Night Markets in Koh Samui

A guide to Koh Samui Markets

Top 6 Night Markets in Koh Samui

Walking street markets are part of the Thai culture going out. They are very popular in Thailand and one of the attractions you can’t miss on the island. You can find a night market in Koh Samui every day of the week with food, souvenirs and street performances. Below, there is a selection of our 6 favorites Koh Samui night markets including:

  • Fisherman´s Village Market in Bophut
  • Lamai Night Market in the Southeast of the island
  • Maenam Walking Street on the North
  • Choeng Mon Night Market located on the Northwest tip of Samui
  • Chaweng Night Market on the East in busy Chaweng
  • Central Festival Market, next to the popular Chaweng shopping mall

There is at least one local market, placed on a walking street, each day of the week. These markets gives you an excuse to visit different locations on the island.  Explore Koh Samui nightlife, try the local street food and buy some souvenirs. Each location has its own charming vibes and gives you an opportunity to meet and mix with Thai people, taste their food and have fun with their local entertainment. If you travel with kids night markets are a great choice for the evening because the streets are close to traffic. 

It is common to find, street performances, concerts and other entertainment shows. Local restaurants and bars Koh Samui remain open too and the atmosphere is fenomenal.

Night Markets in Koh Samui are a great way to kick off the evening, don´t miss them!


Food Tips in Thai Markets

Watch the locals: chances are you will get something yummy at a good price, if a food stall has queues or you find the nearby tables packed with locals. Safe bet it’s tried, tested, tasty. Go for it!

Trust your eyes: if it looks and smells yummy, it probably is. There are fruits and dishes you may have never seen before. Once you’ve sampled a bunch of harmless-looking dishes, you’ll have confidence to having a bite of something more daring…

You can play safe with a pad thai or a mango sticky rice or, if you feel courageous enough, you may taste other local specialties including crocodile, scorpion, spider, grasshopper and worms. They say it taste like chicken!

Bring the fire brigade: it’s always good to have a cold beer or iced coconut close by, just in case things get a little hotter than expected. 

The right heat: 

Not spicy – mai pet. A bit spicy – pet nit noi. Spicy – pet. Very spicy – pet pet.

Souvenirs & Art in Thai Markets

Shop around: Take your time visiting a few stands, and asking for some prices before making your decision. There is a good chance you may find 2 or 3 stands selling same or similar articles. Compare prices before buying.

Same same: beware of paying too much for poor quality imitations!

Expect to haggle: This is Thailand, and haggling in the market is part of the “charm”. After days haggling you will probably hate it but do it or you may pay 2 or 3 times the price. As a rule of thumb slash the price in half or more if you think they are pitching too high and let the fun started.

Note: Be sensitive when negotiating Buddha images, Thais may find offensive going too hard haggling with religious items. 

Local artists: Many stands found at night markets in Koh Samui and other Thailand Night Markets sell similar stuff. The same souvenirs, carvings and clothes. The hidden gems are among local artists. Some of the local artists may be located on the sides or in studios out of sight. Open your eyes and look for local artists for paintings, jewellery and other ornaments. 

Coconut is the local specialty material for ornaments. You will find plenty of beautiful and ingenious carvings made off coconut shells including painted bowls, lamps, hangers, toys, etc

Main Street Markets in Koh Samui

Map Guide for the Local Markets