Shopping in Koh Samui
is limited to three major areas, these are Nathon market, Chaweng
market and Lamai market. Many kinds of retail goods from all over
Thailand are available to make sure that you enjoy great shopping
on Samui. Thai silks and handicrafts are just two examples
of Thai goods which have become internationally famous.
This page will guide
you through the main markets and show you stores of traditional
are photos of markets on Samui
Before you enjoy
your shopping here are details of some famous Thai products:
One of the most
perplexing situations a tourist will have to face before going
home is : what souvenirs should I buy in Thailand ? Silk,
Woodcarvings, Silver, Brassware... the list goes on...
Legendary Thai silk reflects the rich diversity of Thai
culture. Thailand's Northeast is home to Thais of various
ethnic origins. Each has their own weaving and dyeing styles
and techniques. Thai people of Lao origin (Tai Lao) living in
the south of the region are renowned for their Mut Mee
and Khit silk, usually made into tubular skirts, or
Thailand, Pum Riang silk is produced by Thai Muslim
villagers who apply traditional weaving patterns to Japanese
silk, The Yok Nakhon cotton of Nakhon Si Thammarat is
equally distinctive. Batiks and Patae skirts
glow with the brilliant colors of Malay-influenced designs.
Gems & Jewelry Certain
parts of Thailand are blessed with a natural abundance of
rubies, sapphires, zircon, onyx, jade and opal. Local cutting,
design and manufacturing skills ensure a fine range of quality
items with a wide choice of prices.
gemstones sparkling under the lights of the jewelry store
windows can make anyone stop dead in their tracks. Samui has a
first rate lapidary on the island, while other stones or set
pieces of precious and semi-precious quality are hand picked
from Bangkok. Pearls are the specialty of the South and they
come in a variety of makes, sizes and colors. From Southern
pearl farms come the rare south seas pearl, cultured pearls,
and Mobe pearls in every shade of cream, to pink, and black.
Imitation pearls from this area are made from ground pearl
dust and cemented by a secret formula.
Cultured pearl production mimics the natural process to
produce pearls of guaranteed quality. Cultured pearl farms are
found principally in southern Thailand, particularly in Koh
Samui, Ranong, Phang Nga, Phuket and Surathani provinces.
Gold has been used primary in temples and palaces, as golden
Buddha images, jewelry and royal insignia and decorations.
Buddha images are decorated with gold leaf and gold is used to
enhance modern jewelry.
Tailor made Chaweng and Nathon Town are excellent places to have
some custom clothes made to order by the resident dressmakers
and tailors. Whether you bring them your own personal
sketches, or have clipped a photograph of the style you wish,
you can be assured of receiving a quality garment within few
days. Imported linens, blended wools, and print cottons are
popular fabrics to choose from, while the lustrous Thai silk
is hard to resist.
Lacquerware, Silverware, Nilonware, Pewterware
Lacquerware is an ancient oriental craft, and entails a
repeated process of coating structural bamboo or wood with
lacquer before hand-painting it with elaborate designs.
Generally, objects are produced in either gold and black, or
yellow and green on a red-brown background.
beating is another traditional northern craft. Bowls, boxes,
cigarette cases, vases and cutlery are skillfully worked with
Nilonware is a
related craft which has been practiced in southern Thailand
for hundreds of years. Nilonware, or khrueang thom,
is the craft of decorating objects with delicately etched
designs which are filled with a metal alloy to produce a
smooth patterned surface in black and gold. The art is widely
practiced in Nakhon Si Thammarat.
essentially an alloy of lead and tin, which produces a metal
with a smooth and silky feel, comes mainly in the form of
beakers, goblets, tankards and decorative figurines.