamui.igetweb.com

The Red House

The Red House is, undoubtedly, a red stature of resort and cafe sitting on the beach near the happening Fisherman’s Village. The place really lives up to its name, as by just simply gazing upon the building you’re almost blinded by its deep crimson hues that are reflecting off Samui’s sun beams. This unique boutique hotel also doubles as a store and an art gallery where shoppers can browse for some original artworks and crafts as well as take him with them some Chinese-inspired fashion items from shoes, robes, dresses and accessories. If you’re not in a hurry, you can grab a chair at its attached a cafe while sipping on a cup of joe taking in the view and the breeze.

The Red House
51/8 Moo 1 Bophut
Koh Samui, Surat Thani
Tel: +66 (0) 7742 5686

 

24 Hours

It is clear 24 Hours wants to be your non-stop shopping hub for your seaside necessities. This clothing store not only sits right in front of the beach, but its selection of souvenirs and accessories also reflect this relaxed lifestyle. The theme here is the beach—from batik printed clothing and tie-died wears to handicrafts made from bamboos and coconut shells, this is the place to be if you want to get gear up for some castaway attire. It also makes a handy souvenir stop for those in need of last minute knick-knacks from Samui to take home to appease jealous family and friends.

24 Hours
167/52-53 Moo 2, Liabhad Rd., Bophut, Koh Samui
Tel: +66 (0) 77960953

Beautiful World Natural fiber furniture

Koh Samui’s premier shop for top quality furniture and furnishings, Beautiful World, features gorgeous products made from natural and synthetic fibers. A large selection of indoor and outdoor furniture, interior decorations, and other accouterments designed to transform your home into a Beautiful World can be found here. To ensure exceptional products, Beautiful World utilizes extensive experience, sourcing only the finest in specialty items from around the world from locations such as Southeast Asia, including Java, the Philippines and Vietnam. In addition to providing wholesale and retail prices, they also offer shipping to anywhere in Thailand and special discounts for ‘drop shipped’ orders.

Beautiful World Natural fiber furniture
119/41, Samui Town Centre, Ring Road,
Bo Phut, Surat Thani 84320
Tel: +66 (0) 7733 2379
Fax: +66 (0) 7733 2380
www.beautifulworldthailand.com