Spending some time strolling inside shopping malls and commercial centers is a fun way to bond with friends and family especially when it is raining or when the sun is unbearably hot. For those who need good old retail therapy and are in the mood for buying or even just window shopping, here are a number of Koh Samui shopping centers you can visit.
The Wharf Samui
A favorite of both the young and the old, this chic shopping mall in Bophut has over 120 stores to choose from. The style of this shopping complex is open air and it would take a while to explore everything. There is a kids’ playground and a number of dining places where you can grab a quick bite or have a lavish meal. Clothing and souvenir stalls dominate the area so if you want to add something to your wardrobe or perhaps are on the lookout for unique accessories, you will have a lot of stunning finds here.
The structure of The Wharf combines Eastern and Western influences, making it appear elegant yet casual at the same time. You can spend hours of your day here if you are shopping solo or you can take the whole family with you and simply hang out, explore, or take long walks in the property. Its gorgeous beach setting makes it an ideal spot to spend a lazy afternoon. You can spread a blanket on the grass and simply admire the scenery—it’s beautiful and well, free. Different concerts and live events take place at The Wharf. Check out their website for schedule of upcoming performances.
Central Festival Samui
Probably the most popular family place and retail center in Chaweng is Central Festival Samui. With 90,000 square meters of commercial space, this definitely is a leader as far as shopping on the area is concerned. This has three storeys and features a great selection of boutiques. Set between the lake and the beach road, here you can do plenty of shopping, dine, and experience the local lifestyle.
The modern architecture has plenty of greenery and features an open design. The tropical breeze waft in and out of the complex so shopping is a pleasurable experience for sure. The prices are okay and not at all intimidating. Here you can get a cheap haircut and manicure or a large cup of coffee for a few baht.
Central Festival Samui has plenty of restaurants and cafes to choose from. For cheaper food deals, you can try eating at the food park where you can eat really good Thai dishes such as noodle soups, pad Thai, pasta, and sweets. If you are having a movie binge, you can spend a few hours at the cinema and watch a movie or two. A relaxing and kind of weird activity you can try here is the fish spa where you place your feet inside a tub full of water and the fishes ‘clean’ them. It feels a little tickly but it sure is nice. The mall also has a store called Pandora that offers cute jewelry that you can customize depending on the charms you pick. Their items make a thoughtful gift or a special treat for yourself.
Tesco Lotus Samui
Another family oriented Koh Samui shopping center is Tesco Lotus. This is a home of great deals and bargains and is a good source of basics if you are planning to stay for a longer period of time on the island. There are mostly local items here but the overall selection and the prices are very good. This is among the top shopping venues to shop for toiletries, supplements, medicines, and children’s stuff like toys, clothes, and baby supplies. Located in Chaweng, Tesco Lotus has weekly promos and oftentimes you can buy meat and local produce at a bargain price. Discounted bundles of household items are plenty here too so if you are trying to save money, we recommend that you shop for essentials like shampoo, sunblock, and tissues here.
Tesco products, which are known for their affordability and quality are staples at this place. You can get amazing bargains on teas, pasta sauces, marinades, condiments, cleaning products, and so much more.
Tesco Lotus has all kinds of shopping stalls. There is an electronics shop, jewelry store, a bakery, and a cosmetics boutique. Bills payment facilities, gift cards, and ticketing services are also available.
For even better deals on your grocery shopping, check out Makro. This is a wholesaler shop in Koh Samui that allows you to buy your favorite items in bulk at really awesome prices. This establishment is perfect for couples who want to save on holiday food items or those who are planning to do the cooking themselves in their own villa. The variety of merchandise available is impressive. You can buy frozen meat and seafood to last you the whole week. You can also stock up on instant noodles, sodas, and juices. Also if you want to save on snacks and nibbles and don’t want to get out and grab chips from the convenience store, you can stock up on your favorites here at Makro. They have all kinds so you can pick as many as you want. Our bet is the seasoned seaweed. They are tasty, fairly low in calories, and are an enjoyable guilt free snack.
For those who are planning to do some serious drinking and don’t want to pay a lot of money for chilled beer, Makro has so many alcoholic beverages for you to choose from. Stock up and fill your icebox or cooler instead of heading out for a drinking session. You will be surprised by the savings you’ll make.
Makro is also a hidden gem when it comes to quick bites. They have delicious freshly made snacks and grab meals such as fried mushrooms, satay, noodles, pasta meals, and so much more. They also have yummy smoothies, salads, and spring rolls. If you are the type who works up an appetite when shopping, you will adore Makro.